It is unacceptable that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government would send a man to space for HUF 40 billion (EUR 97 million) while it is unable to set aside funds for raising teachers’ salaries and subsidising utility bills, Zoltán Varga, a lawmaker of the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), said on Sunday.
Citing foreign press reports and space industry portals, he said that Orban’s government is going to spend USD 100 million on sending a Hungarian into the outer space with the help of the US company Axiom Space.
This is unacceptable in a period when the country “is plunging into a cost-of-living crisis caused by ruling Fidesz,” Varga told an online press conference. “If this happens, Hungary is indeed light years away from a true European democracy,” he said.
A responsible government would never do such a thing in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, the DK lawmaker said.