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Why Orbán's "child protection referendum" makes no sense, and why it does

Shortly after the Hungarian law restricting LGBTQ+ content in media and education drew major international flak, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a referendum to defend it. At first glance, the questions seem a bit nonsensical, but a deeper inspection reveals that there is a certain rationale at work here. Analysis.

Dutch ambassador to Hungary: The anti-LGBTQ-law causes anguish in Hungarian families

A law that conflates paedophilia and LGBTI issues is harmful, says Dutch ambassador René van Hell, who will leave Hungary at the end of August. He says that Hungarian politics is also a topic for the Dutch press. Although there are often disputes between the two countries, environmental protection is a common bond between the Netherlands and Hungary. Van Hell had no regrets about coming to Budapest as an ambassador and even traversed the country.

Portrayal and promotion – Hungary's latest anti-LGBT law, explained

Last Tuesday, the Hungarian parliament adopted legislation that prohibited sharing LGBT content with minors and limited sexual education in schools. Since then, 17 EU member states condemned the law in a joint statement and Ursula von der Leyen vowed to use all powers of the European Commission to protect the rights of EU citizens. But what is this law, and how does it fit into the Hungarian government’s anti-LGBT agenda?

Hungary wants EU funds, but only on its own terms

What is the RRF, this hard-to-grasp abbreviation the meaning of which changed many times recently, what does it have to do with rule of law, and why doesn't the Hungarian government want any of what many call "free money?" A crash course on the political dimensions of the EU's Reconstruction Fund.

The European Union as an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone

Despite the progress achieved over recent decades, the equality of LGBTIQ people remains elusive. Opinion piece by Helena Dalli, the European Union Commissioner for Equality.

Orbán is not alone yet, but for a moment, Poland wavered

The Hungarian-Polish veto of the EU's next seven-year budget over the rule of law conditionality has upended European politics. Last week, there seemed to be a blemish on the strong alliance of Orbán and Morawiecki, however, Poland nearly walking back on the veto may instead be a sign of tensions within the country's governing coalition.

Poland and Hungary insist on vetoing the rule of law mechanism

The heads of the Hungarian and Polish governments held a meeting in Budapest on Thursday afternoon where they made it clear: they find linking EU funds to rule of law criteria unacceptable and they stand by the veto announced earlier.

EPP: We will convince the Hungarian government about rule of law conditionality

The Hungarian Prime Minister has announced the political veto of the EU's next 7-year budget over rule of law conditionality, but his party's political family, the EPP, is not willing to give up on the budgetary mechanism. Interview with Pedro Lopez de Pablo, the EPP's Director of Press and Communications.