Czech PM Andrej Babiš received his Hungarian counterpart in September 2021, days before the elections. But Orbán’s political touch is a proven kiss of death.
There is not much to love about opposition politicians. But when you are robbed of even the illusion of a democracy you relearn to appreciate even the slightest displays of normalcy. Like public debates and a dumbass primary.
On September 14-15 the Hungarian government took on record debt, issuing an unprecedented amount of FX denominated bonds.
Orbán threw in homophobia to distract from the Pegasus-scandal – and learned two things: 1) The Pegasus scandal really hurts him (according to him). 2) The man is improvising. It may not lead to his downfall in 2022. But it is not a sign of an upward trajectory for someone like him.
Orbán keeps his words to Chinese communist autocrats, but to no one else. Maybe some lessons should be learned.
10000 people protested against the planned Chinese communist mega-university in Budapest on Saturday. The government appears to have backpedalled on the project. For now.
No, universities didn’t become private. They have just lost their autonomy to Orbán.
R. Daniel Kelemen from Rutgers has given an interview to Népszava and in it he mentioned that the benefit of an EU-membership might be that Orbán will not resort to Lukashenko-like violence because an EU member state can not sink as deeply into autocracy as a non-member could.
Old farts vs new tricks
Orbán returned from his war against Brussels and spending got completely out of hand