Post Tagged with: "MSZP"

Bence Bitskey in the middle, with former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány to his right.

Sweeping left-wing victory in Budapest by-election — Major drop in Fidesz support

Fidesz support in a closely watched by-election in the Budapest district of Zugló has collapsed, with the left-wing opposition winning a sweeping victory. Bence Bitskey, the joint candidate for the Democratic Coalition, the Hungarian Socialist Party, the small Dialogue party and a local civic group garnered 790 votes, compared to just 404 for Fidesz. While the left won in this […]

by · April 23, 2017 · Politics
Márta Bolba Román

Two important by-elections in Budapest: Will the protests dent Fidesz support?

Two municipal by-elections are scheduled for Sunday in Budapest and both could serve as an indication of what impact half a dozen mass protests (each drawing tens of thousands) and the scandal surrounding Central European University have had on voting intentions, less than a year before national elections. Both by-elections are in areas that, in any other country, would likely […]

by · April 22, 2017 · Focus
László Botka and Gyula Molnár. Photo: MTI.

Let the rich pay! A new left-wing populism in Hungary?

The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) launched its new campaign and national tour on Thursday and kept its central slogan as simple as possible: “Let the rich pay!” Standing in front of a grey, socialist era apartment block and a billboard featuring László Botka, the Socialist candidate for prime minister in 2018 with the words: “Let’s do justice — Let the […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Politics
László Botka and his slogan: The time has come to re-think the future.

Socialist candidate for prime minister sees higher taxes for the wealthy and corporations

“Those who have, those who are rich, will find themselves kindly contributing more to solving the country’s problems,” quipped László Botka, the Mayor of Szeged and the Hungarian Socialist Party’s (MSZP) candidate for prime minister in the 2018 elections to the 444.hu news site on Tuesday. The interview highlighted the left-wing turn that MSZP is taking under Mr. Botka, signalling […]

by · February 28, 2017 · Politics
Source: Republikon Intézet

Socialist László Botka is statistically tied with Viktor Orbán in new Republikon poll

László Botka, the Hungarian Socialist Party’s (MSZP) candidate for prime minister, is statistically tied in popularity with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, according to a poll by the Republikon Intézet. Mr. Orbán’s favorability rating rests at 46%, followed by Mr. Botka at 44%. Gábor Vona, the leader of the Jobbik party, stands at 31% among the main contenders for prime minister […]

by · February 18, 2017 · Politics
András Fekete-Győr of Momentum, collecting signatures in Budapest. Photo: MTI.

Is the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid doomed? A majority of Hungarians oppose it

The Momentum Mozgalom’s campaign to launch a referendum that would force Budapest City Council to withdraw their bid to host the 2024 Summer Games is heading into its final, critical stretch. According to the most recent statistics, Momentum–with the help of the Politics Can Be Different green party (LMP), the Együtt party, Párbeszéd (Dialogue) and some modest assistance from Socialist […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Politics
Publicus poll / January 2017.

Hungary’s Socialists gain, Jobbik falters in new poll

Just over a year before the 2018 elections, a new poll suggests that the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) is seeing a modest rise in its popularity, while Jobbik is continuing a trend that has been apparent for months–the party that is trying to move away from its far-right roots is faltering. According to a poll released Sunday by the Publicus […]

by · January 29, 2017 · Politics
Budapest, 2007. március 14.
Torgyán József, a Megújuló Magyarországért Mozgalom elnöke a szervezõdés céljairól tart sajtótájékoztatót a Marczibányi téri Mûvelõdési Központban.
MTI Fotó: Földi Imre

Hungary’s last Smallholder leader József Torgyán dies

Anyone who followed politics in Hungary during the nineties and in the early years of the current century remembers József Torgyán–the colourful chairman of the Independent Smallholders’ Party, former Minister of Agriculture and a true connoisseur of hyperbole. Mr. Torgyán’s wife and also a former Member of Parliament, Mária Cseh, confirmed that her husband died at their home in Budapest […]

by · January 22, 2017 · Focus
László Botka being introduced as MSZP's candidate for prime minister on Wednesday.

Hungarian Socialists choose their candidate for prime minister: László Botka

The executive of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) unanimously nominated László Botka to lead the party into the 2018 national elections, likely to be held next April. Forty-three year old Mr. Botka, the popular and long-time mayor of Szeged who beat his Fidesz rival by an impressive 22% landslide victory in the 2014 municipal elections, has come across as more […]

by · January 18, 2017 · Politics
Ágnes Heller. Photo: Népszava.

Holocaust survivor Ágnes Heller suggests left-wing partnership with Jobbik

There is a sense that key politicians and thinkers on the left are gradually introducing the possibility–and for many opposition voters the bitter pill–of a possible partnership between the country’s main left-centre opposition parties and Jobbik. After former Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy declared that those in the left-centre opposition who refused an alliance with Jobbik were being unnecessarily “squeamish” and […]

by · January 7, 2017 · Politics