Orban’s allies in Germany

In order to counter Berlin’s criticism of the Hungarian government, Prime Minister Viktor Orban sidesteps the chancellor to cultivate ties with regional leaders, Politico writes.

The European Union is also taking legal action against Budapest on issues including its refusal to accept quotas of asylum-seekers and a controversial law establishing tighter controls on foreign-funded NGOs, Politico recalls, stressing that “Orban needs friends in Europe, and has found some in Germany, well away from the political in-crowd in Berlin”. Over the past six months, Orbán and other Hungarian government officials have met with leaders from the German states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Bavaria, Hessen and Baden-Württemberg, Politico reminds.

After the German government began to criticize him, Orbán “strategically started to develop relationships with Länder [regional states] where he found maybe more understanding, a more business-oriented focus, and less criticism on human rights and political issues,” Milan Nič, an analyst with the German Council on Foreign Relations told Politico.

Hungary Journal
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