Last week in Hungary

Hungary by Atlatszo – Without ‘tactical voting’, Orban would control 3/4 of seats in Parliament

This is what wrote this week: 

Without ‘tactical voting’, Orban’s party would control 3/4 of seats in Parliament

Several opposition forces told voters to be ‘tactical’ when deciding how to cast their two votes on April 9. Atlatszo investigated whether tactical voting had an effect on the election result. The conclusion: opposition forces secured 15 seats in Parliament with the help of ‘tactical’ voters.

Tighter visitation rules in prisons did not lower the amount of contraband

New, stricter rules in Hungarian prisons mean wives cannot kiss their husbands and children cannot hug their fathers. Authorities claim that the new rules fight contraband, but Atlatszo found that a year after the rules were introduced more contraband is getting into prisons than before.

This week’s essential reading about Hungary:

The New York Times: As Poland and Hungary Flout Democratic Values, Europe Eyes the Aid Spigot

In the face of a challenge to European democratic values from Poland and Hungary, Brussels is naturally turning to money to get at least some leverage over the popular, populist governments there.

Reuters: Hungary rejects ‘blackmail’ over EU funds

Hungary responded angrily after the European Commission proposed cutting development funds to countries deemed to have undermined the rule of law.

Euronews: Orban’s secret visit to Brussels

Orban went to Brussels to meet with the European People’s Party. Details are hush, hush but it seems group leader Manfred Weber was among those he saw.

The New York Times: After Viktor Orban’s Victory, Hungary’s Judges Start to Tumble

Less than four weeks ago, Viktor Orban of Hungary won re-election. Four days later, a flurry of judges began resigning in quick succession from the National Judicial Council, the main bulwark against executive interference in the judiciary.

The New York Times: Hungary’s Judges Warn of Threats to Judicial Independence

A report released on Wednesday by Hungary’s National Judicial Council, a panel of 15 judges elected by their peers casts doubt on the autonomy of the Hungarian judiciary.

The Guardian: Brexit is boosting Viktor Orbán’s ability to disrupt the EU

Orbán has his sights on Europe’s shifting geopolitics, and he must be buoyed up by the fact that far-right politicians across the continent have greeted his re-election with enthusiasm.

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