About: illiberal democracy

Freedom of thought 06-10-2017

Orban says Brussels bureaucrats under Soros influence

Hungary will defend its tough new laws on non-governmental groups all the way to the European Court as the EU legal action against it was barely worth discussing, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (6 October).

Central Europe 05-10-2017

EU steps up action against Hungary over ‘anti-Soros’ NGO law

The EU yesterday (4 October) intensified its legal action against Hungary over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets US billionaire George Soros.

Hungary set for another ‘national consultation’ targeting Soros

Hungary is set to launch another "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said on Tuesday (19 September), paving the way for fresh attacks on the man portrayed as the public enemy before next year's elections.

Elections 19-09-2017

Budapest in ire as EU inspectors call at Orbán’s village

With an extravagant football stadium and an EU-funded narrow-gauge train famed for its lack of passengers, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's home village of Felcsut makes for an offbeat tourist destination.

Elections 08-09-2017

Orban denounces ‘violence’ of EU relocation plan

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whose government committed acts of obvious violence against migrants before the country isolated itself behind a border wall, accused the EU of “violence” in imposing a plan to relocate migrants.

Global Europe 05-09-2017

Turkey and Hungary find common ground after Germany’s election debate

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Hungary supported each other in exposing what they called “populism” and “hypocrisy” in Germany's televised pre-election debate, in which their countries were singled out.

Politics 20-07-2017

Visegrad leaders say EU must show more support for Israel

The EU should better appreciate Israel’s key role in Middle Eastern stability, leaders of the Visegrad Four nations said yesterday (19 July) in a joint attack with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Brussels’ current policy towards the Jewish state.

Elections 18-07-2017

Meeting of minds as Netanyahu visits Orbán

Hungary welcomes Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu today (18 July) on a landmark visit that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán hopes will bolster him in his battle with George Soros and deflect charges of stoking anti-Semitism.

European Commission steps up infringement procedures against Hungary

The Commission opened an infringement procedure against Hungary on Thursday (13 July) for its new law on foreign-funded NGOs, and went a step further in another infringement it had launched in April over the Higher Education Law, that seeks to close the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros.

Freedom of thought 12-07-2017

Soros ‘distressed’ by ‘anti-Semitic’ Hungary campaign

US billionaire George Soros hit back yesterday (11 July) at a Hungarian government anti-immigration poster and media campaign that he said uses "anti-Semitic" imagery.

Elections 10-07-2017

Hungarian hard right launches new anti-liberal, racist movement

Hundreds of Hungarian right-wing militants gathered in a Budapest suburb on Saturday (8 July) to launch a new political movement they hope will run in next year's parliamentary elections on a ticket that includes open racism.

Energy 06-07-2017

Hungary joins Gazprom pipeline, as Trump touts US LNG

Hungary signed a deal with Russia's Gazprom to link the country with the Turkish Stream pipeline by end-2019 yesterday (5 July), a day ahead of President Donald Trump's trip to Poland, where he is expected to promote US LNG exports.

Central Europe 15-06-2017

Germany voices ‘great concern’ over Hungarian NGO law

Germany voiced "great concern" yesterday (14 June) over Hungary's crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups approved by parliament the previous day. In the meantime the Commission said it will “carefully analyse it”.

Central Europe 31-05-2017

Germany to propose cutting funds to EU members that violate rule of law

European Union members that fail to meet EU standards on the rule of law could lose access to its financing under German proposals for the reform of the cohesion fund system seen by Reuters yesterday (30 May).

Future EU 30-05-2017

Decisiveness with Hungary is also about EU survival

The Hungarian authorities are increasingly eager not only to disregard EU laws and norms but to publicly embarrass the Union, writes Daniel Penev.

Global Europe 24-05-2017

US reject talks with Hungary over higher education law

The United States has no intention of negotiating with Hungary about its new higher education law, which could force a top university founded by US financier George Soros out of the country, the US State Department said yesterday (23 May).

Freedom of thought 22-05-2017

Hungarians protest government crackdown on universities, NGOs

Thousands of protesters marched through Budapest on Sunday in a demonstration against tough laws targeting foreign-backed NGOs and higher education institutions, amid rising tensions between Budapest and Brussels.

Central Europe 19-05-2017

Poland defies EU over asylum seekers

Poland refused yesterday (18 May) to yield to pressure from the European Union to take in any asylum seekers under a relocation scheme despite an EU threat of legal action.

Freedom of thought 18-05-2017

Hungarian vote badly divides EPP group

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) was badly fractured yesterday (17 May) over a vote condemning the "serious deterioration" in the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary, with 107 of the group's MEPs voting against the instructions of the EPP leadership, and only 92 following them.

Central Europe 17-05-2017

Commission ups pressure over Hungary’s anti-migrant policies

The European Commission officially opened another infringement procedure against Hungary on Wednesday (17 May) over the latest amendments to its asylum law, which open the door to various types of abuses of asylum seekers.

Central Europe 17-05-2017

Commission sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

The European Union yesterday (16 May) set a June deadline for Poland and Hungary to start admitting their share of migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece or risk sanctions.

Elections 16-05-2017

EU ministers to debate threats to rule of law in member state Poland

For the first time ever, EU governments will debate today (16 May) on what is considered to be internal affairs of one of the Union’s members – Poland.

Central Europe 15-05-2017

Macron’s win puts pressure on Poland, Hungary to align with EU

While the election of Emmanuel Macron as French president with a vision of closer European Union integration was a relief to much of Europe, for Poland and Hungary it fanned fears of losing influence.

Freedom of thought 02-05-2017

Pro-EU Hungarians rally against Russian influence

Thousands of Hungarians rallied in Budapest Monday, chanting "Europe, not Moscow" in support of the EU and against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whom protesters said is too close to Russia.