Xpat Opinion: Political Landscape Ten Months Before Elections In Hungary

A centrist political scientist believes that whoever wins next year’s elections, the outcome will be catastrophic, and a catastrophe is perhaps what Hungary needs to find the right path. A moderate conservative columnist suggests it will be extremely difficult to forge a united left-wing opposition before the elections.

In Magyar Narancs (print edition) Gábor Török strikes a sombre note, although he has a reputation for refraining from value judgements in his analyses. Although most political analysts work for political parties, he explains to the liberal weekly, he himself cannot find one whom he would find it morally appropriate to work for. He recalls meeting several analysts in television debates who immediately called their political bosses after leaving the studio.
He would simply not like to be like them, he says, and prefers to prepare analyses for private companies and their CEOs, including OTP chief Sándor Csányi, Hungary’s number one banker, who was recently reported to be at loggerheads with the government  and Zsolt Hernádi, CEO of MOL, the Hungarian oil and gas multinational, who is known as an ally of Csányi. Until 2010, Török offered advice to President László Sólyom, a conservative who is highly critical of the constitutional changes introduced by the right-wing administration.


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