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Socialist leader Bertalan Tóoth said on Monday that what’s at stake in the upcoming European Parliament elections is whether pro-Europe politicians get to stop “populist politicians who simply betray their own country”. Referring to the case of Heinz-Christian Strache, who has stepped down as Austria’s vice-chancellor, he said: “What’s just happened in Austria is that far-right populist politicians who have been working on … destroying Europe have simply been exposed…” “What’s been captured on the video in Austria is everyday reality in Hungary,” he told a press conference in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary.  “The Hungarian prime minister strikes alliances with politicians like this and he wants European cooperation with politicians who work to destroy Europe,” he added.

Tóth said the Socialists were working on creating European unity and securing the process of further unification, resulting in a social Europe involving a European minimum wage, minimum pension and minimum family benefits. He also called for a green turn, stating that the Socialists’ election alliance with Párbeszéd represented a “red-green alliance, which is the only alliance that can prepare a joint list for the election”. He said a united stand on migration was also important because migration was a common challenge for the EU which could only be handled with a joint solution.