Hello, Dictator: Orban, the EU and the Rule of Law

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Philipp Schepmann, published by Arte in 2020 - German narration

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"The dictator is coming." The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, laughs and makes small talk with his colleagues while they wait to greet the heads of state as they arrive for the EU summit in Riga. When the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives, Juncker raises his hand and says "Hello dictator!" Immediately afterwards he laughs, pats Orban on the cheek and tries to embrace him. This strange greeting is an apt symbol for the problems the European Union face with regard to the situation in Hungary. One of the leaders of a member state is openly flirting with authoritarian and non-democratic values. The summit scene may say a lot about male friendships in politics. But above all it says something about the relationship between Orban and the EU. A relationship that has been characterized by helplessness for years. How can it be explained that the Hungarian prime minister is overturning his country's political system and openly turning it into an "illiberal democracy" while the EU has no other choice but to stand by and watch the violation of its fundamental values? It is a struggle about power and billions. Since the summer of 2020, the majority of EU states have been fighting to make the granting of EU funds conditional. Only those who abide by the democratic rules should receive funds in the future. A rule-of-law mechanism is to guarantee this. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is vehemently opposed. For good reason? He has long been targeted by critics. In "Hello, Dictator," Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn calls Hungary a "shackled democracy." For months, the European community of values is struggling over its position. With his blackmailing veto, Orban plunges the EU into a deep crisis, in which Chancellor Merkel finally mediates. Is it appeasement with the autocrat? In his analytical road-movie, director Michael Wech goes in search of clues throughout Europe. A Broadview TV and ZDF Production in Association with ARTE

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Video Codec: H.264 CABAC Main@L3.1
Video Bitrate: 2 200 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 125 kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: german
RunTime Per Part: 1 h 29 min
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.43 GB
Source: WEB DL
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