Viktor Orbán’s New Magic Campaign Weapon: “Protecting Sovereignty”

Hungary's entrenched autocrat goes on a new offensive

10 November 2023

Dorka Takacsy

Marcin Król Fellow

Viktor Orbán’s shrewd talent for perpetuating a permanent campaign mode in Hungary has a new slogan, “Protecting Sovereignty”.

Apparently, “protecting sovereignty” might be one of the key motives of Fidesz’s campaign for the upcoming period, with new legislation tabled for Tuesday.

As a logical continuation of former anti-Brussels and Stop Soros campaigns, it builds on the “besieged fortress” mentality Fidesz successfully nurtured for more than a decade and the familiar enemy pictures it paints.

The bill to come

In late September, Máté Kocsis, the leader of Fidesz’s parliamentary group, announced that a “sovereignty protection” bill should be passed in autumn “against left-wing journalists, pseudo-NGOs and dollar politicians”.

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Dorka Takacsy

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and a researcher passionate about politics in Russia and the CEE region. She pursues her PhD studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest, contemplating the broader topic of Russian domestic disinformation about the West. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID), focusing on disinformation.

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