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Orban Picks New Hungarian Commissioner After EU Parliament Slap

  • Lawmakers reject Romanian, Hungarian EU Commission candidates
  • Confirmation hearings for EU’s executive arm begin this week
Viktor Orban

Viktor Orban

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was forced to change his pick for the European Union’s executive arm, after lawmakers in Brussels rejected his first candidate without even giving him a chance of a hearing.

In the latest twist of Orban’s battles with EU institutions, the illiberal leader nominated the country’s envoy to the bloc, ambassador Oliver Varhelyi, for the EU Commission. Hours earlier, Hungary’s government lambasted the European Parliament for blocking the candidacy of Laszlo Trocsanyi, attributing it to the Commissioner-designate’s anti-immigration stance.