The less than one-year-old Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) was founded by ex-members of Jobbik. The new radical nationalist party’s program focuses on Roma issues, the EU and criticism of Hungary’s current political landscape.
The main message of Mi Hazánk’s 36-page-long program is that “Hungary is for Hungarians and Europe is for Europeans.” According to the party’s communiqué, “immigration of different cultures is threatening, and a mixed Europe is unacceptable.”
The party blames previous governments for the “Roma problem” and the “failed Roma integration.” But, Mi Hazánk claims to be able to permanently solve the issue by supporting “hardworking and well-behaved” Roma leaders and sending petty criminals to Siberia under a future agreement with Russia.
Last week, the party announced its plan to establish the ‘National Legion,’ a paramilitary similar to the controversial Magyar Gárda (Hungarian Guard). The party will also cooperate with the Independent Smallholders, Agrarian Workers and Civic Party (FKGP) and the Hungarian Justice and Life Party (MIÉP). Betyársereg, a militant far-right organization, is also regularly present at Mi Hazánk’s events.
Mi Hazánk’s lead candidate is party leader László Toroczkai, the Mayor of Ásotthalom, a village by the Serbian border heavily hit by the migration crisis. He left Jobbik after being voted down by current chairman Tamás Sneider following the turmoil after last year’s general elections. Former Jobbik politician Dóra Dúró is second on the party’s EP list and Municipal Councilor János Árgyelán is third. If Mi Hazánk makes it to the EP, it doesn’t plan on entering any party families. Instead, it hopes to establish a new one, cooperating with, for example, the Bulgarian nationalist Ataka (Attack).
The party is unlikely to gain a seat, however, as most pollsters estimate its chances to be between one and two percent.