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Dueling Narratives: EU Overreach vs Hungary's Resistance

Hannah Thoburn

Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?” This was the question asked to Hungarians on Sunday’s special referendum. It was prompted by an outcry from Hungarians at the throngs of Middle Eastern refugees and migrants that have crossed into their country in the past two years, and President Victor Orbán’s disgust at the European Union’s plan to distribute refugees amongst all of its member countries regardless of the wishes of the citizenry.

The referendum was Orbán and his ruling Fidesz Party’s opportunity to snub their nose at European Union and German leadership on the issue. But things did not go precisely as planned. While the results were as expected—a resounding 98.3 percent said ‘No’ to the above question—the turnout numbers have proven to be the fly in Orbán’s ointment.

Read the full article at World Affairs Journal.

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