Friends and relatives of Hungary's rightwing prime minister Viktor Orbán prosper inordinately. A case study: His schoolfriend Lörinc Mészarós has advanced from struggling heating fitter to one of the richest men in the country.
Almost three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, constitutional democracy is increasingly coming under pressure in the former socialist states of Eastern and Southern Europe. What are the reasons for this?
The Hungarian government has renewed its attacks on George Soros, saying Hungary faces "a frontal assault" from the US-Hungarian philanthropist. Soros said Fidesz is peddling "distortions and outright lies."
After a brief struggle for power, Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has resigned. President Klaus Johannis named Defense Minister Mihai Fifor as interim prime minister, but the political crisis continues.
Years of frosty relations between the United States and Hungary could be at an end. US President-elect Donald Trump spoke highly of Viktor Orban, one of his biggest fans in Europe, despite a shakey record on democracy.
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