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 a guest lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department of the United States. Doctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology in the Polish Academy of Sciences. Focusing on informal power and populism in the context of Hungarian and Polish democratic backsliding.

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