EU Legislators: Hungary No Longer a ‘Full Democracy’

Photo: Reuters [via The Guardian]

The Facts

  • The European Parliament stated in a resolution on Thursday that Hungary - led by PM Victor Orbán - had become "a hybrid regime of electoral autocracy." The parliament referred to a deterioration of democracy, rights, and the rule of law in the central European nation.

  • Passed by 433-123 with 28 abstentions, the European Parliament stated that Hungary's nationalist government was undermining European democratic values and that Hungary was no longer part of an international community of democracies.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

This is a stark statement from the EU. There is much more the bloc could have done to call out and intervene in Hungary's breakdown of democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights. It's deeply concerning to the entire global community that Hungary has deteriorated into a "hybrid regime of electoral autocracy."

Establishment-critical narrative

Hungary has been condemned in a European Parliament resolution several times before, and this criticism has become a tiresome joke. Budapest is doing just fine in managing its democratic processes and pressing domestic and international security concerns. EU members should better spend their time repairing their relationship with Russia and dealing with the urgent energy crisis.

Nerd narrative

There is a 16% chance that Hungary will leave the EU before 2030, according to the Metaculus Prediction Community.

Establishment split



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