Fidesz – KDNP

Fidesz – KDNP. Fidesz is Hungary’s supremely dominant centre-right party. ‘Fidesz’ was originally an acronym for ‘Alliance of Young Democrats’ and it was founded in 1988 as a radical, playful and exceedingly liberal and stridently anti-communist party of young people. At first, the party banned membership to those older than 35 and the party’s 1990 […]

Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP)

Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP). The Hungarian Socialist Party is the legal successor of Hungary’s communist party. Despite its links to the former communist regime, and ranks of former communist politicians, the MSZP was a rather successful electoral party until around 2006. The party governed Hungary between 1994 and 1998 and again from 2002 to 2010. […]

Jobbik – Movement for a Better Hungary

Jobbik – Movement for a Better Hungary. Jobbik is Hungary’s most controversial party. An extreme right party, Jobbik is at a level of extremism perhaps only surpassed by Greece’s Golden Dawn amongst parties that will gain seats in this year’s European elections. Although Jobbik were founded in 2003 they were not notable until 2008. In […]

Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF)

Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF). The MDF was the winner of Hungary’s first democratic election after the fall of communism in 1990. A conservative party, which, like Fidesz, flirted with nationalism, the party suffered during its first term from the unpopularity of the decisions which had to be made to shift Hungary into a market economy. […]

Politics Can Be Different (LMP)

Politics Can Be Different (LMP). The LMP was the second new party to enter the Hungarian parliament in 2010, besides Jobbik. The LMP was founded as a NGO in 2008 with the goal of political reform. The party’s ideology is broadly a sort of green liberalism and the party is centre-left but pushes postmaterialist issues […]

Hungary – the EU Parliamentary Elections

Political Background Hungary joined the EU in 2004 as part of the mass expansion of that year. Hungary is not a Eurozone member. Ethnic Hungarians, often known as Magyars, are one of the three nations in Europe whose official language is a Finno-Ugric language (rather than the usual Indo-European) along with Finland and Estonia. Magyars […]

Civilzone

This post is a response from Gabor Mihucz, of the Hungarian NGO the Association for Societal Participation, to a piece I wrote a few weeks back. A couple of weeks ago, Anthony Zacharzewski, social activist of The Democratic Society wrote a review on our association’s project that had the working title ‘webvotr’ and has since […]

Webvotr – early days for a new democracy Facebook app

At the PEP-NET summit in Hamburg a little while ago, I met Gabor Mihucz, a Hungarian democracy activist, who pointed me at his organisation the Association for Societal Participation and their new project “webvotr“. Webvotr is still in concept form at the moment, but is intended as a Facebook app for democracy. The organisers say: We […]