The election of a Green mayor in Budapest is a rare setback for Hungary’s far-right premier Viktor Orbán. But if it’s going to mount a sustainable challenge to his rule, the opposition needs to start voicing the malaise of the majority of Hungarians.
Imre Szijarto is a Hungarian activist, writer, and MA student at the Central European University. He is a founding member of the Szabad Egyetem student activist group in Hungary.
Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party began life as a liberal opposition to Hungary’s Soviet-backed regime. But far from waging a generic fight for freedom, Orbán and his crony capitalist allies turned Hungary into the laboratory for a new far right.
The removal of a statue of the communist leader Imre Nagy is the latest effort by Viktor Orbán to erase all memory of the country's left and valorize the far right.