Have you heard anything good about Hungary in mainstream media lately? As in the last 10 years? Neither have I.
Usually, Budapest and conservative/populist government of Viktor Orbán tend to get a bad rap. Despite the fact that his FIDESZ party has won every single free election fair and square consecutively since 2010, there are invariably allegations of a “tyranny” or a “dictatorship,” as well as inevitable comparisons to Russia’s Putin, Turkey’s Erdoğan, and Poland’s Kaczyński. The first two are apples to the Polish and Hungarian oranges, of course. But that is a standard mainstream narrative in the West.