Viktor Orbán’s post-victory intentions are clear: to extend Fidesz control over civil society and remaining independent media outlets. The stage is now set for the EU – with European People’s Party MEPs holding the balance – to take action on further violations of democratic principles and values.
The European Union must now belatedly press ahead with both legal and political procedures to halt Hungary’s illiberal course
Hungary will certainly oppose additional sanctions, but it is unlikely to veto a prolongation
A likely ‘no’ vote in Hungary’s legally questionable referendum will provide ammunition for Orbán’s battle with Brussels