Hungary is the victim of a “baseless, unprecedented attack and disinformation campaign”, Orbán said in a letter addressed to EPP members and leaders. This campaign, he added, had been waged when lives were on the line due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The “attack” on Hungary was not the first, he said in the letter. But it was the “most despicable and most cynical”, it added.
He said those who had taken part in the campaign had spread “falsehoods and lies”, such as the claim that parliament had been shut down. Orbán said the reality was that parliament’s powers had actually been enhanced, adding that the body had the authority to end the state of emergency declared in March and repeal any of the government’s special measures.
Orbán lamented that it was not just the conservative grouping’s “formal political opponents” but also “certain EPP politicians” who had engaged in “spreading fake news”. EPP leader Donald Tusk had “even gone as far as to draw a parallel between” the measures introduced in Hungary and Nazi legal scholar Carl Schmitt, he added.