On September 14-15 the Hungarian government took on record debt, issuing an unprecedented amount of FX denominated bonds.
In the usual overnight decree flurry the Orbán-government issued a decree that Hungary is totally a democracy and everything is awesome. Next up: a decree that Hungary won the football and pigs can fly.
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.
Campaigning with his own opinion is deadly for a populist. It is the equivalent of an actor who suddenly stops playing his part and demands to be loved for himself. But with a lot more power.
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.
Old farts vs new tricks
“I feel like I win when I lose”
The unstoppable trend of autocracy has stopped
The timing is the most interesting
Of course he chose to crack down on half the country that now lives under opposition mayors