[Mihaly] Varga continued to rise in power as an MP from Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok County eastern Hungary, serving currently Deputy Faction head in Parliament and Chairman of the Budget, Finance, and Auditing Committee. In the last FIDESZ Congress, Varga said he received the same number of votes as Orban and it &scared Orban so much he appointed him Deputy.8 Despite this comment, Varga is regarded as close to Orban, and rarely strays from the party line. He is not fluent in English but he still tries to converse, even when the result is less than comprehensible. Meeting in his office around a small table with just a close aide, he appeared earnest and thoughtful in explaining his party,s positions. As FIDESZ,s leading voice on economic issues, he appears level-headed and recognizes that reforms are needed to restructure the economy. However, he provided no further details on what that would look like, and we are still left to wonder what alternative economic reform package FIDESZ has to offer.

[April H.] Foley: SHADES OF ORANGE: DIFFERENCES OF OPINION WITHIN THE FIDESZ LEADERSHIP? 2007-08-27