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Looking forward to the end of the war, whenever it happens, policymakers are already speculating on how many of the refugees and migrants are likely to stay and how many will return.
Orban also told foreign journalists that he did "definitely not" want to stay in the EU, but was forced to do so because of Hungary’s trade links with the bloc.
Hungarian premier Viktor Orban reiterated Hungary’s opposition to the EU’s efforts to raise cash for Ukraine on financial markets, and says its parliament will ratify Sweden and Finland's Nato membership in 'a month and something'.
Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Slovakia protested against the gesture, which comes at a time Hungary faces growing isolation in Europe.
Contrasting stances demonstrate differences within Czechia on how to respond to Budapest's collaboration with Moscow.
The provocative populist Czech leader has barely travelled west during his 10 years in office, instead specialising in courting eastern dictators and neighbouring populist leaders.
Hungary’s radical right-wing leader is struggling to cope with the country’s unfolding cost of living crisis, a task made much harder because of his pre-election spending spree and his isolation inside the European Union.
But the Hungarian strongman may struggle both to exploit the cost of living crisis and to unite Europe's resurgent radical right, particularly if the Russian-Ukraine war grinds on.
Corruption remains a regular complaint of investors as well as a huge domestic political issue that saps confidence in democracy and boosts populist movements.
The Czech Republic finally appears to be breaking out of the V4 straitjacket by building alliances right across the EU to pursue its interests.
The Visegrad Group of four Central European countries is in “deep freeze” because of the Hungarian-Polish split over the Ukraine war, says Sciences Po professor.
The election defeat of Slovenia’s populist SDS means the Hungarian strongman has one less ally in the European Council at a crucial time when the EU is set to trigger the rule-of-law mechanism against Hungary.
The EU is not likely to back down on the Hungarian authoritarian leader's violations of EU values, and his alliance with Putin will continue to put the frayed relationship under strain.
The war in Ukraine completely changed the narrative of the campaign, sidelining the opposition issues of fighting corruption and returning Hungary to the European mainstream.
Undecided voters may prefer Orban's pitch as the leader who can provide peace and security to Hungarians in times of crisis.
Putin's closest ally in the EU can no longer use the Visegrad Group as a megaphone for his own diplomacy.
Duda says Hungary's soft approach to Russia is "difficult to understand" and will be "very costly".
But Nato troops will only be allowed in western Hungary, and military aid will not be allowed to go directly to Ukraine.
Hungary's strongman now tries to portray himself as the leader who can keep Hungary out of the Ukraine conflict.