ER Editor: Remember just days ago how we were presented with an improbable story of Orban being brought to heel, with an (in)appropriate photo of subservience, over sending 50 billion euros of taxpayer monies to Ukraine.
Now the EU is going after Orban’s so-called ‘sovereignty’ legislation, which got through the Hungarian Parliament in December, curbing foreign influence in Hungary’s elections.
Notice that the name of George Soros is not mentioned, but Orban has long been battling the Open Society/CIA influence there. Instead, phrases like ‘threat to democracy’ are used instead of ‘globalist scumbags infiltrating society and overturning democratically elected governments’. Al Jazeera (article below) buys into the globalist narrative.
Again, we feel this is all theatre to wake up the normies. We doubt if the top players in the EU are still in place to decide anything.
Euronews also has the story. See —
The European Commission has launched legal action against Hungary for its recent enactment of laws on “protecting national sovereignty”.
The European Union executive said on Wednesday that it has sent a formal notice to Budapest informing it that the legislation violates the bloc’s democratic values and fundamental rights. Opponents of Prime Minster Viktor Orban’s authoritarian (ER: note the choice of word) regime claim the new laws threaten to stifle his political rivals, as well as critical media and civil society.
The Commission has been at loggerheads with Orban for years over Hungary’s rule of law, and more recently over his efforts to block aid to Ukraine. It was widely expected to launch such an infringement procedure after the laws were passed by the Hungarian parliament, dominated by the ruling Fidesz party, in December.
The nationalist Orban insists that the legislation, which clamps down on the foreign funding of political candidates, as well as any body or individual with influence over public discourse, is vital to curb foreign influence.
Political candidates violating the rules on funding will face up to three years in prison.
The newly established Office for the Defence of Sovereignty, led by a government appointee, has the power to probe recipients of foreign funding. It can demand public and private information from targets, as well as Hungary’s intelligence services.
Critics warn that the laws, viewed as similar to draconian laws implemented by President Vladimir Putin in Russia, hand Orban the power to set the security services on opponents and critics. (ER: Wait until Tucker’s interview has been put out.)
The Commission said that the law violates a wide range of fundamental values, including the principle of democracy, the right to privacy, protection of personal data, freedom of expression, information and association, and the right to a fair trial, among others. (ER: we don’t even begin to understand this list in the context.)
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