Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
Director, Political Capital Policy Research & Consulting Institute
Gabor Attila Tóth
Associate Professor, University of Debrecen
In a speech a few weeks ago, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced his intentions to turn Hungary into an 'illiberal state', modeled after China, Turkey or Russia. Commentators argue that this only makes explicit the policies which the Orbán government has been pursuing over the past years, and even more so since parliamentary elections in April this year, now with a two-third majority behind them after. These included constitutional changes that weakened Hungary's judiciary system and its institutions including the constitutional court, that reformed the electoral system in favor of the ruling party and that imposed other limitations to individual and press freedom. Labeled as agents of foreign powers also civil society organizations that receive funding from abroad increasingly face limitations in their activities
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