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Surviving Autocracy

by Masha Gessen

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Viktor Orbán and Hungary's "Illiberal Democracy"

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Mike Pompeo and Viktor Orbán meeting in Hungary, 2019 In Surviving Autocracy, Masha Gessen places the presidency of Donald Trump in an international context, drawing comparisons with other world leaders who have demonstrated a penchant for authoritarianism and oligarchy. One of these leaders is Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, who has been the subject of scrutiny and ire (but little action) from the European Union.

Viktor Orbán served his first term as prime minister from 1998 to 2002, after which control shifted to the Hungarian Socialist Party, led by Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy. The Socialist Party's administration was marred by scandal and economic mismanagement, and Orbán, running as the representative of the conservative Fidesz Party, was voted in for a second term in 2010. He ran on a far-right, nationalist platform and has since enacted policies that align with that ideology while consolidating power among himself and his associates. In 2011, he instituted an entirely new constitution. Fidesz ...

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