Social Movements v Political Parties in Hungary

Originally Published by Policy Network 6 November 2014. Original linked here.

In Hungary, national, European and municipal elections this year have further solidified a unipolar party landscape, in which conservative party Fidesz has dominated. With the state of opposition parties in prolonged disrepair, liberal and leftwing voters continue to replace their electoral disillusionment with participation in protests and social movements. The most recent demonstrations taking place on 26 October and again on 28 October have seen an estimated 100,000 protest against Fidesz government initiatives.

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Fidesz (Super)Majority? Right and Radical Right Parties Dominate Hungarian Elections

Originally Published in Visegrad Insight: 7 April 2014. Original linked here.

Yesterday, Hungarians went out to cast their vote for the seventh democratic national elections. Although over 96% of the votes have been counted, onlookers remain tense to see whether or not right wing conservative party, Fidesz, will be able to maintain its two-thirds majority in parliament. Continue reading

Fidesz have won a clear victory in Hungary’s elections, but their supermajority hangs in the balance

Originally Published in LSE Europp: 7 April 2014. Original linked here.

Hungary held parliamentary elections on Sunday. As Erin Marie Saltman writes, Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party came out comfortably ahead in the vote and will maintain its majority in the next parliament. However with the votes still being counted, there is still some doubt over whether Fidesz will have the ‘supermajority’ required to alter the country’s constitution. Regardless of the final count, she argues that the elections mean Hungary will continue along a more centralised and nationalistic path, including a potential reorientation away from ‘Western powers’ and toward Russia.
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Approaching election time: A united opposition, but is it enough?

Originally Published by Policy Network 22 JANUARY 2014: Original linked here.

In Hungary, all focus is on the fast approaching general elections. For opposition parties, and their sympathizers, the elections are daunting. The challenge for the left comes both externally, in terms of facing the unwavering strength of the conservative Fidesz party, as well as internally, overcoming the lack of cohesion apparent among liberal and left wing parties and movements.

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