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Martin Schulz criticizes the Hungarian government

March 22nd, 2017

A pro-government and a left-wing columnist agree that the victory of Martin Schulz at the German election would be undesirable for the Hungarian governing party.

After his official confirmation as SPD candidate for the German Chancellorship, Martin Schulz called for faster EU integration and said he would stand up to governments that try to curb freedom of the media and oppress the opposition. As examples, Mr Schulz named Turkey, Hungary and Poland.

In Magyar Idők, Balázs Csépányi suggests that Martin Schulz accused the Hungarian Prime Minister of anti-democratic governance because Mr Orbán wants to defend national sovereignty. The pro-government columnist thinks that if elected Germany Chancellor, Martin Schulz would try to further centralize the EU and weaken nation states.

Népszava’s Tamás Rónay suspects that the Hungarian government will soon start to support Angela Merkel’s candidacy, although she has been harshly criticized by government supporters for her permissive immigration policies. The left-wing commentator believes that the election of Martin Schulz would be undesirable for the Hungarian Right, as the SPD frontrunner is even more pro-immigration and pro-centralization of the EU than Angela Merkel.

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