The result of the Hungarian elections has not been a surprise for the bubble of Brussels. They know how popular it is Viktor Orbán and the influence it has on the Hungarian media.
However, the news has been a blow, and a small headache for the European Comission, who would have liked to see a change in the landscape there in Hungary, a change of government. ‘Cause she still has to deal with the cause of collision between Budapest and Brussels which has been going on for years.
This dates back to 2015, when the president of the European Commission, then Jean Claude Junkerwas at a summit in Latvia and then greeted Viktor Orbán saying “here comes the dictator. Hello dictator”. And giving her a big pat on the back.
That inspired hilarious jokes back then, but seven years later the questions of democratic backsliding and media freedom remain largely unaddressed.
So this morning we have seen many frustrated and disappointed EU watchers take to Twitter to say that we should actually be suspended from the European Union. And a lot of disappointment about the comments Viktor Orbán made last night in his victory speech about him calling the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky an “adversary”.