Because while billions have gone for the incitement of hatred, this money could have been spent on remedying the shortage of medical staff and teachers, luring home youngsters who have emigrated and demographic challenges. But Fidesz chose war and hatred propaganda instead of people's real problems. The first and most important difference: we, Social Democrats, put the man first, while the Orbán-regime puts war.
MSZP adopted its EP program “Homeland. Love. Europe.” last week. This document provides accurate and meaningful answers to the challenges we face and meaningful solutions to emerging problems. We offer the Hungarian people a vision of a social Europe, which, in contrast to Fidesz' hatred propaganda, sets citizens' physical and social security as the priority. The new social treaty we adopted yesterday, at the Congress of the Party of European Socialists in Madrid, is about this.
The proclamation centered on justice and equality depicts a clear vision: Europe needs leadership and political change to leave behind the neoliberal and conservative models of the past and to focus on creating quality jobs, a healthy environment, and social security for people, as well as create an economic model that provides a solution to the problem of inequality and costs of living.
We Social Democrats are obliged to guarantee the welfare of our citizens and ensure social and ecological development that does not leave a single person or region out of an environmentally conscious and digital transformation. A welfare Europe is needed with welfare states, social safety nets and quality public services, as they are essential to prevent poverty and protect those in need, including young people, the elderly, vulnerable laborers and the unemployed.
While the right, including Fidesz, serves the interests of big business, we believe that the social rights of citizens must come before the economic freedom of large companies. Clear and well-defined worldviews shall compete with each other, therefore, in the European elections.
On one side is the European right, which has guided and defined the functioning of the Union in recent years. It was unable to give adequate answers to external, but more importantly, internal, populist tensions. Fidesz, which is just tearing up the people's party, offers only hatred, war and corruption to Hungarian people, and no actual program.
Our vision is based on three words: Homeland, Love, Europe. There is no question about which serves the real interest of a European Hungary and the Hungarian people. Whoever wants to leave a peaceful and developing Europe to their children knows exactly which one to choose.
After the Hungarian PM’s landmark speech in Tusványos in 2014, in which he proclaimed his desire to turn Hungary into an illiberal state, I pledged to draw the public’s attention to the transgressions of this regime in an open letter every week. This is the 231st time I ring the bells of alarm, as it still seems necessary. And also because as a radical European Democrat it is my duty to do so.
dr. István Ujhelyi