The incumbent prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, won the 2022 Hungarian election and starts his fourth term today.
The controversial Eastern European leader, who is condemned by EU bureaucrats for his tough stances on immigration and identity politics, won by popular vote last night and stated “Our win is so huge you can see it from the Moon, I don't pay no mind to Brussels”.
Orban has also been known to sing praises about Russian president Vladimir Putin, importing oil and gas as their neighbor Ukraine is being invaded and new evidence of war crimes surface.
Despite that, Hungary joined the rest of the EU by placing it's sanctions of some Russian goods.
This victory for the far-right Hungarian leader comes at the expense of the EU, who have embraced an anti-Putin unity sphere and liberal values such as gay marriage and minority representation.
Hungary shares a border with the besieged nation of Ukraine, and since the invasion started nearly half a million Ukrainian refugees have flooded into Hungary.
However, Hungary it seems is playing both sides: By placing sanctions and taking in refugees, and by denying arms destined for Ukraine to be transported through Hungary along with importing Russian gas and oil.
Orban is also the only EU and western leader openly critical of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
With the incumbent prime minister accusing Zelensky of “Forging a pact with leftist paramilitaries and opposition party leaders to drag Hungary into the war”.
Since the end of the Cold War, Orban has been anti-communist and anti-leftist.
Hungary's history with Russia going back to the former Soviet Union and the defunct Warsaw Pact, means that a lot of Hungarians were willing to re-elect the nationalist conservative despite continuing to trade with Putin, who's war in Ukraine is seen by some as the 3rd attempt to revive the USSR.
Since the war in Ukraine began over a month ago, a big societal tone shift in the EU occurred.
From Barcelona to Warsaw, hundreds of thousands have marched in support of Ukraine, with some major sites like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin hoisting the familiar blue and yellow bicolour flag of Ukraine in support.
No such action has taken place in Hungary, Orban stated “Hungary should keep out of the conflict between two large countries, it's too dangerous for a small nation like Hungary to dabble in such affairs”.