The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has filed a complaint with the National Election Committee saying that the government is “conducting an illicit campaign”. DK deputy leader Csaba Molnár quoted Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó who had “let it slip” in an interview that the government’s recent billboard campaign with EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and US financier George Soros was “in fact an election campaign”. According to Molnár, Szijjártó has admitted that “the state uses taxpayers’ money to wage a campaign for (ruling) Fidesz”. The billboards, he said, “do not provide impartial information but echo the arguments of Fidesz politicians”.
Answering a question, Molnár said Fidesz should have been excluded from the European People’s Party long ago for rejecting its fundamental values. Should Fidesz stay a member, it will indicate that the EPP shares “the same non-Christian Democratic ideology that [Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán represents”, he added. To another question, Molnár voiced hope that his party would retain its two seats in the European Parliament.