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‘Twilight of Democracy’ author Anne Applebaum on the rise of authoritarianism, the dangerous power of conspiracy theories, and why she signed the ‘Harper’s letter’

Few are more in-tuned with the politics and culture of Eastern Europe than the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian Anne Applebaum, who has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism. Her new book, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” focuses on the assaults on liberal democratic […]
‘Twilight of Democracy’ author Anne Applebaum on the rise of authoritarianism, the dangerous power of conspiracy theories, and why she signed the ‘Harper’s letter’
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Hungary rejected ratifying a treaty to protect women from violence, because it said it promoted ‘destructive gender ideologies’ and ‘illegal immigration’

Hungary rejected the Istanbul Convention, an international agreement aimed at combating violence against women, including abuses such as genital mutilation and marital rape. United Nations data predicts global domestic violence will increase by 20% while much of the globe is on lockdown. The rejection comes just weeks after the government […]
Hungary rejected ratifying a treaty to protect women from violence, because it said it promoted ‘destructive gender ideologies’ and ‘illegal immigration’
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Plastic partitions, temperature checks, and socially distanced classrooms: How countries are reopening schools following coronavirus closures

Coronavirus lockdown measures have partially or fully closed schools for over 60% of the world’s student population across 186 countries and territories, according to UNESCO. After closing schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a handful of countries like Denmark and Japan have started reopening them. Reopening strategies range […]
Plastic partitions, temperature checks, and socially distanced classrooms: How countries are reopening schools following coronavirus closures
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Putin and Hungary reportedly ‘poisoned’ Trump’s view on Ukraine and reinforced his belief that the country was ‘hopelessly corrupt’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban reportedly reinforced Trump’s view that Ukraine was a “hopelessly corrupt” country. Current and former US officials told The Washington Post that Putin and Orban, along with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, reinforced negative views of Ukraine. Trump discussed investigating his political […]
Putin and Hungary reportedly ‘poisoned’ Trump’s view on Ukraine and reinforced his belief that the country was ‘hopelessly corrupt’
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Tony Abbott has applauded Hungary for its strict race-based immigration laws but says it can still learn a thing or two from Australia

Attending the Budapest Demographics Summit by invitation of the Hungarian government, Tony Abbott has celebrated Hungary’s tough stance on immigration and claimed there are similarities with Australia’s own policy against “uncontrolled migration”. While Australia is girt by sea, Hungary led by far-right prime minister Viktor Orban has had to resort […]
Tony Abbott has applauded Hungary for its strict race-based immigration laws but says it can still learn a thing or two from Australia
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How the Rubik’s Cube became one of the bestselling toys in history

Rubik’s Cube is one of the most popular toys of all time – but not everyone can solve it. The colourful brain teaser was invented in the 1970s by Erno Rubik. Rubik was teaching architecture and design in Hungary when he created the cube to illustrate spatial relationships in 3D […]
How the Rubik’s Cube became one of the bestselling toys in history
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George Soros’ foundation is leaving Hungary after a campaign against him ‘unprecedented in the history of the European Union’

George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) is closing its Hungarian office, citing a “repressive political and legal environment.” Hungary recently passed a law dubbed the “Stop Soros Act” that gives the interior minister the power to expel NGOs. The recently re-elected right-wing Hungarian government ran a poster campaign against the […]
George Soros’ foundation is leaving Hungary after a campaign against him ‘unprecedented in the history of the European Union’