The radical nationalist Jobbik party has managed to meet its goal in the European election, becoming Hungary’s second power, party leader Gabor Vona said late on Sunday, after results were published.
Jobbik won three seats in the next European parliament.
He said one of the important messages of the EP election for domestic politics was that Jobbik is now the second power and that the Socialists have collapsed. It follows that Jobbik can become Fidesz’s challenger — “a great responsibility,” Vona said.
Low turnout is a caution, indicating that Hungarian society does not trust the European Union, he said.
Krisztina Morvai, the party’s top MEP candidate, said Jobbik had been able to produce such results under circumstances in which “the media, the secret services and the prosecution are under direct political control.”
“But hundreds of thousands of people have shown that the Fifties cannot be brought back,” she said.
The success of eurosceptic, euro-realist parties throughout Europe also proves that “all of us would like to have a common Europe but something totally different from what is offered to us now,” Vona said.
The European Union should be restructured to form a “looser confederation” than now, Zoltan Balczo, who won an EP mandate on Jobbik’s list, said on Sunday.
In light of the results of Euro-sceptic parties, Balczo voiced hope that the EU would abandon efforts “to build a United States of Europe” and develop more flexible ties between members.
Balczo, one of Jobbik’s 3 MEPs, said he wanted to work in EP committees in charge of education, research, or regional development.
Stands behind accused MEP
Vona on Monday also voiced support for Bela Kovacs, who won a mandate to the EP as the third candidate on Jobbik’s list in Sunday’s election. He said that charges of espionage against Kovacs had been nothing but a “hysterical campaign”.
Vona said on the night of the election that his party had been the target of “vile attacks” launched by ruling Fidesz and the opposition Socialist Party, but added that Jobbik was “strong as a rock” and it could not be broken.
Kovacs was accused of spying for Russia against the European Union in an article published in the daily Magyar Nemzet earlier in May. The paper said the Constitution Protection Office had filed a case against Kovacs for regularly conspiring with Russian diplomats and travelling to Moscow on a monthly basis. Kovacs denied the accusations.