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Tue, Jun 9, 2020

In Central Europe, a nationalist bullet dodged

Many in the region expected the 100th anniversary of Trianon to be a blow up. It could be yet. But around the actual anniversary, it was a dog that did not bark: the significance was in what wasn’t said, in nationalist pandering avoided and confrontation dodged, and positive gestures recognized.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Central Europe Hungary

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Life in Hungary during COVID-19

It remains to be seen what effect the coronavirus will yet have on the Hungarian people. So far, it seems, Hungary is far from the worst that was thought possible.

New Atlanticist by Bálint Ablonczy

Coronavirus Hungary

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Why strongmen love the coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, autocratic governments are finding the crisis to be a useful pretext for strengthening their rule and tightening their grips.

Borscht Belt by Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

Coronavirus Corruption

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Addressing Hungary’s coronavirus emergency legislation

Many in Europe and the United States who consider themselves friends of Hungary have struggled over what to do with what can be increasingly interpreted as an authoritarian drift in that country. Hungary was one of the early leaders of Central Europe’s democratic transformation after its overthrow of communist rule in 1989; this is the tradition we would prefer to be celebrating today. Instead, we struggle to find a way forward.

New Atlanticist by Denise Forsthuber and Daniel Fried

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

While he stems the spread of the coronavirus, Orban is spreading the virus of illiberalism.

Viktor Orban had the opportunity in the last weeks to choose between becoming a statesman or a general. He opted for the latter. One wishes him well in dealing with the crisis. But this last decision is not really about handling the crisis.

New Atlanticist by András Simonyi

Coronavirus European Union

Sun, Mar 22, 2020

Haring and Klain in The National Interest: Why Autocrats Love Coronavirus

Authoritarian leaders are constantly searching for scapegoats, working to rile up the fears of their populace, and trying to tighten their grips. To them, the coronavirus pandemic is a bonanza—the liberal democracies that would typically call them out for their violence and repression are distracted with the necessities of stopping the virus in their home […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Central Asia Coronavirus

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Simonyi quoted in Voice of America Russia on Hungary-Russia relations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Geopolitics & Energy Security

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

How to make a lasting regime change: A guide for aspiring (democratic) reformers

Why did the Central Europeans succeed when so many efforts at regime change from within failed – ending in tears, bitter disappointment or bloodshed?

New Atlanticist by Jakub Wiśniewski

Central Europe Democratic Transitions

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Central Europe ready to lead on strengthening the transatlantic bond

Ministers from the Visegrád countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia—celebrated the deep relationship their countries have with the United States and stressed the importance of a strong transatlantic bond.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

European Union Hungary

Wed, Jul 17, 2019

The United States is back in Central Europe, state department official says

The United States has re-engaged with its allies in Central Europe at a time when their help is critical in confronting a revisionist Russia and a resurgent China

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Central Europe Hungary