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.
In Hungary, Social Conservatism and Authoritarianism Aren’t the Same
The European Parliament needs to start condemning Orban for the right reasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Survey Says: Hungarians Aren’t Feeling Great About Their Economic Future
After months of attacks on civil society, the mood is gloomy.
Poland Sets Stage for EU Standoff
A contentious overhaul of the country’s judiciary could see Brussels invoke the “nuclear option.”
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.
Hungary’s Orban Targets Soros in New Anti-Immigrant Campaign
The Soros posters are part of an ongoing battle over Hungary’s political future.
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.
EU Commissioner Launches Legal Action Against Hungary
As the European Parliament debates Orban to his face.