The first ends in Hungary level to a bitter victory for Orbán, with much less help and a robust rival | European elections 2024 | News | EUROtoday

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Viktor Orbán continues to be the winner of the elections in Hungary, though for the primary time within the final 14 years, he has a severe opponent. Hungary's national-populist prime minister, the EU's most problematic companion, provides one other electoral victory to his lengthy report, however it’s a bitter success. Péter Magyar, a dissident from the celebration unknown to him till February, emerges with a wonderful outcome, 29.9%, whereas Fidesz obtains the worst in its historical past in European elections, with 88% counted.

Of the 21 Hungarian seats within the European Parliament, Fidesz obtains 11, two lower than these it obtained in 2019 along with the Christian Democrats, its minority companion. Beyond the lack of seats, try to be involved in regards to the drop in proportion of votes: you obtained 44.3%, nearly 9 factors lower than in 2019, while you had 52.6%. The solely time he bought lower than 50% of the vote was when he was in opposition, in 2004, with 47%. Tisza, the celebration with which Magyar has introduced itself, emerges with seven MEPs and locations second. The remainder of the opposition is virtually swallowed up by the newcomer. There are solely two MEPs and eight.3% of votes left for the liberal social democratic coalition (MSZP, DK and Párbeszéd-ZÖLDEK) and one MEP and 6.7% for the acute proper of Mi Patria. Participation has been a report, with 58.8%, nearly 16 factors greater than in 2019, when it was 43%.

“We have held two elections and we have won both,” the chief stated to his followers after studying the partial outcomes of the European and municipal elections, which had been additionally on Sunday. The message from Hungarians to the EU, in accordance with the prime minister, is evident: “Stop migration, stop gender, stop war, stop Soros, stop Brussels.”

Orbán's marketing campaign, for which the chief has used all the facility of his propaganda machine, has largely targeted on the warfare in Ukraine. “We are centimeters away from war,” he stated repeatedly in an uncommon interview tour for him – which denoted nervousness in his formation – during which he criticized the involvement of the West. “We must elect peace-oriented representatives to the European Parliament,” he insisted. The chief closest to Vladimir Putin within the EU has been betting because the starting of the invasion of Ukraine on a supposed peace that from the West is learn as a capitulation of the invaded nation.

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Orbán is, together with the French Marine Le Pen, one of many nice promoters of the concept of ​​an incredible far-right alliance within the European Parliament. Fidesz deputies from the just-ended legislature had been compelled to depart the European People's Party (EPP) group in 2021. If inner divisions stop the extremely grand coalition, the Hungarian chief has proven curiosity within the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), the place there are teams similar to Vox, the Poles of Law and Justice (PiS) or Brother of Italy, of the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni. Some members of that group have, nevertheless, proven their rejection of Orbán's celebration. The prime minister, who introduced himself as a sort of beacon on the far proper to “take Brussels and change the EU from within” has misplaced a part of his energy this Sunday.

Péter Magyar's feat locations him as a severe competitor for the prime minister. The politician emerged from nowhere in February, when a scandal over the pardon of the then Hungarian president, Katalin Novák, to the person who harbored a pedophile, started to shake the Hungarian Government. Orbán was confronted with some of the harmful crises of his 4 consecutive phrases. Novák resigned to include the injury, and together with her the previous Minister of Justice, Judit Varga. Magyar, her ex-husband – whom she later accused of sexist violence – got here out enraged to air the disgrace of the regime, together with folks very near the prime minister, and to denounce corruption. That man who belonged to the elites of Fidesz, determined to seem within the European elections with a celebration known as Tisza. Barely 4 months later, with infinite kilometers traveled via Hungary and a number of other large demonstrations towards Orbán – the final this Saturday in Budapest – he has come second, however at the price of pulverizing the opposition. Two events, the liberal Momentum and the satirical Two-Tailed Dog, are left with out illustration.

Magyar's program is unclear, past combating corruption, for which the nation nonetheless has 21 billion euros of European funds frozen because of the deterioration of the rule of regulation. Magyar is extra pro-European and needs the nation to affix the European Prosecutor's Office, however what has seduced Hungarians is above all of the determine of him as a liberator, nearly messianic, towards the seize of the Fidesz State. Although this Sunday's outcome locations him as Orbán's important rival, the subsequent parliamentary elections usually are not till 2026.

Fico is second in Slovakia

In Slovakia, the tried assassination of the prime minister, the populist Robert Fico, on May 15, has not translated right into a victory for his celebration, Smer, which has are available second place, with 5 MEPs and 24.8 % of votes. The winner has been the chief of the opposition, Progressive Slovakia, which doubles its outcome from 2019, with six seats of the 15 that the nation has, and 27.8% help. The far-right Republika is in third place, with two seats and 12.5%. Slovak analysts consider that the prime minister's celebration has misplaced voters in favor of this formation.

The elections, during which voting is completed otherwise than in nationwide politics, have been held in a local weather of most polarization after the assassination try, for which Fico and his celebration blame the opposition and the impartial media. Like Orbán, the pro-Russian Fico – suspended from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group – opposes the West's help for Ukraine with a discourse camouflaged as pacifism. The participation this Saturday, when the nation voted, was a report, with 34.4% (in 2019 it was 22.74%).

In the Czech Republic, former Prime Minister Andrej Babis, often called the Czech Trump, wins the elections with seven of the 21 seats up for grabs and 26.1% of the votes. It is an effective outcome for the populist businessman, near Orbán, who didn’t win the presidency of the nation within the 2023 elections. The SPOLU coalition, during which the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) participates, the formation of Prime Minister Petr Fiala ―which joins ERC within the European Chamber—, obtained six MEPs and 22.27% within the elections, which within the Czech Republic had been held on Friday and Saturday.

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