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‘Charm Cannon’ Justice Minister Varga Among Most Influential “Powerwomen” of 2020

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.01.06.

Netherlands’ most popular political weekly ‘Elsevier Weekblad’ has ranked Hungary’s Minister of Justice Judit Varga fifth on its list of the 20 most influential women in politics. Varga shared the news on social media.

“The popular Dutch weekly, Elsevier Weekblad ranks me among the 20 influential female politicians in good company of Belgian, New Zealand and Finnish Prime Ministers and the Slovakian president. I am labeled as a ‘charm cannon’ of PM Viktor Orbán and a lovely ex-lawyer tasked with convincing the world: Hungary indeed is a state with a sound rule of law. The stakes are high enough…Will do my best,” Minister Varga writes on her Facebook page.

On Twitter, she later called herself honored to be featured in the magazine among the 20 influential “powerwomen” for 2020.

Judit Varga’s name also appeared on last year’s annual list of the most influential women in Hungary by Forbes Hungary.

Justice Minister Varga: Rule of Law Often Used as Political Weapon

She holds a degree in law and was previously an advisor for Hungarian MEPs. Later she became Minister of State for European Union Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office. After Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s nomination, Varga was appointed for the post of Hungary’s justice minister last July.

She’s known to be a fiery defender of the Orbán government. According to Varga, Hungary is the target of a “witch hunt” in the EU mainly due to its insistent “rejection of migration.”

Varga is also a member of the Hungarian governing party’s three-member committee in charge of negotiating with the EPP’s ‘group of wise men’ evaluation panel determining Fidesz’s “future European perspectives” after its suspension from the party family.

Featured photo by Gergely Botár/kormany.hu