Pretext for Revenge

Power Grab in Hungary over COVID-19

27 March 2020

Edit Zgut

Visegrad Insight Fellow

There are clear signs already that the ruling party has begun to use the special legal order for political revenge.

The coronavirus is another reason for the Hungarian government to grab more power.

None of the European countries has gone as far as the Hungarian government in drafting new measures as part of an emergency law, in response to the unprecedented global crisis.

The government submitted a Bill on Protection against the Coronavirus, seeking parliamentary authorisation to extend the “state of danger” invoked on 11 March that would give the government the power to rule by decree, without parliamentary oversight as well as institutionalises censorship.

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Edit Zgut

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Political scientist and visiting lecturer at the Center for Europe at the University of Warsaw. PhD student at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Science. Focusing on illiberalism in Hungary and Poland and the constraining role of the European Union

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