Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2016

In Osteuropa 1-2/2016

Between Reversion and Renewal
Poland’s PiS and Hungary’s Fidesz Compared

Kai-Olaf Lang

Deutsche Fassung


With Law and Justice (PiS) and Fidesz, two parties that have a great deal in common are in power in Poland and Hungary. Both are striving for a neo-traditional reorganisation of state and society. They understand democracy as majority rule, separation of powers as something at odds with the mission the people gave them at the ballot box. In the European Union, PiS and Fidesz rely on national sovereignty. Due to differences over foreign and Europe policy – especially with regard to Russia policy – this will not lead to the emergence of a national-conservative axis in East Central Europe. The EU, however, must reckon with an anti-liberal and sovereigntist alliance of convenience.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2016, pp. 61–78)