The European Green Party has endorsed Gergely Karácsony’s candidacy at the Hungarian opposition primaries.
In a unique democratic exercise, six Hungarian opposition parties have united to organise a primary election ahead of the general elections to be held in the spring of 2022.
Gergely Karácsony, the only Green candidate in this process, represents the best chance for Hungarian citizens to see high standards of democracy restored in their country, plagued for too long by corruption and state capture by the ruling elite.
Thomas Waitz, Co-Chair of the European Green Party, comments: “Gergely Karácsony is the only Green candidate in the race. He understands and plans to tackle the issue of the climate crisis as a holistic, overarching issue that is inseparable from social policy.”
“He has already proven his capability for taking on the challenge not only by defeating Fidesz for the mayorship of Budapest two years ago, but also by successfully leading the 1.7 million capital as the integrative mayor of a wide ranging coalition.”
“He listens to people and encourages them to participate in designing our common future. And maybe, most importantly, he intends to bring a divided country back together after ten years of divisive politics.”
Mar Garcia, Secretary General of the European Green Party, adds: “As Greens the idea of participatory democracy, the meaningful involvement of citizens in decision making processes, is part of our core values. We are inspired by the six Hungarian opposition parties who are making history by organising primary elections in the country ahead of the 2022 national election to select their joint candidate for Prime Minister.”
“At the 2022 Hungarian parliamentary elections, citizens will not only be determining the direction of the country’s future. They will also have a say in the role of Hungary in the European Union as well as the wider European community. For us to step up our ambitions in tackling climate change, overcoming social inequalities, cracking down on corruption and maintaining the rule of law in Europe, we need a forward-looking and solution-seeking ally in Hungary.”