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

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

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