Hungary’s rightwing government has opened a potential new front in its war of words with Brussels by hosting a lavish international gathering for an American Christian organisation that has been accused of being anti-LGBT hate group with links to the Kremlin. The 11th World Congress of Families (WCF) summit meeting kicked off in Budapest on Thursday with a typically pugnacious speech by Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, who accused the European Union of being dominated by a “relativising liberal ideology that’s an insult to families”. In his address, Orban announced new measures encouraging Hungarians to have more children to reverse long-term population decline. It came as Hungary is locked in a confrontation the EU over a catalogue of issues – including its policies towards asylum seekers, civil society groups and the Budapest-based Central European University, funded by George Soros, which could be forced to close under new legislation.
May 26 / The Guardian