The nations of Eastern Europe all have their own versions of populist politics.
Von der Leyen’s in and the Spitzenkandidat’s Dead
The German defence minister has squeaked through by just nine votes. But it is the EU institutions, and not Von der Leyen, who are to blame.
Close-Up: Viktor Orbán
Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister is the poster boy of Europe’s right-wing populists.
Orbán on the Naughty Step
After years of sheltering Hungary’s illiberal prime minister Viktor Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party, the EU’s most powerful political family has suspended the …
The Orbán Showdown
Will the European Peoples Party finally expel Hungary’s prime minister and his Fidesz party?
Orban vs Juncker for the EPP’s Future
A long-anticipated split in the center-right EPP group now seems imminent.
Weak Polity, Strong Policy?
Strong support for central and eastern European leaders will impact the European elections.
Can Europe’s Center-Right Handle Orbán?
Ahead of European elections in May, the European People’s Party is facing a major test within its own ranks.
All Eyes on Orbán
The European Parliament’s censure of Viktor Orbán could spark a political realignment that creates the most powerful far-right movement in Europe since 1945.
Words Don’t Come Easy: “Pálinka”
Hungary’s populist premier Viktor Orbán not only drinks pálinka, but also uses it as a political tool. The robust brandy brings him closer to …
Orbán’s Latest Crackdown
Hungary’s government has put forward the “Stop Soros” legislation package. The Central European University is in the crosshairs, too.
“This Unfair Election Didn’t Serve Hungary”
Viktor Orbán’s victory isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem.
Viktor Orbán’s victory will embolden other European populists, too.
Hungary’s prime minister is expected to secure a third consecutive term.
Not Part of the Club
There’s been talk recently about Romania’s relationship with the Visegrád Group. Don’t expect it to become a member soon.
Budapest and Warsaw are undermining the EU’s values, but Brussels’ kid gloves are only making them bolder.