In a referendum earlier this month, 98 percent of Hungarians voted to reject an EU plan to resettle migrants and refugees. Although the vote was marred by low voter turnout, it was a victory for Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is now pushing ahead to amend the constitution and tighten his grip on power.
Renewed criticism of free trade is easier to understand when looking at recent data about the winners and losers of globalization from the 1990s until the financial crisis. But what accounts for the broader appeal of populist parties that are against globalization among a much larger section of the electorate?
On Oct. 3, women in Poland staged a strike to protest a proposed law that would have criminalized all abortions, including in instances of rape or incest. Days later, lawmakers voted down the bill in parliament. In an email interview, Malgorzata Druciarek discusses women’s rights in Poland.