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Deputy leader Márton Gyöngyösi will top the list of conservative opposition Jobbik for the European parliamentary elections, a party spokesman said. Entered second on the list will be Zoltán Balczó, a current MEP of the party, György Szilágyi said. Another party spokesman, Péter Jakab, is third on the list, followed by deputy leaders Tibor Bana and Dániel Z Kárpát.
Gyöngyösi said that “there will be much at stake in the May election. Will Hungarians allow [Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán to drive Hungary out of the European Union and establish a dictatorial rule based on wage-slavery here?” Jobbik, however, will be an advocate of a just and secure Europe and a free Hungary with fair wages and opportunities for Hungarians to thrive, he said. The party’s policy will be to represent the interests of Hungarians in the EU, “unlike Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party”, which Gyöngyösi said were solely driven by self-interests.
Jobbik’s EP election programme focuses on the global challenge of migration, he said, adding that the party would re-establish the Border Guard to protect Hungary and the EU. It also includes closing the wage gap with western Europe to prevent an exodus of Hungarians and advocating autonomy for minorities on an EU level, Gyöngyösi said. He said their fourth main goal was to fight against fake news, calling it “unacceptable” that in a country such as Hungary “the government and the state are primary sources of such news”.
Fidesz called the list “the anti-Semitic list of an anti-Semitic party”. In a statement, it said all of Jobbik’s top MEP candidates had made anti-Semitic remarks at some point in their careers. “And the pro-migration European and Hungarian left has come together with these anti-Semites, because they are all willing to do everything for power,” Fidesz said.