Judit Varga

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Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban built border fences in 2015 to block mostly Muslim refugees and migrants, and defended what he called traditional Christian and European values. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Hungary’s hardline asylum policy breaks EU law, adding to tension between the bloc and prime ministe(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban said experts had warned of ‘a 50-50 chance that the healthcare system would collapse without further restrictions, and we can’t take that risk’. Photograph: Getty

Hungary’s nationalist government has been accused of trying to cement its power and impose its conservative social agenda after proposing a raft of co(...)

Under the mechanism ‘breaches of the principle’ of the rule of law will be sanctioned if there are sufficient budgetary implications and as long as a decision to suspend or reduce money is approved by a super-majority of states, a high bar, but one required by the EU summit in July. Photograph: iStock

Attempts by the EU to police rule-of-law standards in increasingly authoritarian states like Hungary and Poland have been stymied by the unwieldy sanc(...)

Slovak people return to Slovakia from Austria  at the Bratislava-Berg border crossing. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP

Slovak residents can now visit eight countries for 48 hours without providing a negative coronavirus test or going into quarantine on their return, b(...)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives to attend the plenary session of the Parliament ahead of a vote to grant the government special powers to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis in Budapest, Hungary, March 30, 2020. MTI Zoltan Mathe/Pool via REUTERS

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen did not mention Hungary by name, but her target was clear. A day after Viktor Orban’s parliament pa(...)