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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s letter to EPP party presidents

2020. 05. 04.

Budapest, 4th May 2020

Dear Mr. President,

In recent weeks, we have witnessed an unprecedented attack and disinformation campaign against Hungary. At a time when we are concentrating on meeting the challenges of the coronavirus epidemic worldwide, when human lives are at stake, a coordinated attack was launched against us – with no genuine basis. Me and my country had been attacked unjustly and based on biased ideological propaganda already before but this one was the most cruel and cynical one I have ever experienced because it deliberately disregarded that the government which was targeted was desperately fighting for saving human lives.

Those who participated in this concentrated political attack were engaged in spreading misinformation and lies. Their propaganda claimed that the Hungarian Parliament had been closed, although it has been continuously in session and provides a venue for heated debates. They also claimed that I had gained unlimited power. On the contrary: the authority of the Parliament was extended to the detriment of powers of the Government. The competence to terminate the state of danger or any decree taken by Government was handed over to the Parliament. Our formal political opponents, but more worryingly, some EPP politicians, too, have been actively involved in spreading fake news.

Donald Tusk, president of the EPP went as far as drawing a parallel between the measures taken in Hungary and Carl Schmitt, supporter and ideologue of Nazi Germany.

The European Commission has in the meantime examined the measures taken in Hungary and has unmistakably expressed that these attacks are groundless. Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission, who comes from another political family than ours and cannot be accused of favourable bias towards Hungary, has stated several times that the Hungarian law that regulates the extraordinary powers of the Government does not violate EU law.

The European Parliament shunned Hungary in its resolution of 17 of April. By citing some of these lies within the resolution, Members of the European Parliament have ridiculed themselves and the institution they belong to, which the archives of the European Parliament will keep forever.

The statement by the Commission has trumped the political hysteria.

Yet, the damage cannot be undone. I am grateful to our true allies, who despite the pressure put on them remained loyal to the truth and stood with us. From those who have engaged themselves in spreading disinformation, whether it was unknowingly or on purpose, I expect an apology on behalf of Hungarians and that they draw the proper conclusion from their actions.

We should not let our political opposition to monopolize the principle of rule of law and to degrade this value shared by all of us to a party-political instrument. Soon we should decide whether we are letting ourselves be divided and weakened further or we stand united and continue as the leading conservative driving force in European politics.

I wish you much strength and wisdom, for the period ahead of us will be challenging.

Best regards,

ORBÁN Viktor