Hungary‚Äôs fragmented left leaves space wide open for populist Right

First posted on 26 September 2012 through Extremis Project.

Hungary, once the poster child of post-communist transition, has fallen from its pedestal of liberal democratization. International media and human rights watchdogs have been raising red flags since nationalist conservative party Fidesz came into power in 2010 with a two-thirds majority in Parliament and young radical right party Jobbik became the third largest party in Hungary. One-by-one drastic changes have been expedited through the new government body restructuring the constitution, media laws and voting regulations along seemingly populist nationalist lines. But while we are quick to judge Hungary for its current direction we must also question the state of affairs in the context of the political options available.

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