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What’s happening with Hungary’s pandemic power grab?

FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives to attend the plenary session of the Parliament ahead of a vote to grant the government special powers to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis in Budapest, Hungary, March 30, 2020. MTI Zoltan Mathe/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

This week Hungary’s parliament, dominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party, granted the prime minister open-ended, broad-reaching emergency powers. Visiting Fellow James Kirchick explains this as the latest step in Hungary’s democratic decline and how the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the re-nationalization of politics within the European Union.

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Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo, Chris McKenna, Fred Dews, and Camilo Ramirez for their support.

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