The light that failed
What does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein have in common with the illiberal turn in Central Europe? A lot, claims Bulgarian Political Scientist and IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev, a leading expert on contemporary Europe and a frequent contributor to the New York Times.
Krastev sees Orbán’s Hungary as an example in point, an illiberal monster created from elements of Western liberal democracies. For Krastev, the right-wing shift in many other Central and Eastern European countries can also be read as a revolt against the “imitation imperative”.
In conversation with Der Standard’s Eric Frey, Krastev elaborates on this central theme, which will also be the topic of his next book.
Ivan Krastev | Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia & Permanent Fellow at the IWM, Vienna.
Eric Frey | Editor at Der Standard & Correspondent, Financial Times
This debate formed part of the Vienna Humanities Festival 2019 and you can find out more about both this and the festival's other discussions on our festival page at tttdebates.org: