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Népszabadság - Hungary | Monday, March 2, 2009

Ákos Szilágyi on an incomplete transformation in Hungary

The poet and essayist Ákos Szilágyi writes in the weekend edition of the left-liberal newspaper Népszabadság that 20 years after the fall of communism the post-communist transformation in Hungary is still not complete. "The system can only function if the majority of society accepts it as its own system, not just ideologically, not with words, and not every four years at the ballot, but with deeds: through economic and political behaviour which respects the common good, by leading honourable lives as upstanding citizens and rejecting crime and refusing to wallow in the swamps of kleptocracy and corruption, by showing civil courage, by showing willingness to cooperate and solidarity with the poorer members of society. … As in Hungary such a stable and consolidated system simply has not taken root it follows that the state cannot function stably, predictably and smoothly. … The crisis in the Hungarian system which the current global economic crisis has made more severe is a result of the fact that – unlike in many other countries in Central and Eastern Europe - the process of transition from one system to another in Hungary was never completed."

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