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Edit Zgut-Przybylska: Orbán’s Informal Power: The EU’s Growing Assertiveness and Overlooking of Media Capture

“One of the absolute conditions of any type of democracy is that political power is not possessed and monopolized by one individual or a group,” our re:constitution Fellow Edit Zgut-Przybylska writes in the Wiktor Osiatynski Archive’s special report Unleashing the Power of EU Law.

“Despite the EU’s increased assertiveness in suspending EU funds to Hungary in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it continues to show reluctance in addressing the issue of informal media capture through its legal and political instruments. Meanwhile, Viktor Orbán’s regime has become more ideologically driven in negotiations with the EU,” she argues.

The special report reflects on the innovative applications of EU law since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine – a moment that also proved to be a turning point in terms of the approach of EU institutions and governments of Member States to the rule of law crisis, especially in Hungary, but also in Poland.

Learn more about it here.

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