Magazine September 7, 2020, Issue

Viktor Orban’s Mandate

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (Francois Lenoir/Contributor/Getty Images)
The Hungarian prime minister has succeeded through democratic means

When Hungary declared a state of emergency in March to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, commentators in the West immediately spread the news that the European Union’s first dictatorship had arrived. Parliament was suspended. There would never be elections again. Hungary’s health-care system would collapse because its prime minister, Viktor Orban, had given the nation’s money away to cronies and squandered more of it in a doomed attempt to make soccer more popular. Criticism of the government was forbidden, forevermore. Political arrests would begin. A colleague of mine at the American Enterprise Institute, Dalibor Rohac, wrote in the Washington Post

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This article appears as “A Viktor’s Mandate” in the September 7, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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