Viktor Orban's Fidesz party has introduced a bill to protect Hungary from perceived foreign interference. This move comes as tensions between Orban's government and the European Union escalate, particularly over claims of weakening democracy in Hungary.
The bill aims to address concerns about foreign influence in Hungarian politics by creating a specialized body to investigate and penalize foreign funding to political groups involved in elections. It suggests potential imprisonment for up to three years for prohibited foreign financing.
Orban, frequently clashing with the EU over rule-of-law matters, presents himself as a protector of Hungary's interests. The introduction of this bill aligns with a wider campaign critiquing EU policies. This campaign involves billboards focusing on figures like Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, and surveys about EU topics like aid for Ukraine and discussions on membership for nations in conflict.
Viktor Orban and his politics
Viktor Orban has always been a politician who advocated tradition, national security, and conservative principles. From the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Orban began to stand out with his ideas and interesting statements.
However, he has emphasized many times so far that his primary goal is the economic progress of Hungary, as well as the preservation of good relations with its neighbors. His position regarding the war in Ukraine often changes, but recently, Viktor did not want to put an accent on such a situation.
It seems that at the moment he has enormous support from the Hungarian people. We'll see until when. Recently, Orban made controversial statements that sparked strong reactions from many. It appears he holds firm, rigid views and shows no inclination to change them.
“We [Hungarians] are not a mixed race… and we do not want to become a mixed race. Nations where European and non-European populations mix are no longer nations. ”- he said, as quoted by theguardian.com!