Budapest, October 10 (MTI) – Since the government’s policy of unity and cohesion has brought about results over the past four years, a large majority of Hungarians want to carry on with that policy, the prime minister said in an interview to public Kossuth radio today.

Discussing prospects at Sunday’s local elections, Viktor Orban said: “The country has had a taste of cohesion and unity, and this really puts wind in our sails.” He said he did not want to pretend that the governing side and the opposition were equals at the present time.

The day after the election, on Monday evening and then on the whole of Tuesday, the government will hold a session in Budapest, he said.

Orban said that in the upcoming period, he expects the government to speed up its work. He said there would be national consultations, too. “I’d like to continue the policy of consultation,” he said.

The prime minister said that Istvan Tarlos, the Fidesz-backed incumbent mayor of Budapest, was an exceptional leader of the city, and as a “real Budapester”, the city had a trustworthy custodian. “People like him and they are going to stand by him,” he said.

He noted that after the local elections the country would not be “in campaign mode” for a good three and a half years. Orban said he hoped the opposition would also try to contribute something to the success of the country.

On the topic of next year’s budget, Orban said that he would consult with Mihaly Varga, the economy minister, on Friday. Orban underlined that Varga “sees no point in returning to a path of economic policy which was typical in the country under the Socialists and which follows the logic of austerity and distribution.”

Discussing education policy, he said the decision on transforming the system to accommodate a dual vocational training would be made this year. “For a successful life, the path traverses vocations,” he said.

Speaking in connection with his meeting on Wednesday with German chancellor Angela Merkel, he said the German way of doing things makes for the most successful economic policy. “The Germans save, which, in the period of an economic crisis, always makes sense … Here we can speak far more about the success of the German mentality and culture of work rather than the cleverness of policymaking.”

The prime minister said that at the same time, as far as Hungary is concerned, “the most exciting things are happening in England” since the British are “doing things and saying things, from the point of view of unorthodoxy — competitive with Hungary — for which people are being stoned in Hungary, while there [in the UK] everything is happening together with the cheering of the English press and public.” David Cameron, the British prime minister, in a speech only a few days ago, “said things only half of which I would dare say, even if I think them.” Orban gave as example the UK mulling “disregarding certain European documents”.

Photo: MTI – Szilard Koszticsak


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