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Hungary's Anti-Immigration Leader Wins Super-Majority

It's not a good night for the "more Europe" philosophy as Hungary's Viktor Orban won reelection with a super-majority.

Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban won reelection with a two-thirds majority. He is strongly anti-immigration. With a supermajority victory, Orban may seek constitutional reforms that will not go over well with the "more Europe" crowd.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, who has set about transforming this former Soviet bloc member from a vibrant democracy into a semi-autocratic state under one political party’s control, appeared to have won a sweeping victory in national elections on Sunday, with 93 percent of the vote counted.

By securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament, Mr. Orban’s Fidesz party — along with its ally, the Christian Democrats —— now has the power to change the Constitution and further bend the nation to his will.

Western officials view Mr. Orban’s style of government as a threat to values such as the rule of law and a free press.

Mr. Orban’s victory is likely to embolden other leaders who have used a similar playbook, including those in neighboring Poland, where the governing party has openly emulated his tactics.

Mr. Orban built his campaign on castigating Western nations as a hostile, multicultural force, where Muslim immigrants ran wild and where traditional family values were under constant assault.

Instead of looking to France or Germany for inspiration, Mr. Orban has talked fondly of the autocratic systems of Turkey and Russia.

Edit Zgut, a foreign-policy analyst at Political Capital, a research organization based in Budapest, said Mr. Orban had proved effective at channeling public anger. Among the most frequent targets of Mr. Orban’s scorn has been George Soros, the American billionaire and philanthropist who was born in Hungary.

Bright Side

Regardless of whatever else you may think about Orban, anyone running on an anti-George-Soros platform cannot be all bad.

And, if you are wondering whom to credit for Orban's huge victory, please turn to Germany and thank Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Giving Credit

Question of the Day

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

As Hitlary demonstrates, a loss by the establishment is a sign from below that the anti-establishment has lost its mind and cannot possibly make their own decision. It is incumbent on the establishment to impose greater control so these backward nationalist do not harm themselves (us). Expect taxes, and the blaming of minorities and foreign boogymen to rise. Austerity and govt hubris will continue until morale improves.

He might be onto something here... "Mr. Orban built his campaign on castigating Western nations as a hostile, multicultural force, where Muslim immigrants ran wild and where traditional family values were under constant assault."

Funny how not one rich muslim oil country take ANY muslim refugees. And funny how Mish ignores that fact.

Hi Mish, The biggest problem in the word today is overpopulation. Under population and aging in Europe is also a problem. My solution is: let's support European women to bear more babies, plus let's put birth control pills into the aid packets to Afrika.

They're not anti immigration just anti invasion.I would be as well.

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