Softer Image Helps Far-Right’s Gains in Hungary

Pablo Gorondi, ABC News, April 7, 2014

Prime Minister Viktor Orban easily trounced his rivals to once again become Hungary’s undisputed leader, but the strong showing of the country’s far-right Jobbik party has left Jewish leaders and others worried.

Jobbik’s politicians are known for anti-Semitic and anti-Roma statements, but scooped up third place in Sunday’s ballot. The party toned down its rhetoric for the contest and focused on mainstream issues like the economy.

Analysts said Monday that Jobbik’s popularity remained strong in Hungary’s northeast, a region shackled with high unemployment and conflicts with the Roma.

But it added voters in other areas, including the richer, western half of Hungary, and the districts surrounding the capital, Budapest, winning 20.5 percent of the votes, up from 16.7 percent in 2010. Jobbik leader Gabor Vona was pleased with the vote and claimed it showed his broadening base in Hungary, despite his disappointment that the party did not win the elections.

“Jobbik’s support has not only strengthened, but it also has become more balanced,” Vona said on state television. “It seems the split between east and west has ceased.”

Jobbik’s gains are seen as a warning ahead of May’s European Parliament elections, when extremist parties across the continent could attract more voters.


Jobbik accuses Israeli investors of trying to buy up Hungarian properties, wants to drive multinational corporations out of the country, and targets its most vicious remarks not at immigrants, but against the local Roma, who are blamed for petty crimes and are seen as taking unfair advantage of social welfare programs


Vona and other Jobbik candidates released photos posing with cats and puppies and appeared with their kids in women’s magazines.


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  • Pro_Whitey

    Reporters should be kicked in the privates until they either drop the “far right” or start using “far left” when describing their darling socialists.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      In MSM lingo, the “far right” = sanity and common sense.

    • Urbane Neanderthal

      I don’t see any reason to stop kicking even if the reporters agree to do so.

      • JustJeff

        Well played

  • dmxinc

    A specific complaint against the Gypsies is that Hungarians in many towns are unable to grow their own crops, because the Gypsies come and pull everything up and steal it.

    Imagine living where you can never leave any item outside or it will be stolen. That is what it is like with Gypsies.

    • That’s also what it’s like in black and mestizo/indio neighborhoods.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Sounds like LA

    • 1stworlder

      Sounds like almost every big city with dieversity in the US.

  • Yes, I’m happy.

    But Jobbik’s recent overtures, pandering to Muslims and Turks, worries me.

    • Martel

      It makes them useless in my eyes.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      The Repugs are taking the same approach with amnesty: softening their image, by shelving the debate.

  • IstvanIN

    The Roma are Hungary’s blacks. Benjamin Netanyahu has bragged about buying up Hungary. Jobbik’s support of Turanism is disconcerting but lets face it, if the “main” stream parties were truly looking out for Hungary’s best interest Jobbik would have made these gains.

  • Luca

    If the Jews in Hungary are worried, they have a place they can go to and feel at home and it’s called Israel.

    Would the Israelis be concerned if Hungarian investors were buying up Israeli properties? If so, would the Hungarians complain that Israelis were anti-Hungarian?

    Just showing another double standard.

    • Paleoconn

      Agreed. Some people see anti-semites in their soup. These people want to keep foreigners from buying their country, that is called patriotism in any other time and place. But because Israelis are the ones doing all the buying, it is officially anti-semitism. What if people decided to sell to these Israelis but at, say 2-3 times the market rates. Is that anti-semitism too? Even if they would sell to non-Israelis as 4-5 times the going rate? Somebody at the ADL care to field this one?