Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

Against the “Viktátor”
Hungarians take to the Street

Karin Rogalska

Deutsche Fassung


Hungary seems to be drifting towards an authoritarian system of government. With a two-thirds majority in parliament, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party supposedly have free rein. However, criticism of Orbán and his government is growing. In polls, Fidesz has clearly lost ground; in Budapest, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets. Nonetheless, the parliamentary and the extra-parliamentary opposition lack a charismatic personality who could concentrate the protests and bring about a change in the balance of power.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 177–184)