István Hegedűs gave an interview to Klubrádió on 17 November 2017 following the vote of the European Parliament to launch the first phase of the procedure Article 7 of the EU treaty against the Polish government, pointing out that the Hungarian ruling party voted oppositely to its own political group.
István Hegedűs participated at the worskhop "Fragility and Resilience of Democracies in Europe. Where now for Citizenship Education and Civil Societies“ organised by NECE (Networking European Citizenship Education) in Gdansk on 12-13 November 2017. Analysing the political situation in Poland and Hungary, Hegedűs emphasised the all-European dimensions of the authoritarian turn in both countries.
L'Espresso published an article by Stefano Giantin on 15 October 2017 about two nationalist-populist EU member states; Hungary and Poland. The author also asked István Hegedűs about the possible next steps of the Hungarian Prime Minister in the European political arena.