She's not the European politician who most shares Orban's values or is most complicit. But she's the continent's most powerful leader and her party remains allied with Fidesz in the European Parliament.
Her inaction has done a ton to legitimize Orban.
* The Bavarian Chrsitian Democrats are closely allied with Viktor Orban.
* Breaking with Hungary would cost Merkel votes in the EP
* It would make it more difficult to govern the EU.
But according to most experts and electoral observers, the recent elections were not fully free and hardly fair. What's at stake here is democrcay's survival.
Founded on the principles of liberal democracy, the EU loses its legitimacy if it tolerates Orban, thus becoming little more than a regional trade block devoid of values.
"Your silence makes you complicit ... The only minimally honorable course of action that remains open to you at this late stage is to condemn Orbán’s attack on democratic values and to call on the European People’s Party to expel Fidesz.
Democracy is dying in Hungary. Jews are being attacked. And Merkel, for reasons of political expeidency, has said NOTHING. That's unacceptable.
Democracy is dying in an EU member state but you think we shouldn't be too shrill in protesting inaction? Really?!