Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban swept to victory on an anti-immigrant platform in April’s elections. While support for his Fidesz party is especially strong in rural areas, resistance to his right-wing policies is growing in the capital.
The EU has started formal proceedings against Hungary for alleged breaches of the bloc's values and the rule of law. Hungary has strongly rejected the accusations as politically motivated.
The two leaders have met as part of the commemorations of the symbolic event that led to an exodus of East Germans to the West. Merkel thanked Hungary for its role in bringing down the Iron Curtain.
The EU needs unity where such things as the single currency require it. But it also needs to have respect for the diversity of nation-states and their importance for democracy, says Boris Kalnoky.
Trump and Orban will meet at the White House for the first time on May 13 for talks on security and trade. Both leaders have taken tough anti-immigration stances and been criticized for policies viewed as anti-Muslim.
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