Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the EU are at odds. The EU accuses Hungary of breaking the rule of law when it comes to immigration and in response, Orban has now presented an anti-EU PR campaign.
Applying for asylum in Hungary is difficult since a few years now. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán continues to emphasize that his country does not want any asylum seekers. And in order to counter the EU even more, Orbán has also launched a smear campaign against Guy Verhofstadt, the liberal leader of the EU Parliament.
The Hungarian PM doesn’t care much about the criticism from Brussels as of late. With Italy and Poland he has allies on his side who also want to turn around the EU asylum process.
His government is now launching a smear campaign against Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Liberals in the European Parliament.
Mr Verhofstadt has criticized Mr Orban in recent months because, in his opinion, Hungary is violating human rights.
In response, the Hungarian government places mobile billboards against Verhofstadt at a number of locations in the country.
The billboards state: "Since 2015, hundreds of people have been killed in terrorist attacks, but according to Guy Verhofstadt we do not have a migrant crisis. This is insane! "
Mr Orban’s PR campaign is a response to the poster campaign that Mr Verhofstadt recently held against him. In September of this year, the European Parliament launched a critical report against the Hungarian government of Mr Orbán.
Mr Verhofstadt demanded that the 18 million euros that his poster campaign cost would be deducted from the European funds for Hungary, and he thus launched a poster campaign in which he said that Orbán wants to "destroy" Europe with European money.
Furthermore, EU leaders are worried about the smooth sailing between Budapest and Moscow as of late.
Relations between PM Orban and Russian President Putin are quite good in fact and Brussels is increasingly worried about the influence the Russian could thus have in the other Balkan countries where Mr Orban is admired for his anti-immigration stance.
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