“I don’t think Orban will ever voluntarily leave the EU primarily because of financial reasons,” our Research Affiliate Zsolt Enyedi said to Euronews. However, he thinks “he can create a situation when the EU will have no choice but to expel Hungary.”
“Many of the rating agencies that monitor quality of democracy consider Hungary to be a non-democracy, and they do this because of various facts on the ground,” he continued, adding that “if Orban continues down this road, there will be a point where it will be blatantly obvious that we have a Putin-style — although not violent but in terms of ideology and mentality — regime within the EU and then the EU will have to say no to this.”
“During the last few years, the rules and regulations were changed in such a way that virtually all decision-makers — those who rule over the judiciary, prosecution, the election commission, media, sport, entertainment, universities, and any sector of life you can think of — have offices that last eight, 10, 12 years or sometimes for life,” he said. “These people will keep deciding what matters,” and continue to “do what Orban wants,” he argued.
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