In Hungary, Viktor Orban won a landslide victory. Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission, which is preparing for a fight, will be hurt by this.
In Sunday’s election, Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban won by a landslide for the fourth time, as voters approved his vision of a conservative, “illiberal” state and dismissed worries about Budapest’s tight connections with Moscow.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine looked to upend Orban’s campaign in recent weeks, putting him into difficult position to explain his decade-long economic ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, Orban ran a successful campaign to convince his Fidesz party’s core voters that the six-party opposition coalition led by Peter Marki-Zay, which promised to restore relations with the European Union, might lead the nation to war, a claim disputed by the opposition.
In the company of senior party members, Orban, 58, told them that he had won against the odds on Sunday, and he was very happy.
Orban said, “We have scored a victory so big that it can be seen even from the moon.”
“We have defended Hungary’s sovereignty and freedom.”