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Orban’s Clash With EU Over LGBTQ Rights Spills Onto Soccer Field

  • Hungarian law chided as ‘shame,’ in latest spat with Budapest
  • Controversy spills into EURO 2020, putting UEFA on defensive
Viktor Orban 

Viktor Orban 

Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg
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Viktor Orban clashed with leaders in the European Union over LGBTQ rights, exposing a widening rift between Hungary’s nationalist prime minister and the rest of the bloc.

The EU’s executive signaled on Wednesday it would begin legal proceedings against Hungary over a controversial law aimed at curtailing LGBTQ content. Orban and European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen traded criticism, with each calling comments from the other a “shame.”