Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2015.

Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.

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How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump

Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, right, leader of Poland's Law and Justice party. (Attila Kisbenedek, Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Break Up Europe’s Axis of Illiberalism

If the EU really wants to punish Poland, it should turn up the pressure on Hungary.


Why Can’t We Be Illiberal Friends?

Orban and Trump were expected to reset U.S.-Hungarian relations. A year later, the two countries are still at odds. What went wrong?

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Who’s Afraid of George Soros?

How an octogenarian businessman became the bogeyman of Europe.

TOPSHOT - Protesters hold candles and shout slogans during a demonstration outside the Polish Parliament as Polish Senators decide on a new bill changing the judiciary system, July 21, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Wojtek Radwanski        (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland Sets Stage for EU Standoff

A contentious overhaul of the country’s judiciary could see Brussels invoke the “nuclear option.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) arrive at the main hall of Pesti Vigado cultural center prior a joint press conference with V4 - Visegrad countries Prime Ministers in Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2017.
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Hot Mic Catches a Fiery Bibi in Budapest

In a closed-door meeting, the Israeli prime minister talked tough on Syria — and even tougher on the EU.

QIONGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 08:  (CHINA OUT) Founder of Soros Fund Management LLC George Soros attends the Boao Forum for Asia on April 8, 2013 in Qionghai, Hainan Province of China. State and government leaders from Asia and other regions have been invited to attend three-days of economic meetings for the annual Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, a coastal town in south China's Hainan Province.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Hungary’s Orban Targets Soros in New Anti-Immigrant Campaign

The Soros posters are part of an ongoing battle over Hungary’s political future.

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EU Takes Poland to the Woodshed Over Rule of Law

For the first time in history, EU ministers had to discuss whether rule of law still prevails in a member state.

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EU Commissioner Launches Legal Action Against Hungary

As the European Parliament debates Orban to his face.

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Strange Bedfellows Teaming up to Support Embattled Soros-linked University

Central European University may be saved from Hungary’s illiberal government by —the country’s far-right party?

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Unrest in Venezuela and Hungary, An Attack in Egypt, Tillerson to Moscow: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

Catch up on all the top headlines from the weekend, and read what to watch in the days to come.

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How One European Party Shows the EU’s Struggle to Protect Its Own Values

The uproar over Hungary’s bid to close a university tests one of Europe’s foremost transnational parties.


Hungary Passes Law Targeting Soros-Founded University

Central European University was meant to train democratic thinkers. Now, Hungary is moving to shut it down.

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