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PM Orbán traces his path to the 2022 elections

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

In a long essay in the leading pro-government daily, PM Viktor Orbán suggests that the next elections will be decisive for Hungary’s independence. His foes, he suggests, stand for submission to international liberalism. READ MORE

Hungary described as a ‘classical liberal state’

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

A liberal historian dismisses the suggestion that Hungary has become an illiberal democracy – as often claimed by both Prime Minister Orbán and his liberal critics. READ MORE

Socialist politician defends liberal democracy

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Former MSZP Chairman Attila Mesterházy accuses the government of building an autocracy and, in sharp contrast to the current MSZP leadership, passionately defends liberal democracy as the only system that keeps the government in check and brings prosperity. READ MORE

More on PM Orbán’s strategy speech

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Commentators on the two sides of the political-cultural divide provide diametrically opposing interpretations of the Prime Minister’s customary annual address at the Fidesz founded Transylvanian ’Summer University’ (see BudaPost, July 30). READ MORE

PM Orbán’s strategy explained

Monday, June 4th, 2018

A pro-government political philosopher attempts to outline what the Prime Minister means when he envisages reviving what he calls Christian Democracy, as an alternative to what he famously described four years ago as ‘illiberal democracy’. READ MORE

’Illiberal democracy’ thesis debunked

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

A veteran professor of law dismisses as inconsistent the description of Hungary’s political regime as an ‘illiberal democracy’. He suggests ‘marketing governance’ as a more fitting definition. READ MORE