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Hungarian general elections: a crucial election not only for Hungary, but for the whole Europe

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On 3 April 2022, general elections will be held in Hungary. Our member in Hungary, Új Kezdet, will participate in these elections.

Last September, our Hungarian member Új Kezdet achieved great success, as current MP and Új Kezdet President Krisztina Hohn and Új Kezdet Vice-President Szilárd Gyenes won their constituency's primary and will be the joint opposition candidate for the upcoming elections in their constituency.

Following the agreement for the creation of a joint opposition list by six parties (Democratic Coalition, Jobbik, LMP – Hungary's Green Party, Momentum Movement, Hungarian Socialist Party and Dialogue for Hungary), Péter Márki-Zay, the opposition candidate for Prime Minister of Hungary, has emerged as the first serious opposition challenger to Viktor Orbán. The opposition is seeking to capitalise on Viktor Orbán's pro-Putin messaging. Péter Márki-Zay: "We demand that he stop his policy of neither here nor there and more Hungary once and for all in the West, Europe, NATO."

As EDP Secretary General and MEP, Sandro Gozi points out : " In light of the war in Ukraine, which is also affecting the lives of many Hungarians, we need more than ever a humanist and centrist Hungary. The current crisis in Europe is a wake-up call as Viktor Orbán is sticking, you can see it everyday, to his pro-Russian course - even if he tries to hide that now."

The elections coincide with a referendum on LGBTQ education in Hungarian schools called by Fidesz, the ruling party of the Hungarian government. The EU has widely criticised the proposal due to contravening Article 21 of the organisation's Charter of Fundamental Rights.