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Ágh, Attila


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Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | 14/05/2012

Attila Ágh on Orbán's Bolshevist government

Viktor Orbán's right-wing conservative government has completed the first half of its term of office. Taking stock of the first two years in the left-liberal weekly Élet és Irodalom, political scientist Attila Ágh draws a parallel with the Bolshevist parties before the fall of communism: "In truth the ruling party Fidesz hasn't even really begun governing. Instead it has been busy cementing its grip on power and filling the most important posts in the state. It is now finished with the latter so that all the key posts are occupied by Fidesz clones. … Fidesz most resembles the Bolshevist-type parties. There are striking similarities between the Orbán government and the former sole ruling parties which established a centralised one-party state back then. Today's Fidesz presents itself as a Bolshevist party that is even more tightly organised than the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party (MSZMP) in the 1980s. And just like the MSZMP at the end of that decade, Fidesz is also showing signs of internal collapse. … The breakdown of parties of the Bolshevist type follows its own logic; at first it's a gradual, barely noticeable process but then it gathers speed, ending in complete collapse."

Népszava - Hungary | 08/07/2008

Right-wing extremism in Hungary

With an eye to the attacks of right-wing extremists against homosexuals taking part in the "Gay Pride Parade" in Budapest last Saturday, political scientist Attila Ágh voices concern about right-wing extremism in Hungary: "In the past few years public life in Hungary has been repeatedly disrupted by the rioting of extreme right-wing groups. ... We no longer need to question the reasons behind this unrest. We know only too well that the right-wing extremist mob was stirred up by the opposition Young Democrats [Fidesz] under ex-prime minister Viktor Orbán. We also know that Fidesz has recently made half-hearted attempts to distance itself from the riots. ... The real question now is why and for how much longer the great majority of Hungarian society intends just to sit back and watch the vandalism of the right-wing extremists. When will someone put an end to the blind fury raging on Budapest's streets? There have been occasions when the passive majority has raised its voice in protest. Nevertheless, the great majority of our society continues to be held hostage by a tiny minority of vandals."

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