Hungarian voters' ability to make a fully informed choice in the country's election was impaired by xenophobic rhetoric and media bias reducing real political debate, OSCE monitors said Monday.
Fidesz, in a coalition with the smaller Christian Democratic People's Party, has held a two-thirds supermajority in Parliament for the past eight years, allowing it to change the constitution without a referendum.
A German government spokesman said Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Orban and called for cooperation despite differences. However, with almost all votes counted, results show Jobbik trailing far behind with 19.67 percent, the Socialists on 12.42 percent and the environmentalist LMP party on 6.97 percent.
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Buoyed by a strong economy, Orban was always expected to win, but the strong backing for his euroskeptic and anti-immigration platofrm represents a headache for the European Union.
If migrants settle in Hungary, Orban claims Hungary's economic development will end, its support for rural areas will dwindle, women and girls will be "hunted down" and Budapest, the capital, will become 'unrecognizable'. Multiculturalism, he said, "is only an illusion".
Orban, Hungary's longest-serving post-communist premier, opposes deeper integration of the European Union and - teaming up with Poland - has been a fierce critique of Brussels' policies. Migration, he said, threatens the "sovereignty and cultural identity" of Hungary. Netanyahu, who visited Hungary last summer, also thanked the Hungarian leader for his support of Israel in worldwide forums. He added: "for us migration is not a solution but a problem. not medicine but a poison, we don't need it and won't swallow it". It followed strong election performances from other anti-establishment parties in recent European elections in Italy last month and in Austria and Germany past year.
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"Hungary continues to stand on constitutional foundations", he told reporters. In a 2015 interview with POLITICO, he suggested the bloc's leaders instead focus more on strengthening the EU's external border.
Orban also said the government had not yet discussed the issue of George Soros' Budapest-based Central European University, which announced on Monday an agreement to open a new satellite campus in neighbouring Vienna. "Parallel societies? Muslim communities living together with the Christian community?"
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