Viktor Orbán’s Latest Move

And How the EU Can Take Charge of the Illiberal Trouble Makers

19 December 2018

Edit Zgut-Przybylska

Visegrad Insight Fellow

The EU institutions should step up with complementary and comprehensive measures against antidemocratic member states that are undermining the rule of law, including the increasingly authoritarian Hungarian government.

The Orbán regime has entered a new authoritarian level. Democratically elected members of the parliament were forcibly thrown out from the state television’s building on Monday.

There was no disorder; they only wanted to get their petition to be read on air in the otherwise well-functioning governmental propaganda machine, but instead of being welcomed by the so-called “fake news” editor Dániel Papp, they were met by armed security services.

The situation is also riddled with systemic irony in the fact that such infringements will soon be dealt with the newly-established parallel administrative courts whose members are appointed by the Minister of Justice.

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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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