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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán cast his ballot in the European parliamentary election at a polling station in Budapest’s western District 12 on Sunday morning. The prime minister said he hoped the election would strengthen “anti-migration forces” and that their political leaders would have a greater role in Europe in the next five years. “Both in terms of voter turnout and our chances, I am more than optimistic,” Orbán said. The migrant crisis has greatly changed the world since the last election in 2014, which could be manifested in higher participation in the election, he said, and encouraged voters to contribute. Orbán said the election would greatly impact domestic politics, too, adding: “I would like to see today’s election results as a point of reference for many years to come.”
Concerning the relationship between ruling Fidesz and the European People’s Party, Orbán said his party “will see what influence it could have on future directions for the EPP”. Fidesz will not belong to a grouping in which “it does not have a say on major strategic issues.”
Answering a question concerning his earlier remarks recommending the Austrian model to Europe, Orbán said that “I have now switched over to the Italian model” because the Austrian model “has expired”.