Hungary’s opposition prime minister-designate appeared on BBC’s HARDtalk for an interview; his comments were reviewed by Index.
The Catholic Péter Márki-Zay said that he is definitely in favor of same-sex marriage, saying it is not against his religious beliefs because civil marriage is a civil act.
He also called himself a federalist and said he wanted closer EU cooperation, including the creation of a “European FBI.” While he wants to keep income taxes low, he wants to see a more equitable tax system and strong enough fiscal austerity to allow the country to adopt the euro.
He is sure that the parties of the coalition will back him because, although in Hungary the parliament elects the prime minister, it would be political suicide not to nominate the man who received more votes in the primaries than any of the opposition parties in the last election.
As to Ferenc Gyurcsány’s statement that the parties choose the prime minister, he said this statement cannot be taken seriously.
Péter Márki-Zay also recommends that voters of Jewish origin vote for candidates of far-right Jobbik despite the party’s highly antisemitic statements in the past.