As can be seen on the above map, Hungary is right next to Ukraine. While they are in NATO, neither Austria nor Switzerland are in NATO. If the parties led by the extreme left (Melechon) and the extreme right (Le Pen) take enough seats in the French parliament, France could leave NATO and Putin could have a straight march to the Atlantic. Both Melechon and Le Pen are pro-Russia, pro-Putin and Anti-NATO. The main difference between the two is that Melechon, a communist, wants open borders, while increasing wages and maintaining a welfare state, which doesn’t add up.
Orban is the Prime Minister of Hungary. The new President of Hungary, Novák Katalin, has spoken against Putin’s invasion of Ukraine: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2022/05/15/new-hungarian-president-inaugural-speech-condemns-putins-aggression-❤%EF%B8%8F🇭🇺/
It’s unclear if Orban still loves Putin, but he appears to want Russian oil and gas. Hungary is in physical danger, that’s for certain.
“Orban Imposes New State Of Emergency In Hungary, Saying Ukraine War Poses ‘Constant Danger” May 24, 2022 By RFE/RL’s Hungarian Service https://www.rferl.org/author/rfe-rls-hungarian-service/opvuq_
“BUDAPEST — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has imposed a new state of emergency in the country, citing the war in Ukraine, which he said “poses a threat to our physical security.”
Speaking in a video message posted on Facebook on May 24, Orban said no one can see an end to the war, which began three months ago when Russia invaded Ukraine.
“This war means a constant danger to Hungary. It poses a threat to our physical security. It threatens our economy and our families in terms of energy supplies and material security,” Orban said.
The war and the sanctions imposed by the European Union have led to huge economic turbulence and drastic price increases, he said.
“The world is on the brink of an economic crisis. Hungary must stay outside of this war and must protect the families’ material security,” he added.
The state of emergency, which is to begin at midnight, enables the government “to react with all available instruments to protect Hungary and Hungarian families,” he said.
Hungary already is under a state of emergency that was declared because of COVID-19, but it is due to expire on May 31.
New rules that will be in effect under the change will be announced on May 25, Orban said.
Shortly before the announcement, the Hungarian parliament amended the constitution to allow for such a measure.
Orban’s Fidesz party, which won reelection on April 3, commands a two-thirds majority in the chamber.
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) denounced the declaration, saying the state of emergency “has become permanent.”
The move gives Orban “more leeway than usual,” allowing him to “restrict or simply suspend everybody’s fundamental rights,” TASZ said.
Orban, in power for 12 years, has been accused by his Western partners of abuses of power in his country, a member of both the European Union and NATO.” With reporting by AFP
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“Hungary’s pro-Putin Prime Minister Viktor Orban announces new State of Emergency due to concerns over Ukraine – replacing the Covid one that would have expired next week
* Hungary has declared a legal ‘state of danger’ in response to war in Ukraine
* Orban’s party passed a constitutional amendment to allow the declaration
* The government can now enact laws by decree without parliamentary oversight
* A similar measure introduced amid Covid was set to expire on June 1
* Despite Hungary’s NATO membership, Orban has maintained strong relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin “ By DAVID AVERRE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 17:01 EDT, 24 May 2022, UPDATED: 18:01 EDT, 24 May 2022 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10850855/Hungarys-pro-Putin-leader-Viktor-Orban-announces-new-State-Emergency-Ukraine-concerns.html