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Opposition discusses chances of electoral victory

Monday, May 24th, 2021

The editor-in-chief of a left-wing weekly promises impartial coverage of the upcoming opposition primaries, while a close associate of Budapest Mayor and potential opposition frontrunner Gergely Karácsony ponders the possibility of rolling back pivotal legislation carried through by Viktor Orbán’s cabinet. Finally, a political scientist ruminates on the distribution of power between government and opposition within the Hungarian party system. READ MORE

Government side is confident of victory next year

Friday, May 7th, 2021

A prominent pro-government analyst believes PM Orbán is likely to win the 2022 elections, but as a democrat, would also accept defeat. READ MORE

Concerns about potential EU sanctions before elections in Hungary

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

With almost one third of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, a pro-government commentator believes the government could feel optimistic about next year’s elections, were it not for a threat from within the European Commission to cut back funds earmarked for Hungary. READ MORE

Left-wing hopes of electoral victory

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

The nationwide opposition daily finds half a million people among the electorate who, while they would not vote for any of the opposition parties singly, would support the gathering coalition of opposition parties. Most of them are former ‘undecided’ voters, and their change of heart is fuelling opposition hopes that Fidesz can be beaten in next year’s election. READ MORE

An analysis of the failure of opinion polls in the US

Friday, November 6th, 2020

As the result of the US election was still too early to call, a centrist analyst ponders the failure by pollsters to predict the closeness of the presidential race and concludes that this reveals deep problems within American democracy. READ MORE

Analyst thinks Election 2022 is ’mission possible’ for the opposition

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

A centrist political observer believes the united opposition might well defeat Fidesz in 2022 – but in its present state would be unable to govern successfully. READ MORE

Opposition parties to run united in 2022

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Analysts from left and right believe equally that, for the first time in 10 years, the possibility of an opposition victory cannot be discounted. READ MORE

70 Socialists dream of electoral victory

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

A veteran Socialist politician describes a vision outlined by a group of his colleagues on how to promote opposition victory at the elections in two years’ time. READ MORE

Jobbik elects new leader

Monday, February 17th, 2020

On the pages of a liberal weekly, the new chairman of the formerly far right party suggests that opposition parties should face the next elections with joint candidates for individual constituencies, but two separate party lists nationwide (the Hungarian electoral system combines both to elect a Parliament of 199 deputies). A pro-government weekly believes that after abandoning its former radical right-wing self, Jobbik now depends on the left-wing for survival. READ MORE

2019 – with an eye on 2022

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Looking back on the political events of 2019, commentators from the opposing sides of the political divide agree that the opposition represents a more serious challenge to the government than it did a year ago. READ MORE