The concept of an ‘illiberal democracy’, described by some researchers as neo-authoritarianism, must not be confused with the Secure Tolerance paradox which seeks to safeguard Europe’s liberal ideals by reexamining the concept of tolerance without boundaries and how to reconcile unlimited tolerance with our legitimate security concerns.
‘Illiberal democracy’ can only fuel conflict and antagonism, giving a boost to other far-right European movements which spread divisive anti-immigration, anti-semitic and extremist agendas and in doing so, test the solidity of our values.
European society today too readily turns a blind eye to hate speech, incitement and other illiberal behaviours in the name of free speech. We must re-examine our attitudes to tolerance, which can no longer be unconditionally applied to those who reject the very principles of open-mindedness.
As well as defending liberal values, we must robustly confront illiberal values, political groups and individuals.”