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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban leaves at the end of an EU summit, Brussels Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban leaves at the end of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, June 25, 2021 (AP photo by Olivier Matthys).

Orban’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Crosses a Red Line for Europe

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Violations of democratic norms by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are nothing new, but the explosion of anger in Europe against the anti-LGBTQ law just approved by the Hungarian parliament, dominated by Orban’s Fidesz Party, suggests Orban has crossed a critical red line.

At last week’s European Union summit, no topic garnered more attention, or more fury, than the new law. If descriptions of what went on behind the scenes are accurate, Orban was berated with an uncommon degree of emotional intensity. Leaders of countries from across the EU lambasted Hungary’s self-described proponent of “illiberal democracy” in starkly personal terms—tears were even reportedly shed—a sign that this issue resonates in ways that surpass the many other subjects over which Hungary and its EU partners have been at odds. ...

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