According to an article in the British tabloid Express, The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, was recently invited by the President-elect of the USA, Donald Trump, to the White House, in order for the two political leaders to forge stronger relations between the two countries.

Exchanging pleasantries

The president-elect called Viktor Orban Thursday night, and has praised the Hungarian people for taking a stand against migrant quotas in the EU. Orban was amongs the first European leaders that expressed approval and support for Donald Trump after he was elected as President of the United States. The Prime Minister of Hungary is considered somewhat of a problem man in politics, especially by European leaders like Angela Merkel.

After Orban made the confession to Donald Trump that he is seen as a sort of black sheep by the European Union and that this had strained his relationship with the White House, Trump said he too was also a black sheep, a remark which they both found very amusing.

Trump, who is a businessman by trade, also took the opportunity to praise Hungary’s recent economic growth. Orban also made positive statements about Trump, saying that his interest in financial success and efficiency, instead of political ideologies, is good news for both countries. He is hopeful that now, because the ideologies of both leaders are similar, the economical cooperation between the two countries will be even stronger.

When Donald Trump won the election on November 8, the Hungarian Prime Minister had said during a conference he was very pleased and even enthusiastic that liberal leaders (which he described as being anti-democratic) are beginning to lose influence in politics.

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A volatile Europe

Orban had recently held a referendum in order to limit the migrant quotas. While indeed many voters rejected the quotas, too few people participated in the referendum, which made the poll invalid. Nevertheless, Orban and his party declared it a success.

Euroscepticism is on the rise in all of Europe, not just Hungary. The causes for this are numerous, but the main one has been the way in which the EU government has handled the refugee crisis. After the Brexit, there has also been an increased concern that more states might elect to secede from the Union by way of referenda. Some far-right parties that are dangerously close to winning important votes in their countries of origin have already promised that they would leave the European Union and deport all migrants if they win the elections.

The current situation in Europe is highly volatile. On one hand, there are the far-right parties that have a very radical agenda when it comes to immigration and minorities. On the other hand there are the left-leaning politicians who now have to deal with the outrage of the silent majority, whose complaints had been pushed under a rug during the migrant crisis, while also staying true to their political ideologies and agendas.