Has Orbán Become the EU’s Lukashenka? 

What Hungary's Prime Minister did not say in his 'mixed race' speech

9 August 2022

Aliaksei Kazharski

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Viktor Orbán caused a media outrage with his recent speech claiming that Hungarians do not want to become a ‘mixed race.’

The international reaction is understandable, but the speech did not contain anything that the Hungarian Prime Minister had not already been saying for many years. 

Orbán has long styled himself as an ideologist of ‘illiberalism.’ Still, his rhetorical talent is only an instrument of his political survival strategy, which has relied heavily on opportunism typical for post-Soviet autocrats. 

The most interesting part was left out of his speech, and it has to do with how the war in Ukraine brought Hungary, an EU member state, much closer to the post-Soviet regimes and their opportunistic ‘multivectorness.’

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Aliaksei Kazharski

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Researcher at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations of the Comenius University in Bratislava and a lecturer at the Department of Security Studies of Charles University in Prague

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