What to do with Viktor Orban? Europe is paralysed and divided in the face of Hungary’s advancing autocracy

The crushing victory of Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party in this weekend’s parliamentary elections confronts the European Union – yet again – with its own impotence when it comes to dealing with the burgeoning "illiberal democracy" on its eastern flank.

Even by the standards of Mr Orban, this was a nasty campaign in which newspapers and radio stations increasingly bought and paid for by Fidesz cronies pushed his message of ethno-nationalism and unabashed anti-semitism.

The language was foul. Mr Orban talked about refugees as “Muslim invaders” and openly revived the meme of the Wandering Jew as part of his war against George Soros, the liberal Jewish billionaire, and the ‘threat’ from Western-backed…

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