European Jewish group congratulates Viktor Orban for his reelection
Apr 11 2018
Orban told a cheering crowd of his supporters: "We have won".
It would force them to get government permits, their income received from overseas would be taxed and they could be banned from going nearer than five miles from Hungary's borders, where asylum-seekers file claims.
The closure of Magyar Nemzet will be a milestone in the gradual disappearance of independent media in Hungary that western European Union leaders and global rights groups say underlines the country's slide into authoritarianism.
The European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, will write Mr. Orban to congratulate him on his "clear victory", said the commission's spokesman, Margaritis Schinas.
It said: "Our association will continue its activities for as long as people in dire straits ask us for help".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Orban, a German government spokesman said, adding she would work with his new government despite differences on migration.
Orban is a strong Eurosceptic who campaigned on an anti-immigration platform.
Orban's clampdown on non-governmental organizations is also based on his belief that only elected politicians have the right to be involved in politics. But he also deliberately weakened the system of democratic checks and balances, nurturing widespread cronyism, severely limiting media pluralism, and putting ample state resources at the disposal of his government.
The overlapping campaigns, which demonized migrants, "blurred the line between state and party", he said. The party began its current string of victories in 2010, when Hungarians' disillusionment with the Socialist government-and more generally with the effects of the postcommunist transition and the 2008-9 financial crisis-allowed Fidesz to capture a constitutional supermajority, which it used to adopt a new constitution, change the country's electoral laws, and assert government control over independent media, as well as making other, less conspicuous changes.
Orban did not directly answer a question about a report from election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which described campaign rhetoric as "quite hostile and xenophobic".
The EU has launched a battery of legal action against Orban's government, taking it to the bloc's top court over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets United States billionaire George Soros. "I will set up a new government, in a large part with new people and a new structure", he said, without going into detail.
Human rights group Amnesty International warned against "attempts to stoke hostility towards refugees and migrants" under Orban.