This publication is the latest in our series of comprehensive annual overviews, focusing on developments, events and trends in Hungary in 2019, as well as an outlook on which topics we expect to dominate Hungarian politics in 2020. It focuses on five broad areas. In the first section we review the year from the perspective of the Hungarian government, with a special emphasis on the impact of the two elections on Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party and the flagship policies of the government. In the second section we look at the opposition parties, their state and prospects after tasting success at the local elections for the first time in more than 10 years. The third section focuses on foreign affairs, in particular the place of Fidesz in European politics after the EP elections, and Hungary’s foreign policy in a global context. In the fourth section, we take a detailed look at how Fidesz's policies have shaped the economy. Finally, some key developments of the Hungarian society – media landscape, increasing government control over culture and science – are discussed. All of the sections conclude with a brief analysis of the issues which may come to the fore in 2020.
Editor: András Bíró-Nagy
Main author: Gábor Győri
Contributing authors: András Bíró-Nagy, Miklós Sebők
Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research.
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