The EU’s First Dictatorship



Viktor Orbán speaking for the EPP in 2014.

So, in hungary the parliament just gave premier minister Viktor Orbán the power to rule by decree and suspended itself, for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. So in essence Hungary is now a dictatorship and somehow I don’t believe that Orbán will drop that power anytime soon.

Meanwhile the EU and especially Orbán’s colleagues from the EPP (The European People’s Party, a European Party. Incidentally, the German conservative CDU/CSU is part of the EPP as well) mostly impress with silence or mild criticism.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen (Germany, CDU) actually brought herself to criticize the law directly. With a few days delay, though. Maybe I should mention that the votes of Orbán’s party Fidesz were essential in heaving von der Leyen into her position as commission president 🤡. Anyhow – she stated that, if necessary, the commission would act against it.

Oh well. Action against the advancing authoritarianism and destruction of democracy and liberty in Hungary has been necessary for some years now. But as always, nothing will happen this time as well. And the EU has its first proper dictatorship.

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