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Népszabadság - Hungary | 23/09/2006

Peter Tölgyessy on the Hungarian right

Hungarian political expert and civil rights activist Peter Tölgyessy believes that Fidesz, Hungary's main opposition party, is joining forces with right-wing populist and anti-democratic groups; employing the same strategy that the Kaczynski brothers used in Poland to come into power. "Since the beginning of this summer, Fidesz has been using its 'national revolution' policy to integrate the voters of the extreme right into its system of alliances... If the current political crisis continues, it will have dire consequences for Hungary."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 18/04/2006

Viktor Orban's transformation

Everyone is predicting that the centre-right conservative opposition party Fidesz will once again be defeated in next weekend's runoff vote. Civil rights activist and political scientist Peter Tölgyessy says party leader Viktor Orban is to blame: "Instead of becoming a coalition party for the multi-layered conservative camp in the national round table talks, Fidesz went to war against all the other parties... Party leader Viktor Orban refused to accept his coalition partners as allies and treated them as subordinates instead... Viktor Orban became the voice for the anti-Western attitude of the traditional right-wing camp and the country's rural population. Instead of articulating the people's yearning for a non-socialist Hungary, he relied on instincts left over from the Kadar regime and the dark side of the Hungarian soul... Viktor Orban has moved far away from the non-socialist ideals of 1989."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 25/03/2006

The election campaign in Hungary

Civil rights activist and political scientist Peter Tölgyessy notes regretfully that although Hungary has one of the largest budget deficits in Europe, the various parties in the current election campaign are outbidding each other with unrealistic pledges. "During the last legislative period, real income grew twice as quickly as the economy, yet there is hardly a single person in this country who is satisfied with his life... Given the already dangerously large budget deficit, the new government will not be able to count on economic growth. Not one more year should pass without the introduction of major reforms, because Hungary urgently needs new impulses. However, if populism becomes the most important component of our political system, introducing reforms will be virtually impossible."

hvg - Hungary | 22/12/2005

Political Polarisation in Hungary

According to political scientist and civil rights activist Peter Tölgyessy, the political polarisation of Hungary has reached a level damaging to democracy in the run-up to the elections. "The directors of the central bank are deliberately putting the national currency's exchange rate at risk with their statements; the opposition is trying to bring about the collapse of privatisation measures so that the government has as little as possible left over to distribute; and the government is retaliating by removing as many experts from the opposition as possible from important posts. Contracts and prizes are awarded only to each party's own clients. A sort of corporatist democracy seems to have taken hold in Hungary. At the end of each legislative period, state power in the traditional sense of the word is supplanted by the party that has just won the elections."

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