According to a lengthy analysis by the New York Times, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban “uses different levers to influence public opinion, particularly on the subject of the European refugee crisis”.
“For the past eight years, Orban has waged a systemic assault on the hardware of Hungary’s democracy — rewriting the national Constitution, reshaping the judiciary and tweaking the electoral system to favour his Fidesz party. Less conspicuously, Orban is also trying to recode the software of Hungary’s democracy — its cultural sphere, civil society and education system”, the article states, adding that Fidesz’s “appointees or supporters dominate many artistic institutions and universities”.
“In Budapest, government officials describe their societal revamp as a mainly technocratic reform effort, rather than an ideological campaign:” “The government is using its democratic legitimacy not only to reform the state but to reform the society,” said Professor Andras Patyi, the head of the National University of Public Service (NKE).
Source: Hungary Journal/NYT