NGOs in Transit: Dropping the objective façade

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,...


Dear New York Times: Hungarians are not stupid

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.”

Feb 12, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács
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Hungarian MEP says trans-national list (TNL) is a bad idea

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

Feb 7, 2018

I know what authoritarian rule looks like. Does Freedom House?

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.”

Jan 17, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács