FIDESZ win big – Socialists and far right collapse

The 26th May was the fourth time that Hungarians elected representatives to the European Parliament, where Hungary has 21 seats. The last elections were held in 2014 with a turnout of approximately 29 percent; compared to that, this time the turnout was more than 43 percent which is the highest regarding the history of European elections in Hungary.

Out of the 21, Hungarians have trusted the governing Fidesz-KDNP with 13 seats. As it was expected, Fidesz-KDNP triumphed with a landslide victory, receiving 52.3 percent of the votes. With this result, the right-wing conservative party alliance has won the European Parliament elections in Hungary for the fourth consecutive time. Moreover, Fidesz won its tenth major election (general, European, regional, referendum) in a row since autumn of 2006. However, Fidesz only managed to get 41% of the votes in Budapest, the capital, which is a slight decrease compared to their results at the 2018 general elections.

The real surprise of the elections is the terible performance of the socialist party MSZP and of the former radical rightwing party Jobbik. MSZP reached 6.66 percent (11 percent in 2014), while Jobbik got 6.41 percent (14 percent at the 2014 European elections), meaning just 1 seat each. However, the green party LMP (Politics Can Be Different) performed even worse: contrary to the 2014 elections the party was not able this time to gather enough support to reach the parliamentary threshold; they got stuck at 2.1 percent. The executive board of the party resigned right after the official publication of the results.

The winner of the contest for the second place was DK (Democratic Coalition) reaching more than 16 percent of the casted votes, gaining 4 seats (2 seats more than in 2014). The party of Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány, former socialist prime minister of Hungary finally became the leading power of the opposition, hence significantly interfere with the domestic status quo.

Newcomer party Momentum – founded just two years ago – received their first ever mandates in any elections: now they will be represented in the European Parliament, a little more than a year after not making the threshold in the Hungarian parliamentary elections. The party received almost 10 percent of the casted votes which is a real breakthrough for them and a very promising results before the upcoming local elections. Momentum even managed to beat DK and finish second in eight Budapest districts.

Two more parties have achieved a measurable result: the radical-right party Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) founded last year reached 3.3 percent, while the joke party Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party received 2.6 percent of the casted voted.

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