Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is often accused of promoting a form of ‘illiberal democracy’, where governance is rooted in the popular support of a majority of the country’s citizens, but without a strong guarantee of minority rights and the rule of law. Lise Esther Herman argues that this criticism, which has been put forward by many of Orbán’s opponents, overlooks that it is not only liberal principles that are being trampled on in Hungary, but also the notion of popular sovereignty itself. Hungary has also complied with the European Commission and CJEU’s decisions in the multiple cases of infringement that it has faced, all-the-while leaving unaddressed the underlying issues that targeted measures raise for fundamental democratic principles.

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