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.

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.

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