Commentators on both sides of the political spectrum suggest that the weaknesses that sealed the fate of the opposition in the elections have deepened further in recent weeks.
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In his unsigned op-ed, 168óra writes that much of today’s opposition is the biggest obstacle on the road that should lead to regime change. The authors describe the behavior of opposition MPs during the opening session of Parliament as downright pathetic, first hesitant whether or not to show up, then half-present at the start, only to step down before the Speaker’s speech. the Republic. Ákos Hadházy, who alone refused to take the oath on the first day, then held a meeting in front of parliament, in the presence of almost more journalists than citizens – a fact that the left-wing weekly interprets as proof of impotence of the opposition.
In Jelen, Zoltán Lakner considers it ridiculous for the opposition to wait for the European elections in two years to test the weight of each in order to calibrate their relative position in a future electoral alliance. This proves, he said, that opposition parties are always preoccupied with fighting each other, vying for positions in parliament – one of the reasons why they have no chance of defeating the incumbent government.
In a bitter full-page editorial, Magyar Narancs also accuses opposition parties of infighting and blames each other for their disastrous election results. Instead, the liberal weekly calls on them to support the European Commission in its rule of law case against the Hungarian government, indicating which criteria Hungary should meet and which institutions it should reform to prevent corruption. They could also demand that exchanges between the Commission and the Hungarian government be made public, suggests Magyar Narancs.
In an angry column in Heti Világgazdaság, Árpád W. Tóta believes that the European Commission is clearly right to suspect the Hungarian authorities of mismanagement of European funds, although the Commission’s letter to the government has not been made public. Nevertheless, he continued, government supporters didn’t care, as long as the economy was booming. Even now, amid the enormous difficulties caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, they still believe that Brussels is punishing Hungary for its stance on gender issues. In his concluding remark, the liberal pundit calls on the European Union to spend only 1% of the money withheld from Hungary, to address the Hungarian public with his alternative explanation of reality.
On the other side of the political divide, Péter Bándy of Demokrata declares the European Commission guilty of prejudice against Hungary. Based on information he claims to have on the content of the Commission’s letter to the government, the right-wing commentator writes that Brussels is demanding reforms of institutions that fall outside the competence of the European Union, including the system of sale and lease of arable land land and the system of public prosecution. Furthermore, he cites an admission by the Commission that, when it comes to corruption, Hungary is not even considered the lowest ranked member country, and yet has been targeted by the Commission, whereas those considered as the most corrupt are not.
In Mandiner, Dániel Kacsoh takes the example of the EU procedure against the Hungarian government to explain why the opposition lost four consecutive elections by a landslide. The left, he explains, advocates conforming to Brussels’ expectations “in a slavish spirit”, while the government puts the national interest first. The opposition, writes the pro-government columnist, will never understand the causes of its failure until it grasps the secret of Fidesz’s success. Prime Minister Orbán, he asserts, has a coherent world view based on a sovereignist foreign policy, a patriotic economic policy as well as the defense of “normality” in Europe and the idea of a society based on families.
In the photo illustration shown: the former Prime Minister candidate of the opposition alliance, Péter Márki-Zay. Photo by Tibor Illyes/MTI