Hungary is supposedly a member of the European Union whose goals are to further the goal of democracy. However, Prime Minister Viktor Orban is determined to wipe out the very semblance of democracy in his nation. His conservative Fidesz is pushing through Parliament laws that weaken the power of the once independent courts. Hungarian constitutional lawyer, Gabor Halmai, terms the proposed laws an effort that would result in a ‘systematic abolishment of the constitutional order.” Others claim these new laws upset the balance of power between the executive, legislature and judicial branches of government.
Orban has previously attacked “Jewish influence” in government and even claimed that Jewish leaders in Hungary are in reality agents of the Israel government. The new order is simply an attack on free speech and the free press.