Hungary: Europe’s Bad Boy | People and Power

In his youth, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was hailed as a champion of freedom, a key figure in the generation of pro-democracy activists who stood up to the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War.

These days he has routinely characterised as an authoritarian, far-right nationalist figure, a demagogue whose migrant-bashing agenda poses a significant threat to Western democratic norms.

Some of the loudest complaints about him come from fellow leaders of European Union member states – an institution with which he is increasingly at odds.

So what brought this hostility on and why exactly is Orban now seen by many as Europe’s bad boy?

We sent filmmakers Glenn Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna to find out.

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