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Biden’s victory seen as a model for Hungary’s Left

January 26th, 2021

A former MSZP leader urges the opposition to set out the concrete measures they would take if they win next year’s parliamentary election.

In Népszava, former MSZP Chair Ildikó Lendvai thinks the swift executive orders issued by President Biden of the United States right after his inauguration should serve as an inspiring example for Hungary’s opposition. She welcomes the agreements reached by the disparate forces of the opposition to run a single national list of candidates, behind a single candidate for Prime Minister, with single candidates against Fidesz in all individual constituencies. She also finds the declaration of basic principles released earlier this month a good starting point for a future shared programme of government. Nevertheless, she suggests that if the opposition wants the ordinary citizen to grasp what it wants, it should also compile a few simple messages about tangible measures it promises to introduce if it wins the elections. Lendvai believes five to ten such promises would do the job. They might include higher minimum wages, family allowances, unemployment benefits as well as joining the 22 countries which have decided to participate in the European Prosecutor system.