Dropping the democratic facade

Zselyke Csaky, Freedom House

Image by TheAndrasBarta from Pixabay
Image by TheAndrasBarta from Pixabay

A growing number of leaders in Central and Eastern Europe have dropped even the pretense of playing by the rules of democracy. 

As the democratic consensus of the post–Cold War order has given way to great-power competition and the pursuit of self-interest, these politicians have stopped hiding behind a facade of nominal compliance. They are openly attacking democratic institutions and attempting to do away with any remaining checks on their power.


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