On the 27th of November, the fifth discussion called ‘Illiberal democracies in Central Europe’ was held within the project ‘Student Diplomatic Laboratory’ at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.
Oleksii Tkachenko (political science student of the Taras Shevchnko National University of Kyiv, member of the Political Club of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) analyzed the concept of illiberal democracy pointing out its weaknesses within the context of legal and participatory theories of democracy.
Taras Tarasiuk (political science student of the National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’) covered the issue of dynamics of public attitudes in Poland, which together with tactics of political competition with the Civic Platform, encourages realisation of illiberal policies in Poland by the ruling party Law and Justice.
Dmytro Tuzhanskyi (political observer and analyst, expert on Ukrainian-Hungarian relations) told about the evolution of views of prime minister Viktor Orbán and Fidesz, perception of history by the Hungarian political elite and key events of the past few years (from reaction to the migration crisis in the EU to political asylum provision for ex-prime minister of Macedonia, sentenced on corruption charges). These tendencies demonstrate that Hungary is approaching the model of illiberal state, chosen by Viktor Orbán.
Borys Zaitsev (analyst at the Centre for International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine) moderated the event.
During the Q&A session, speakers discussed with the audience social and political particularities of the Polish macroregions and Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.