US Jewish leader worried about rise of Hungary's far-right Jobbik, says talk needed with party

The president of the World Jewish Congress has expressed concern about the increasing popularity of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party.

Ronald Lauder, who will give a speech Sunday during the March of the Living Holocaust commemoration, told The Associated Press that Jobbik's support among young voters was especially worrisome and showed that Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party and the opposition Socialists "are not giving them any hope."

Lauder said that many younger voters were turning to the party led by Gabor Vona not because of anti-Semitism but because "they're looking for an alternative. They're looking for something different."

Lauder said dialogue with Jobbik was key and that he believed "it's important to speak to anybody who's willing to listen."