Joost Eerdmans’ JA21 will not cooperate in the European Parliament with the Fidesz party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The name of JA21 surfaced earlier today under a joint statement of fifteen right-wing nationalist parties. According to a spokesperson for JA21, it should not have been there and the message is ‘premature’.
The party does not deny that rapprochement has been sought. The statement has been shared with the party and was also discussed internally. However, JA21 has not agreed, the spokesperson said. “The statement has not been signed and will not be signed.”
The flirt is a striking one: Orbán has been under fire in Europe for some time, but certainly recently. The Hungarian prime minister received a lot of support from many heads of government, including Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte, about the new Hungarian LGBTI law that he guided through his parliament.
Under the new Hungarian law, material that “promotes gender identity deviation, sex reassignment and homosexuality” cannot be shown to people under the age of 18. This therefore applies to education, in films and when broadcasting on TV or in books.
Rutte then said that Hungary no longer fits into the European Union with that law, but JA21 is actually tightening ties.
The statement seems to be a starting point for cooperation between parties in the European Parliament, including with Matteo Salvini’s Italian party Lega and, for example, the Vlaams Belang of the Belgian Tom van Grieken. He speaks of ‘a first step towards a new European front formation’. In the European Parliament, other parties also form groups, which includes a group of Christian Democrats, a Social Democratic group and a Liberal group.
The statement was signed by a total of fifteen other right-wing nationalist parties, Fidesz of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the Polish PiS.
Orbán left the Christian Democrats in March this year, the now-established alliance would be the third group in the EP in one fell swoop.
In the statement, which also includes the party logo of JA21, it is written that ‘family’ is the foundation of ‘our nations’. There should be ‘pro-family policy’. “Instead of mass migration.”
If JA21 were to collaborate with Orbán, it would be remarkable, given the Hungarian’s views on gays. JA21 leader Joost Eerdmans spoke out strongly in favor of gay marriage and calls himself a ‘child of Pim Fortuyn’, who was also openly gay.
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