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Freedom House has just released its latest edition of Nations in Transit, its annual ranking of countries in former communist eastern Europe and Eurasia. They call it a “comprehensive, comparative, and multidimensional” study that provides “in-depth” data. The title of this year’s edition: Dropping the Democratic Façade.
So, this week The Telegraph published – in the news section, not the opinion column – an article about Hungary entitled, “A ‘climate of fear’, which refers to our country as a “dying democracy propped up by the EU.”
“Everyone must accept the crystal clear outcome” of the election, the communications director of the ruling party said. “When there’s an outcome the Soros brigade doesn’t like, they attack democracy itself,” he added
On Sunday, The New York Times published a 2,500-word article on Hungary, “As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible.” It even appeared on the front page of the print edition, featured front and center with photos, under a somewhat less subtle title, “Taking an Ax to Democracy as Europe Fidgets.”
Schopflin argues that European citizens haven’t asked to be represented in the TNL way. These ‘floating’ 27 MEPs would sit in the European parliament and be answerable to no one, with no structure for holding them accountable
The latest edition of Freedom in the World, an annual survey published by the Soros-funded Freedom House, places Hungary among a group of “states that a decade ago seemed like promising success stories” but are now “sliding into authoritarian rule.”
The foreign minister said there was a clear demand for politics to be transparent. He argued that in this case transparency should be demanded of all organizations that influence public affairs, including NGOs, “because the people have a right to know whom these NGOs, whom these organizations actually represent”
European citizens are down on the EU, according to a study carried out in 28 member states earlier this year. Revealing a disturbing pessimism about the current and future European Union, it seems that citizens like the EU far less than ever before.
With the national referendum slated for October 2nd, Hungary is the only country in the European Union that is giving citizens the opportunity to vote on one of the most significant issues of the day: the mass migration challenging the stability of Europe and, specifically, the EU’s attempt to impose compulsory resettlement of migrants.
A week ago Sunday, something interesting happened on the elections front that went largely unnoticed outside of Hungary. On the 8th, Hungary had a Super Sunday of sorts with nine by-elections taking place in municipalities around the country. Some of the elections turned out as the polls predicted, but others produced a few surprises. Some brought mandates for the governing party, some to the left-wing and right-wing opposition, and a couple of independents were also successful.
Last week, the Hungarian Parliament withdrew the law on the mandatory, Sunday closures for retail shops. The regulation, which provided a guarantee to workers in the retail sector that they would have a day off on Sunday, had been in effect since March 15, 2015. Now Hungary’s retail sector is again open for business on Sundays.