The common feature of the Western and Eastern populism is the erosion of trust in democratic institutions and political elites. But in Central Europe, the counterweights to the illiberal drift are much weaker. The strong dissident values more or less vanished and were sidetracked by the economic and technocratic agenda. In the Czech Republic, the populists are rather pragmatic, but in Poland and Hungary, they offer an alternative to the liberal agenda. In their rhetoric, they have the popularity and, therefore, they represent the nation. Popular sovereignty and national sovereignty are the two constitutive elements from the new populists in power in Hungary and Poland, says Political Scientist Jacques Rupnik.
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The video was recorded on August 5, 2020.
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