'Hungarians are voting for European and municipal elections'

'Hungarians are voting for European and municipal elections'
Yes, the polls here in Hungary opened at 6:00 in the morning, which is a pretty early start and actually quite a lot of people have already been voting 1.88% turn out in the first hour. They may not seem like a lot, but it is higher than in a past elections give perhaps have to see to what extent that has an impact on the overall turn out as the day it progresses. Now Hungarians are voting for European and municipal elections. That means here in the capital Budapest, they're voting for a new for the mayor of the Hungarian capital. He's long time he's for a long time being seen as a a key opposition figure to the government of Viktor Orban. In all, Hungarians will be sending 21 MEPs to Brussels. The Fidesz ruling coalition of Viktor Orban has thirteen of those 21 seats. As things stand, it will be fascinating to see to what extent that evolves as the results and the votes are cast. To a certain extent, Viktor Orban has been demonstrating a bit of nervousness in this poll. He's been spending more than anywhere else in Europe on social media and billboards, for example. That's perhaps a a sign of the degree of the challenge that he's facing, a surprise challenge from a former member, member of his own party, Peter Magya. They held rival rallies over the past week here in Budapest, scores of thousands of people participating in those. It has to be said though, very early days, very early in the day to know to what extent that will have an impact on the vote itself. However, in the past, Viktor Orban's ruling governing coalition of Fidesz has had over 50% in the past three European elections. I'll have to wait and see, of course, to see whether he continues that run. And Luke, we've been watching Viktor Orban cast his vote there as he's been speaking to us, images coming in to us there from Hungary. Talk to us a little bit about what the campaign has been like there. What have the main themes been leading up to the vote? Yeah, well, international geopolitics has very much interrupted and intervened in the elections here in Hungary. Of course, Hungary shares a land border with Ukraine, also has very strong ties with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Perhaps the strongest ties of all of the European Union members are Viktor Orban's ties with Vladimir Putin. That as such, one of the key issues has been one of the campaign themes has been the issue of no war, the peace, the so-called peace movement. And that's also happened really an impact on the way that Hungary has a relationship with Brussels, because of course, the other main key issue has been the issue of sovereignty from Brussels. For the past 20 years since joining the EU, Hungary has been a net beneficiary every single year of EU funds. But for the past couple of years, they've been facing a suspension of €20 billion of EU funds. That's of course in many ways related to two issues, that of the international geopolitical political scene. Brussels rather annoyed with the ongoing and regularly used veto of Viktor Orban in Brussels when it comes to Ukrainian issues, but also, of course, the question of corruption. Those two issues then have been dominating the campaign. Have to wait and see, of course, to what extent Hungarian voters choose one or the other camp.
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