After the Fidesz party secured a strong majority in the country's parliament in Sunday's elections, there have been reports that the new government could adopt a legislation to ban migration-friendly, non-governmental organizations on Hungarian soil. The 54-year-old political has built his career on nationalist rhetoric: he used to frighten voters with large-scale immigration, painting himself as defender of national sovereignty and "Christian Europe".
They split paths in the mid-1990s as Orban transformed Fidesz into a conservative party, a move which helped Orban win the prime ministership in 1998.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban scored a crushing election victory to clinch a fourth term, in a boost to populist forces that are challenging the European Union's multi-cultural, democratic values. "Stop Soros" refers to Hungarian-born USA billionaire George Soros, whose funding of liberal democratic, open-border causes in Europe has made him a bitter adversary of Orban.
Mr Orban took a hard-line approach during Europe's 2015 migrant crisis, building razor-wire anti-migrant fences on Hungary's borders with Serbia and Croatia.
One non-governmental organisation described the prospect of the bill as "terrifyingly serious".
Soros has rejected the government campaign against him as "distortions and lies" meant to create a false external enemy. "The EU is not Brussels, the EU is in Berlin, Budapest, Prague and Bucharest", said Viktor Orban, noting that he did not approve the policy of Brussels.
Hungary is proof that euroskeptic nationalism and populism is alive and kicking in the European Union, in spite of some who thought otherwise after Emmanuel Macron's victory past year in France. European Union leaders have warned those laws would undermine the country's democracy. "President Juncker and the commission believe that the defence of these values and principles is a common duty for all member states, without exception", Schinas said.More news: Uber acquires electric bike sharing company Jump
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Orban has been using Soros and his causes as a political punching bag, even going so far as claim that there were activists that were actively being paid by Soros. Nationalist Jobbik was projected to win 26 seats, with the Socialists in third place with 20 lawmakers.
Some of the NGOs that could be hit by the new law said they expected a hardening in the new government's stance. Lack of proper opposition cooperation provides another two-thirds majority for Fidesz. "This is terrifyingly serious".
Magyar Nemzet, a national daily newspaper established in 1938, said on its website Tuesday that it was working on its last edition.
Mr Orban, Hungary's longest-serving post-communist leader, opposes deeper integration of the European Union and - teaming up with Poland - has been a fierce critique of Brussels' policies. While Merkel said in a congratulatory letter to Orban that he can count on Germany as a "reliable partner" in European and bilateral matters, her chief spokesman referenced divisions.
The critics of Prime Minister Orban say he has pushed the country in an authoritarian way and that it is fueling xenophobia with its anti-immigrant policy and its sharp words towards migrants.
Early on Monday, about 300 young people gathered in the capital Budapest to protest the election results. "They planted hatred in people's heart, which is very sad", said Balazs Bansagi, 45, a quality controller.