About: Viktor Orbán

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.
Non-discrimination 21-06-2021

Munich mayor wants stadium in rainbow colours for Hungary clash

City officials in Munich plan to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for Wednesday's (23 June) Euro 2020 match between Germany and Hungary to make a statement to Viktor Orbán's right-wing Hungarian government.
China 18-06-2021

Draghi takes distance from Russia and China, anchors Italy to the West

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi has clearly aligned his country with the EU and the Atlantic alliance, with strongly worded messages at the recent G7 and NATO summits that end his predecessors’ ambiguous position towards Russia and China. After years...
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Hungary rejects criticism over foreign policy blockages

Hungary and Germany have publicly locked horns over how the EU's foreign policy should be conducted, after a series of Budapest-blocked joint foreign policy statements prompted the German foreign minister to complain the EU was being "held hostage" by countries that don't share its values.
China 04-06-2021

EU can’t work like this, German official says after Hungary blocks China statement

Hungary's decision to block a European Union statement criticising China's Hong Kong policy was condemned by a senior Germany official, who said the EU's common foreign and security policy was being undermined by a failure of unanimity.

Top EU court dismisses Hungary’s complaint over democracy probe

The top European Union court dismissed on Thursday (2 June) Hungary's challenge against the opening in 2018 of a disciplinary procedure against Budapest for undermining democracy in the formerly communist country.
Global Europe 19-05-2021

Hungary blocks EU declaration on Israel-Palestine ceasefire

EU foreign ministers called on Tuesday (18 May) for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and boosted humanitarian aid for Gaza, but failed to reach the unanimity that might give the EU leverage in peacemaking.
Politics 05-05-2021

Orbán has begun taking steps to preserve his power

With barely a year until what looks to be a tight election in Hungary, the government is shifting considerable amounts of public assets away from the state and into foundations. The goal could be to sustain Viktor Orbán’s "System of National Cooperation" (NER) should he lose the 2022 election. EURACTIV's media partner Telex takes a closer look.
China 29-04-2021

Hungary eyes multiple vaccine passport deals, holds talks with China

Hungary will pursue bilateral agreements recognising COVID-19 vaccine certificates that would allow citizens to travel among participating countries, the prime minister's chief of staff said on Thursday (29 April).
Enlargement 27-04-2021

Serbia’s Vucic ‘treating the EU as if stupid were its middle name’

Serbian President Alexandar Vučić deflected EU criticism on the worsening situation of rule of law and media freedom in his country, with the help of media under his control. EURACTIV looked at the real picture.
Enlargement 13-04-2021

Slovenia suspected of seeking ‘peaceful dissolution’ of Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Slovenian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been summoned to the country's foreign ministry to explain recent rumours about alleged plans by Ljubljana for the dissolution of the country hosting her and a redrawing of borders across the Western Balkans.
Digital & Media 12-04-2021

Orban-friendly owner gets Hungary independent radio frequency

A Hungarian radio station critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that was forced off the air in February said Sunday (11 April) its former frequency had been handed to a station owned by a government-friendly group.