On the heels of electoral defeat four years ago, Polish right-wing party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski stood before supporters and declared that eventually victory would be theirs.

“I am convinced the day is coming,” he told his followers, “when we will have Budapest in Warsaw.”

It was an expression of admiration for Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has consolidated power by weakening the judiciary, media and other institutions in a manner condemned by Western powers as undemocratic.

Now, with Kaczynski’s Law and Justice party back in power since last month, critics say he is making good on that promise that he made back in 2011, as the government is acting with huge speed to embark on a path reminiscent of that in Hungary.

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