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Orban’s Court Chief Survives Impeachment Attempt in Parliament

Viktor Orban

Viktor Orban

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Hungary’s parliament refused to oust the head of the court administration, cementing in power Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s appointee who was criticized for abusing her power when selecting judges.

Orban last month gave a concession to the European Union to indefinitely delay plans to further extend his influence over the judiciary as the bloc mulls whether to cut funding to members that flout the rule of law. Yet Tuesday’s vote means he’s ring-fencing the overhaul of courts carried out in the last decade that brought his nation to a standoff with the EU.