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G20 summit digested — Victor Orbán’s authoritarian journey

The annual gathering of G20 leaders in Bali, Indonesia was overshadowed by a deadly incident in Poland. A missile struck a village close to the border with Ukraine, killing two people. The origin of the missile was initially unclear, but it prompted crisis meetings among leaders and fears of military escalation. In this week’s show, we analyze reactions in Europe and around the world.

POLITICO’s Jan Cienski joins host Suzanne Lynch in the studio with the latest information on what happened and the reaction from the Polish government and NATO. And from Lviv in Ukraine, Opinion Editor Jamie Dettmer dials in to tell us about the response from Kyiv and the impact the latest Russian assault on the country’s energy infrastructure has had. China Correspondent Stuart Lau joins us from Bali to talk through the carefully calibrated responses from G20 leaders. We also discuss the three-hour meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the annual diplomatic jamboree — only the second foreign trip by the Chinese leader since the COVID pandemic.

We also talk to Zsuzsanna Szelényi, a former political colleague turned harsh critic of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. She charts Orbán’s journey from democratic hope to what she describes as increasing authoritarianism.

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