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Chinese money sows European disunion

Eastern states are being seduced by the allure of authoritarianism

HIROYUKI AKITA, Nikkei commentator | China

TOKYO -- The roots of democracy once looked destined to spread worldwide. Yet now they are withering as one country after another veers toward authoritarianism. 

This is especially noticeable in Eastern Europe. And lest anyone in Asia consider it a distant problem, take note: The growing influence of China appears to be one of the major factors.

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