Bifurcating Paths

Far-right Critics of the EU have Less in Common Than They Pose

12 July 2021

Edit Zgut-Przybylska

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Besides using the European Union as an imperialist punch bag, Eurosceptic parties gathering at the periphery do not see eye to eye on most foreign policy issues.

Incorporating the authoritarian tenets and state capture of right-wing populists with the critical argumentation from left-wing variants makes for a compelling political stance and superficially buffers the governments in Hungary and Poland from domestic electoral losses that could otherwise stem from international criticism.

However, their nationalistic tendencies derived from different sources than similar movements on the continent and the links that bind them are tenuous at best.

The Hungarian Prime Minister is in no man’s land (out of the European People’s party). He wants to build a perception of Eurosceptic unity based on a common fight against EU institutions and norms, and he just started a huge political storm over the attack on LGBTQ+ rights.

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Edit Zgut-Przybylska

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow and re:constitution fellow. Political scientist and sociologist, a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Vice-president of Amnesty International Hungary and a guest lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department of the United States. Focusing on informal power and populism in the context of Hungarian and Polish democratic backsliding.

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