From the start of the refugee crisis, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán has been a hardliner, in stark contrast to Angela Merkel’s “open door” stance. At the end of February, he called a national referendum to reject the European Union’s plan for the relocation of migrants through a system of quotas. Hungarians will vote on October 2, and, even if not legally binding, the referendum’s result will be of great political importance.

This timeline reconstructs the most significant events from Orbán’s announcement of the referendum.

Photo Credits CC Peter Tkac

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