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Macedonia, Hungary and the threat to a democratic Europe

The hospitality offered by Hungary to a convicted criminal, and the failure of EU officials to speak in one voice, will inevitably decrease the appeal of the pro-European narrative

By Ljupcho Petkovski  

Nikola Gruevski joins the protest outside the Criminal Court in November. Photo: PA

In Hungary, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Budapest and other cities to challenge Viktor Orban’s illiberal policies.  

The passing of the so-called “slave law”—which entitles employers to seek up to 400 hours a year overtime for their staff—and new laws placing the courts under government control has brought together a disparate coalition of Hungarian citizens in massive rallies.

This combination of constitutional and bread and butter political issues has led to far more…

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