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The opposition Socialists’ candidate for the European Parliament called for the removal of the “far right financed from Russian money” and the construction of a democratic, social Europe at a press conference. Tibor Szanyi said Fidesz had “drifted to the far right” and was steering Hungary in the same direction. He said Europe’s far-right parties all have a common characteristic: they keep “affectionate Russian ties” the purpose of which is to attack and tear Europe apart. Szanyi called Prime Minister Viktor Orbán an “opportunistic right-winger” who takes the political stand for financial reasons, rather than out of conviction. Commenting on the scandal leading to early elections in Austria, he said the mere mention of the thing that had brought down the government there “is an everyday reality in Hungary”. Bence Tordai of Párbeszéd, which has struck an alliance with the Socialists, said Europe has a shared responsibility to determine whether to allow “Putin’s Russia” to drive a wedge between member states or to build a strong, cohesive and social continent.