In Politico Magazine today you can read my dispatch on the situation there.
A teaser: most worrisome is that the only effective opposition to Orban comes from the extreme right Jobbik Party, which are on the ascent despite not long ago maintaining a jackbooted paramilitary group that marched through Roma neighborhoods wearing uniforms and symbols reminiscent of the Nazi-era Arrow Cross.
A sad state of affairs for Hungary, which when I first moved there was leading the drive for democracy and independence in the Eastern bloc.
For those with a focused interest in Orban's rhetorical argument, reading his full "illiberal democracy" speech is clarifying.
More on Hungary coming soon.... [Update, 6/21/15: That was a reference to this review of former US Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis's memoir of her term in Hungary, which ran in today's Washington Post.]
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