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How the post-1989 liberal dream became an illiberal nightmare

Eastern Europe has become resentful of its own imitation of the west

By Mark Leonard   December 2019
Victor Orban has reacted against westernisation (Photo by Michal Fludra/NurPhoto/PA Images)

Victor Orban has reacted against westernisation (Photo by Michal Fludra/NurPhoto/PA Images)

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