Never before have voters in Hungary given so much support to a political family in the European Parliament elections, Péter Szijjártó , the foreign minister, said on Sunday evening. “This comes along with expectations and we will meet those expectations,” he said. Speaking to journalists at Fidesz’s victory party, Szijjártó said tomorrow would start with tough debates over personnel issues, as well as over the future of Europe. But the minister said his Fidesz party’s decisive election victory “gives us enough strength to enforce Hungary’s interests in these debates”. He said at stake now was whether the European Union could be integrated into strong nation states, and whether Christian culture could be protected. On the issue of migration was whether “we can replace the word ‘manage’ with ‘stop’”.
Szijjártó said major debates were to be expected within the EU’s various political groupings. Another question, he said, was what sort of conclusions the European People’s Party would have to draw from the election results. “The EPP’s most successful member party, the member party with the strongest support, is an anti-migration party,” he said, referring to Fidesz. The minister said the EP election had reshaped the political landscape in a number of member states, which would bring with it “a lot of movement”. Up until now, he said, the two biggest party groupings “have had it easy”, but now further talks may be needed, he said. Moreover, there have been complaints about the spitzenkandidat system, he said, adding that electing the EU’s next leaders would not be a quick or easy process.