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Petra Bard, Anita Koncsik, Zsolt Kortvelyesi: Tactics Against Criticism of Autocratization - The Hungarian Government and the EU’s Prolonged Toleration

Scholars and decision-makers fall “prey to illiberal tactics of misusing argument in the rule of law debate,” our Research Affiliate Petra Bard and co-authors Anita Koncsik and Zsolt Kortvelyesi write in their paper, published in MTA Law Working Papers.

The paper seeks to expose and take inventory of the different arguments that have been used to shield developments in Hungary from European criticism, sometimes in the form of diverting international attention from crucial aspects of developments in Hungary. “It is high time to have an inventory of such arguments, exposing the inconsistencies and often outright falsehoods; also because it is these tactics that can explain, in part, the successful coexistence of EU membership, with its benefits liked continued money transfers and mutual recognition of judgments, and serious deviations from common core values,” the authors write.

The paper was produced in the framework of a rule of law project initiated by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.

Read the full paper here.

Photo: European Union, 2021 / Etienne Ansotte
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