A New Risk to the EU from Coronavirus Viktor Orbán’s Hungary

Author
András Rácz
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Abstract
Political leaders could abuse the coronavirus crisis to undermine democracy. Europe’s biggest risk is Hungary. In late March, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán could use his two-thirds majority in parliament to push through a law that would empower him to rule by decrees with no specified time limit. If he succeeds, it will undermine the European Union’s core principles, making the EU even more fragmented and difficult to manage once the pandemic is over.
Topic
Government, Authoritarianism, European Union, Democracy, Coronavirus, Pandemic
Political Geography
Europe, Hungary