Von der Leyen ‘concerned’ over Hungary virus emergency law
While saying EU countries may need extraordinary measures to tackle the pandemic, she added: “I am concerned that certain measures go too far – and I’m particularly concerned with the situation in Hungary.”
Hungary’s parliament, dominated by Orbán’s ruling party, handed the prime minister the power from Tuesday to rule by decree until his government decides the virus crisis is over.
The emergency law also threatens journalists with prison if they publish “falsehoods” about the virus or the government’s actions to slow it.
On Thursday Hungarian government spokesman Zoltán Kovács sharply rejected criticism of the law, saying: “Not only are we being criticised, but we are being subjected to a political witch-hunt and coordinated smear campaign.”