Interview with Reinhard Krumm, Head of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Regional Office for Cooperation and Security in Europe in Vienna, on current perspectives of the Western Balkans and its relations with both the EU and Russia.
Hungary held a referendum about the country’s stance towards the refugee crisis and “Brussels”. The outcome turned out to be invalid, but Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared a victory. The government’s campaign was aggressive and full with negative stereotypes and hatred against migrants. The illiberal Hungarian political regime needs enemies: the relative failure of the referendum might push the top leader to blame and stigmatise new target groups and individuals.