Mr Orban promised to sweep away corrupt Socialist…

Mr Orban promised to sweep away corrupt Socialist-era networks. But one lot of Magyar oligarchs has been replaced by another, who are allies of Fidesz. Corruption is now institutionalised, say watchdogs. And hardliners are ramming through their cultural agenda. Miklos Horthy, Hungary’s wartime leader and an ally of Hitler, is now celebrated with statues and a renamed square. Three far-right writers will be brought back to the school curriculum this autumn. Relations with Romania soured after a farcical attempt to rebury one, Jozsef Nyiro, in his home town. […] According to a recent survey, almost half of young Hungarians plan to emigrate. Hungary’s race away from modernity is fuelling an exodus by those it needs most.

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