The governing parties, Fidesz-KDNP, captured another sweeping victory Sunday in the European Parliamentary elections.
I’ve posted the results below, but here are a few notes on the significance of this win.
Across Europe, the story of this EP election is about the huge gains of the far-right, but in Hungary, we saw a different story. The headline, as reported by Reuters, was “Jobbik stalls”.
In France, the National Front won the election outright, capturing 24.85 percent and 24 seats, a gain of 21 mandates compared to 2009. In the United Kingdom, the Independence Party finished first with 26.5 percent and 23 seats, an increase of 10 mandates. But in Hungary, Jobbik’s support in fact declined slightly, and the party will have only three seats in the European Parliament – the same as before.
Fidesz-KDNP was the only member of the European People’s Party in all 28 countries to win an outright majority. In fact, proportionally, Fidesz-KDNP’s win makes the biggest contribution to the new EPP parliamentary group.
Regarding turnout, voter participation in Hungary reached 28.92 percent, the highest in the six central European member states.
According to Prime Minister Orbán, priorities for the MEPs will include the protection of Hungarian land, equitable taxation and the reduction of public utility prices.