I was born in November 1991, a month before the Soviet Union disintegrated. At the time, two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the European Union was gripped by the euphoria of the continent’s reunification. It seemed that the western model, upholding democracy and market economics, had triumphed over all others. Almost all the countries of central and eastern Europe – a chunk of the western world that had been kidnapped – expressed their determination to join the EU, as if it were some VIP club.
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán was seen as a great “liberal”, a champion of opposition to Soviet power.… Seguir leyendo »