picture of Péter Márki-Zay

Népszava writes that during Péter Márki-Zay’s trip to Brussels, he had a denser and more diverse program at the EU headquarters than is usually accorded to Hungarian opposition politicians.

The opposition’s candidate for prime minister attended nearly twenty meetings during his visit to Brussels from Tuesday evening to early Thursday afternoon, shaking hands with leaders of the right-wing, left-wing, Liberal and Green Groups in the EU Parliament, and meeting with influential MEPs and experts.

The Prime Minister-designate held talks with Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Finance, and Nicolas Schmidt, Commissioner for Employment. In addition, Hungary’s Olivér Várhelyi, the member of the European Commission responsible for enlargement, hosted an informal breakfast for the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely.

The interest in the politician is also indicated by the fact that roughly two hundred people took part in Tuesday’s forum for Hungarians who live in Brussels. Neither László Botka, mayor of Szeged, or Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony were able to generate that much interest when they introduced themselves to their compatriots living in the EU capital as candidates for prime minister.


By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.