About: Viktor Orbán

Elections 18-10-2021

Conservative mayor Marki-Zay wins run-off to challenge Hungary’s Orban

Peter Márki-Zay, a conservative provincial mayor, was chosen as the unified opposition challenger to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at next year's election, after winning a primary vote Sunday (17 October).
Elections 15-10-2021

Dobrev: Post-Orbán Hungary needs free media, truth, end of hatred

Ahead of next year's parliamentary elections in Hungary, EURACTIV spoke to the two contenders who hope to end the 12-year long rule of Viktor Orbán's nationalist Fidesz.
Elections 30-09-2021

Pro-EU Klara Dobrev leads in opposition primary to take on Hungary’s Orbán

Klara Dobrev, a 49-year-old lawyer, has emerged as the front-runner in a joint opposition bid to unseat Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in 2022 elections, partial results of an opposition primary showed on Thursday (30 September).
Politics 24-09-2021

Tweets of the Week: AUKUS, Budapest Demographic Summit, Common Charger

Ditching French submarines leads to a brawl, turns out Viktor Orban isn’t that tall, and European Commission proposes a single digital charger for all.
Elections 21-09-2021

Hungary’s Orban launches election campaign with €1.7 billion tax refund for families

Hungary's government will refund $2 billion of income tax to families in early 2022 and also plans a big hike in the minimum wage, right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Monday, setting the stage for next year's election.
Non-discrimination 16-09-2021

Hungary equates ‘LGBT promotion’ in films with horror in viewing age ratings

Hungary's media regulator published guidelines for broadcasters to comply with new LGBT laws on Wednesday (15 September), relegating some films portraying homosexuality or gender identity issues to the same age group restrictions as gory horror movies.
Non-discrimination 13-09-2021

In Hungary, pope says anti-Semitism ‘fuse’ must not be allowed to burn

Pope Francis called on Sunday (12 September) for vigilance against a rise in anti-Semitism, saying during a brief trip to Hungary this was a "fuse that must not be allowed to burn."
Enlargement 09-09-2021

Vucic and Orban formalise their ‘special relationship’

Hungary, whose government has been at odds with Brussels for a long time, has emerged as a major pro-Serbian lobbyist within the EU and this special "illiberal" relationship was formalised on Wednesday (8 September), Serbian journalist Darko Čačić reports for EURACTIV Bulgaria.
China 31-08-2021

Budapest mayor obtains vote on China university in blow for Orban

Hungary's election authority approved Monday (30 August) a bid by Budapest's mayor to hold a referendum over a planned campus of China's Fudan university, in a blow for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who backs the project.
Non-discrimination 09-08-2021

Hungary anti-LGBTQ law to apply around churches

Hungary's government has announced that provisions of its controversial new anti-LGBTQ law will apply around churches as well as schools.
Politics 28-07-2021

Far-Right Parties in the European Parliament Explained

Far-right and conservative parties from 16 EU countries, including France’s Rassemblement National, Poland’s PiS, Hungary’s Fidesz, and Italy’s Lega, have decided to join forces to make their voice heard in the European debates. Together, they signed a document calling for...
Non-discrimination 26-07-2021

Thousands march for LGBTQ rights in Budapest’s biggest Pride

Thousands of Hungarians marched in Budapest's biggest Pride parade on Saturday (24 July), amid tension sparked by a series of anti-gay steps by prime minister Viktor Orbán.
Future EU 23-07-2021

Kaczynski and Putin’s alliance without friendship

It is wrong to assume that Europe's far-right are divided in their attitudes to Putin's Russia, writes Maciej Kisilowski.
Enlargement 15-07-2021

Political scientists say EU has lost the battle for the Balkans

The EU has lost the battle for the Balkans, where Russia and China are offering bonuses without asking for reforms, geopolitical experts told an online conference organised by EURACTIV.bg this week, proposing increased cooperation and a Balkan common market as the best way forward.
Politics 09-07-2021

Tweets of the Week: Hungary News, Merkel Pose, EURO Finalists

That Hungary law is really pretty vile, Angela Merkel is going out with style and in football the Euros still raise a smile!
Elections 08-07-2021

Hungary rejects EU demand to ditch ‘shameful’ anti-LGBT law

Hungary on Wednesday (7 July) rejected a demand from the European Commission and many EU lawmakers to repeal new legislation banning schools from using materials deemed to promote homosexuality.
Non-discrimination 07-07-2021

EU warns Hungary to fix anti-LGBTQ law or face action

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday (7 July) warned Hungary to reverse course on its controversial LGBTQ law, as pressure mounts on Brussels to cut EU funding to Budapest.
Elections 02-07-2021

Orbán, Le Pen, Salvini, Kaczyński join forces to impact on the future of EU

Far-right parties from 16 EU countries, including Frances’ Rassemblement National, Poland’s PiS,  Hungary’s Fidesz, and Italy’s Lega, united on Friday (2 July) with the declared objective of making their voice heard in the context of the debate on the future...
Politics 02-07-2021

Tweets of the Week: Slovenian Presidency, Hungarian Ad, Football Euphoria

Slovenian presidency could be a free-for-all, Viktor Orban still has some gall, and we are all still very excited about football.
Digital & Media 02-07-2021

No thanks: Some Europe newspapers refuse political ads from Hungary’s Orbán

Several leading European newspapers have refused to run a paid advertisement signed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, saying they do not want to give space to a politician they accuse of subverting human rights and press freedom.
Politics 30-06-2021

Slovenian Presidency with Janša: What happens on Twitter should stay on Twitter

Prime Minister Janez Janša, who is under fire in Western media as Slovenia takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, may be clumsy on Twitter but he is not an autocrat, writes Žiga Turk.

Is Austria facing its own Orbán moment?

The 'Orbánisation' of Austria has become a standing term in the Austrian political discourse. But what is behind the allegations about vanishing media and judiciary independence in the Alpine republic?
Non-discrimination 25-06-2021

EU leaders confront Hungary PM over LGBTQ law

EU leaders holding a summit Thursday (24 June) attacked Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over a new law in his country banning LGBTQ content in schools, which they view as homophobic and contrary to EU values.
Non-discrimination 24-06-2021

Row over Hungary’s LGBTQ law blows EU summit off course

Controversy over a new Hungarian law banning LGBTQ references in school materials is threatening to overshadow an EU summit on Thursday and Friday (24-25 June) intended to focus on foreign policy issues: confronting Russia and tricky ties with Turkey.