Disrespect for European Values in Hungary - 2010-2014

A comprehensive analysis titled Disrespect for European Values in Hungary, 2010-2014 summarises how measures taken by the Hungarian government in the past four years have eroded respect for the fundamental values of the European Union in Hungary. 

Disrespect for European Values in Hungary 2010-2014 

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