Why Did Republicans Become So Extreme?

It’s all about resentment of what makes America great.

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In Ukraine, Some Ethnic Hungarians Feel Ambivalence About the War

After Moscow’s invasion, some Ukrainians worry that divided loyalties within the country’s small ethnic Hungarian minority might make it susceptible to pro-Russia propaganda from Hungary.

#berehove-ukraine, #hungary, #minorities, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #transcarpathia-ukraine, #ukraine

Forces Battle for Ukraine City, as E.U. Ratchets Up Responses

As Russian forces advanced into Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine’s allies promised increased aid, a sharp drop in Russian oil imports and efforts to ship Ukrainian grain out of the country.

#brussels-belgium, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #grain, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Europe agrees to ban most Russian oil imports.

A draft of the agreement allows pipeline imports, in a nod to Hungary’s complaints, but would be the toughest action yet over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

#donbas-ukraine, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #hungary, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lysychansk-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #slovakia, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

How Trump, DeSantis and Viktor Orban Wield Power

Make your enemies pay; let your friends prosper.

#desantis-ron, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Why Republicans Love the Land of ‘Illiberal Democracy’

Viktor Orban’s Hungary has a lot to offer them.

#conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Progressives Can’t Stop Republican Censorship

The right’s political strength matters more.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #corporate-social-responsibility, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Musk and Bezo Show the Perils of Plutocratic Pettiness

Technology titans are missing that old adulation.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ellison-lawrence-j, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #musk-elon, #orban-viktor, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #tesla-motors-inc, #twitter

Hooked on Cheap Oil, Hungary Resists an Embargo on Russia

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised voters to keep energy prices low. The dividends from taking Russian fuel also help fund the policies that have made Hungary a beacon for right-wing groups.

#conservative-political-action-conference, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hungary, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Russia Uses Surrender in Mariupol to Portray Ukrainians as Terrorists

Many soldiers who surrendered from Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant belong to the Azov battalion, a group with far-right roots, and the Kremlin may now put them on trial just as Ukraine is prosecuting Russians for war crimes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #kyiv-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #prisoners-of-war, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #supreme-court-of-russia, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

#brussels-belgium, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #extradition, #finland, #hungary, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sweden, #terrorism, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

QAnonization, Orbanization and Disney

Conspiracy-theory politics catches up with Mickey Mouse.

#desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #orban-viktor, #parental-rights-in-education-bill, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #walt-disney-company

Macron’s Win Is Also a Blow to Orban’s Nationalist Crusade in Europe

The Hungarian leader had cast his own victory as the start of a nationalist wave in Europe — one that Marine Le Pen would have joined. Instead, Mr. Macron’s victory in France is a win for the European Union’s approach.

#elections, #european-union, #france, #hungary, #jansa-janez, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #netanyahu-benjamin, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #salvini-matteo, #slovenia, #trump-donald-j

As Marine Le Pen Moves Closer to French Presidency, Putin Ties Persist

As elections approach Sunday, the far-right candidate is linked to the Russian president by a web of financial ties and a history of support that has hardly dimmed despite the war in Ukraine.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #marine-le-pen, #mediapart, #national-front-france, #national-rally-france, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Dangerous Lesson Viktor Orban Taught Republicans

Bret Stephens and Zack Beauchamp debate the biggest challenges threatening liberalism in America and beyond.

#audio-neutral-informative, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #hungary, #liberalism-us-politics, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia

Why Liberalism Needs Nationalism and Religion

The Ukraine War could inspire a reassessment of what liberalism should seek to be.

#christians-and-christianity, #france, #fukuyama-francis, #hungary, #le-pen-marine, #liberalism-us-politics, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Hungary’s Viktor Orban Won

How Hungary’s Fidesz party won.

#elections, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #voting-and-voters

Putin’s European allies

The fight between democracy and autocracy is happening not only in Ukraine.

#freedom-of-the-press, #internal-storyline-no, #le-pen-marine, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #vucic-aleksandar, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Pro-Putin Leaders in Hungary and Serbia Set to Win Re-election

Viktor Orban declared victory, and Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic seemed likely to emerge on top. Both pledged to stay out of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

#belgrade-serbia, #budapest-hungary, #elections, #fidesz-party, #orban-viktor, #serbia, #voting-and-voters

With Ukraine War, Viktor Orban Softens His Embrace of Russia

Facing an election on Sunday, Viktor Orban plays neutral peacemaker while campaigning against the “gender insanity” that he says is creeping in from the West.

#budapest-hungary, #elections, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

In Hungary, Viktor Orban Remakes an Election to His Liking

The populist prime minister, a hero to many American conservatives, has changed voting rules and legalized ‘voter tourism’ as he stands for re-election

#european-parliament, #european-union, #hungary, #marki-zay-peter, #orban-viktor, #ukraine, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

In Hungary, Viktor Orban Remakes an Election to His Liking

The populist prime minister, a hero to many American conservatives, has changed voting rules and legalized ‘voter tourism’ as he stands for re-election

#european-parliament, #european-union, #hungary, #marki-zay-peter, #orban-viktor, #ukraine, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

War in Ukraine Prompts a Political Makeover in Poland

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s de facto leader and longtime scourge of E.U. unity, is portraying himself as a standard-bearer of European solidarity in defense of Ukraine and democratic values.

#defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Dispatch From Hungary: Can This Man Oust Viktor Orban?

The strongman’s ties to Putin might finally hurt him.

#budapest-hungary, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #hungary, #marki-zay-peter, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Putin’s War to Bring Ukraine to Heel Unites Eastern Europe in Alarm

Many countries fear that the Russian leader’s efforts to turn back the clock and reclaim a sphere of influence lost at the end of the Cold War could spell disaster for them.

#eastern-europe, #ilves-toomas-hendrik, #morawiecki-mateusz, #orban-viktor, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How the American Right Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Russia

The American right has changed course since the Cold War.

#bannon-stephen-k, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #vance-j-d

Mr. Putin Launches a Second Cold War

Russia’s war of choice in Ukraine raises countless difficult questions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Top European Court Rules E.U. Can Freeze Aid to Poland and Hungary

In a landmark decision, the European Court of Justice cleared the way for the bloc to cut billions in aid on the grounds that members are eroding rule-of-law checks and balances.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #decisions-and-verdicts, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-commission, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic

A Music Museum Opens in the Heart of Hungary’s Culture Wars

At City Park in Budapest, a building project has come to exemplify the politics of Viktor Orban, the country’s far-right prime minister.

#budapest-hungary, #fujimoto-sou, #house-of-music-hungary-budapest-hungary-museum, #hungary, #museums, #music, #orban-viktor, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #politics-and-government

Facing Tough Election, Orban Turns to Putin for Support

The Hungarian leader made his name by defying Moscow. But he has increasingly turned toward Russia in an effort to secure the natural gas he needs to keep energy prices low and voters happy.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #gazprom, #hungary, #natural-gas, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Five Takeaways on Ukraine Crisis, After Putin Breaks Silence

The threat of conflict may not have passed, despite a flurry of diplomacy in Moscow and Kyiv.

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Trump Likes Viktor Orban Almost as Much as He Likes Himself. Why Is That?

It’s not too soon to start worrying about the Republican Party’s 2025 agenda.

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Putin Signals Openness to Diplomacy While Blaming US for Crisis

The Russian president seemed to be trying to ratchet down tensions in the standoff over Ukraine, while claiming the United States was seeking to goad Moscow into an invasion.

#cold-war-era, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #johnson-boris, #orban-viktor, #psaki-jennifer-r, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

For Some of Ukraine’s Neighbors, ‘Defend Europe’ Has Another Meaning

For the populist leaders of Poland and Hungary, Russia’s saber-rattling on the border with Ukraine takes a back seat to domestic politics and issues like immigration.

#defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #hungary, #immigration-and-emigration, #morawiecki-mateusz, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine

Eastern Europe TestNew Forms of Media Censorship

With new, less repressive tactics, countries like Serbia, Poland and Hungary are deploying highly effective tools to skew public opinion.

#elections, #freedom-of-the-press, #hungary, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #vucic-aleksandar

In a Race to Shape the Future, History Is Under New Pressure

A wave of misleading revisionism has become epidemic in both autocracies and democracies. It has been notably effective — and contagious.

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How the European Union Allowed Hungary to Become an Illiberal Model

After years of complacency and wishful thinking, Brussels is finally trying to rein in the country’s pugnacious leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

#europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #treaty-of-lisbon-2007

Trump Endorses Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Far-Right Prime Minister

Democracy in Hungary has been backsliding under Mr. Orban, whose efforts to consolidate power have caused consternation in the European Union.

#endorsements, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #trump-donald-j

How the E.U. Allowed Hungary to Become an Illiberal Model

After years of complacency and wishful thinking, Brussels is finally trying to rein in the country’s pugnacious leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

#europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #treaty-of-lisbon-2007

In the Tinderbox of Bosnia, a Serb Nationalist Lights a Match

Bosnia’s fragile multiethnic government is facing its greatest crisis since the Balkan wars. The Serb nationalist leader, Milorad Dodik, is threatening to tear the country apart.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #dodik-milorad, #eastern-europe, #europe, #european-union, #karadzic-radovan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #republika-srpska-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #russia, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

After Months, a ‘New’ Dutch Coalition With the Same Leader and Parties

Mark Rutte, who has weathered a scandal and criticism for overstaying his welcome, will be prime minister for a fourth term.

#elections, #european-union, #merkel-angela, #netherlands, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #rutte-mark

Inflationary Wave Changes Political Terrain for Right-Wing Populists

The leaders of Turkey, Hungary and Brazil are all grappling with problems posed by the global rise in prices ahead of national elections.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hungary, #inflation-economics, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #turkey

The World Is Lifting Abortion Restrictions. Why Is the U.S. Moving Against the Tide?

The trend is towards liberalizing reproductive freedom, not repressing it. 

#abortion, #orban-viktor, #poland, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us

In Their 80s, and Living It Up (or Not)

Two octogenarians have different reactions to an essay, “Living My Life Again.” Also: “Illiberal democracy”; housing in the Bronx; rich vs. poor

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elderly, #homeless-persons, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hungary, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #orban-viktor, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

The Viktor Orban Effect: Why U.S. Conservatives Love Hungary

Some U.S. conservatives are taking a cue from Prime Minister Viktor Orban — how to use the power of the state to win the culture wars.

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In Hungary’s Heartland, Orban Faces a Unified Challenge to His Rule

The country’s normally fractious opposition has rallied around a conservative mayor who just might be able to oust the authoritarian prime minister after more than a decade.

#budapest-hungary, #corruption-institutional, #elections, #elections-mayors, #orban-viktor, #peter-marki-zay, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz

The downfall of Austria’s onetime political Wunderkind put a spotlight on the cozy, sometimes corrupt, relationship between right-wing populists and parts of the news media.

#advertising-and-marketing, #austrian-peoples-party, #brandstatter-gmbh, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #conservatism-us-politics, #embezzlement, #freedom-party-of-austria, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #media, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-democratic-party-austria, #trump-donald-j

Should Gifted Students Be in Separate Classes?

The debate over gifted-and-talented programs. Also: Moderna’s chairman responds; “illiberal democracy” in Hungary – and the U.S.?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #gifted-students, #hungary, #moderna-inc, #new-york-city, #orban-viktor, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Global Tax Deal Moves Closer as Hungary, a Low-Tax Holdout, Signs On

A pact among more than 130 countries that would set a minimum tax rate of 15 percent is expected to be announced later Friday.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #corporate-taxes, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #international-relations, #orban-viktor, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #politics-and-government, #tax-shelters, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Poland-Belarus Border Is the Site of a New Migrant Crisis

The next migrant crisis has already begun.

#belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #orban-viktor, #poland