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Hungary is a small country (pop 9.8m) and it might feel far away.

But what is happening there matters - for the EU and for democracy.

The creeping Putinisation of an EU state, and the EU inability to address this, should trouble us all. 1/Thread

telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/2…
Some more excitable commentators on the Left (@zoesqwilliams to the Today programme earlier this year) have called Viktor Orban's Hungary a borderline "totalitarian state"....but that's too easy.

What is happening is cleverer, more insidious than that. /2
@zoesqwilliams Little by little, but with increasing rapidity and brazenness, the ruling #Fidesz party is capturing the levers of power in the state - the media, business, land economy - via a network of oligarchs.

But they are smart enough to leave a veneer of legal respectability/3
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#AiristonHelmi raids aftermath thread below:
1 Russian citizen detained. 1 person with unknown nationality detained.

17 properties were searched.

Possible imprisonments will be decided by Tuesday. uusisuomi.fi/kotimaa/259534…
Weapons found during raids. Deemed as collectibles, no charges coming on that. is.fi/kotimaa/art-20…
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What is at stake at today's vote in #Hungary parliament?
Individuals helping migrants could be criminalized for legitimate activities and could face up to a year in prison. Even being a "suspect" will have a serious personal effect on the lives of people.
@hrw explainer:
And more.. asylum seekers applying to get protection will face new admissibility criteria making it virtually impossible for them to be recognized as refugees, especially without the legal and psycho-social support from independent groups and experts.
NGOs and volunteers who try to challenge this zero protection system, report on abuses at the border and in detention, or provide any form of support will be under constant threat of prosecution. It is already nearly impossible to access critical areas and report on conditions.
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