Gábor Vona promises real struggle for autonomy after 2018

Announcing his tenth commitment in his Friday press conference, Jobbik president Gábor Vona promised a more intensive struggle for the autonomy of Hungarian communities living abroad.

This commitment is part of a series of pledges related to the activities of a future Jobbik government to be set up in 2018. The tenth pledge involves re-defining the autonomy efforts of Hungarian communities living beyond our borders: Jobbik has officially committed to employing more substantial means than ever to achieve autonomy for them.

The Prime Minister candidate of Fidesz’ challenger explained that the struggle for autonomy was not some vindictive policy derived from 20th-century injuries but a 21st-century European plea which meant the implementation of a historical promise for Hungarian communities.

Photo: Balázs Béli/Alfahir.hu

In Mr Vona’s view, the achievement of autonomy requires two conditions to be met: the first is to empower the motherland while the second is to empower the Hungarian communities within and beyond our borders.

Expressing his opinion that these conditions have not been met since the collapse of Communism, he did acknowledge that the Orbán government actually meant some advancement in this matter compared to the Socialist-Liberal governments. He also added however, that these steps were still insufficient and no systemic development or breakthrough had been achieved. Explaining the root cause of the problem, Mr Vona said the Hungarian government made grand promises to these communities but when it came to bilateral political negotiations with neighbouring governments, autonomy issues were neglected.

Photo: Balázs Béli/Alfahir.hu

Viktor Orbán’s primary challenger pointed out that, firstly, national policies must be laid on new foundations and, secondly, political activities must be significantly intensified. Identifying another major root cause of the problem, Mr Vona explained that Hungarian partisan disputes and corruption mechanisms were exported beyond the borders, thus weakening the Hungarian organizations there by making them dependant.

He also noted “how difficult it was to evaluate the government’s foreign political efforts” because the grand words were hardly followed by real action. After 2018, Jobbik is planning to change this mechanism by laying an emphasis on autonomy issues both in the bilateral relations with the neighbouring countries and in the communication with international organizations.

Adding that autonomy was a European cause just like the wage union, he said all regional players must understand that Eastern Central Europe cannot be truly empowered without “doing great historical justice”.

 

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