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MP Vadai: European politicians should press the Orbán government to curb radical right elements in Hungary

"I've not heard Mr Orbán condemn Mr Gyöngyösi's words. When the prime minister goes abroad, yes, he says this is unacceptable. But at home he's silent, and in this context, silence speaks very loudly,"Ágnes Vadai, an MP for the Democratic Coalition, a centre-left party, told the Financial Times.

This week Márton Gyöngyösi, an articulate, multilingual Jobbik parliamentarian, caused outrage when he called for a "list" of Jews "living here, and especially in parliament and government, who represent a threat to national security".

Ms. Vadai says European politicians should press the Orbán government to curb radical right elements in Hungary.

"Western leaders should put Viktor Orbán into quarantine and make it clear that he has to speak out against the far right in Hungary. If not, [the west] is also to be blamed for its growth," Ms Vadai says.

With ruling Fidesz's support also down, some analysts fear far right Jobbik could gain ground among undecided voters before the 2014 election.

Yet this week's outburst has seemingly resulted in rare cross-party unity. At an anti-neo-Nazi rally on Sunday, Antal Rogán, a prominent Fidesz MP, will share the stage with Socialist leader Mr Attila Mesterházy and former PM Gordon Bajnai, one of the leader of the opposition Együtt 2014 (Together 2014) movement.

However, critics charge that even Mr Rogan's appearance is merely a continuation of a game of doublespeak by Fidesz to woo the far-right vote.

Source: Financial Times

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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