17:01 Jun. 3, 2016
Surge in populist support ‘an opportunity to transform the EU'- party leader
Hungary's far-right Jobbik party reversed its position on Europe and no longer wants the country to leave the EU, its leader said.
"The EU will change over the next five to 10 years and for the first time it may be for the better," Gábor Vona wrote on Facebook.
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He states "leaving the EU is no longer on the agenda," because he believes the migration crisis offers populist parties a chance to "transform" the EU.
"Let's look at the issue of migration, for example: it's a serious challenge for the EU, which proves that certain mechanisms currently in place need to be changed," Vona said.
Jobbik has long rejected further EU integration and campaigned for Hungary to leave the bloc under the leadership of Vona, who was re-elected as party leader on Sunday.
The nationalist party is the second strongest in Hungary, according to opinion polls that put it at 20 percent of the vote. The conservative Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is on 40 percent.