About: illiberal democracy

Elections 08-07-2021

Hungary rejects EU demand to ditch ‘shameful’ anti-LGBT law

Hungary on Wednesday (7 July) rejected a demand from the European Commission and many EU lawmakers to repeal new legislation banning schools from using materials deemed to promote homosexuality.
Non-discrimination 07-07-2021

EU warns Hungary to fix anti-LGBTQ law or face action

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday (7 July) warned Hungary to reverse course on its controversial LGBTQ law, as pressure mounts on Brussels to cut EU funding to Budapest.
Digital & Media 02-07-2021

No thanks: Some Europe newspapers refuse political ads from Hungary’s Orbán

Several leading European newspapers have refused to run a paid advertisement signed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, saying they do not want to give space to a politician they accuse of subverting human rights and press freedom.
Non-discrimination 25-06-2021

EU leaders confront Hungary PM over LGBTQ law

EU leaders holding a summit Thursday (24 June) attacked Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over a new law in his country banning LGBTQ content in schools, which they view as homophobic and contrary to EU values.
China 04-06-2021

EU can’t work like this, German official says after Hungary blocks China statement

Hungary's decision to block a European Union statement criticising China's Hong Kong policy was condemned by a senior Germany official, who said the EU's common foreign and security policy was being undermined by a failure of unanimity.

Top EU court dismisses Hungary’s complaint over democracy probe

The top European Union court dismissed on Thursday (2 June) Hungary's challenge against the opening in 2018 of a disciplinary procedure against Budapest for undermining democracy in the formerly communist country.
Politics 21-05-2021

Diplomat: EU could seek to bypass Hungary after series of vetoes

The EU could begin issuing statements on behalf of 26 members rather than all 27 following a series of vetoes by Hungary on a range of issues, an EU diplomat told journalists on Friday (21 May).
Digital & Media 12-04-2021

Orban-friendly owner gets Hungary independent radio frequency

A Hungarian radio station critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that was forced off the air in February said Sunday (11 April) its former frequency had been handed to a station owned by a government-friendly group.
Digital & Media 25-02-2021

Deutsche Welle resumes Hungarian service amid free press fears

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has begun producing material in Hungarian for the first time in decades, driven by concerns at declining media plurality and press freedom in the fellow European Union member.

EU executive expected to increase pressure on Hungary over NGO law

The European Commission is expected to announce more legal proceedings against Hungary on Thursday (18 February) for failing to change a law requiring civil organisations to disclose foreign donors, three officials said.
Politics 30-11-2020

Hungary culture chief condemned for comparing Soros to Hitler

A government-appointed cultural official in Hungary has been condemned for comparing liberal billionaire George Soros to Hitler in an article about Hungary and Poland's row with the EU over rule of law.

The nature of power in an illiberal system

Viktor Orbán’s illiberal state uses democracy and the rule of law as decors of a system which contains no real limitation to the exercise of power. In order to assess the situation of the rule of law in such systems, we must examine the effective functioning of institutions in place, writes Anna Donáth.
Elections 14-08-2020

Hungary opposition pledge anti-Orbán 2022 election pact

Hungary's six largest opposition parties pledged Thursday (13 August) to form an unprecedented wide-ranging alliance to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the next general election in 2022.
Elections 24-07-2020

Illiberal democracy in Slovenia? Yes and no

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša is the strongest challenger to a status quo in which the left has been in power in the country for too long, writes Žiga Turk.
Digital & Media 22-06-2020

Top Hungary news site says independence in ‘grave danger’

The editor of Hungary's most popular news website warned Sunday (21 June) that a planned overhaul would jeopardise its freedom to publish stories critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government.
Freedom of thought 19-06-2020

We can’t fall for Viktor Orbán’s masquerade

We should not be fooled by the latest development in Hungary - ending one state of danger, while simultaneously declaring another - represents the actions of an increasingly autocratic state, writes Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield.

Hungary set to end disputed emergency virus powers

Hungary is set to revoke Tuesday (16 June) anti-coronavirus emergency powers that triggered international criticism amid fears of a power grab by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Future EU 12-05-2020

Hungary summons Nordic diplomats over rule-by-decree row

Hungary summoned the ambassadors of four Nordic countries on Monday (11 May) over their countries' criticism of a controversial law that empowers Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to act by decree against the novel coronavirus.
Politics 10-04-2020

Hungary’s ‘real test’ yet to come, PM says, as coronavirus cases jump

Hungary needs more ventilators and intensive care hospital beds as part of its efforts to weather the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (10 April), as the government reported the single biggest daily increase in infections.
Future EU 02-04-2020

Orbán seeks EPP backing for his absolute powers

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is seeking conservative support to remain within Europe's main centre-right political bloc despite concerns over his adoption of emergency powers to rule by decree.
Future EU 01-04-2020

Sassoli shows his differences with von der Leyen over Hungary

European Parliament President David Sassoli has asked the European Commission to assess whether the new laws introduced in Hungary under the disguise of coronavirus emergency comply with the most important text of EU treaties, he said late on Tuesday (31 March).
Elections 31-03-2020

Von der Leyen warns against democratic backsliding without mentioning Hungary

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warned on Tuesday (31 March) that coronavirus emergency measures by EU countries must be "limited", in a veiled reference to Hungary's nationalist leader Viktor Orbán, who used the pandemic to take on sweeping powers.
Elections 27-03-2020

Coronavirus to father EU’s ‘first dicatatorship’?

A "dictatorship" at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orbán unlimited power.

Hungary’s state of emergency law is a ‘blank cheque’ to Orban, critics say

A draft Hungarian law allowing the government to rule by decree during the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic risks staying in place indefinitely, the opposition has warned.