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What does the world expect of a Trump presidency?

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.20.2017 | World
The Conversation Global

A waxwork of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is displayed during a media event at Madame Tussauds in London. Neil Hall/Reuters Richard Maher, Europ...

Are Muslims New "Ersatz Juden" Of Europe?

Mirnes Kovac | Posted 11.03.2016 | World
Mirnes Kovac

It is not strange that in the midst of an intra-European crisis that scapegoats are in high demand. History teaches us that the weakest were always the best candidates for this role. Unfortunately, today this role is reserved for the Muslims of Europe.

How Hungary and Poland have silenced women and stifled human rights

The Conversation Global | Posted 10.14.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

Women face an uphill battle to fight for their rights under illiberal regimes. Kacper Pempel/Reuters Andrea Peto, Central European University and Wero...

Hungary's Migrant Referendum Is Invalid, But That Doesn't Make It Any Less Dangerous

Patrick Martin-Genier | Posted 10.04.2016 | World
Patrick Martin-Genier

Such a campaign is certainly irresponsible -- even more so because it has been orchestrated by an acting Prime Minister. It represents a serious break with such principles of the European Union as tolerance, democracy, and lack of discrimination.

Large Majority Of Hungarians Reject Migrant Quotas In Vote

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.03.2016 | World

BUDAPEST, Oct 2 (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of Hungarians who voted in Sunday’s referendum rejected the European Union’s migrant quotas a...

The Hungarian Referendum: A Defeat for Orbán But Will Anyone Profit?

Cas Mudde | Posted 10.02.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

It was supposed to be Viktor Orbán's masterstroke: a referendum on the EU quota plan for refugees. Last year he had already laid the groundwork by us...

Nationalist Eastern European Leaders Have A Deeply Troubling Vision For Europe

Roberto Sommella | Posted 09.12.2016 | World
Roberto Sommella

Everyone knows that no Syrian wants to live in a country as inhospitable toward immigrants as Hungary is today, yet Orban acts as if they're all vying to be there.

The Demise of Liberalism

Yascha Mounk | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Yascha Mounk

What's so dangerous about strongmen like Victor Orban or Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not just that they are disdainful of individual rights -- but also that they really do give voice to the will of the people.

It Is High Time for EU to Stand Up to Creeping Illiberal Democracy in Europe

Cas Mudde | Posted 03.04.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

How can the EU elite hope to convince voters that parties like FN and UKIP pose a fundamental threat to the European liberal democracy when they are willing to work with equally illiberal democratic politicians like Erdoğan and Orbán?

What Would Jesus Do For Refugees?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Ideally, there need not be an appeal to religious values when it comes to the respect of fellow human beings. But when politicians invoke Christian values, it is important to remind them what Jesus actually said when it came to the needy and marginalized people in society.

Talking Points in an Illiberal Democracy

Jon Van Til | Posted 01.17.2017 | World
Jon Van Til

As an American, I have lived under illiberal democratic governance in Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia, but never have I experienced an organizational tool as far-reaching and destructive of civic life as the "mafia state" of Viktor Orban as it currently exists in Hungary.

Hungary's Autocratic Regime and Society's Third Sector

Jon Van Til | Posted 01.09.2017 | Politics
Jon Van Til

The prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, established himself as a youthful orator when he joined with the emerging political elite of his society ...

The Polish Boomerang: How Warsaw's Adoption of the 'Budapest Model' Could Threaten the Original in Hungary

Cas Mudde | Posted 01.12.2017 | World
Cas Mudde

The success of the PiS in Poland could turn out to be a poisoned chalice for Orbán. The new Polish government has already raised almost more domestic and foreign concern over the rise of illiberal democracy within the EU than the Hungarian governments have done in the past six years.

Media Advocate Pleased Hungary Scrapped Newsroom Spies Plan

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.13.2017 | Media

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A leading media advocate has welcomed Hungary's decision to abandon a plan to plant spies in newsrooms but said she remains di...

The New Moscowteers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.28.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The Party of Putin does not know, or pretend not to know, that Putin is an empire builder surrounded by ideologues whose vision of the world, though complex and robust, is in all key respects opposed to that of the West. They place right and law in the service of strength and force, rather than vice versa, prioritize order over liberty and treat gay people and other "deviants" as the quintessence of a decadent West, emasculated by the poison of cosmopolitanism.

Up Close and Personal: Migration Crisis in Hungary, Part II

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 10.14.2016 | World
W. Hunter Roberts

People are still showing up at our borders here in Hungary. ZsuZsa from Migration Aid spends her days helping refugees find new ways across the border, keeping them informed with current intel and updated maps.

Viktor Orban's Great Opportunity to Change... Or Not

András Simonyi | Posted 09.28.2016 | World
András Simonyi

Have no doubt, his trail is laced with destruction, he has also left his country with a terrible image world wide. He further damaged the weak European unity. He lacked the finesse to combine hard power with soft power, for it is the prior that he really understands. But he also understood that the disorderly way Europe has been tackling the crisis plays in his hand.

How Hungary's Viktor Orban Became The Villain Of Europe's Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

As European leaders meet Wednesday for an emergency summit on the region's urgent migrant and refugee crisis, the man to watch is Hungarian Prime Mini...

Everyone Should Stop And Reflect On The Look On Mahmud's Face

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 09.16.2016 | World
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

In Europe, we will not be able to restore the childhoods of the thousands of Mahmuds, but we can at least give them the opportunity to grow up in a land of peace and freedom. Is that too much to ask?

How a Vacation Paradise Became an Empire of Darkness

Sebastian Christ | Posted 09.14.2016 | World
Sebastian Christ

Until recently, people weren't particularly interested in the hatred that had been brewing in the heart of Hungary for years. But László, who was employed by a Jobbik-affiliated broadcast station, has finally put a face to the ghastly misanthropy in Hungary.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.

Behind Viktor Orbán's War on Refugees in Hungary

Miklós Haraszti | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Miklós Haraszti

BUDAPEST -- Hungarian authorities have blamed the current situation on Europe's misguided approach to migration in general and -- opening a new front in their anti-EU rhetoric -- on Germany in particular. But much of the chaos we are witnessing is, in fact, intentionally manufactured by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán himself.

The Refugee Crisis Will Define Europe's Future

András Simonyi | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
András Simonyi

While the refugee and migrant crisis is an existential problem for Europe, it is also a huge opportunity. The way it is handled will critically impact not only the future of Europe, but also its identity -- the European ethos -- economics, demographics and indeed (don't be scared!) culture.

A Reminder That A Syrian Migrant's Son Gave Us The iPhone

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business

A Hungary ruled by right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban doesn't deserve to produce the next iPhone. The populist leader has spewed viciously xenopho...

In Hungary, Everyday Citizens Pick Up the Slack Left By Government Inaction

Sergio Tirado | Posted 09.03.2016 | World
Sergio Tirado

Even as the Hungarian government's role in this crisis oscillates between inaction and aggression, the supportive reaction of Hungary's civilian population deserves recognition, especially in a country not typically prone to public protest or demonstration.