Prime minister’s foe, Lajos Simicska, whose media outlets provided opportunities for criticism, has seen his empire dismantled

In Hungary, where anti-migration prime minister Viktor Orbán has steadily tightened his hold on power since entering office in 2010, he has faced one major source of opposition in recent years: his former best friend.

Lajos Simicska has known the Hungarian prime minister since their school days, and is credited with building the business and media empire that helped Orbán achieve a firmer grip on Hungary than perhaps any other EU leader has over their country.

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