Hungary: Orban’s Party Boycotts Session of Parliament to Further Stall Sweden’s NATO Bid

Source: US News & World Report

“Lawmakers from the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban boycotted an emergency session of parliament on Monday where a vote was scheduled to place Sweden’s bid to join NATO on the legislative agenda, adding to 18 months of delays that have angered Hungary’s allies. The governing Fidesz party, which holds an absolute majority in parliament, has stalled Sweden’s bid since July 2022, alleging that Swedish politicians have told ‘blatant lies’ about the condition of Hungary’s democracy. After Turkey’s parliament voted to approve Sweden’s accession in January, Hungary became the last of the military alliance’s 31 members not to have done so, leading its allies to pressure the nationalist government to hold a vote without delay.” (02/05/24)