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Slovenian Prime Minister backs Hungary over law banning LGBT content in schools

Slovenian prime minister Janez Janša backed his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban last week after the latter faced heavy criticism from fellow EU leaders regarding a law that bans LGBT promotion in school education material and TV content for people under eighteen.


During a joint press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Janša emphasized the importance of respecting the differences and national sovereignty of each member state.

 “There are differences that need to be taken into account and respected and I think there’s a clear division between national and European competences,” he said.

Last week, Poland seemed to be the only EU member state to back Hungary. The nation’s education minister, Przemysław Czarnek, told Polish conservative magazine Sieci on Monday that “we should copy these regulations on Polish soil in their entirety!” But with Slovenia assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union last Thursday, Hungary may have found a significant new ally. 


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