Klara Dobrev (r) and Ferenc Gyurcsany – Photo: MTI

Dobrev: ‘Next social democrat government to restore everyday security’

Hungary's "next social democrat government" will be faced with the task of "restoring everyday security" in Budapest and the rest of the country, Democratic Coalition (DK) MEP Klara Dobrev said on Monday.

Presenting her party’s platform for Budapest and its surrounding area for next year’s local elections, the DK shadow cabinet leader said the capital was one of the prime examples of how the government had “ruined everything it touched”.

She accused Prime Minister Viktor Orban of trying to turn Budapest and other major cities and villages against each other and telling the people that “evil Budapest is the one taking everything from you”.

Dobrev said the government had “taken things from everyone” by scrapping 270 investment projects in rural Hungary.

She said Hungary’s next social democrat government would restore the sovereignty of Budapest and other cities and that its task would be to enable the coexistence of the roughly 3 million people living in the capital and its suburbs.

Dobrev vowed that the opposition would deal a “heavy blow” to ruling Fidesz in Budapest in the local elections and show the country that Fidesz could be beaten.

The elections, she said, would not just be about how Budapest functions well “but also about how we give this country strength so that we can once again be an honest, left-wing, social democratic European republic”.

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