by Political Capital Policy Research & Consulting InstituteJune 2018

After gaining a two-thirds majority in the parliament for the third consecutive term, Hungary’s Prime Minister Orbán continues establishing his authoritarian political system at full speed by curbing judicial and academic independence, civil liberties and the rule of law.

Right now, he is turning towards institutions that still enjoy some autonomy. Fidesz wanted to pass the controversial laws as soon as possible mainly for domestic political reasons but probably also because PM Orbán might have hoped that the current government crisis in Germany and the FIFA World Cup might overshadow the news from Hungary. Creating a new administrative court system to curb the independence of the judiciary and measures against NGOs are the most important elements of this package.

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