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Confronting Europe's illiberals, starting with OrbanEuropean politicians have mastered the art of wagging their finger, most recently at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and U.S. President Donald Trump. Poland's de facto leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in particular, have been busily constructing illiberal states within the EU. Since coming to power in 2010, Orban has been using his large parliamentary majority to rewrite Hungary's constitution for his own ends. Although CEU, founded by the Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist George Soros and led by the human rights scholar and former Canadian opposition leader Michael Ignatieff, is just 26 years old, many of its departments already rank among the top 50 in the world.Orban is doing so in the EU of 2017 .After months of discourse with Hungarian government officials, the EU's only option now is to invoke Article 7 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which could ultimately remove Hungary's voting rights within the EU.Earlier this month, deeply concerned members of the European Parliament, after two previous attempts, finally approved a resolution that will pave the way for EU sanctions against Hungary.Europe's credibility already suffers because some of its leaders hold ambiguous attitudes toward Erdogan, Trump and Putin.
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