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Can't find a thread on Hungary so putting this here:

 

Hungary signs new defence agreement with US

 

 

A new defence cooperation agreement between the US and Hungary has been signed by the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

 
“The way you engage is to compete. When America is absent it is not in America’s best interest,” said Mr Pompeo in the Hungarian capital Budapest on the first stop of a Central European tour, referring to the vacuum left by the United States and filled by Russia and China which he feels represents a threat for the sovereignty of Central and Eastern Europe.
 
“Hungarians know well from their history that an authoritarian Russia will never be a friend to the freedom and sovereignty of smaller nations,” he continued.
 
“Claiming that Hungary is a friend to Russia and China is enormous hypocrisy, as links between the countries are no closer than those other western European nations have with Russia and China,” added Mr Szijjártó.

 

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Hungarian parliament votes to let Viktor Orban rule by decree in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Hungary's parliament has voted to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree indefinitely, in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic, giving the populist leader extra powers to unilaterally enact a series of sweeping measures.
 
The bill, which has been criticized by international human rights watchdogs, has no specified end date and allows Orban to bypass a number of democratic institutions in his response to the outbreak.
It was approved in parliament on Monday, with 138 votes in favor and 53 against. The bill required a two-thirds majority to pass.
Its provisions go well beyond the various forms of legislation hastily put together by other European Union member states in response to the coronavirus pandemic, dramatically ramping up the strongman leader's powers.

The suspension of parliament, punishments for journalists if the government believes their coronavirus reporting is not accurate, and heavier penalties for violating quarantine regulations are all made possible by the order. No elections or referendums can be held while it is in place.


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^ ^ ^ A bit outdated. This actually happened at March 30:

 

Hungarian parliament votes to let Viktor Orban rule by decree in wake of coronavirus pandemic

 

In any case, welcome to authoritarian club, Hungary!



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Hungary no longer a democracy: report

Hungary is no longer a democracy, Poland is about to go down the same path, democracy in the Balkans is eroding because of Chinese and Russian influence, and the EU is doing nothing to stop it all, according to the NGO Freedom House's latest Nations in Transit report, out Wednesday.
In the study, which covers 29 countries from Central Europe to Central Asia, the authors describe "a stunning democratic breakdown," saying that there are "fewer democracies in the region today than at any point since the annual report was launched in 1995."
 
According to the report's methodology, Hungary is now a "hybrid regime," having lost its status as a "semi-consolidated democracy" due to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's continued assaults on the country's democratic institutions.
The adoption of an emergency law that allows the government to rule by decree indefinitely, brought in after the coronavirus pandemic struck, "has further exposed the undemocratic character of Orbán's regime," the authors wrote, adding that "Hungary’s decline has been the most precipitous [they have] ever tracked."


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