picture of Márki-Zay and Dzurinda

Magyar Hang reports that Péter Márki-Zay, the candidate for prime minister of the Hungarian opposition, met with former center-right Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda in Bratislava on Tuesday. Dzurinda led Slovakia from 1998 to 2006 and now heads the Wilfried Martens Centre, an institute backed by the right-wing European People’s Party group in the European Parliament.

The meeting was convened by former Hungarian independent MP Zoltán Kész, who is in charge of foreign affairs at Márki-Zay’s Everybody’s Hungary Movement (MMM) and also took part in the discussions. Mikuláš Dzurinda has not held back criticism in the past of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, with whom he has repeatedly debated in public.

According to Magyar Hang, Dzurinda considers it a positive development that a center-right candidate is facing off against Viktor Orbán as the opposition’s joint candidate. MMM promised to offer detailed information about the meeting at a later time.

Péter Márki-Zay and the European People’s Party appear to forging stronger ties, the news source writes, with the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely expected to meet the president of the European People’s Party, Donald Tusk, next week in Warsaw.

[Magyar Hang][Photo: Péter Márki-Zay / Facebook]

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.