He may be under fire in Europe but supporters on home soil have rallied en masse in defence of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
More than 100,000 demonstrators gathered in Budapest with the message that they won’t bow down to the West.
Hungary’s centre-right administration however is preparing to compromise in a bitter row with the EU in order to secure a vital loan.
Brussels says new Hungarian laws violate EU rules by threatening the independence of the media, the judiciary and the central bank. Orban will discuss the legal changes required with EU Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso on Tuesday.