Klara Dobrev at the plenary session of the European Parliament

Dobrev: DK ‘tool to topple Orbán regime and create new European Hungary’

The Democratic Coalition (DK), the largest opposition party in Hungary, is the means to topple the "Orbán regime" and to create a new, European Hungary, the party's shadow prime minister, Klara Dobrev, told a rally in Pecs, in southern Hungary, on Tuesday.

The MEP called on more than 1,000 participants from all over the country to “form little islands of resistance” and to “tell everyone the truth that there is no European welfare under the Orbán government but there are high prices and dysfunctional health-care and education systems”.

DK has 1.1 million supporters, an “opposition force able to govern” that may bring European prosperity to Hungary, she said.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, she said Hungary should work with the international community to ensure that “Putin does not win the war”. Rather than external forces, “the greatest danger to Hungary’s peace is [ruling] Fidesz”, she said.

Hungary will be successful if wages catch up with European ones, employees have strong representation and the education and health-care systems are “put in order”, Dobrev said.

Ruling Fidesz said in response that the “dollar left was bringing the threat of war” to Hungary.

Leftist parties “do and say what their pro-war clients are paying for: they want to drag Hungary into the war and into one sanction after the other, which Hungarians would have to pay for”, the statement said.

Leftist parties “have not supported a single measure designed to protect families and jobs from inflation,” it said.

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