Hungary

The Hungarian prime minister is at a press conference.

Hungary’s Orban Tries to Snatch Mantle of Christian Democracy

Europe’s “illiberal democrat” is on a quest to remake the continent’s politics.

Viktor Orban delivers a campaign speech.

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.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban takes part in a press conference at the Visegrad Summit in Lublin, Poland, on Sept. 11, 2020.

The Dangerous Farce of Late-Stage Orbanism

Lashing out at vulnerable minorities is the hallmark of a weak bully who fears losing power.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Italian Lega party leader Matteo Salvini

Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite

Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels? 

A Slovak Armed Forces aircraft unloads doses of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Kosice International Airport in Slovakia, on March 1.

Sputnik V’s Biggest Legacy May Be Political Turmoil

In Eastern European countries that have accepted the Russian vaccine, destabilization has followed.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a press conference at the end of a European People’s Party meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 20, 2019.

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.

Supporters and employees of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN protest against government attacks on press freedom, in Manila on Feb. 21, 2020.

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.

An elderly woman waves to a volunteer during Christian Orthodox Easter celebration in Bucharest, Romania, on April 18.

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.

Portraits of Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan hang in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Biden’s Victory Is No Balm for American Exceptionalism

Trump was a much weaker potential autocrat than others have faced.

A police officer faces a woman in mask as she argues against a pro-life counter protest in front of Krakow's Archbishop's Palace in Krakow on Oct 25.

Poland’s Culture Wars

Central Europe’s battles over rights are dangerous, and Europe can’t risk handing Russia a victory.

People arrive to watch the actress Zsofia Szamosi perform in the play Pali at the Jozsef Katona Theater in Budapest on Jan. 18, 2019.

Orban’s Macbeth

The tragic figure behind the Hungarian populist leader’s efforts to remake his country’s theater.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for a joint press conference at the end of the European summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on July 21.

Europe’s Faustian Union

The EU’s budget deal shows that the club has long given up on rule of law in its member states.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban poses before casting his vote for the European elections at a polling station in the XII. district of Hungarian capital Budapest, on May 26, 2019.

Viktor Orban Has Declared War on Mayors

Hungary’s prime minister has used the pandemic to drain power from one of the last sources of opposition to his rule.

A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 20. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression

A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Hungary’s Democracy Is Still Under Threat

Viktor Orban’s emergency rule by decree has ended for now, but the return to illiberal politics as usual incites fear and stifles dissent.

People gather around the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on June 4, amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Where Should Confederate Statues Go to Die?

The United States can learn from the graveyards of fallen regimes worldwide.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting at the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw's Lazienki Park on May 14, 2018.

Why Populists Understand Eastern Europe

Liberals have changed the region for the better—but don’t perceive its sense of loss.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (center) votes with other representatives in the Hungarian parliament in Budapest on March 30.

Viktor Orban Can’t Eradicate the Coronavirus by Decree

Hungary’s authoritarian leader has granted himself dictatorial powers, but his neglect of the country’s health system and his powerlessness in the face of a depreciating currency will come back to haunt him.

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