Main content

Europe's Illiberal Democrats: Hungary

Hungary is becoming an "illiberal democracy", in the words of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Is that its democratic right, or the path to autocracy, asks Naomi Grimley.

Hungary is becoming an “illiberal democracy”, in the words of its Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The government has changed the constitution, electoral law, and refused to take its EU-allocated quota of refugees, while warning of a “Muslim invasion”. The European parliament is so concerned about the perceived breaches of EU values that it has launched a procedure that could culminate in Hungary’s EU voting rights being withdrawn. Yet Hungary feels it is on the right path, a path that others should follow.

Release date:

Available now

28 minutes