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Hungary: Independent Media, Freedom of Expression Struggle Following Viktor Orban's Re-Election

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Hungary anti-immigration PM Orban wins election

Analysts at HSBC said Orban's strong mandate "could be problematic if it serves to embolden its nationalistic policies and strengthens its hand in its arguments with the European Union over the rule of law or migration".

"A change to the judiciary isn't among priorities", Gergely Gulyas, a deputy chairman of Orban's Fidesz party, said in an interview on Tuesday in Budapest.

The government has been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes in its relentless campaign against Soros, who is Jewish.

"Orban has more backbone and character than all the cowards of the European Union combined", Geert Wilders, chairman of the Dutch anti-Islam Party for Freedom said in a tweet in April 2017.

"The people of Hungary have voted yesterday and the European Union is a union of democracy and values", a spokesman for the European Commission told a regular press briefing. Still, relations between Orban and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been weighed down by their differences over immigration.

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"It is quite obvious that there are also controversial issues in our cooperation, the different stances in migration policy come to mind", spokesman Steffen Seibert added.

In line with the most positive opinion polls for the party before the election, Fidesz appears to have won the exact number of seats needed for a super-majority in parliament, with 67 percent of seats from just under 50 percent of the vote, according to official results. The laws are aimed at curbing foreign funding of NGOs.

After the Fidesz party secured a strong majority in the country's parliament in Sunday's elections, there have been reports that the new government could adopt a legislation to ban migration-friendly, non-governmental organizations on Hungarian soil. "This is terrifyingly serious". The party began its current string of victories in 2010, when Hungarians' disillusionment with the Socialist government-and more generally with the effects of the postcommunist transition and the 2008-9 financial crisis-allowed Fidesz to capture a constitutional supermajority, which it used to adopt a new constitution, change the country's electoral laws, and assert government control over independent media, as well as making other, less conspicuous changes.

A staunch supporter of establishing close relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a popular figure with other nationalist populists, including US President Donald J. Trump and former Slovak President Robert Fico, Orban vowed to defend Hungary from Muslim migrants and renewed his call for keeping Muslims out of Europe. "With great power comes great responsibility, so the saying goes. They planted hatred in people's heart, which is very sad", said Balazs Bansagi, 45, a quality controller.

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