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Orbán to pay unofficial visit to Poland today

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will pay an unexpected and unofficial visit to Poland today on the invitation of Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party to meet Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and other leading Polish politicians, Hungarian online daily reported this morning.

The portal reported that Orbán will arrive in Poland on the invitation of the ruling party and his visit is to be private, so the meeting will not be held in the Parliament in Warsaw but at a holiday resort in southern Poland.

The agenda of the meeting is unknown, the portal says, noting that the recently elected Polish government’s actions resemble the governing policy of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party.

International media has widely criticized the new Polish government for attempts at increasing state influence over the constitutional court and media since it was elected a few months ago. The Economist wrote in an article published on Monday that “as Poland moves closer to Hungarian-style illiberal democracy, the European Commission is warning that there may be consequences.”