Meeting of Hungarian, Polish right-wing leaders raises concerns

The leader of Poland’s conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, met on Aug. 9 with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The meeting of two right-wing and nationalistic leaders raised some concerns in more liberal parts of Europe about the growing right-wing populism in Europe spurred by the Mideast migrant crisis and a sluggish economy.

Mr. Kaczynski holds no official government position but many observers see him as Poland’s most powerful person, guiding both the prime minister and the president.

Mr.  Orban’s strong governing style — which he calls “illiberal” —had drawn Mr. Kaczynski’s admiration. The authoritarian tone of both men and their governments’ attacks on news media and some other parts of civil society have raised concerns abroad about the health of democracy in eastern Europe.

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