Joseph Lacey

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A man passes the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France, last month. (Siegfried Modola/Getty Images)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán caused a stir by taking his far-right Fidesz party out of the center-right European People’s Party, although new rules EPP members passed in late February probably would have led to Fidesz being expelled anyway. Orbán and his party have transformed Hungary from a democratic state to an electoral autocracy, contravening the European Union’s fundamental values on preserving democracy and the rule of law.

So why did the EPP, the European Parliament’s largest political group, tolerate an autocratic party within its ranks for so long? The EPP endured years of criticism and voted down three European Parliament resolutions aimed at sanctioning Hungary.…  Seguir leyendo »