Ferber: Orbán has gone too far


Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz is looking to gain power in fields beyond politics, such as local councils, and is even interfering in the operations of NGOs, Markus Ferber, a member of the Bureau of the European Peopleʼs Party of which Fidesz is a member, told Hungarian weekly Figyelő yesterday.

“I have personally expressed strong criticism many times regarding the measures of the Hungarian government,” the official said, adding that the issue of the “death penalty is not the first instance” in which he voiced his opposition. Ferber said he also objected to the “new constitution, the media law and the mandates of constitutional judges”.

“These are all measures that are at the extreme end of the values of the European Peopleʼs Party, sometimes even outside of its values. Clearly, issues like these need to be discussed, and once we will need to say that it has been enough. I believe Orbán understood that he hit this very point with his ideas on the death penalty,” Ferber told the paper.

“Unfortunately, opposition parties are weak in Hungary, therefore the governing party has the room to do things it would not be able to carry out in other democratic states,” the politician added.

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