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Viktor Orbán: How to subvert a strongman

Activists in Hungary are coming up with creative ways to challenge their Prime Minister

By Rob Sharp   February 2017

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At one end of Budapest’s Szabadság Tér (Freedom Place) in late November, 20 people sat listening to a Hungarian activist discuss a recent trip to the United States. He brought up the US election. For him, Hillary Clinton would have been as bad as Donald Trump. “Clinton is militant… the people don’t adore her for it,” he said. Those around him nodded, and hunched up against the cold.

Left-wing activists in Budapest have little faith in American political elites—or their own. Trump’s victory…

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