Hungary’s anti-migrant steps aid Orban’s right-wing shift

October 15, 2015 6:59 AM

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Hungary’s anti-migrant steps aid Orban’s right-wing shift

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s use of razor wire, tear gas and arrests in response to migrants seeking refuge in Europe has shocked many people across the world. But the crackdown comes as little surprise to those who have been watching a political transformation underway since Prime Minister Viktor Orban won power in 2010 — building a state that puts national interests over civil liberties.

Orban’s hard-line approach is testing Europe as the continent struggles to remain true to its values of solidarity and unity in the face of the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. It is also proving a tempting model to other leaders, particularly in ex-communist Central and Eastern Eu...

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