About: illiberal democracy

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.

Central Europe 27-04-2017

Orbán: Hungary has no big issue with EU, it has a problem with Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he was committed to the EU and accused US billionaire George Soros of "attacking" his country yesterday (26 April) as he defended a law that could close down a university founded by the philanthropist.

Freedom of thought 26-04-2017

Hungary tells EPP it won’t repeat its mistakes

Hungarian centre-right MEPs sent a letter to the European People’s Party (EPP) saying that Budapest will do politics its own way and won't adopt the typically technocratic language that makes politicians lose elections in the West.

Hungarian university president: ‘I need the support of Europe’

The head of a Budapest university pressured by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appealed to Brussels for help yesterday (25 April), a day before the European Commission will announce infringement procedures against Hungary, and when Orbán will address MEPs.

Freedom of thought 24-04-2017

Petition launched to eject Orbán’s Fidesz from EPP

Change.org, a global platform for launching petitions, has initiated a call to the European Peoples’ Party to kick out Fidesz, the political force of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, from the EU’s largest political family which has sheltered him so far despite his authoritarian drift.

Elections 21-04-2017

Soros gets warm Brussels reception amid spat with Hungary

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and several Commissioners will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday (27 April) as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that could close a university he funds, and of legislation targeting foreign-funded NGOs.

Elections 13-04-2017

Anti-government demo forms giant heart in Budapest

Thousands of Hungarians joined fresh protests in Budapest yesterday (12 April) denouncing the government's moves against NGOs and the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros.

Commission to consider minor penalties against ‘illiberal’ Hungary

The European Commission said today (12 April) it will decide by the end of the month on the possibility of launching infringement procedures against Hungary, stopping short of mentioning heavier punishments.

Elections 12-04-2017

László Andor: There is a systemic problem in Hungary

EXCLUSIVE/ EURACTIV spoke with the former Hungarian Commissioner László Andor this morning (12 April) just before the EU executive gathered to discuss the “illiberal drift” in his country.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

UN urges EU to stop sending migrants to Hungary

European countries must stop returning asylum seekers to Hungary because of deteriorating conditions there for new arrivals, including children, and allegations of abuse, the United Nations said yesterday (10 April).

Elections 11-04-2017

Hungarian president signs law threatening Soros university

Hungarian President János Áder yesterday (10 April) approved a controversial law seen as targeting the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros, despite protests at home and abroad.

Freedom of thought 10-04-2017

‘Fake news’ another weapon in Orban’s illiberal Hungary

Few outlets illustrate better the cosy relationship between Hungary's media and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán than Origo, once an independent news source, now seemingly another weapon in the government's armoury.

Major protest in Hungary over Soros university law

Hungary saw the biggest anti-government protest in three years on Sunday (9 April), as tens of thousands demonstrated against new higher education legislation seen as targeting the respected Central European University.