Explaining Eastern Europe: The Crisis of Liberalism

July 2018

Thirty years ago in Central and Eastern Europe, belief in an open society and a sense of reasserted national and indeed European identity seemed to go hand-in-hand. But that was then.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Orbán’s Laboratory of Illiberalism

July 2018

Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party has used its two-thirds majority in parliament to change the constitution, erase checks and balances, and make
the electoral system even more majoritarian.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Can Poland's Backsliding Be Stopped?

July 2018

Viewed until recently as an exemplar of democratic transformation, Poland is increasingly seen as a leading case of democratic backsliding, thanks to a series of illiberal measures pushed through by the Law and Justice party.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Czech Democracy Under Pressure

July 2018

Recent electoral victories by a pro-Russian president and a populist prime minister point to an antiestablishment wave in the Czech Republic. Yet strong checks and balances, EU ties, and a different outlook among younger voters may help to safeguard liberal democracy.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Slovakia's Conflicting Camps

July 2018

The political turmoil following a journalist’s murder in Slovakia has revealed serious dangers to the country’s democratic institutions.

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