Hungarian government's dashed hopes for approval from Trump
Thomas O. Melia made it clear that criticism coming from the highest ranked member of the US Embassy in Hungary, the Chargé d’Affaires, are not personal remarks -- they reflect Washington's official position.
8 Dec 2017
Guerrilla tactics to defend democracy in Eastern Europe
While the governing social-democrats (PSD) try to take political control of the judiciary in Romania, citizens and a small opposition party employ creative tactics to resist. Poles might find this story sickeningly familiar.
8 Dec 2017
Inside the basement of a fascist ex-governor
Before Marian Kotleba installed the gym in the basement of his regional office, the place was a used as a storage for official documentation. However, Mr. Kotleba decided at some point during his term that his priorities lay elsewhere.
6 Dec 2017
Waluś -- murderer, neo-fascist, racist and idol of the alt-right
The National-Radical Camp (ONR), an extreme nationalist movement, organizes a tournament of indoor soccer to commemorate Janusz Waluś. The only thing their idol is famous for is killing a leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
5 Dec 2017
Soros breaks his silence
George Soros, the Hungarian-American financier, is tired of being portrayed as the devil himself by the Hungarian government. He launched an information campaign telling people the truth about his work and the NGOs affiliated with him.
4 Dec 2017
How to beat an illiberal government
If the left criticizes the ruling party all the time in very radical tones -- even when they are right -- then the opposition loses credibility.
30 Nov 2017
Austrian president blocks far-right politicians from key positions
The Federal President has never been an enthusiast of the of Freedom Party (FPÖ). Recently, he named particular FPÖ politicians, whom he considers unfit for ministerial offices. And he is sticking to his guns.
17 Nov 2017
Soros -- the enemy every illiberal government wants to have
Despite playing an important role in countries from the Eastern block joining the European Union, or perhaps because of this, Soros is now the symbol of everything that illiberal governments are rallying their electorate against.
24 Oct 2017