The One-Man State Viktor Orbán and the Fall of Democracy

Cronyism, control of the media, attacks on the EU: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is transforming his country into an autocracy. This spring he will once again stand for re-election. Will Hungarians allow him to get away with it this time?
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Orbán is challenging the legal and moral norms of the European Union.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Orbán is challenging the legal and moral norms of the European Union.

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DER SPIEGEL 49/2021
SPIEGEL International
Orbán's weekend home in Felcsút: The prime minister's provincial origins have shaped his political career and are a key element of his populist persona.

Orbán's weekend home in Felcsút: The prime minister's provincial origins have shaped his political career and are a key element of his populist persona.

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Journalist Babett Oroszi outside Hatvanpuszta: labyrinthine financing

Journalist Babett Oroszi outside Hatvanpuszta: labyrinthine financing

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Jobbik politician Koloman Brenner: "Everything that is part of civil democracy has been successively dismantled."

Jobbik politician Koloman Brenner: "Everything that is part of civil democracy has been successively dismantled."

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"In this country, where everything depends on where you stand with Fidesz, you have to think carefully about how you vote in elections."

Zsolt Porcsin, journalist

Debrecen Mayor László Papp: "We want a Europe of nations, not a melting pot."

Debrecen Mayor László Papp: "We want a Europe of nations, not a melting pot."

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Green Party District Mayor Márta Naszályi made a pact with the conservatives, socialists and liberals in the local election.

Green Party District Mayor Márta Naszályi made a pact with the conservatives, socialists and liberals in the local election.

Foto: Akos Stiller / DER SPIEGEL