In Hungary the radical right Jobbik party are campaigning in the European elections. Their candidates are tipped to win at least one seat. Backing for the far right group has increased as discontent over the economic crisis in Hungary deepens.
Jobbik’s manifesto is based on three points, to preserve their country’s national heritage, to tie welfare benefits to work and to create a special police unit to tackle what the group calls, “Gypsy crime”. Csand Szegedi, Vice President of Jobbik said; “The Hungarian state treats Gypsies as animals right now. They don´t regard them as humans. They give them money and aid not in order to work but to have children. And that’s the fault of the state which regards them as animals and conducts a kind of Gypsy breeding programme”. Hungary has one of the largest Roma communities in eastern Europe making up to seven per cent of the population of ten million. Their leaders believe Jobbik’s agenda spells danger. “It´s very dangerous to seek popularity with such slogans. Because those who are seeking popularity with the gypsy crime slogan don´t notice what tensions they generate among the simple people who only watch television,” said Gabor Varadi, rerpresentative of the Mishkolc town and county Roma self-government. But in the town of Mishkolc and throughout Hungary the slogans have had an impact. Political analysts believe the party, launched six years ago, could win a dozen seats in their country’s own elections. Next week’s results in the European elections will be seen as a barometer of their support.