Cover Osteuropa 6/2010

In Osteuropa 6/2010

Lurch to the Right
The 2010 Parliamentary Elections in Hungary

Kai-Olaf Lang

Deutsche Fassung


In the April 2010 parliamentary elections, Hungary’s political landscape was ploughed over. The Socialists suffered a debacle; their opponents from the Hungarian Civic Union were given a majority sufficient to amend the constitution. The liberals have failed; there is now a nationalist party in parliament. Viktor Orbán, the new prime minister, promises reconciliation. Whether his national project is aimed at all of the people in Hungary or excludes dissenters will have to be proven.

(Osteuropa 6/2010, pp. 3–12)