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The Latest: Conservative German Minister Congratulates Orban

The Latest: Conservative German Minister Congratulates Orban

Monday, 09 April 2018 05:37 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on the decisive electoral victory of Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

Germany's conservative interior minister is welcoming Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's "very clear election victory" and warning the European Union against showing arrogance.

Horst Seehofer said he would congratulate Orban on behalf of his Christian Social Union party. As Bavaria's governor until last month, Seehofer sparred with Chancellor Angela Merkel over her migration policy and invited Orban to gatherings of his party.

German news agency dpa reported that Seehofer warned the EU against a "policy of arrogance and paternalism" and said bilateral ties with EU countries are always important even when there are differences.

He said in Munich that "nothing is stronger confirmation than success at the ballot box."

Seehofer's and Merkel's parties are members of the center-right European People's Party group in the European Parliament, along with Orban's Fidesz.

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10:45 a.m.

Luxembourg's foreign minister says Germany, France and others should weigh in against what he calls a "tumor" of scaremongering after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a clear election victory.

Orban won re-election after campaigning on a platform that openly demonized migrants to Europe.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn was quoted Monday as telling German daily Die Welt: "Today it is Hungary and Poland, tomorrow others in eastern and central Europe, even a big founding country of the EU, could develop a taste for undermining values and scaremongering."

He added that after the Hungarian election "it is up to Germany and France, along with all member states that aren't counting on indifference, to weigh in unambiguously on the basis of the European treaties to neutralize this tumor of values."

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1 a.m.

Hungary's right-wing Fidesz party won a landslide victory in a parliamentary election on Sunday, giving Prime Minister Viktor Orban a strengthened hand in his battles against the European Union and civic rights groups at home.

Fidesz and its small ally, the Christian Democrat party, won a two-thirds majority, which is enough to make changes to the constitution.

Orban late Sunday celebrated what he called a "decisive victory."

The right-wing nationalist Jobbik party placed second with 26 seats, while a Socialist-led, left-wing coalition came in third with 20 seats.

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The Latest on the decisive electoral victory of Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party (all times local):10:55 a.m.Germany's conservative interior minister is welcoming Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's "very clear election victory" and...
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