BUDAPEST – Orbán vows to disobey court orders

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said his government would disobey court orders to compensate former prisoners for having endured inhumane treatment and would also not pay a court-mandated fine to a Roma community in eastern Hungary in a case of alleged school segregation. Yet, some of the country’s most senior lawyers have been very critical of the Hungarian PM’s approach to the law.

Orbán’s announcement has led to much outrage, particularly among some of the country’s more prominent lawyers.

“The government has affected confidence in justice and especially court decisions, and I must say the rule of law,” Bar Association Chairman János Bánáti told Reuters.

Another senior lawyer, György Magyar, echoed Bánáti’s criticism of the government’s approach to the law.

“They want to pick which ruling to honour and which to ignore. In that case, they don’t even need the courts, do they? They can just tell everyone what’s right and wrong,” said Magyar, an ally of Budapest’s new Green mayor, Gergely Karacsony. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

Meanwhile, Orbán wants to cooperate with moderate Islamic parties.

The PM and leader of the Fidesz party, Viktor Orbán said, at an executive meeting of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) in Jakarta, that Christian democratic parties can cooperate with moderate Islamic parties.

“Christian democratic parties have a good chance of establishing cooperation with moderate Islamic parties on a common ground that they all insist on maintaining their identity”, he said. “When I was here for a visit a few years ago, I discovered a party that thinks along the same lines as Fidesz. It was very inspiring,” Orbán said after the meeting, referring to the National Awakening Party (PKB), the host of the event.

“I became curious to learn what it means, how it works in terms of political philosophy if you are not Christian but Muslim,” Orbán told a press conference. 

Orbán said the main question in Europe was how national and Christian identity could be preserved when “so-called European progressive, liberal political forces try to exert pressure on us” and seek to steer society into a “post-Christian, post-national” era. He said there was a similarity between Christians and Muslims in that they both insist on keeping their national and religious identity. 

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced that Indonesia and Hungary will set up a $500 million investment fund to facilitate Hungarian companies’ participation in the development of transport and water management infrastructure in the host country in an organised way. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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