While two opposition parties – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) – considered recent statements by one of Hungary’s top politicians, former prime minister Viktor Orbán, to be inappropriate, his words did not concern members of Slovakia’s Hungarian Coalition Party, it emerged at a meeting of the opposition parties in Bratislava on June 2, the TASR newswire wrote.
“In my opinion, Viktor didn’t say anything that would be worth any mention from either side,” said SMK leader Pál Csáky, adding that nobody in Hungary, nor SMK’s partners in the EU, understand the controversy that subsequently emerged. The parliamentary caucuses of the SDKÚ and the KDH announced that they will discuss Orbán’s statements before the parliamentary session on Wednesday that has been given over to discussing the comments. Orbán was prime minister between 1998 and 2002.
SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said that although he considers the parliamentary session an attempt by the governing coalition to deflect attention from its scandals and stir up emotions before Saturday’s European Parliament (EP) elections, he also sees Orbán’s words as being dangerous. He added that the SDKÚ will issue a joint statement with the KDH on the matter.
Orbán, who recent polls suggest will become Hungary’s next prime minister, commented at a joint EP campaign meeting with Csáky in Hungary on May 23 that the important thing in the elections is how many Hungarian MEPs will defend “the interests of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin”. “This decision will determine the power of Hungarians in the European Parliament for the next five years,” said Orbán, adding that every ethnic Hungarian in Slovakia who takes part in the EP elections will be watched with “expectation” by Hungarians across the border. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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