United or divided: A fractured opposition in Hungary

First posted on 30 October 2012 through Policy Network.

Time will tell if Hungary’s divided left opposition will be able to put aside their differences and unite to overpower the radical right

Those less intimate with Hungarian political culture should be aware of the significance of March 15th and October 23rd, national memorial days for the 1848 and 1956 revolutions against Hapsburg and Soviet powers. These national holidays have been used increasingly to stage political speeches, demonstrations and protests in recent years, paralleling the rising discourse around Hungary’s ‘illiberal’ turn, as reported on by international news and human rights watchdogs.

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