More Europeans and Americans claim to care about Hungarian politics than they probably should, so Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s re-election on Sunday will spark discussion, particularly on the political right. Here is a friendly reminder that whatever else this vote demonstrates, it is not the vanguard of a new Christian nationalist movement that can or will lead the West.
Mr. Orban entered his fourth term, winning 53% of the vote for his coalition and 135 of 199 seats in parliament, against 35% of the vote for the second largest opposition group. The result shows that Mr. Orban’s agenda suits part of the electorate. This is particularly true of his approach to cultural issues, where his conservative views on sexual ethics may be closer to the European mainstream than his critics elsewhere in the European Union are willing to admit.
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