Klára Dobrev, the Democratic Coalition (DK) prime minister candidate, gave a live interview to U.S. news channel CNN, talking about the paedophile law, the opposition coalition, and the coming elections.
The politician was asked to describe how and why the widely condemned paedophile law (or so-called “homophobic law”) was accepted without serious resistance among those voting. Dobrev told the reporter that it has been PM Viktor Orbán’s strategy since 2010: before elections, he always chooses a person or group to direct hatred at. This time, it is the LGBTQ community. According to Dobrev, the same politics were behind Fidesz’s campaign against George Soros and immigrants before.
She says the prime minister tries to divert attention from his poor political performance by creating hatred.
Some European politicians, like Dutch PM Mark Rutte, even said Hungary should leave the EU because the law does not fit its values.
Dobrev claimed this could be a turning point for the country. According to her, Orbán had already taken several steps leading to leaving the EU, and his only reason to stay is the billions of euros of EU funding. Now, with the rule of law regulation, however, the EU has the opportunity to withdraw these subsidies, so Orbán no longer has a reason to stay. Dobrev says the prime minister is turning to Russia, China, and Turkey instead of the EU and western democracies.
The aim of the united opposition parties is to put an end to this policy.
CNN also asked the DK candidate for prime minister about the details of the opposition coalition. She says this is the only way to defeat the prime minister since Orbán has unilaterally changed the election law in 2010.
“We know exactly that the elections are not going to be free, and they are not going to be fair,”Klára Dobrev told CNN.
The six opposition parties united because this is the only way to replace Orbán, and Dobrev claims the surveys now show a small opposition advantage. Technically, they plan to win the election by holding primary elections among the parties to choose one candidate for prime minister and one candidate for every constituency.
Dobrev wrote in the Facebook post sharing the interview:
“It’s our turn to answer the question: Orbán or Europe? We choose the latter, which is why next April, we must replace Viktor Orbán’s system and build a country where social groups cannot be put at the centre of hate policy, bittering the lives of honest, fair people based on their skin colour, religious beliefs, or gender identity.”