'Booming Silence' Europe's Conservatives Fail to Criticize Hungary

Many European politicians feel that democracy is in acute danger in Hungary, where Viktor Orbán's government has pushed through a series of controversial laws. But the European People's Party, to which Orbán's Fidesz party belongs, doesn't want to take action against its Hungarian colleagues. By SPIEGEL Staff
The European People's Party congress in Marseille in December. From left: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

The European People's Party congress in Marseille in December. From left: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan