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Hírszerző - Hungary | 22/03/2010

Gyurcsány resembles his opponent Orbán

The electoral address of socialist Ferenc Gyurcsány, who was Hungary's head of government until 2009, drew much attention. It has many similarities with the speeches once given by his strongest opponent, the right-wing conservative politician Viktor Orbán, writes journalist Péter Kóczián in his blog on news portal Hírszerző: "The speech delivered by Ferenc Gyurcsány last Friday had astonishing similarities with the speeches held by Viktor Orbán after his electoral defeat in 2002. ... Ferenc Gyurcsány's speech signalled once more that he is without doubt the darling of the Socialists' (MSZP) supporters. So there's no getting around Gyurcsány in the MSZP. ... Gyurcsány is playing the same dangerous game Viktor Orbán played after 2002. Back then Orbán went about undermining his own party, the right-wing conservative Young Democrats (Fidesz). Ferenc Gyurcsány is following a similar path. His message is: the defeated Socialists can't afford to even consider regrouping without him. ... Ferenc Gyurcsány's speech was in my opinion the first successful phase of the rebirth of the former head of government."

168 óra - Hungary | 12/10/2009

Péter Kóczián on China as a regional power

In his blog in the online edition of the left-liberal weekly 168 Óra Péter Kóczián describes China as a regional economic power: "China is still far from attaining the status of a world power. China is only strong because it devalues its currency. By making its exports so cheap it dominates part of the global market. In the past 15 years China has taken in so much money that it has been able even to give the United States financial support. But this also means that China hasn't spent that money at home. China's power is consequently only a sham. … Rather than showing us that China has become a global superpower the global economic crisis has shown us that the economic policy of a regional power can be decisive. The goal of lifting the living standards of around a billion people to the level of the Western middle-classes requires gigantic economic growth. For precisely this reason the Chinese economy and Chinese society will focus inwards in the decades to come."

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