The times call for an economically populist agenda, and Jobbik appears to be successfully adapting to this requirement. Drawing on a mix of its own xenophobic/anti-globalisation ideas, Fidesz’ previous opposition rhetoric, and traditional left-wing ideas, it is steadfastly attacking the government’s economic policies.
At the same time, a careful process of marginalizing some of the far-right movement’s most radical figures has begun. While these have helped push Jobbik to the level of popularity of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Jobbik faces the risk of an ideologically-inspired fragmentation.
Policy Solutions' analysis on the recent rise of the radical right Jobbik party can be downloaded from here.
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