‘National consultation’ looms as court defeats anger Orban

Irish Times | Feb 14, 2020 at 4:26 PM
  • Hungary’s government plans to hold a survey of citizens’ views on issues including how schools and prisons are run, after it was ordered to pay compensation in court rulings that angered nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban.
  • Mr Orban denounced recent court decisions that the government should pay compensation to Roma families whose children suffered discrimination and segregation, and to prisoners who were held in unsatisfactory conditions.
  • After his government was ordered to pay a total of about €300,000 to the families of 60 Roma children who were given inferior teaching and excluded from certain classes and activities, Mr Orban defended the local ethnic Hungarian majority and accused NGOs and lawyers of fleecing the state.