Politico article decries Orbán’s ‘illiberal’ rule

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An article published yesterday in the respected American political magazine Politico.com, entitled “Europe’s New Dictator”, is the latest among many pieces appearing in the Western media to analyze the anti-democratic tendencies of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. 

According to the article by Colin Woodard, an award-winning journalist and the author of several books, “Many observers both here and abroad fear Hungary will become the first EU member state to abandon liberal democracy, and nobody really knows what to do about it.” The article says that Fidesz’s four years of rule with a two-thirds majority in Parliament have created “an erosion of the independence of the judiciary, the packing of courts with political loyalists, a wholesale political purge of the civil service and the chief prosecutor’s office, new election rules that advantage the governing coalition and the intimidation of the news organizations”.

In other recent coverage, Orbán was described as a “soft dictator” in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled “The New Dictators Rule by Velvet Fist” and his shift to the right was described as problematic in an article in the BBC.


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