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Dnevnik - Slovenia | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Is Fidesz poised to swing to the right?

Hungary's right-wing conservative ruling party Fidesz won a clear victory in parliamentary elections on Sunday. But while Fidesz won around eight percentage points less of the vote than in 2010, the right-wing extremist Jobbik party increased its share by around four percentage points. The left-liberal daily Dnevnik asks how much to the right Fidesz will shift to lure voters away from Jobbik: "How much further Fidesz moves to the right - whether it will be further than the rest of the EU can tolerate without seriously jeopardising its own democratic values - will depend to a large extent on the revival of the Hungarian economy. Already the sense of unease of the European People's Party, of which Fidesz is a member and over which Orbán has legitimised his autocratic rule in the last four years, is tangible in the European Parliament. The European elections and Fidesz's efforts to woo Jobbik voters will provide us with the answer to the question of how far Orbán will shift to the right."

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