Tag: Hungary

Existential risk to civil society in ‘skillfully veiled authoritarian’ Hungary


Hungary’s illiberal leader has built what Paul Lendvai in his new book, “Orbán,” calls a “skillfully veiled authoritarian system,” notes James Kirchick, a visiting fellow at the Center on the… Read more »

Dancing with danger? Europe’s populists ‘waltzing into the mainstream’


Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West, notes Dalibor Rohac, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying… Read more »

Illiberal international? How Putin is ‘using Hungary to destroy Europe’


  Russian President Vladimir Putin has some key allies in the European Union. In some countries, they are outliers, even fringe elements. But in Hungary, a nation of about 10 million people… Read more »

‘Active measures’ in CEE aim to split society, pollute political discourse


  Russian hackers conducted “very active” cyber attacks against institutions in the Czech Republic last year, according to the European Union member’s counter-espionage agency, Bloomberg reports: APT28 is a Russian… Read more »

$18bn boost for Open Society – but CEU held in ‘legal limbo’


George Soros, who built one of the world’s largest fortunes through a famous series of trades, has turned over nearly $18 billion to Open Society Foundations, according to foundation officials,… Read more »

Solidarity founder Walesa fears for Poland – and Europe’s ‘flawed’ democracies


Almost four decades have passed since Lech Walesa faced down the communist regime at the Gdansk shipyard, and he says his fears of a backlash are now a reality in the… Read more »

Hungary ‘copying Russia’ by targeting university?


As an American scholar of Soviet history, Charles D. Shaw thought he understood authoritarianism before he moved to Hungary in 2015 to teach at Central European University, the New York Times reports: “Coming from… Read more »

Hungary ‘backtracks’ in row over CEU, as protests persist


Hungary denied on Wednesday that a new education law was aimed at shutting down a university founded by U.S. financier George Soros, and suggested a possible compromise in a dispute… Read more »

Will Hungary get away with attack on academic freedom?


Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban has pushed a law through the Hungarian parliament which could shut down the Central European University, a graduate college founded more than a quarter-century ago by… Read more »