Hungary’s Orban Dials Dictatorship Up a Notch
Budapest’s faux state of emergency is meant to appease Putin and cement Orban’s hold on power.
The War in Ukraine Undermines Orban’s Illiberal Project
By dividing the Visegrad Group, Russia’s invasion gives Europe’s mainstream an opportunity to fight back.
The Secrets to Viktor Orban’s Success
Hungary’s prime minister will likely win a fourth consecutive election with an original political formula.
Hungary’s Orban Stronger at Home, Weaker Abroad Ahead of Elections
Hopes have faded for Hungary’s united opposition, but Budapest’s neutrality on Russia’s war in Ukraine has cost Orban in Europe.
Viktor Orban Is the West’s Pro-Putin Outlier
Hungary’s prime minister is committed to splitting the difference between Brussels and Moscow.
Hungary’s Orban Pivots Away From Putin as Elections Loom
For 12 years, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has carried water for Putin. Now, he’s wavering.
Hungary’s Opposition Struggles to Take the Fight to Fidesz
What looked like the first and best chance to unseat Orban is bogged down by infighting and inertia.
Hungary’s Strongman Is Running Scared
A unified democratic alliance finally has the chance to beat Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party in elections early next year.
Hungary’s Orban Tries to Snatch Mantle of Christian Democracy
Europe’s “illiberal democrat” is on a quest to remake the continent’s politics.
Hungary’s Opposition Smells Blood in the Water
After three straight electoral victories by Viktor Orban, an unlikely coalition senses a chance to halt the country’s slide into authoritarianism.
The Dangerous Farce of Late-Stage Orbanism
Lashing out at vulnerable minorities is the hallmark of a weak bully who fears losing power.
Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite
Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels?
Sputnik V’s Biggest Legacy May Be Political Turmoil
In Eastern European countries that have accepted the Russian vaccine, destabilization has followed.
How the European Parliament Entrenched the Region’s Autocrats
European parties were supposed to create a European democracy. Instead, they’ve given cover to bad actors.
How Press Freedom Came Under Attack in 2020
Citizens hungry for information turned to the media during the pandemic, but governments around the world used the crisis to restrict journalists.
Western Europe Is Losing Its Immigrants
Eastern Europeans are returning home in droves. Here’s what that means for Eastern Europe’s economies—and the European Union.
Biden’s Victory Is No Balm for American Exceptionalism
Trump was a much weaker potential autocrat than others have faced.
Poland’s Culture Wars
Central Europe’s battles over rights are dangerous, and Europe can’t risk handing Russia a victory.