Lajos Bokros calls for the expulsion of Fidesz "at least from the European People's Party"

April 18, 2017

“When will you exclude Fidesz at least from the European People’s Party for its elevated autocratic, xenophobic and exclusionary politics?  Where is the consistency of principles?  When will the double standard come to an end?  Do you want to help with the rebirth of Hungarian democracy?  The time has come for you to finally act. If you continue to prevaricate, then you will carry.the eternal shame for holding a snake to your bosom.” – Lajos Bokros, chairman, Movement for a Modern Hungary (MoMa)

Former Hungarian finance minister and Member of the European Parliament Lajos Bokros published the following post to his Facebook page on April 18th, 2017 after European responses to the outcome of yesterday’s referendum in Turkey:

“The four of you make a nice trio”

said the political officer back then in the people’s army.  That is what came to mind when I heard who immediately congratulated the Turkish President on his narrow victory.  The first was Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, the hereditary leader of Orbán’s model state.  The second one was Viktor Orbán, Vladimir Putin’s disciple. Birds of a feather.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan either could not or did not want to smile at yesterday’s mass meeting.  He knows he is faced with a country that is terribly divided.  The multiple divisions weaken the Turkish state, economy and society.  But to no avail.  This  always leads to the sowing of autocracy and at the same its destruction.

In Turkey there are tensions between the city and the village, between Sunni and Ali Shiites, and between the Turkish and Kurd communities.  Instead of peace, understanding and acknowledgement they hear the President’s thundering phrases about Turkish greatness and superiority and his words of hatred and exclusion about those who think differently or practice different faiths.

Norbert Röttgen, the chairman of the Bundestag’s foreign committee, gave an interview to CNN yesterday.  He said that autocracy, xenophobia and exclusion were completely incompatible with the values of the European Union.  It is for this reason that negotiations over Turkey joining the European Union have been postponed indefinitely.

Herr Röttgen! When will you exclude Fidesz at least from the European People’s Party for its elevated autocratic, xenophobic and exclusionary politics?  Where is the consistency of principles?  When will the double standard come to an end?  Do you want to help with the rebirth of Hungarian democracy?  The time has come for you to finally act. If you continue to prevaricate, then you will carry the eternal shame for holding a snake to your bosom.   Even as you embrace Orbán you moderately berate Erdogan.  This is a dangerous game. Ir’s a big country with lots of people.  And it holds the key to solving the problem in Syria.  There are over three million Turks and Kurds living in Germany, 63 percent of which voted “yes” in yesterday’s referendum.

It is time to wake up, gentlemen.

Lajos Bokros, Chairman, Movement for a Modern Hungary