Rally backs Hungary PM in battle with EU

Viktor Orban's leadership threatens democracy and puts at risk pending bailout, European leaders say.

    At least 100,000 people took to the streets of Budapest on Saturday in support of Viktor Orban, Hungary's two-time prime minister, who is currently caught up in a dispute with the European Union over new laws which the EU says threaten democracy.

    Many Hungarians view the International Monetary Fund and European Union as bullies forcing their way on Hungary, and Orban must keep his supporters happy while also negotiating with foreign powers. Orban has agreed to not merge his country's central bank with the organisation tasked as its watchdog, but he must take more steps to receive an IMF bailout.

    Attila Mesterhazy, the president of the Hungarian Socialist Party, says Orban is trying to portray himself as the protector of Hungarian sovereignty and the attacks on him as attacks on the people.

    Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Budapest.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.