Czechs Never Valued EU Membership, Slovaks Learned to Respect It
13th January 2021
EU institutions are yet to make an earnest commitment to helping Hungary’s battered liberal democracy regain its strength. Nevertheless, the short-term alternative to a robust European response is the further consolidation of authoritarianism in Hungary.
Freedom House’s newest annual report has categorised Hungary, a country where a competitive authoritarian regime has come to replace liberal democracy during the 2010s, as only ‘partly free.’ Such a negative change in the status of an EU member state is unprecedented and ought to have manifold practical implications – as well as trigger much critical reflection.