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Viktor Orbán's White House visit could bolster populists across Europe

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

On Monday President Trump will welcome to the White House Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has generally been shunned and censured by Western politicians and diplomats for his illiberal practices.

Why it matters: At a time when mainstream governments across Europe are doing their best to contain the far right, Trump’s outreach to Orbán will be seen as an effort to bolster populists, weaken Europe’s strained political center and undermine the EU.