Hungarian ruling party wants to amend constitution to ban settlement of migrants

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party wants to amend the constitution in order to ensure that the European Union cannot force the country to resettle migrants, the national news agency MTI reported on Thursday, citing the party’s parliamentary leader.

Hungary and some other ex-communist countries in eastern Europe strongly oppose the EU’s efforts to persuade member states to share the burden of taking in the mainly Muslim migrants seeking asylum in the bloc.

The constitutional amendment was submitted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to parliament in 2016, but it failed to muster the required two-thirds majority after opposition party Jobbik blocked its passage.

But in an April 8 election Orban’s party won a third straight term with more than two thirds of seats, giving it the power to pass constitutional amendments.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.