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Analysts question effectiveness Hungarian plans for fence on Serb border

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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party is planning to erect a 175 km-long, four-meter-high fence along the entire length of the Hungarian-Serbian border in an attempt to “outbid” far right radical Jobbik, political analyst Zoltán Lakner said on his Facebook page this morning.

According to Lakner, Fidesz will use the fence to its advantage, as the idea will be popular among Fidesz supporters. Citing prime minister Viktor Orbán’s earlier comments, Lakner believes that there truly is “political governance” in Hungary, which means that the fence is not supposed to solve the issue of immigrants but to make a move that Jobbik cannot top. Lakner firmly believes that the fence is being used by Fidesz as a means of deflection.


Gábor Török said on his Facebook page yesterday that the “problem [of immigrants] does exist, there is no question”. However, “it would be good to know whether the fence is a solution to the problem”. He added that “it would be good to know whether the government, with the [national] consultation, the billboards and the announcement of the fence project, is really working to find a solution to the problem, or is just – similar to the death penalty – simply sidetracking.”

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