Left-wing collaboration will happen?
Budapest, July 11 (MTI) – It is less a question of whether the opposition Socialists will end up joining forces with the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) than whether doing so would boost their support base by the time of the 2018 election, Nézőpont Institute analyst Dániel Deák told M1 public television on Monday.
The new Socialist Party leader, Gyula Molnár, is nudging closer to Ferenc Gyurcsány’s DK, he said.
So far the Socialists have slammed the European Union migrant quota scheme and the fine mooted for recalcitrants, he noted. But Molnár recently changed tack, suggesting that the quota is a European obligation. Molnár appears to be laying the groundwork for cooperation with DK, and “in two years’ time the parties may merge”.
“Collaboration is not in question anymore, but we still have to wait until 2017 to find out which party can enforce its interest better and which party fields the joint candidate for prime minister,” said Deák.
Since the majority of voters rejects the EU quota scheme, the left-wing opposition, including Együtt, Dialogue for Hungary and the Liberal Party, will find it hard to expand their base, especially since they are not unified on the matter, he said.
A further problem for Molnar’s Socialists comes in the form of Gyurcsány himself, “one of the most disliked politicians”, Deák said.