Mr Verhofstadt has also mentioned Hungary, where another possessive leader wishes to consolidate as much power as possible.
Prime minister Viktor Orbán wants Hungary’s parliament to pass an emergency bill this week that would give him sweeping powers to rule by decree, without any clear cut-off date to his reign.
In Poland, whom Mr Verhofstadt mentioned there have been increasing calls for a ‘Polexit’ as well as growing far-right sentiment.
In Poland, the Pro-Right to Life Foundation has been chanting homophobic slogans and putting up posters linking homosexuality to paedophilia.
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