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Eastern Europe is shunning liberal democracy – but it’ll come back in the end


What’s happening to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe? A new authoritarianism, what one leader has called “illiberal democracy”, has taken over in Hungary and Poland. Propelled in part by the Paris and Brussels attacks and the fear of terrorism, parts of Europe are drifting away from democratic pluralism.

There’s a growing sense that the world is spinning out of control, and that liberal democracy is only making matters worse.

This turn to the illiberal has been coming for a long time. After 1989, the people of Central and Eastern Europe hoped that democracy would bring immediate economic benefits. These hopes went …read more

Source: The Conversation

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