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Left-wing takes on PM’s State of the Nation speech

February 16th, 2022

Left-wing and liberal analysts interpret the Prime Minister’s speech primarily as the opening of the electoral campaign.

In Népszava, Erika Gulyás quotes left-wing and liberal analysts who see the Prime Minister’s State of the Nation address on Saturday (see BudaPost February 15) as a campaign speech. They all remark that Prime Minister Orbán did not mention opposition frontrunner Márki-Zay by name, choosing to speak instead of former PMs Ferenc Gyurcsány and Gordon Bajnai – a ploy to mobilize his voters ahead of the April election, they suggest. According to the same analysts, PM Orbán focused on increases in welfare spending for the same reason.  They dismiss the Prime Minister’s statements on the necessity of avoiding military confrontation over Ukraine, as an attempt to ‘pose as an important geopolitical actor’.