It’s a government that has repeatedly found itself at odds with the European Parliament, Commission and other member states. Now Hungary is facing a delay in receiving approximately €7 billion from the EU’s Covid-19 recovery fund. Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó sits down with FRANCE 24’s Catherine Nicholson to discuss those clashes and some of the issues behind them.
Those issues include: a controversial law which bans the portrayal of homosexuality in Hungarian schools; criticism from the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner of a lack of media freedom in Hungary; the illegal use of Pegasus spyware on the private phones of Hungarian journalists and lawyers; and European Commission demands for more guarantees against fraudulent use of EU funds.
We also discuss the high per capita Covid-19 death rate in Hungary, as well as the upcoming spring general election, ahead of which six Hungarian opposition parties have joined together to present one unified candidate.
Produced by Perrine Desplats, Céline Schmitt, Isabelle Romero and Georgina Robertson