Opposition parties turn to EU in joint proclamation

Hungary's opposition parties sent a joint letter to the European leaders, criticising the government's policies.

The letter signed by the Democratic Coalition (DK), Jobbik, LMP, Momentum, and the Socialist-Parbeszed parties said: “The Hungarian democratic opposition, in view of the grave situation created by the Hungarian government’s destructive practices, feels the need to declare before all member states and citizens of the EU, as well as its leadership, that [Prime Minister] Viktor Orban and his government are not synonymous with Hungary.”

In the letter sent to Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, and the German presidency, the signatories said the Orban government was hindering European and Hungarian crisis-management efforts and acting against the interests and “justified expectations” of European and Hungarian citizens.

“We Hungarians have not ended the one-party [communist] regime and joined …the community of European states only for a corrupt, anti-democratic regime to hold Europe and Hungary to ransom, stripping their citizens of the rights and support they are entitled to,” the letter said.

It added that the Hungarian opposition parties were bound by respect for democracy, the rule of law and European values, adding that they had joined forces so that the rule of law in the country may be restored as soon as possible.

Hungarian citizens and companies are in dire need of the EU’s recovery package due to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the letter said.

“The funding should go to the Hungarian people rather than to the Orban government, which has put its own power interests before the economic interests of the country. We call on the institutions and national governments of the EU to stop Orban’s government from hobbling European and Hungarian crisis management and to help Hungarian citizens … access EU funding as soon as possible,” it added.

The signatories have also called on their supporters to back their declaration that the Hungarian government did not have their assent to “disrupt European cooperation and strip European and Hungarian citizens of European funding”.

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