Post Tagged with: "2018 Elections"

Márta Naszályi and Gergely Karácsony

Hungarian opposition closer to uniting in key Budapest electoral district

On Easter Monday, six days before national elections, András Fekete-Győr of Momentum announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy in Central Budapest in favour of Márta Naszályi of the Hungarian Socialist Party – Párbeszéd alliance (MSZP-P)–the strongest opposition candidate. Mr. Fekete-Győr followed in the footsteps of Péter Juhász of Együtt, who withdrew last week. Central Budapest, known in Hungarian as […]

by · April 2, 2018 · Politics
Republikon predictions for Budapest. Orange: Fidesz, Red: MSZP-P and blue: DK.

It is unforgivable if left-wing opposition does not field a single candidate in each Budapest district

This past weekend, Péter Juhász of the Együtt party did the right thing: he withdrew his candidacy in Central Budapest (the Belváros) in favour of the Hungarian Socialist Party – Párbeszéd candidate, Márta Naszályi (Mrs. Várady). This electoral district, like nearly each in Budapest, could be won by left-centre parties if the local Fidesz candidate faces a single left-centre or […]

by · March 26, 2018 · Politics
Peace March cult members declare Viktor Orbán to be the saviour of the nation.  Photo: 444.hu

Orbán’s threat of revenge has fired up the Hungarian opposition

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s decision to use his speech on a Hungarian national holiday to explicitly threaten legal and political revenge against his opponents has opposition politicians, journalists, academics and civil liberties activists wondering if the election on 8 April is, indeed, a “do or die” situation. The most recent Medián poll, released this week, shows that Fidesz is set […]

by · March 16, 2018 · Politics
Meet Szabolcs and Anett Hollender. Szabolcs is a candidate for one bogus party and his wife is a candidate for another.

The fiasco of Hungary’s bogus political parties

In the April national elections, the voting ballot given to citizens to select a party list may be the size of a tablecloth. Forty parties claim to have successfully nominated at least 27 candidates in constituencies spread across a minimum of nine counties and Budapest to be able to field a party list in April. One hopes that the National […]

by · March 8, 2018 · Politics
Hungarians deface a government anti-Soros billboard. It now reads: Don't let there be a line-up at the toilet. Vomit from the government propaganda at home!"

Orbán bans Fidesz politicians from attacking George Soros

The international alt-right, which has come to view Viktor Orbán as a beacon of hope, will be sorely disappointed this morning. According to the conservative Magyar Nemzet daily, Fidesz party headquarters issued a directive to all government politicians expressly prohibiting them from posting negative commentary about George Soros on social media. Viktor Orbán’s decision to end a two-and-a-half year long […]

by · February 28, 2018 · Politics
Péter Márki-Zay on election night in Hódmezővásárhely.

A small Hungarian town exposed the fallacy of the Orbán regime

János Lázár, the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, tried to find a silver lining in the 16-point landslide defeat that the ruling Fidesz party suffered on home turf–in the solidly conservative town of Hódmezővásárhely. Before congratulating the united opposition’s candidate, Péter Máki-Zay, Mr. Lázár kept repeating that Fidesz had not lost any votes in this elections. With 9,468 votes […]

by · February 26, 2018 · Politics
Závecz Research

Polling data: Fidesz support drops slightly

A new Závecz Research poll shows that Fidesz support is down by one percent, while the number of Hungarians who would like a change in government rose by three percent, from 40% to 43%, based on polling data gathered in February. It’s worth noting that this was the last poll conducted prior to the official launch of the election campaign. […]

by · February 21, 2018 · Politics
Szilárd Kalmár and the dates/times and locations where he is collecting signatures this week.

Hungary’s political parties begin their first election test today

The most diligent political parties and candidates were all doing the same thing this morning: picking up their nomination forms, so as not to waste any time gathering at least 500 valid signatures in the country’s 106 single-member electoral districts by 5 March. This first hurdle is meant to separate the wheat from the chaff. The stakes are high for […]

by · February 19, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán debates then Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány in 2006. The experience was so jarring for Mr. Orbán that he never again engaged in debate with an opponent.

Forcing Viktor Orbán to debate his opponents through legislation

Hungary has gone through two national election campaigns (2010 and 2014), in which Prime Minister Viktor Orbán refused to engage his opponents in televised debates. Ever since performing poorly against then Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány in the 2006 election debate (an election that Mr. Orbán lost to the Hungarian Socialist Party – Alliance of Free Democrats coalition), Mr. Orbán has avoided […]

by · February 13, 2018 · Politics
Balázs Nemes

Momentum’s Balázs Nemes — A reformed anti-Semitic homophobe?

Balázs Nemes is in eighth place on Momentum’s party list for national elections scheduled for 8th April. Momentum, of course, is the youthful movement that rationalizes its decision not to cooperate with any other opposition party by claiming that it is the only party not tainted by the past and focused intently on the future. Yet it turns out that […]

by · February 2, 2018 · Antisemitism