Because it's a blend of political influences the transition it is facing has, inevitably, had an existential effect on the Democratic Alliance.
Populists didn't do well enough in the EU's recent elections to destroy Europe from within. But with far-right and far-left parties winning new seats, consensus on key issues looks ever less likely.
The proudly illiberal leader is forging new alliances ahead of European elections next year.
The transatlantic relationship can no longer be an engine of global democracy thanks to Donald Trump. So the EU must rethink its partnerships with other democratic powers.
It is contagious populist ideology more than financial contagion that should scare us right now.
Vladimir Putin's recent re-election was bad news for democracy in Russia. And it's a major loss in the struggle for liberalism, as anti-democratic leaders are assuming power across the globe.
A third landslide victory leaves the right-wing leader on a collision course with Europe.
This Sunday Hungarians vote whether to return prime minister Viktor Orbán to office. The choice they make will affect the future of their country, and Europe.
Reforms to the judiciary are a threat to democracy – and that affects us all.
Is it really time to eulogise democracy, or are we rather on the cusp of a new phase in its long and varied life?
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.
Politicians are promising to advance their countries' international positions through nationalist militarisation and celebration of virile men.
Prime minister Viktor Orbán is quite open about his goal to build an 'illiberal state'.
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".
Shifts in southeast Asian countries' political leadership has led to another worrying region-wide shift: away from liberalism.