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Authoritarian inspired public policies and legislation stand in contradiction to values and norms adhering to strong rule of law institutions, protected individual rights and freedoms, and limited government. However, sympathies and support for the authoritarianism among both public figures and public across Europe are spreading and growing. The next issue of The Visio Journal shall explore the question of whether liberalism is able to stand its ground against the backdrop of increasingly present authoritarianism in Europe. Continue reading
Hungary, once a beacon of liberal hope in Central Europe, has since moved in the wrong direction. The government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has curtailed media freedom in the country, while also undermining opposition access to political advertisement in the course of political campaigns. Hungary is a country of enormous potential in the heart of Europe, and fortunately there are still Hungarian liberals willing to challenge the government for the sake of freedom.
In February 2015 one liberal, Zoltan Kész, broke the Fidesz supermajority by winning the rural municipality of Veszprém. In the Hungarian Parliament he is joined by two other self-confessed liberals, Gábor Fodor and Zsuzsanna Szelényi. The liberal scene in Hungary is still fractured, but in their commitment to freedom and belief in Europe they unite. As Kész pointed out, Hungarians are staunchly pro-European, and the rapprochement between Orbán and Putin frightens the Hungarian citizen. Continue reading