Hungary’s ruling party plans to amend constitution to ban settlement of migrants

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party wants to amend the constitution to ensure that the EU cannot force the country to resettle migrants, Reuters reported. The amendment was submitted to parliament by Prime Minister Viktor Orban in 2016, but it failed to muster the required two-thirds majority after opposition party Jobbik blocked its passage. In the April 8 election, Orban’s party won a third straight term with more than two thirds of the seats, giving it the power to pass constitutional amendments. Fidesz lawmaker Mate Kocsis was quoted by MTI on Thursday, stating that the party also wants parliament to discuss a “Stop Soros” bill, which would tighten rules on non-governmental organisations, including those of Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros.