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  1. Missy

     /  April 10, 2018

    Yesterday Hungary held their elections, it was expected that Viktor Orban would win again, but that he would reduce his majority. I think the view that he would reduce his majority was more wishful thinking of the liberal elites in Brussels as opposed to being based on any actual polling.

    As expected Orban did win, with his Fidesz party and their small ally the Christian Democrat Party secured 133 out of 199 seats after 98% of the vote counted, in second place was the right wing nationalist Jobbik party with 26 seats, with the socialist led left wing coalition in third place with 20 seats. Two much smaller parties (Democratic Coalition and Politics can be Different) are expected to reach the 5% threshold and take up the remaining seats.

    Orban, whilst stopping short of leaving, is a strong critic of the EU, specifically its open borders policy and the freedom of movement (possibly because of the loss of young working age people from Hungary to the richer Western European nations). Orban has been vocal about the migrant crisis undermining traditional European Christian values, and has been critical about the EU welcoming so many and not deporting them. In 2015 at the height of the crisis that summer he build a fence to stop them crossing the border into Hungary to enter the EU. Orban’s election campaign was fought on immigration only, he hardly addressed other issues within Hungary, and as the majority of the media is controlled by the state or those sympathetic to Orban many outside the cities only received the Government narrative on the election.

    Whilst being a vocal critic of the EU, and seemingly strongly eurosceptic Orban will not hold a referendum on leaving the EU, and is happy to remain at this stage. This seemingly contrary position by Orban is most likely due to Hungary being one of the largest recipients of EU funding, Hungary’s growth is almost completely based on EU funding, and Orban won’t want to risk the economy of the country by leaving.

  2. Blazer

     /  April 10, 2018

    Orban sounds like a very smart….cookie.

  3. Conspiratoor

     /  April 10, 2018

    Just watched a sound bite from Nikki Haley on Syria. She was followed by one from Theresa May on the same subject. Chalk and cheese, only one understands how to communicate a message