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Europe's illiberal state: Hungary's Orban set to win fresh term

A campaign poster for Orban in Miskolc, Hungary. Photo: Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images

This Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is set to win another term in national elections, giving him a fresh mandate to advance his project of building what he calls an “illiberal” state at the heart of Europe.

Why it matters: Over the past eight years, Orban’s democratically-elected governments have, in fact, behaved less and less democratically — steadily centralizing power, eroding the independence of the courts, the media, and even cultural institutions.