Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been using this method without legal consequences since 2015 to legitimize his anti-European views
The government of Hungary started new “national” voting campaign psocial media for “defense of national sovereignty” of the country of central Europe against the positions of the European Union.
“Brussels wants to establish a migrant ghetto in Hungary. What do you think?” is one of 11 questions posted on the Hungarian government’s Facebook page.
The Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban he has been using this method without legal consequences since 2015 to legitimize his anti-European views.
Last week he explained that he hoped to get approval for his policy to “hold on” to his fight in Brussels.
Apart from immigration policythe “consultation” is about its subject war in neighboring Ukraine, with which Hungary maintains strained relations.
“Brussels wants to give extra money and weapons to Ukraine”, “Brussels wants Ukraine to join the European Union”: the Hungarian population is invited to give its “opinion” on these issues.
Although a member of NATO, Hungary refuses all military aid to Kiev and insists on maintaining relations with the Kremlin. He has warned the European Commission about its negative attitude towards the accession negotiations with Kiev.
These questions are usually monolithic and advance claims without evidence.
Relatively with the embargo on Ukrainian grain imports -which Budapest refuses to lift despite the contrary position of Brussels- the “voters” have the choice between “supporting Hungarian farmers by all means” or “opening the market to genetically modified Ukrainian grains”.
On a question about Hamas, in the consultation it is mentioned that the organization “has received financial assistance from Brussels”.
Viktor Orbán unconditionally supports Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military operation in Gaza.
On another matter, the government accuses Brussels and “various foreign organizations” of meddling in Hungarian political life mwith the “distribution of billions of euros” to the opposition. And he is asking the public to have their say on the implementation of stricter legislation, a plan which is under discussion.
Citizens are invited to send their answers by post by January 10 or fill them in online.
In 2022, the last vote, on EU sanctions against Russia, cost HUF 2.7 billion (EUR 7 million).
Out of eight million voters, 1.4 million participated, i.e. 17.5%. Citing their responses, the Hungarian government assured that 97% of Hungarians are against the sanctions.
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