Poland and Hungary have recently clashed with Brussels over democratic freedoms, but economic drivers are at play, too.
Several post-communist member states are moving further and further away from European Union norms.
Prime minister Viktor Orbán is quite open about his goal to build an 'illiberal state'.
Donald Trump constantly invoked the idea of political correctness gone mad in his presidential campaign.
Populist leaders not only attack the institutions of global capital, they also disregard the checks and balances of institutional democracy.
Protestors hold banners saying ‘No to the stigmatisation of civilians’ at a meeting of the Hungarian parliament’s justice committee, prior to the bill’s approval.
FROM OUR ARCHIVES (UPDATED) Hungary has passed a law monitoring the finances of foreign-funded NGOs, another blow to civil society in Viktor Orban's increasingly "illiberal democracy".
People protest against the bill that would undermine Central European University in Budapest.
A bastion of liberal values in an illiberal climate.
A second line of fencing being constructed on the Serbian/Hungarian border in early March 2017.
Hungary is to begin detaining asylum seekers in camps made of shipping containers.
Donald Trump raises his fist after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States
The world is on edge as Donald Trump enters the White House.
Migrants in Belgrade try to make it into Hungary in early October.
After the Hungarian referendum, a new spectre is haunting the EU: Victor Orban.
Women face an uphill battle to fight for their rights under illiberal regimes.
The war on reproductive rights in Central Europe is not a backlash but a key tenet of a new illiberal form of governance.
Viktor Orbán speaks in Budapest after the Hungary referendum result.
The prime minister has claimed victory in the referendum, despite the low turnout.
Orban is on a high after the Brexit vote.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has caught referendum fever. He is giving his public a vote on refugee policy in what is being seen as a two-fingered salute to the EU.
Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer took the far right to the brink of victory in the recent election.
Radical right populists are on the brink of power in Austria and making gains across the region. And the European leaders who once were willing to publicly condemn them are silent now.
Godwin’s Law? Bring it on.
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Carl Schmitt rejected the Nazis, but his political philosophy paved the way for the likes of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
The Pole who would be king…Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
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When they vote October 25 in parliamentary elections, Poles will be taking a dangerous step into the unknown, and the rest of Europe may not be far behind.
The lucky ones: bound for Germany.
Much of the conventional wisdom among academics over the last decade or so has focused on the convergent trends in European government policies toward both migrants and asylum seekers. Spurred on by European…