Cover Osteuropa 4/2013

In Osteuropa 4/2013

Street Politics
Protest Movements in East Central Europe

Miroslav Mareš

Deutsche Fassung


In 2011 and 2012, East Central Europe experienced the largest street demonstrations since the end of communist rule. The protest movements channelled a discontent with mainstream politics and the political class. They formulated no clear goals or even an alternative to the ruling order they criticised. Furthermore, no stable organisations were established. A special case is Hungary, where not only opponents of the government but supporters of the government also took to the streets.

(Osteuropa 4/2013, pp. 73–86)