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Christoph Schiltz, Brussels correspondent for Die Welt, broke the mainstream anti-Orbán front in a commentary entitled Viktor Orbán Deserves a Chance. Orbán has failed to clearly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Schiltz proclaimed, but “You can condemn these efforts as not having been agreed with Brussels or as the ego trip of a big shot.”

“Orbán’s solo act is not so wrong. The Hungarian deserves a chance. Alongside Turkish President Erdogan, Orbán is the only European and head of government in NATO who has good contacts with China and Russia.”

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