Vice-president avoids mentioning Turkey specifically, but compares concentration of powers under a head of state to US’s three-branch system
The leaders of Turkey and Russia are often compared. But their differences are more instructive than their similarities.
Strongmen are in high demand across Europe’s fringes these days. Hungary’s prime minister Victor Orbán hit a raw nerve when, addressing a crowd of admirers in neighbouring Romania in July 2014, he declared that the era of liberal democracy was over. Orbán, the bête noire of many a Europhile, vowed to lead the Hungarian nation with a firm grip and to protect its vital interests against foreign encroachments. Amongst the examples he cited as inspiring this resolve were Russia and Turkey.