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Hungary: An illiberal state in the heart of Europe

A man holds a ballot paper as he votes against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies on migrants in a referendum, in Budapest, Hungary, 2 October 2016
A man holds a ballot paper as he votes against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies on migrants in a referendum, in Budapest, Hungary, 2 October 2016

AP Photo/Vadim Ghird

This statement was originally published on tasz.hu on 10 October 2017.

Between 2010 and 2014, an 'illiberal state' was being built in Hungary. In line with the prime minister's announcement on the subject, since 2014 we have been offered a perspective into how an actual, consolidated illiberal democracy operates.

Hungary remains part of the European Union (EU), but its actions contradict the fundamental principles of the EU. Elections, although held at regular intervals, are not free and fair. Even though constitutional institutions do exist, they do not operate in a manner befitting such institutions; that is, they do not act as checks and balances on governmental power but instead facilitate its operation.

Read our full publication about the topic, which has been prepared by five Hungarian NGOs (Eötvös Károly Policy Institute, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, K-Monitor, Mérték Media Monitor).

You can also read our summary, Disrespect for European Values in Hungary, 2010-2014.

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