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Szabó, Attila Palócz

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Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | 24/10/2012

Questionable comeback by Hungarian ex-PM

Hungary's ex-prime minister Gordon Bajnai made a comeback to politics after two years of absence with a speech on the memorial day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 on Tuesday. He announced plans to participate in an opposition alliance against Viktor Orbán's national-conservative government. According to the conservative daily Magyar Hírlap Bajnai's political comeback is questionable given that when he was in power his own government was highly unpopular: "Bajnai played a leading role in the most hated Hungarian government ever - first as a minister [2007 to 2009] and then as prime minister [2009 to 2010]. Bajnai has now been purified and is returning to the public eye with a snow-white record. Apparently he is hoping that the voters have forgotten his previous political endeavours. According to the principle 'I wash my hands in innocence' he also harshly criticised the governments that preceded the Orbán cabinet - as if he had had nothing to do with the destructive politics of those times."

Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | 09/05/2008

Decisive elections in Serbia

Attila Palócz Szabó writes about the great significance of Serbia's upcoming parliamentary elections. "A decisive issue in this Sunday's parliamentary elections will be the direction the country takes: Will it choose confrontation with the rest of the world, cut itself off and return to those dark times when the (now dead) dictator Slobodan Milosevic was in power? Or will the electorate vote for the European spirit and closer ties with the EU? In this context it seems somewhat strange to see how Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and his party, the Democratic Party of Serbia, have distanced themselves from the pro-Western democratic forces that swept him to power only eight years ago. To maintain his ruling position Kostunica is now forced to ally himself with those radicals who were once his bitter opponents."

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