Harun Kerekgyarto / World Bulletin - Budapest
Gabor Vona, a leading Hungarian politician who is known for his fondness of Turks and Muslims, is on his way to Turkey to speak at conferences being hosted in four universities.
Gabor Vona of the Hungarian opposition Jobbik Party is set to speak at a number of universities in Turkey this week. He will be speaking on Turkish-Hungarian relations at Sakarya, Marmara, Bilecik and Istanbul University.
Should he ever be elected into office, Vona says his first official visit would be to Turkey. In opposition to the trend of European nationalism based on Islamophobic ideals, which is on the rise in Europe, Vona demonstrates his pro-Turkish and pro-Islamic stance very openly.
‘We believe closer relations with Turkey will only benefit Europe. We do not agree with those parties that display an anti-Turkish and anti-Islamic stance. Turkey presents us with new opportunities. Turks and Hungarians share the same roots. Both are descendents of the Huns. If we stand against the Turks we will be standing against our own roots. The Turks are our brothers,’ said Vona.
Although the Jobbik Party only won a disappointing 2% of the vote in their first elections, they succeeded in securing three seats in the 2009 elections. The following year they gained a surprising 17% of the vote and became Hungary’s third largest party. Noting that most of his supporters are of the younger generation, Vona believes his party’s popularity will only grow in the coming years.Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Ekim 2013, 13:59