Is there an Appetite for Democracy in Hungary?
Over the past few years, conservative political parties in many countries have forged coalitions with the far-right. The Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, is often upheld as an example of an EU liberal democracy devolving into right-wing authoritarianism. Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on government at Harvard University has called Orbán “the most sophisticated enemy of liberal democracy in Europe.” Recently, the European parliament announced plans to sanction Hungary because it poses a “systematic threat” to democracy. MEPs have voted to trigger the European Union’s most serious disciplinary procedure against Hungary, but stop short of suspending the country’s voting rights within the union. We’ll speak with Mounk about the parliament’s decision and how right-wing coalitions are shaping Europe.