Orbán’s referendum backfires: a defeat in Brussels and Budapest


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (C) talks to journalists after casting his vote during the referendum on the European Union's proposed mandatory migrant quota scheme at a polling station in Budapest, Hungary, 02 October 2016. The government-initiated referendum, which was officially approved by the National Assembly on 10th May, seeks a yes or no answer from voters to the following question: ?Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly??

Orbán’s referendum backfires: a defeat in Brussels and Budapest

Prime Minister Orbán framed the dilemma of Sunday’s anti-migrant referendum in Hungary as a “Brussels or Budapest” choice. It appears the referendum result dealt a blow to his legitimacy, in Brussels as much as in Budapest.

92,3% of the Hungarians that went to the polls on Sunday voted “No” to the European Commission’s migrant relocation plan. There were approximately 6% spoiled votes. But, the problem, of course, is that only 43.35% of eligible voters thought the referendum was worth a Sunda...

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