About: Viktor Orbán

Politics 08-02-2021

Is the European Union truly like the Soviet Union?

Will the EU collapse like the USSR? Piotr Maciej Kaczyński puts forward "the power of argument" against "the argument of power" used by politicians such as the Polish or Hungarian prime ministers, who say the EU is similar to the defunct Soviet Union.

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 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.
Future EU 13-07-2020

The EU must stop funding illiberalism

Last week, we had the dubious pleasure of witnessing the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán team up with his Slovenian counterpart Janez Janša and the Serbian President Alexander Vučić. Their request? Asking to be “left alone”; apparently because they do not wish to be bothered by the European Union’s "cultural Marxism", writes Dacian Cioloș.
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.
Europe's East 27-05-2020

Ukraine is getting itself into US election troubles

Ukraine is losing friends: among other mistakes, by playing internal politics, the country’s President has taken sides in the US elections, which may be disastrous for the country in the future, writes Pavlo Fedykovych.

A brief history of graft in Orbán’s Hungary

Corruption is deeply embedded in Hungary, with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán shielded by a cluster of wealthy bosses with close personal and political ties to the leader, writes Szabolcs Panyi.
Elections 18-06-2019

Orban lost in the European wilderness

Despite securing a place among the very few European leaders with a landslide victory under their belt in the EU election, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán is not celebrating, write Balázs Jarábik and Dániel Bartha.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

EU elections in Hungary: The Catch ‘19

Hungary is now caught in an anti-migration and xenophobic discourse as the society did not have the chance to learn or prepare enough, and now it seems almost impossible to change this situation, writes Marcell Lörincz.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

EU elections revive Eurosceptic talks in Poland and Hungary

As we approach the EU elections, the Eurosceptic political rhetoric in Hungary and Poland is once again rising. This is hardly surprising, given the critical view the governing parties and their leaders, Viktor Orbán and Jaroslaw Kaczyński, share towards the EU...
Future EU 12-03-2019

EPP more likely to expel Fidesz if rival groups also ditch troublemakers

If mainstream political groups do not collectively expel their bad apples it could spell an end to measures by the EU to protect democracy in its member countries, write Jean Morijn and Israel Butler.
Enlargement 10-12-2018

EU’s Balkan enlargement policy must now be guided by geopolitics

While the EU has played for time, delaying the EU enlargement process largely because of its own problems, the geopolitical context has changed, writes Vladimir Krulj.
Future EU 09-11-2018

Electrifying Europe to win over populists

Some years ago, Europhobes were a few solitary but loud people who said they wanted to wipe out the European Union. Things have changed: now they are many more and became more ambiguous about their wishes, writes Beatriz Becerra.
Brexit 20-09-2018

The biggest lesson for Europeans from Brexit

The biggest lesson of all for Europe to learn from Brexit is the importance of mobilising young Europeans to vote, writes Roger Casale.
EU Elections 2019 05-09-2018

Constitutional reform for a sovereign Europe

In next year's European election, many politicians will preach about the need to "reform" the European Union but few will know what they are talking about. Two who do know are Viktor Orban and Emmanuel Macron, writes Andrew Duff.
Future EU 25-05-2018

European elections in the era of disruption

To some extent the vote next May will be a test of the resilience of the forces of disruption, the main achievement of whom so far being Brexit, writes Geoffrey Harris.

Open Society has done good work in Hungary. Why is it being attacked?

Recently I have taken to counting the billboards attacking George Soros as I walk to my office at the Open Society Foundations, writes Goran Buldioski. There are six along my twenty-minute route and they are part of the latest anti-Soros campaign in Hungary.

Hungary’s law calls for more transparency for NGOs receiving foreign money

In a recent EURACTIV.com interview, the director of the George Soros-funded European Policy Institute makes the incorrect claim that Hungary’s new legislation on NGO transparency is “discriminatory” and is closing the space for dissenting opinions, writes Zoltán Kovács.
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.
Elections 12-05-2017

Albania: How not to lose an election? Refuse to take part…

All eyes are on elections in Britain, France and soon Germany but quite the most bizarre election seen in Europe since the end of communism is due to take ten days after the British poll next month, writes Denis MacShane.
Freedom of thought 05-04-2017

Hungary was once a democracy: Now it is an ‘Orbanocracy’

If democracy was the buzzword of the first two decades following the end of the Cold War, illiberal democracy appears to be the buzzword of today, writes Daniel Penev.
Politics 05-04-2017

How should the EU stand up to the recurring temptation of ‘national democracy’?

Over the last few years, support for right-wing national populists has increased substantially in more than half of EU member states. Adam Balcer asks how it undermines European identity and how this challenge can be overcome.

Hungary’s actions speak louder than words

Civil society is an essential part of any functioning democracy. While Budapest talks of dialogue and free debate, its actions speak of a slide towards authoritarianism, writes Neil Campbell.
Future EU 06-03-2017

Visegrád on Juncker’s White Paper: No to a multi-speed Europe

The V4 do not want federalisation, nor a return to only the single market. The emergence of multi-speed Europe is particularly undesirable for them. However, this is where the Visegrád consensus ends, writes Vít Dostál.