The lure of the pseudo democratic strongman

The recent election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as president of Turkey, coupled with the soaring poll ratings for Vladimir Putin or the election victory for Viktor Orban in Hungary, tells us something about a large section of people

17th August, 2014

The recent election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as president of Turkey, coupled with the soaring poll ratings for Vladimir Putin or the election victory for Viktor Orban in Hungary, tells us something about a large section of people. Keep the streets safe, the economy growing and the welfare system working, and everything else is just trimmings. Freedom of the media? Human rights? Not murdering your opponents with polonium? Yeah, that's all lovely fancy Ivana Bacik...

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