The purpose of this paper is to show how Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary, as a leader of EU member state, has damaged the EU’s normative power and exposed preexisting flaws within the EU system of governance. In my paper, I delve into how Orbán has impacted EU foreign policy in recent years, becoming the EU’s “problem child” regarding several current issues. Additionally, I argue that he has helped embolden other EU countries in their illiberalism. I provide analysis for each of these cases to support my main argument that Orbán damages the EU’s normative power. In the final section of my paper, I discuss how Orbán could impact the EU’s future, especially how the EU will handle Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I conclude by providing two courses of action that the EU can take in face of the challenge that Orbán is posing.
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"Viktor Orbán: The EU’s Biggest Bully,"
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union:
Vol. 2023, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/urceu/vol2023/iss1/9