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Hungarian journalist’s phones infected with NSO Pegasus spyware

Hacks occurred in July 2021 while Dániel Németh was reporting on one of Viktor Orbán’s…

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Trump may be gone, but Covid has not seen off populism

It is liberal fantasy to imagine that poor handing of the pandemic has lessened the…

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Meet the brave, consensual mayor set to face down Hungary’s autocrat | Nick Cohen

The opposition parties are uniting behind an unlikely hero leading a broad popular front Gergely…

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Texas anti-abortion law shows ‘terrifying’ fragility of women’s rights, say activists

Campaigners fear ban emboldens anti-choice governments as more aggressive opposition, better organised and funded, spreads…

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EU countries urged to protect journalists as number of attacks rises

European Commission calls for action as it says 908 media workers were attacked in 23…

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EU poised to tighten privacy laws after Pegasus spyware scandal

Justice chief condemns hacking of political opponents and journalists and says bloc closely watching Hungary…

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Covid passports: what are European countries doing?

While plans in England have been shelved, many other European nations have schemes in place…

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Pope urges Hungary to ‘extend its arms to everyone’ in veiled Orbán critique

Pontiff’s statement at start of four-day central Europe tour at odds with far-right PM’s anti-migrant…

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Pope makes veiled critique of Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán's anti-migration policies – video

In his first international trip since undergoing intestinal surgery in July, Pope Francis urged Hungary…

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Agi Katz obituary

My mother, Agi Katz, who has died aged 83, set up her own art gallery,…

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BBCSSO/Volkov/ Kopatchinskaja review – Bartók’s roots unearthed with brilliance

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe band Folktone cleverly swapped notes with Patricia Kopatchinskaja before the violinist…

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'Filthy Pride': Marching for LGBTQ+ rights in Orbán's Hungary – video

Patrik and Zslot are activists and YouTubers representing LGBTQ+ people in Hungary, where a new…

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The revolt against liberalism: what’s driving Poland and Hungary’s nativist turn? – podcast

For the hardline conservatives ruling Poland and Hungary, the transition from communism to liberal democracy…

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How to make London greener: stick up a tower block with a roof garden

The idea may not win the Garden Museum’s competition but, as a parody, it deserves…

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Tucker Carlson fuels the Maga mindset with fawning trip to authoritarian Hungary

Fox News host offers gushing praise for Viktor Orbán, spurring concerns about the erosion of…

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What is it about Viktor Orbán that attracts so many rightwing sycophants? | Nick Cohen

Hungary’s leader and Fox News are natural bedfellows in peddling paranoia politics Tucker Carlson is…

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Marches in Minsk and Pegasus protests: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the coverage of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Haiti…

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Wizz Air expects return to pre-Covid passenger levels in August

Summer holiday bookings rise for Hungary-based but London-listed airline Coronavirus – latest updates See all…

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Call for Hungarian ministers to resign in wake of Pegasus revelations

Orbán’s likely challenger demands action over claims journalists and politicians were potential targets Hungary’s opposition…

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The Guardian view on Viktor Orbán’s LGBT+ law: the same old playbook | Editorial

Hungary’s prime minister is once again stoking the politics of division ahead of an election…

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Thousands join Budapest Pride march to protest against anti-LGBTQ law – video

Hungarians joined the annual Budapest Pride march to support LGBTQ people and oppose a law that limits…

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Thousands march in Budapest Pride to oppose anti-LGBTQ law

Demonstrators say law that bans teaching of issue in schools is causing division in Hungary…

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Budapest Pride march is a protest against anti-gay laws, say organisers

Hungary’s LGBT community expects high turnout for march on Saturday marking end of Pride month…

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The Pegasus project part 5: the fightback against private spyware begins

After a week of stories about the abuse of private spyware by governments around the…

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Hungary’s Viktor Orbán will hold referendum on anti-LBGT law

Prime minister announces referendum on ‘child protection’ three days before Budapest Pride march Hungary’s far-right…

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Viktor Orbán accused of using Pegasus to spy on journalists and critics

Hungary’s far-right government suspected of hacking phones of investigative journalists and targeting owners Viktor Orbán’s…

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Hungary’s wartime heroine remembered 100 years after her birth

Tortured and executed by the Nazis, Hannah Szenes is fêted in Israel but largely unknown…

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EU launches legal action over LGBTQ rights in Hungary and Poland

Ruling is part of ongoing fight for rule of law and freedom from discrimination in…

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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ashes buried after flight with caviar and champagne

Five years after her death, the Hungarian star’s funeral has taken place, following a first-class…

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‘A woman wanting to make films was a joke’: Márta Mészáros, pioneering Hungarian director

The Golden Bear winner is 90 this year. As a showcase of her films plays…

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‘This is disgraceful’: EU parliament condemns Hungary’s anti-LGBT law

Resolution is passed to launch legal action, but Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán remains defiant…

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Hungary fines bookshop chain over picture book depicting LGBT families

Líra Könyv made to pay £600 for failing to clearly indicate the story featured ‘a…

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EU urged to suspend funds to Hungary over ‘grave breaches of the rule of law’

Action follows Viktor Orbán passing law banning LGBT content in schools and mishandling of EU…

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Imposing ‘imaginary’ values risks EU collapse, Slovenian president claims

As Slovenia takes over the EU presidency, its prime minister warns that the west cannot…

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EU Commission urged to reject Hungary’s Covid recovery plan

Cross-party group writes to Ursula von der Leyen, citing fraud, corruption and LGBTQ+ rights concerns…

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‘You can’t cancel Pride’: the fight for LGBTQ+ rights amid the pandemic

Lockdown hit LGBTQ+ communities hard but even as Pride events are called off there is…

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Fractious EU summit rejects Franco-German plan for Putin talks

Bloc to explore sanctions instead, as gathering also holds ‘emotional’ debate over Hungary’s LGBT laws…

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EU leaders to confront Hungary’s Viktor Orbán over LGBTQ+ rights

Sixteen EU leaders sign open letter vowing to fight discrimination of LGBTQ+ people before summit…

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The revolt against liberalism: what’s driving Poland and Hungary’s nativist turn?

For the hardline conservatives ruling Poland and Hungary, the transition from communism to liberal democracy…

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Hungary’s Orbán cancels Euro 2020 trip to Munich after rainbow row

Hungarian PM pulls out of attending match in Germany as Uefa criticised over ban on…

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Hungary’s classrooms have become the new battleground for the war on ‘LGBT ideology’ | Mark Gevisser

Viktor Orban has used a new law to equate gay people with paedophiles. He’s not…

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Hungary’s LGBT protests and Juneteenth Day: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the coverage on struggles for human rights and freedoms from China to…

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Budapest Pride goes ahead in solidarity against Hungary’s anti-LBGTQ+ laws

As oppressive legislation passed by Viktor Orbán’s government, activists plan procession to ‘show LGBT people…

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Hungary passes law banning LBGT content in schools

New legislation outlaws sharing information with under-18s seen as as promoting homosexuality Hungary’s parliament has…

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Treasure City review – bizarre, oppressive and horribly brutal

Anger, confusion and despair are the keynotes of this one-night-in-a-city film that leads towards a…

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One in five people in parts of EU pay bribes for healthcare, survey finds

Corruption report says third of EU residents used personal connections to access care during Covid…

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Opposition forces Orbán into U-turn over Chinese campus plan in Budapest

With a general election due next year, Hungary’s government has put the divisive project in…

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MEPs back action against European commission over rule of law sanctions

European parliament now expected to prepare case against commission over failure to trigger sanctions against…

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ECJ rejects Hungarian case against MEPs’ vote to pursue sanctions

Hungary fails in attempt to argue abstentions should have been taken into account in 2018…

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Free Hong Kong Road: Budapest renames streets to frustrate Chinese campus plan

Uyghur Martyrs’ Road and Dalai Lama Road also adorn Hungary’s capital near project condemned as…

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Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson hosting Viktor Orbán at No 10 – cartoon

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Johnson raised human rights issues at Orbán meeting, says No 10

British PM criticised for hosting rightwing Hungarian leader seen as ally of Vladimir Putin Boris…

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Viktor Orbán to become second EU leader hosted at No 10 after Brexit

Boris Johnson to welcome the Hungarian prime minister, a fierce critic of Joe Biden and…

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‘They can see us in the dark’: migrants grapple with hi-tech fortress EU

A powerful battery of drones, thermal cameras and heartbeat detectors are being deployed to exclude…

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Experts fear France is not doing enough to tackle Covid rise

Calls to tighten national rules as infections increase, particularly among younger people Coronavirus – latest…

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EU's southern states step up calls for 'solidarity' in managing mass migration

Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Malta say burden has to be shared more justly with…

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MEPs vote to declare the European Union an ‘LGBTIQ freedom zone’

Move seen as a symbolic protest against discriminatory policies promoted in Poland and Hungary MEPs…

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Victor Ambrus obituary

Prolific illustrator of archaeological scenes for Time Team on Channel 4 and of books, particularly…

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Hungary's Fidesz party to leave European parliament centre-right group

Rightwing party’s move comes after European People’s party changed its internal rules on excluding members…

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‘Help and you are a criminal’: the fight to defend refugee rights at Europe's borders

As illegal, and often violent, pushbacks of asylum seekers continue – human rights groups also…

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EU tells six countries to lift Covid border restrictions

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden put on notice over curbs to free movement…

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Pressure to procreate: inside Hungary’s baby drive – video

Hungary has one of the lowest birthrates in Europe, and the prime minister, Viktor Orbán,…

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Polish media hold blackout in protest at tax threat

Media freedom concerns raised over Poland and Hungary, where private radio station lost its licence…

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Hundreds arrested at anti-lockdown protests in Brussels, Budapest and Vienna

Large numbers join rallies against Covid restrictions, with neo-Nazis in Austrian capital refusing to disband…

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You can teach an old dog new words, researchers find

Canines in Hungarian study appear to pick up unfamiliar terms through play Whether you can…

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Hungary breaks ranks with EU to license Russian vaccine

Order of Sputnik V comes after Viktor Orbán criticises slow speed of EU vaccine distribution…

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Hungary orders LGBT publisher to print disclaimers on children's book

Fairytale anthology Wonderland Is for Everyone must now carry warning that its stories contain ‘behaviour…

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Rule of law fears remain in Poland despite EU compromise

Compromise on budget payments pushes back a clause that would make some EU funds conditional…

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Coming and going: the race to move before transition period ends

Britons trying to move to mainland Europe – and Europeans trying to do the opposite…

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The Guardian view on liberal Christians: is this their moment? | Editorial

The election of practising Catholic Joe Biden is just one reason for religious progressives to…

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Budapest Black Lives Matter artwork sparks rightwing backlash

Officials from Viktor Orbán’s rightwing party stoke outrage over two-week installation It will be only…

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As parts of UK enter third Covid lockdown, how does rest of Europe compare?

Rules vary from country to country but many European nations face severe restrictions Coronavirus –…

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Hungarian journalists fear coronavirus law may be used to jail them

Reporters say measures are being used to deny them access to information on pandemic Coronavirus…

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Hungary to end legal recognition of trans people amid Covid-19 crisis

Draft bill comes as people are distracted by Viktor Orbán’s new powers to rule by…

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EU court rules three countries broke law over refugee quotas

Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland failed to comply with 2015 program, ECJ says The European…

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Teargas, beatings and bleach: the most extreme Covid-19 lockdown controls around the world

Violence and humiliation used to police coronavirus curfews around globe, often affecting the poorest and…

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Coronavirus is now contaminating Europe's democracy | Jarosław Kuis and Karolina Wigura

Viktor Orbán is using the pandemic to seize more power. This backsliding could permanently change…

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The world must not let Viktor Orbán get away with his pandemic power-grab | Péter Krekó

If Hungary’s draconian experiment proves successful, then other illiberal countries will be tempted to follow…

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Viktor Orbán ditches mayor plan amid claims of coronavirus power grab

Hungary’s prime minister criticised for inefficient and unworkable measures Coronavirus – latest updates See all…

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Coronavirus is a chance for authoritarian leaders to tighten their grip

Hungary’s prime minister for one insists extreme measures are only to fight the pandemic, others…

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Hungary's emergency law 'incompatible with being in EU', say MEPs group

Measures voted on Monday will allow Viktor Orbán to rule by decree without time limits…

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Hungary: jail terms for spreading coronavirus misinformation

New law means Viktor Orbán could get carte blanche to rule by decree, critics warn…

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The Guardian view on Hungary's coronavirus law: Orbán's power grab | Editorial

The pandemic has allowed one of Europe’s most authoritarian leaders to marginalise critics and political…

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Lack of testing raises fears of coronavirus surge in eastern Europe

Concerns health services could buckle and, in some countries, democracy could be further undermined Coronavirus…

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Hungary to consider bill that would allow Orbán to rule by decree

Government says legislation is a necessary response to coronavirus but critics fear it is open…

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Josh Frydenberg to learn if he's ineligible to sit in the Australian parliament

Federal court judgment has potential to eject the treasurer from parliament as he puts together…

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Our far-right policies have popular support | Letter

A spokesperson of the Hungarian government, Zoltán Kovács, responds to a Journal article discussing the…

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European countries take radical steps to combat coronavirus

Evidence grows that outbreak is easing in South Korea and has passed its peak in…

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Laszlo Heltay obituary

My friend Laszlo Heltay, who has died aged 89, was a conductor and choral director…

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'Baby bonuses' fit the nationalist agenda – but do they work?

Social conservatism underlies policies in Hungary and Poland aimed at boosting birthrates Nationalised IVF clinics,…

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The crisis of the centre-right could rot the European Union from within | Jan-Werner Müller

From Hungary to the UK, mainstream conservatives have capitulated to the authoritarianism of the far…

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The Guardian view on Europe after Brexit: unity is strength | Editorial

In challenging times, the world needs the EU to be at the top of its…

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Does electing a leader with Jewish roots prove Jobbik has changed?

Hungarian political party says it is no longer far right, but its shift should not…

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For the new right, Hungary is now what Venezuela once was for the left | Nick Cohen

Across the world, conservatives are taking inspiration from Orbán, embracing extremism When the death of…

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Life after Auschwitz | podcast

Ivor Perl and Susan Pollack were 12 and 13 when they were transported to Auschwitz….

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The Guardian view on Holocaust Memorial Day: as necessary as ever | Editorial

The horrors of Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps will soon be lost to living…

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Soros gives $1bn to fund universities 'and stop drift towards authoritarianism'

Philanthropist unveils plan for global network of institutions at Davos and attacks Trump as ‘ultimate…

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Make no mistake: Poland and Hungary aren’t the only EU states abusing the law | Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska

Countries from Britain to Greece are guilty of democratic backsliding. And that threatens the integrity…

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Hungary for Brexit: Orbán praises Johnson and Trump

Far-right leader, known as conspiracy theorist, backs PM as ex-No 10 aide predicts close ties…

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Poverty-stricken Hungarians are easy pickings for traffickers on Facebook

Promises of a better life in many social media posts are often a trap for…

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The pastor versus the populist: Hungary’s new faith faultline

Victor Orbán claims to run a ‘Christian’ government, but one of his former allies has…

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Fat, hairy, delicious: the fight to save Hungary's mangalica pigs

Back from the brink, African swine fever now threatens pigs behind ‘unique’ prized pork Bred…

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The Guardian view on the rise of Christian-nativist populists: a troubling sign of things to come | Editorial

Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by…

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With its lurch to the right, Britain is no longer special in Europe | Stefan Bielik

The left are crushed. The UK government is starting to look like just another authoritarian…

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Islands in the illiberal storm: central European cities vow to stand together

Mayors of Prague, Warsaw, Bratislava and Budapest agree to protect common values The mayors of…

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The Guardian view on Viktor Orbán’s laws: controlling culture | Editorial

The backlash over Hungary’s new theatre legislation is not just political drama. It is a…

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Migration v climate: Europe's new political divide

As in Hungary, activists are demanding climate action but politicians say biggest threat comes from…

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Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBT rhetoric

No reason given for withdrawal from show, called ‘homosexual flotilla’ by pro-Orbán journalist Hungary will…

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Classes move to Vienna as Hungary makes rare decision to oust university

CEU opens Austria campus as Orbán’s government strips it of ability to issue US degrees…

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Meeting George Soros – podcast

Shaun Walker has spent years covering Russia and eastern Europe and watched how the billionaire…

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The Guardian view on the fall of the Berlin Wall: history’s lessons | Editorial

It was hailed as the definitive triumph of liberal democracy. Thirty years on, the lessons…

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Donald Tusk tipped to take charge of EU centre-right group

Outgoing EU council leader’s new role could set up clash with Hungary’s Viktor Orbán Donald…

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Surge of rightwing populism in eastern Europe is part of a global trend | Letter

The long read discussing the cause of illiberal movements in countries such as Poland and…

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Poll reveals majority of eastern Europeans 'fearful for democracy'

Survey across seven countries reveals widespread unease 30 years after fall of Berlin Wall Thirty…

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Democracy is under attack in post-Wall Europe – but the spirit of 1989 is fighting back | Timothy Garton Ash

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Europe’s velvet revolutions, a new…

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Anti-LGBT rhetoric stokes tensions in eastern Europe

Politicians and church leaders are stirring homophobia to rally bases and provoke fear among voters…

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How liberalism became ‘the god that failed’ in eastern Europe

After communism fell, the promises of western liberalism to transform central and eastern Europe were…

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Newly elected mayor of Budapest set to show EU Hungary liberal side

Gergely Karácsony was elected on Sunday beating Viktor Orbán’s far-right candidate The newly elected mayor…

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How communist Europe was swept by a tide of change – archive, 1989

Demonstrations calling for democratic reform spread across eastern Europe in the autumn of 1989. See…

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30 years after communism, east Europeans divided over democracy's impact

Pew research reveals very different views on whether countries are better off today Thirty years…

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