Members of the European Parliament vote to activate the European Union's disciplinary process against Hungary, citing alleged discrepancies administering the rule of law in the country under Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Ministers opt to launch procedure over rule of law violations under Viktor Orbán
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- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Orban used the meeting to call for Russia's relations with the EU to "return to normal", saying "We all are interested in normalizing relationship between Russia and Europe" while Putin described Hungary as an "old and faithful partner".
- Hungarian businessman Lajos Simicska shuts down daily newspaper "Magyar Nemzet" after 80 years in print, and Lanchid Radio in response to Prime Minister Viktor Orban winning a third consecutive parliamentary supermajority. Simicska was a former supporter of Orban until he fell out with the Prime Minister in 2015.
- The National Assembly rejects Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's bill to block the settlement of refugees in Hungary. The far-right Jobbik party abstained from the vote, arguing the immigration ban should apply to all foreigners, and not just refugees.
- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announces that the country will hold a referendum on October 2 where voters will get to choose whether or not to accept European Union-imposed quotas on the distribution of migrants.
- Thousands of opposition supporters in Hungary protest over Prime Minister Viktor Orban's alleged attempts to undermine democracy in the country.