Hungary’s Orban vows to defy EU pressure ahead of unprecedented vote

By Alastair Macdonald STRASBOURG, France, Sept 11 : Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the European Parliament on Tuesday he would not bow to EU “blackmail” as lawmakers prepared to vote on whether to punish Budapest for eroding democracy. Since sweeping to power in 2010, Orban has pressured Hungary’s courts, media and non-governmental groups, as […]

Hungary’s Fidesz stands by European conservatives despite Salvini talks

By Krisztina Than BUDAPEST, Sept 5 : Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party is strongly committed to the mainstream conservative group in the European Parliament for elections next year, a top official said, but will still pursue common causes with the likes of Italy’s far-right League. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban agreed last week with League leader […]

Hungary PM Orban vows tougher laws on migration, names new deputy PMs

By Gergely Szakacs BUDAPEST, May 4 : After an election victory built on a fierce anti-migrant campaign, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said his new government would soon bring forward tighter immigration rules. He also named Interior Minister Sandor Pinter and Economy Minister Mihaly Varga as deputy prime ministers and gave notice he […]

Thousands of Hungarians protest in Budapest against Orban landslide

By Gergely Szakacs BUDAPEST, Apr 14 : Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Saturday against what organisers said was an unfair election system that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orban another landslide victory at the polls after a “hate campaign” against immigrants. Orban won a third straight term in power in Sunday elections after his […]