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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump prior to the president's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017.

Trump First, Jews Later

Israeli government officials are helping to normalize the violent anti-Semitism of the Christian right.

People attend a demonstration against Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sept. 16 in Budapest as the European Commission considered disciplinary action against Orban's policies. (Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)

The End of Viktor Orban’s Peacock Dance

As the European Union takes long overdue measures to punish the Hungarian regime, the prime minister appears to be moving from rhetorical to real repression.

Viktor Orban gestures during a debate about Hungary as part of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on September 11, 2018. (Frederick Florian/AFP/Getty Images)

In Hungary, Social Conservatism and Authoritarianism Aren’t the Same

The European Parliament needs to start condemning Orban for the right reasons.

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling

Steve Bannon is trying to sell Trumpism to Eastern Europeans—but shared ideologies die hard when they run into economic and military realities.

Austria's Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (L), Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (R) and Austria's Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (C) arrive to give a joint press conference at the end of their meeting at the Viminale palace in Rome on June 20, 2018.

Eastern Europe’s Populists Don’t Care About Italy

Matteo Salvini wants to be buddies with anti-immigrant leaders in Hungary, Poland, and Austria. But sometimes geography trumps ideology.

Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Governor and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer depart after speaking to the media on October 9, 2017 in Berlin.

In Europe, the Only Choice Is Right or Far-Right

As left-wing parties have collapsed, the sole option remaining for voters is conservatism or right-wing populism.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Berlin, Germany, on May 8, 2014.

Viktor Orban Is Just Getting Started

Hungary’s leader used fearmongering propaganda to win. As he entrenches his power, the country’s democratic backsliding will get even worse.

An activist of the new centrist-liberal Momentum party over-pastes an anti-migration billboard on March 28 in Budapest, Hungary. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Hungary’s Strongman Has a Weak Spot

Viktor Orban may have won, but a narrow loss in the countryside suggests that corruption could one day be his undoing.

Gabor Vona (center), leader of the Hungarian far-right Jobbik party with his wife and son  casting his ballot for the European Parliment elections on May 25, 2014 at a local polling station in Budapest.

How Hungary’s Far-Right Extremists Became Warm and Fuzzy

The Jobbik party, once known for its overt racism and anti-Semitism, is trying to reinvent itself as the responsible voice of the center.

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.

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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.
As part of a landmark Hungary visit, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu meets leaders of the so-called Visegrad group, whose nationalists stances have increasingly placed them at odds with the rest of the EU. / AFP PHOTO / PETER KOHALMI        (Photo credit should read PETER KOHALMI/AFP/Getty Images)

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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