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Opposition parties slam Orbán's speech

Hungary's opposition parties slammed the prime minister's state-of-the-nation speech on Friday as being at odds with reality. Former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány summarized Orbán's performance in a single phrase: "empty head, empty speech." Csaba Molnár, deputy leader of the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was "talking about his dreams" when he said Hungary was doing better than before. He branded the speech as "one of the poorest intellectually" so far and cited recent data from the European Commission which warned that Hungary's budget deficit would be higher than expected while economic recession remained.

Together 2014 (Együtt 2014) electoral movement, said in a statement that Orbán's speech suggested Hungary was going in the right direction but this is far from the truth. Democracy has been crippled, the economy destroyed, jobs lost by the tens of thousands and EU funding waned, all of which has triggered half a million young people leaving the country, the statement said.

Zsolt Török, spokesman for the Socialist opposition, said "Hungarians deserved better governance" and that people were much worse off than before.

Gábor Vona, leader of the far-right Jobbik party, said Fidesz was unable to find solutions to the everyday problems of residents. He said Hungary's performance had not improved and the government's promises were "too long-term for people to understand what would happen to them the next day". He said the prime minister failed to address the issues of job creation and economic stimulus, law and order and the boosting of national culture and that these were needs only Jobbik had a programme to tackle.

The small opposition LMP party's parliamentary group leader András Schiffer said Hungary's dependence on other countries was stronger than ever, with record-high stocks of government securities in foreign hands last year, topped with another dollar-denominated bond issue just ten days ago. He added that public debt was rising despite the government tapping on private pension savings. Schiffer said the government should abandon an economic policy built on "the marriage of foreign capital and cheap domestic unskilled labour".

Source: MTI

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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