New illiberal democracies
The 16 Eastern European countries are moaning. The solutions suggested by Brussels spur new tensions and recent elections are adding to the confusion.
- Monday, 31 October 2016
We must abandon liberal methods and principles in the organization of society. We are constructing a state that is knowingly illiberal”. On 17 February 2015, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn stated what was already becoming apparent: his government’s drift towards an increasingly authoritarian approach. Orban’s “illiberal democracy” represents a model for countries already experiencing notable deficits in their democratic credentials.