The World’s Conservatives Gather in Budapest
23 September 2021
Besides using the European Union as an imperialist punch bag, Eurosceptic parties gathering at the periphery do not see eye to eye on most foreign policy issues.
Incorporating the authoritarian tenets and state capture of right-wing populists with the critical argumentation from left-wing variants makes for a compelling political stance and superficially buffers the governments in Hungary and Poland from domestic electoral losses that could otherwise stem from international criticism.
However, their nationalistic tendencies derived from different sources than similar movements on the continent and the links that bind them are tenuous at best.
The Hungarian Prime Minister is in no man’s land (out of the European People’s party). He wants to build a perception of Eurosceptic unity based on a common fight against EU institutions and norms, and he just started a huge political storm over the attack on LGBTQ+ rights.