Hungarian MEP charged with spying on EU for Russia


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Jobbik is now Hungary’s second most popular party

Hungarian prosecutors have charged one of the country’s members of the European Parliament with spying for Russia.

Bela Kovacs, 57, from the nationalist Jobbik party, has denied the charged.

A Hungarian inquiry began in 2015 after the European Parliament lifted Mr Kovacs’ immunity.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, leader of the right-wing Fidesz party, has warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A Fidesz party spokesman said the charges were a “serious European-level affair” against “a Jobbik politician”.

Jobbik said it “welcomed” the case after it had been “dragged out for three-and-a-half years by the Fidesz state machinery”.

Since Mr Orban’s re-election in 2014, Jobbik’s popularity has grown. Opinions polls…

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