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Dissatisfied voters in Hungary
2019-07-18

Dissatisfied voters in Hungary

New Policy Solutions research on the main concerns of dissatisfied voters and their assessment about the work of the governing parties and the opposition.

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The State of Populism in Europe 2018
2019-03-14

The State of Populism in Europe 2018

The FEPS and Policy Solutions website of reference, the Populism Tracker sees four years of existence. This rich material is then collected in a yearly publication that we have the pleasure to share with you – "The State of Populism in Europe 2018".

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New book: Progressive Answers to Populism
2019-02-17

New book: Progressive Answers to Populism

The central objective of this book is to offer potential and effective answers to NGOs, politicians or anyone who wants to counter populism.

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Hungarian Politics in 2018
2019-01-18

Hungarian Politics in 2018

“Hungarian Politics in 2018”, a joint annual review of Policy Solutions and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has been published.

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Hungarian Politics in 2018 - Book launch and panel discussion on the prospects in 2019
2019-01-09

Hungarian Politics in 2018 - Book launch and panel discussion on the prospects in 2019

We cordially invite you to the official book launch of “Hungarian Politics in 2018”, a joint annual review of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions.

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The Hungarian Fear
2018-08-01

The Hungarian Fear

In their most recent research study, Policy Solutions and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung have sought to find out how pervasive and dominant a sense of fear is in Hungarian society.

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Conference invitation: Political Values of the Hungarian Society - From death penalty to universal health care
2018-06-19

Conference invitation: Political Values of the Hungarian Society - From death penalty to universal health care

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Új Egyenlőség online magazine and Policy Solutions cordially invite you to their joint Public Discussion, entitled: Political Values of the Hungarian Society - From death penalty to universal health care

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It's about credibility, not values. Social democratic values in Hungary
2018-06-05

It's about credibility, not values. Social democratic values in Hungary

Policy Solutions considers it as an absolute priority that at the beginning of the new parliamentary term the conclusions on which the opposition can establish its strategy for the next years should be made on the basis of facts and figures. “Social democratic values in Hungary”, the joint publication of Policy Solutions and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung aims to contribute to this process by surveying the public acceptance of the key pillars of social democratic values in Hungary.

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Hungarian Elections 2018 – Policy Solutions in International Media
2018-04-27

Hungarian Elections 2018 – Policy Solutions in International Media

As parliamentary elections were held on 8 April 2018, Policy Solutions researchers evaluated the Hungarian political situation and the most important political trends for numerous leading international media outlets.

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New book: "The State of Populism in Europe - 2017"
2018-04-16

New book: "The State of Populism in Europe - 2017"

This FEPS - Policy Solutions - FES Budapest book surveys the popularity and influence of populist parties in the EU in 2017. Readers can also learn in more detail about the state of populism in five EU countries where elections were held last year.

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Hungarian Politics in 2017
2018-01-19

Hungarian Politics in 2017

“Hungarian Politics in 2017”, a joint annual review of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions has been published.

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Conference - Hungarian Politics in 2017 - Book launch and panel discussion on the prospects in 2018
2018-01-09

Conference - Hungarian Politics in 2017 - Book launch and panel discussion on the prospects in 2018

We cordially invite you to the official book launch of “Hungarian Politics in 2017”, a joint annual review of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions. Date and time of the event: 19 January 2018 (Friday), 10:00-12:00. Venue: Aranytíz Cultural Center (1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 10.)

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What is the Hungarian Dream?
2017-10-25

What is the Hungarian Dream?

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Budapest and Policy Solutions cordially invite you to their joint book launch event, entitled: What is the Hungarian Dream? Conference on the Hungarians’ vision of a desirable future

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„The Flexible Solidarity”  - How Progressive Parties Handled the Migration Crisis in Central Europe 
2017-10-05

„The Flexible Solidarity”  - How Progressive Parties Handled the Migration Crisis in Central Europe 

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Policy Solutions political research institute cordially invite you to our joint conference entitled:  „The Flexible Solidarity”  - How Progressive Parties Handled the Migration Crisis in Central Europe 

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Conference: Hungarian MEPs - What have they done for you?
2017-09-21

Conference: Hungarian MEPs - What have they done for you?

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Budapest and Policy Solutions cordially invite you to their joint conference, entitled: ‘Hungarian MEPs - What have they done for you?’.

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Fighting Back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge
2017-06-01

Fighting Back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Budapest, CEU Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Policy Solutions and Political Capital cordially invite you to their joint conference, entitled: ‘Fighting Back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge’.

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New study: Political discrimination in Hungary
2017-02-27

New study: Political discrimination in Hungary

Although political and other types of discrimination are severely prohibited by Hungarian laws, and freedom of expression is a right laid down in the new constitution, it is not uncommon for the Hungarian government to retaliate against those with opposing views – highlights Policy Solutions in its new analysis.

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Hungarian Politics in 2016
2017-01-22

Hungarian Politics in 2016

“Hungarian Politics in 2016”, a joint annual review of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions has been published.

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Conference - Hungarian Politics in 2016 - Book launch and panel discussion on the prospects in 2017
2017-01-15

Conference - Hungarian Politics in 2016 - Book launch and panel discussion on the prospects in 2017

We cordially invite you to the official book launch of “Hungarian Politics in 2016”, a joint annual review of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions. Date and time of the event: 20 January 2017 (Friday), 10:00-12:00. Venue: Budapest Music Center, Library (1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.)

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Comparing the positions of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian parties in the EP on symbolic European issues
2016-11-23

Comparing the positions of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian parties in the EP on symbolic European issues

Although Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán is in the frontline of the fight against the current direction of the EU, the EU Parliamentarians of his Fidesz party share a more “European” view, as they still vote in line with the European People’s Party on symbolic issues – a new study conducted by VoteWatch and Policy Solutions highlights. Interesting case studies include Russia, in which, despite Viktor Orbán urge to end the punishment of Moscow, Fidesz MEPs still rejected a proposal that would have stopped sanctions against Russia.

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New study: Jobbik going mainstream. Strategy shift of the far-right in Hungary
2016-08-10

New study: Jobbik going mainstream. Strategy shift of the far-right in Hungary

András Bíró-Nagy and Tamás Boros, co-directors of Policy Solutions have published a new analysis on the strategy shift of Jobbik, Hungary's far-right party. The book chapter entitled 'Jobbik going mainstream. Strategy shift of the far-right in Hungary' is a contribution to a new book on the 'Extreme Right in Europe'.

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Policy Solutions launched its photobook on the Hungarian voting groups
2016-07-25

Policy Solutions launched its photobook on the Hungarian voting groups

Our photobook, Politics and Classes, presents 20 different Hungarian voting groups through 20 photos. The pictures were taken by photojournalist Ákos Stiller based on opinion polls describing the different social groups.

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Publication and conference: „The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe”
2016-07-25

Publication and conference: „The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe”

​An international conference was held by Policy Solutions and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) on 2 June 2016 in Brussels on the political background of the refugee crisis. The purpose of this joint conference was to review how politicians and the society in central and eastern Europe have responded to the current refugee crisis.

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Publication: The Hungarian public and the European Union
2016-06-22

Publication: The Hungarian public and the European Union

The aim of Policy Solutions’ study – ‘The Hungarian public and the European Union’ – is to investigate how the Hungarian public opinion has changed about the European Union since 2010, in a period when the EU had to adapt to continuous crisis management, while at the same time domestic critical voices have also increased.

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Invitation - Launch event of the ‘Politics and Classes’ Photobook
2016-05-31

Invitation - Launch event of the ‘Politics and Classes’ Photobook

The Policy Solutions and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung cordially invite you to their joint book launch event of the ‘Politics and Classes’ Photobook.

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Invitation: "The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe" conference
2016-05-23

Invitation: "The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe" conference

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Policy Solutions political research institute cordially invite you to our joint conference entitled: The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe.

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‘Képviselőfigyelő’ - a portal monitoring the work of Members of the Hungarian Parliament
2016-05-20

‘Képviselőfigyelő’ - a portal monitoring the work of Members of the Hungarian Parliament

Policy Solutions has launched a new website with the title ‘Képviselőfigyelő’ that follows the work of representatives in the Hungarian Parliament, making the work of the institution more transparent and easier to check on.

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Conference: Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe
2016-03-23

Conference: Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe

The Policy Solutions and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) cordially invite you to their joint conference, entitled ‘Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe'.

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Conference:The Expansion of Paks NPP and other Russian Investments in the Region
2016-03-14

Conference:The Expansion of Paks NPP and other Russian Investments in the Region

The Policy Solutions political research institute and the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament cordially invite you to our joint conference, entitled ‘The Russian presence in the European Energy Market - The Expansion of Paks NPP and other Russian Investments in the Region’.

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POSTPONED - Conference: The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe
2016-03-10

POSTPONED - Conference: The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe

Due to the attacks in Brussels and the terror level 4, “The political background of the refugee crisis” conference is postponed for a later date. We will keep you updated about the exact date.

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Hungarian Politics in 2015
2016-01-21

Hungarian Politics in 2015

This publication is a comprehensive overview of developments, events and trends in Hungary in 2015. It focuses on four broad areas.

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Hungarian Politics in 2015 - Book launch and panel discussion
2016-01-11

Hungarian Politics in 2015 - Book launch and panel discussion

We cordially invite you to the official book launch of “Hungarian Politics in 2015”, a joint annual review of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Policy Solutions.

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Political Analysis & Forecast - October 2015
2015-10-02

Political Analysis & Forecast - October 2015

In the last few years, Policy Solutions has received questions on a regular basis from investors, journalists, diplomats and politicians concerning the political situation in Hungary. That is why we have decided to launch our new service, 'Political Analysis & Forecast', an overview on Hungarian politics in English.

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Clash of Values: Political Background	of the Refugee Crisis in Hungary
2015-09-15

Clash of Values: Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Hungary

Tamás Boros' analysis on the political background of the Hungarian refugee crisis, published by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).

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How Refugees Halt Fidesz's Decline
2015-09-03

How Refugees Halt Fidesz's Decline

Policy Solutions' analysis on the political background of the Hungarian refugee crisis can now be downloaded from our 'Analyses' section.

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THE FAR-RIGHT AND THE MAINSTREAM
2015-06-18

THE FAR-RIGHT AND THE MAINSTREAM

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Policy Solutions have jointly decided to hold a conference entitled ’The far-right and the mainstream’. The conference aims to provide an in-depth investigation of the interaction between the far-right and mainstream politics.

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Foreign Policy Conflicts in the Hungarian Media
2015-04-20

Foreign Policy Conflicts in the Hungarian Media

Policy Solutions and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation have jointly decided to examine the presentation in selected major media of various foreign policy conflicts that have surfaced since autumn 2014, along with the domestic policy divisions they engender.

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Invitation: „The Hungarian Media and Foreign Policy Conflicts"
2015-04-11

Invitation: „The Hungarian Media and Foreign Policy Conflicts"

We would kindly like to invite you to a conference entitled The Hungarian Media and Foreign Policy Conflicts. The conference aims to review how the Hungarian media have handled the following issues over the past few months: the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the scandal surrounding the American ban on the entry of certain high level Hungarians officials and German criticisms about the state of Hungarian democracy.

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Hungarian Politics in 2014
2015-01-23

Hungarian Politics in 2014

In collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Policy Solutions presents an annual review of Hungarian politics. This publication is a comprehensive overview of recent developments, events and trends in Hungary in 2014.

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Hungarian Politics in 2014 - Book launch and panel discussion
2015-01-19

Hungarian Politics in 2014 - Book launch and panel discussion

We cordially invite you to the official book launch of “Hungarian Politics in 2014”, a joint annual review of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Policy Solutions. This publication is a comprehensive overview of developments, events and trends in Hungary in 2014.

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FOR HUNGARY, A TALE OF TWO GERMANIES
2014-12-03

FOR HUNGARY, A TALE OF TWO GERMANIES

From a Hungarian perspective, there seem to be two Germanies these days, which is somewhat ironic given that we are coming up on the 25th anniversary of the events that ended Germany's division.

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International Conference on Illiberal Democracies in Europe
2014-11-19

International Conference on Illiberal Democracies in Europe

We cordially invite you to our international conference entitled “Illiberal democracies in Europe”.The event will be held on the 28th of November 2014, and is organized by the Brussels-based Foundation for European Progressive Studies together with Táncsics Mihály Foundation. The event’s professional partner is Policy Solutions.

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Municipal vote affirms orange dominance
2014-11-11

Municipal vote affirms orange dominance

Municipal elections tend to be more grateful subjects for the spokespersons of losing national parties than parliamentary elections because there are hundreds or thousands of results, and victory and defeat are not necessarily clear-cut. Even in the worst defeat, national parties can point to some local successes that redeem their efforts or at least qualify the totality of their defeat.

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Facing Political Extremism in Visegrad Countries
2014-09-18

Facing Political Extremism in Visegrad Countries

On 23rd July 2014 in Budapest, Policy Solutions and the European Values Think Tank (EV TT), a Prague-based public policy research institute, organized a National Seminar on political communication of integration of minorities, consisting of a roundtable discussion and public debate.

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FIDESZ ‘MAKES GESTURE’ TO LEVEL MEDIA PLAYING FIELD
2014-08-25

FIDESZ ‘MAKES GESTURE’ TO LEVEL MEDIA PLAYING FIELD

Fidesz’ media dominance is so conspicuous that even the OSCE’s foreign observers could not help noticing it; it was a significant aspect in their determination that the government had given itself an unfair advantage in the election. Now Fidesz has done a significant step towards remedying this unfair situation by giving the left-wing opposition access to a major media outlet…

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Gábor Győri: The EP election in Hungary - A contest without a second place
2014-07-04

Gábor Győri: The EP election in Hungary - A contest without a second place

The EP election in Hungary resulted in a clear victory for the governing party, Viktor Orbán's Fidesz. The national vote was characterised primarily by an internecine competition on the left and secondarily by a battle between the far-right and the left. The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) lost the former, but left-wing parties outperformed Jobbik.

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ELECTION HAS POTENTIAL TO RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE LEFT
2014-06-07

ELECTION HAS POTENTIAL TO RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE LEFT

The election is over and it has ended in a clear victory for the governing party, Fidesz. This was the first sentence of our analysis in April, and it is the first sentence again. Apart from that, the election was primarily an internecine competition on the left and a battle between the far-right and the left. MSZP loses the former and the left wins the latter.

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Winners and losers
2014-04-08

Winners and losers

The election is over and it has ended in a clear victory for the governing party, Fidesz. But some underlying details provide interesting and important insights. First, we offer some general observations about election night and then we proceed to evaluate the outcome from the perspective of individual parties, also reflecting on their reactions.

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What we learned about (voter) abstinence
2013-12-12

What we learned about (voter) abstinence

Policy Solutions took an in-depth look at the phenomenon of voter abstention in Hungary. Combining turnout data since 1990 with recent polling results, it has affirmed some longstanding assumptions about the segment of the electorate that is likely to stay at home on election day. It has also refined some of them, however, providing a more nuanced view of this problem.

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Policy Solutions' and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung's study: Non-Voters in Hungary
2013-12-05

Policy Solutions' and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung's study: Non-Voters in Hungary

In the study on Non-Voters in Hungary the political research institute Policy Solutions, in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, undertook to find out who in Hungary today regularly fails to participate in elections and what the underlying reasons are for this group’s withdrawal from politics.

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Fifth constitutional amendment: Just following orders?
2013-11-12

Fifth constitutional amendment: Just following orders?

The governing supermajority amended the constitution for the fifth time since its adoption in September. The fifth amendment introduced a whole range of changes, including three ostensibly enacted to satisfy the unceasing criticisms from abroad.

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Things to look forward to in autumn
2013-09-09

Things to look forward to in autumn

As the political scene moves on from a largely lethargic summer to a more active autumn, the political agenda will be dominated by issues linked to next year’s election campaign. Some issues have a direct bearing on the election, such as the struggle of MSZP and E14 to come up with a workable model of uniting the left-wing opposition against Fidesz.

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An anti-European campaign in the making
2013-07-03

An anti-European campaign in the making

Fidesz has made no secret of its growing dislike of the European Union and especially its representatives. Viviane Reding is only the most recent high profile target in a long series of attacks on the EU and some of its leading politicians.

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New realities in campaign financing
2013-05-31

New realities in campaign financing

The problem of campaign financing has dogged Hungarian democracy for two decades. Fidesz' planned reforms will hardly solve any of the problems. Instead, to further the governing parties' edge in 2014, they will create new ones.

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Assembling the anti-Orbán coalition
2013-05-07

Assembling the anti-Orbán coalition

With the agreement between Gordon Bajnai and Attila Mesterházy, the left is finally making genuine advances towards an electoral alliance for 2014. But many key issues remain unresolved and there are numerous crucial details that might lead to conflicts down the road.

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The populist poker begins
2013-04-03

The populist poker begins

It seemed unlikely a few months ago, but Fidesz' star is on the rise. Already towards the end of last year it had managed to halt its steady decline in the polls, and since January it has been expanding its base while the opposition is apparently struggling. This is unsurprising, since Fidesz is resorting to tried and tested methods of financial populism that voters apparently can't get enough of.

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Fundamental Law: feet of clay
2013-03-04

Fundamental Law: feet of clay

Hungary's new constitutional regime is proving far less stable than its creators had promised. Even before it entered into effect last January, the governing parties had added a number of provisions to the Fundamental Law, some of which the Constitutional Court quashed on formal grounds.

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Fidesz: the year ahead
2013-02-01

Fidesz: the year ahead

Fidesz is experiencing a slight tailwind going into 2013, reinforcing an already relatively strong position. After the Constitutional Court scuttled its main strategy for keeping the biggest risk factor, disaffected voters, at home during the election, however, the strategic choices available to the governing party for the remainder of its term are also more significant electorally.

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Hungarian politics in 2012: Fidesz and its opposition
2012-12-17

Hungarian politics in 2012: Fidesz and its opposition

2012 has not brought a massive shift in the political fortunes of the key Hungarian political players, but even the slight changes reveal a dynamic that will cause the governing party, Fidesz, some headaches. Still, despite significant troubles Fidesz remains in a far stronger position for 2014 than MSZP was during the same period of its most recent term.

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Deputy PM under attack: plagiarism is back
2012-12-11

Deputy PM under attack: plagiarism is back

Another senior governing party politician is embroiled in a plagiarism scandal, and the details of the affair look very similar to the imbroglio that ultimately brought down former President Pál Schmitt.

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New election procedure finally passed
2012-12-03

New election procedure finally passed

The much awaited new Act on Electoral Procedures has been finally adopted, and from new rules on voter registration all the way to peculiar campaign advertisement regulations, it contains all the controversial elements that critics have lambasted for months.

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LMP at the crossroads
2012-11-13

LMP at the crossroads

Hungary’s green party, LMP is a young party facing weighty choices. Its policy of maintaining equal distance to MSZP and Fidesz appears untenable as pressure mounts to join a left-wing alliance to oust the Orbán government in 2014.

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After 23 October, fragmented left a bit more united
2012-10-29

After 23 October, fragmented left a bit more united

Gordon Bajnai came close to declaring his candidacy for prime minister, but ultimately shrank back from a pledge to run.

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Bajnai back in the game
2012-10-15

Bajnai back in the game

The political parties on the left are lucky that they had no major events planned for the 23 October commemoration of the 1956 revolution, for they would have been upstaged by the pre-announced announcement of former Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai’s return to political life.

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Adjusting to economic reality
2012-10-08

Adjusting to economic reality

To keep the budget within EU mandated limits, the government has introduced new austerity measures after admitting that its pessimistic growth projections were in fact wildly optimistic.

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Voter registration has come to stay
2012-09-24

Voter registration has come to stay

Following the reforms of the respective laws on municipal and parliamentary elections, Fidesz has finally introduced the last piece of the electoral rules puzzle, the new bill on electoral procedure.

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Fidesz’ project accountability: running on empty
2012-09-17

Fidesz’ project accountability: running on empty

Fidesz is wrapping up its efforts to uncover instances of verifiable corruption under the previous government.

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The state of the left-wing alliance tango
2012-09-11

The state of the left-wing alliance tango

More than the polling results of individual opposition parties, the question of whether a comprehensive left-wing alliance can be formed has emerged as the crucial issue in terms of evaluating the potential for a government change in 2014.

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Axe murderer diplomacy
2012-09-11

Axe murderer diplomacy

During the famous ping-pong diplomacy of the 1970s, the People’s Republic of China and the US exchanged visits by table tennis players to pave the way for improved relations between the two countries.

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The end of a hot and golden summer
2012-09-11

The end of a hot and golden summer

Talk of voter registration has intensified over the summer, and while some argue that Fidesz will ultimately balk because of unpredictable outcomes and/or the fear of judicial intervention, the introduction of some form of registration still appears likely.

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Policy Solutions’ guide to a political summer in Hungary
2012-06-27

Policy Solutions’ guide to a political summer in Hungary

If past summers are an indication, the next few weeks won’t be very exciting politically speaking.

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Opposition at halftime
2012-06-18

Opposition at halftime

At halftime, the opposition is in much the same bad shape as Fidesz.

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Democracy at halftime
2012-06-18

Democracy at halftime

Fuelled by the perception that its electoral victory was a mandate to influence the course of Hungarian politics for a long time, Fidesz has comprehensively restructured democratic institutions so as to enhance its own powers.

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The unorthodox economy at halftime
2012-06-05

The unorthodox economy at halftime

Fidesz has reached the middle of its four-year term, and its goal of quickly boosting growth and adding jobs has failed spectacularly.

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When the oligarchs come marching in
2012-06-05

When the oligarchs come marching in

Ties to big business and shadowy businessmen have always been a contentious issue in post transition political discourse, but Fidesz excelled at lambasting its predecessor as the ‘banker’s government’.

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Slight renovations in the Orbán machine
2012-06-05

Slight renovations in the Orbán machine

The Orbán government has reached the middle of its term and it marked the occasion with the first significant cabinet reshuffle since it entered office.

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Consolidation watch
2012-06-05

Consolidation watch

Consolidation is one of the buzzwords in Fidesz’ current communication.

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Áder as president
2012-04-23

Áder as president

No loud gasps were heard when Fidesz nominated its MEP János Áder as the candidate to succeed President Pál Schmitt.

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Hungarian Politics In-Depth - 2012. április
2012-04-23

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - 2012. április

A Policy Solutions áprilisi angol nyelvű elemzései elsősorban a köztársasági elnöki intézmény sorsát járták körül.

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The end of the Schmitt presidency
2012-04-22

The end of the Schmitt presidency

In light of last week’s events, President Pál Schmitt’s resignation on Monday came as a surprise.

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On Communist informants, it’s young versus old in Fidesz
2012-03-27

On Communist informants, it’s young versus old in Fidesz

With its proposal to fully release the files on informants working for the secret police under the communist regime, LMP has successfully driven a wedge between Fidesz and significant portions of the right-wing intelligentsia, as well as between the younger and older members of Fidesz’ and KDNP’s parliamentary factions.

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An uneasy relationship – Orbán and the banks
2012-03-14

An uneasy relationship – Orbán and the banks

After a tumultuous relationship in its first two years in office, Fidesz appears poised to reconcile with the banking sector.

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Fidesz by the numbers
2012-03-14

Fidesz by the numbers

While Fidesz’ standing among likely voters continues to be strong, it experienced a massive collapse among the population at large.

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The budget deficits haunt the Hungarian government
2012-03-14

The budget deficits haunt the Hungarian government

With their profligate ways, many governments have sown the seeds of potential penalties from Brussels on account of excessive budget deficits, but the Orbán-government is now most likely to reap the dire consequences.

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An easy spring in Parliament?
2012-03-14

An easy spring in Parliament?

Fidesz has promised that the spring session of parliament will be considerably more relaxed than the second half of 2011, when Parliament passed a record number of laws, many of which were controversial to boot.

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From PM Orbán, self-criti​cism in tiny doses
2012-03-14

From PM Orbán, self-criti​cism in tiny doses

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave his annual state of Hungary address last week. He offered no new insights, but provided an extensive defence of the government’s policies.

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Higher education reformed
2012-02-13

Higher education reformed

After months of protracted debates within the government and between the responsible ministry and various social stakeholders, Parliament finally passed the reform of the higher education system.

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President Schmitt embroiled in plagiarism scandal
2012-02-01

President Schmitt embroiled in plagiarism scandal

Recent allegations that President Pál Schmitt has plagiarised most if not all of his dissertation threaten to harm beyond repair a presidency that has been beset by difficulties to begin with.

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Tactical Orbán soothes markets in Brussels
2012-02-01

Tactical Orbán soothes markets in Brussels

Almost a year to date of his last appearance in the European Parliament, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán faced his critics again in a heated plenary session.

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Is Gordon Bajnai planning a comeback?
2012-01-22

Is Gordon Bajnai planning a comeback?

Though he took the helm in troubled times, Gordon Bajnai’s premiership is widely considered a brief period of stability in the long period of chaos that has characterised Hungarian politics over the past years.

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The first all-inclusive left-wing protest
2012-01-16

The first all-inclusive left-wing protest

On January 2nd Fidesz took a little break and celebrated itself and its new Fundamental Laws at the Budapest Opera. After slightly over a week without a demonstration, the opposition, too, gathered for the occasion, though in a less celebratory mood than the official guests.

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The craziest 7 days of 2011
2012-01-06

The craziest 7 days of 2011

It took the Hungarian government months of increasing budget qualms to realise that it’s better to have an IMF umbrella than not to have one. Yet it appears that the realisation was theoretical.

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When the EU comes knocking
2011-12-12

When the EU comes knocking

We will probably never know for sure whether PM Viktor Orbán meant to say no to the agreement reached at the EU summit, but the major question for now is whether Orbán’s quick reversal heralds an actual willingness to enter into the fiscal union proposed by Germany and France.

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A spectre haunting communism
2011-12-05

A spectre haunting communism

With its two-thirds majority Fidesz dominates the present, with the Fundamental Laws supplanting the current Constitution it seeks to control the future, and now Fidesz seeks to make its view of history the definitive one as well. To this end, it has introduced a law on communist crimes and how belated justice might be achieved at least in some cases.

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Gerrymandering Fidesz’ way to re-election?
2011-11-28

Gerrymandering Fidesz’ way to re-election?

Fidesz’ electoral law is now almost complete and most of the crucial details have been submitted in a bill to Parliament. Most of these details reflect the trends we outlined a couple of weeks ago in our analysis of the bill’s rough draft. The most important novelty – and the one we focus on in our review below – is that Fidesz has also designed the new district boundaries.

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U-turn of the year: Welcome back IMF
2011-11-21

U-turn of the year: Welcome back IMF

With news about impending state default proliferating, the government has finally abandoned its stubborn refusal to talk to the IMF. For the time being, this has soothed markets and analysts alike, who were all concerned that by wedding itself to its anti-IMF stance, Fidesz would be unable to make this tough call even when it would offer the only way to avoid bankruptcy. Clearly, this is an enormous political defeat for the government.

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Speedboat Hungary wrecked on the rocks of reality
2011-11-14

Speedboat Hungary wrecked on the rocks of reality

Hungary is headed for an extremely tough year when neither the budget nor GDP will likely meet the government’s already significantly reduced projections. Orbán and Fidesz insist that everything is all right, but their dogged refusal to acknowledge reality only serves to stoke fears that they are not on top of things.

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Tax taxonomy
2011-11-07

Tax taxonomy

Fidesz set out to turn Hungary into a low and simple tax country. Realising one of its central campaign promises, it introduced a flat income tax early in its term. With the reality of the declining economy and the budget crunch setting in, however, both low and simple are out the window.

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The first streetwise player goes political
2011-10-31

The first streetwise player goes political

Well-attended as civil rallies may be, in the long-run Fidesz can only be defeated at the ballot box. One of the prominent organisations behind the street demonstrations, 4K!, has drawn the appropriate conclusion and is turning into a political party. Others may follow.

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State debt: Public Enemy No. 1 is on the loose again
2011-10-24

State debt: Public Enemy No. 1 is on the loose again

Debt was one of the major issues this week, with several online publications pointing out that despite the government’s insistence that victories have been achieved on the debt-reduction front, the real numbers look disquieting. In major part due to the forint’s deprecation, the budget’s net total debt was at an all time high in September, official figures reveal.

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New Electoral Law, Part II: Redefining proportionality
2011-10-17

New Electoral Law, Part II: Redefining proportionality

In Part II of our electoral law analysis we take a look at the more technical aspects of the new election law, analysing how changes to electoral system will affect seat distribution, voting behaviour and future majorities. We argue that Fidesz tinkers with the system in a way that will increase the likelihood of emerging victorious from a battle with a fragmented but overall strong opposition.

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October surprise: A New Electoral Law
2011-10-10

October surprise: A New Electoral Law

Just in time to fuel another round of speculation about early elections, a new concept of Fidesz’ proposals for new electoral rules emerged, supplanting an earlier proposal, which is still languishing in committee.

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Fidesz and the flat tax: seduced and abandoned
2011-09-27

Fidesz and the flat tax: seduced and abandoned

What was only a quickly reversed idea a couple of weeks ago is now a reality: the flat tax will be suspended for at least a year. While the higher rate will be applied already at income levels that ideally should have been subject to the lower rate, this policy reversal is a move in the right direction. In Hungary, the flat tax has failed to deliver the growth that some believe it has brought other countries in the region.

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A cooler climate for investors
2011-09-19

A cooler climate for investors

On occasion, the government shows scant concern for legal certainty and the rule of law, thus encumbering long-term calculations of returns on investment with the looming possibility of arbitrary taxes or other explicitly or effectively punitive action.

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Cardinal concerns: the new super laws are coming
2011-09-12

Cardinal concerns: the new super laws are coming

The constitutional process is far from over: phase two is just about to begin. In the autumn the government parties will introduce the so-called cardinal (or supermajority) laws that will flesh out various areas that were only addressed in broad strokes by the Constitution.

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Work: Can there be too much of a good thing?
2011-09-05

Work: Can there be too much of a good thing?

The government is seeking fundamental change in the way work works in Hungary. It seeks to simultaneously increase labour supply, employment and the time each worker spends at work. The latter appears unnecessary: a comparative review of European working times reveals that those already in employment work more than the average European.

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Vikinomics vivisected
2011-08-29

Vikinomics vivisected

In a stunning policy reversal, the government was briefly contemplating last week the introduction of a solidarity tax, which in effect would mean the abandonment of its most treasured reform, the flat tax.

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Cooler weather but politically hotter than usual summer
2011-08-22

Cooler weather but politically hotter than usual summer

From plans to tinker with the election laws, over Swiss franc-based loans all the way to debates how political accountability could be turned into criminal liability, here are four significant events that turned a low-key season into an active one.

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Europe - How its president sees it
2011-07-04

Europe - How its president sees it

A public opinion survey project conducted jointly by Policy Solutions and Medián shows that Hungary’s term at the helm of Europe had little effect on the popular perception of the EU. Though most citizens have heard about Hungary’s position as the rotating leader of the Union, they know little about the details of the presidency and (rightly) perceive that little has changed on account of Hungary having held this office.

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Hungary – where Thatcher and Keynes meet
2011-06-27

Hungary – where Thatcher and Keynes meet

Following up on its ambitious rhetorical pronouncements on the subject, the government has unveiled its National Labour Plan. Mostly the government counts on the measures reducing workers’ rights to incentivise private enterprises to create jobs. Even if this works, it will end up making a lot of people unhappy.

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Fidesz on the warpath against the state’s addiction to credits
2011-06-20

Fidesz on the warpath against the state’s addiction to credits

The Orbán government is fighting a lot of wars, some of which don’t even appear to be real. The war against the national debt and low employment is very real, however. While the government’s commitment to handling these challenges is not in doubt, some of the measures it plans to enact to achieve progress are dubious.

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Is Orbán's strongest opposition in the streets?
2011-06-15

Is Orbán's strongest opposition in the streets?

Street demonstrations have been among the most powerful manifestations of opposition to the government.Now that the Orbán-government is cutting key benefits and entitlements, the number of those adversely affected by the government’s policies is growing, as is the ratio of those willing to express their dissatisfaction publicly.

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Agressive foreign policy – only in rhetoric
2011-06-06

Agressive foreign policy – only in rhetoric

Hungarian foreign policy manoeuvres between an occasionally aggressive rhetoric, an ambitious ideology and a more sober and less ambitious diplomatic reality. While Fidesz has rarely gone beyond rhetoric in challenging major countries and international institutions, the few acts it has done and its occasionally loose cannon rhetoric might cause the country some grief in the future.

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On things well done
2011-05-30

On things well done

After a relaxed start, the government has been very active enacting changes in many walks of life. A lot of it seems to lack planning, while another portion seems wrongheaded or dubious. This week we are going to take a look at the third group: we will review the measures that we find most positive.

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The Expendables – Fidesz is slicing its coalition
2011-05-23

The Expendables – Fidesz is slicing its coalition

. Now the government has put an axe to large portions of the coalition, by cutting benefits and services that affect hundreds of thousands of citizens. Especially citizens in an economically vulnerable position are likely to turn against Fidesz.

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It's lonely on the throne of Budapest
2011-05-16

It's lonely on the throne of Budapest

As Fidesz plans to completely restructure the system of municipal governance in the country and will also revamp Budapest’s local government in the process, it is time to take a look at the status of politics in the nation’s capital a few months after the right took control for the first time since regime transition.

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All Against Hoffmann
2011-05-09

All Against Hoffmann

Rózsa Hoffmann’s first two higher education plans disappointed major figures in the governing party, the Prime Minister among them. Now the leaked information from her third plans threatens to inflame major portions of the higher education community as well.

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Cutting on the stealth
2011-05-02

Cutting on the stealth

With the presentation of the Convergence Programme, Fidesz is adding more specifics to its economic policy approach. In an extraordinary feat of communication, it has successfully embedded austerity measures within its economic programme and used the hubbub surrounding the constitution to divert attention from the less savoury specifics of said programme.

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A schizophrenic presidency at halftime
2011-04-11

A schizophrenic presidency at halftime

The first half of Hungary’s time in the spotlight of EU politics has passed. It was marred by squabbles over the media law and the ongoing debate about the constitution – in other words domestic issues that ideally should not have dominated coverage about Hungary at a time when it seeks to influence the progress and direction of European public policy.

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How green can this country become?
2011-04-04

How green can this country become?

Green parties are on the rise in European politics. LMP is hoping to ride the wave that is taking the German Greens from one electoral success to the next.

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In the search for lost voters
2011-03-28

In the search for lost voters

A growing number of voters refuse to name a party they would support, sending Fidesz and the entire political class a warning message. Fidesz’s popularity is reminiscent of a hot-air balloon with a small leak – the helium is gradually oozing out, slowly bringing the balloon from stratospheric heights back towards the ground.

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Constituting the Revolutionary Republic
2011-03-14

Constituting the Revolutionary Republic

Even though Fidesz has moved relatively swiftly in presenting its draft of the constitution, in light of the fact that it wants to have it passed by the end of April it does not leave much time for actually debating it.

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"Balanced" in the balance
2011-03-07

"Balanced" in the balance

Balanced was one of the most prominent buzzwords in politics in the past few months. The requirement of balanced news production was the most vociferously attacked aspect of the controversial media law, in large part because the term provides the Media Council with an overbroad mandate to request changes in news production. At Policy Solutions, we were interested in finding out how the television news on national TVs fare in terms of politically balancing their reporting.

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The Big Constitutional Brainstorming
2011-02-28

The Big Constitutional Brainstorming

Still almost two months to go until the final parliamentary vote on the new Hungarian constitution, but we already bet that none of the opposition parties will support the governing parties’ draft basic law. Fidesz has offered unprecedented concessions to LMP, but in light of the impractical conditions of the opposition parties, consensus is highly unlikely.

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Preparing for austerity
2011-02-21

Preparing for austerity

The Prime Minister caused some surprise when he chose not to specify his government’s eagerly awaited economic reforms, but simply prepared the ground for them. Orbán might not only leave the bad news for others but also tries hard to divert the attention from the most delicate issues.

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Accountability: from stardom to early retirement?
2011-02-14

Accountability: from stardom to early retirement?

With three largely unknown, but nevertheless major players behind bars, albeit only briefly, and further major targets in sight, the accountability machine finally graduates to the big leagues. Yet, there is a distinct possibility that it won’t stay there.

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No alternatives to Fidesz in sight
2011-02-07

No alternatives to Fidesz in sight

Fidesz’ dominant position is largely unchallenged, the opposition has failed to exploit the government’s weaknesses to improve its standing in the polls. There are some shadows for Fidesz, but at this point there are no strong indications that it might face strong competitors in the short run.

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Dual citizenship at its logical conclusion
2011-01-31

Dual citizenship at its logical conclusion

Politically, Fidesz stands to gain a lot by giving suffrage to newly minted Hungarian citizens across the border. Still, the opposition will be in a tough spot because Fidesz is right to argue that generally speaking, citizenship does not tend to be decoupled from suffrage.

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Fighting for Hungarian votes in Strasbourg
2011-01-24

Fighting for Hungarian votes in Strasbourg

The prime minister’s appearance in Strasbourg to introduce the Hungarian rotating presidency of the European Union yielded mixed results. From the government’s perspective, it is likely that what we posit was the overall goal – i.e. appealing to the Fidesz base at home without causing a serious backlash in Strasbourg – was achieved.

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Your very personal guide to the UD Zrt. recording affair
2011-01-18

Your very personal guide to the UD Zrt. recording affair

With the release and rapid removal from the internet of further recordings related to the UD Zrt. affair, the scandal that erupted two years ago came back into the limelight.

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A stormy start for the new president
2011-01-10

A stormy start for the new president

For months critics of the government’s more drastic measures have predicted that Fidesz will draw fire from the EU.

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2010 in review: The government’s most important measures
2010-12-23

2010 in review: The government’s most important measures

The end of the year is traditionally the time to compile top 10 lists. We gathered for a somewhat subjective list the top ten most important policies and measures enacted by the Fidesz-government since it took power.

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Communicating downgrading
2010-12-17

Communicating downgrading

For a few days Moody’s rating downgrading provided ammunition to everyone in the intensifying communication warfare. But while both sides of the political aisle engaged in mutual recriminations regarding the other side’s hypocrisy, a discussion of the underlying issues – whether the downgrading made sense and what impact it might have – fell by the wayside.

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Popular attitudes towards the EU
2010-12-13

Popular attitudes towards the EU

Along with the public opinion research company Median, Policy Solutions took the opportunity to explore both, the public's view of the future Hungarian presidency and EU membership in general. While Hungarians may be slightly more sceptical towards the Union than a couple of years ago, overall they remain supportive of membership and optimistic about its possibilities.

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Take the money and run
2010-12-02

Take the money and run

In light of the opposition’s weakness, the government has chosen to go after new opponents: the working middle-classes. The effective nationalisation of mandatory private pension funds has aroused the ire of even many Fidesz-loyalists in this group, in which the governing party has been popular.

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Fidesz and the media: just another brick in the wall
2010-11-24

Fidesz and the media: just another brick in the wall

The new media supervision law is stricter than the previous legislation, but by no means marks the end of the freedom of the press. As in many other areas, Fidesz thus far has not moved to advance its power by changing the legislative framework but rather by placing party loyalists in various independent positions.

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On education, a disunited System of National Unity
2010-11-21

On education, a disunited System of National Unity

With Fidesz’ former education minister Zoltán Pokorni launching a frontal assault on Christian Democratic education policy, the key question is whether Pokorni is just an old-timer with little to lose or whether he remains a well-connected figure whose pronouncements mark a warning to the KDNP’s ambitious education policy-maker Rózsa Hoffmann that she can’t set the course alone.

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Taking the fight for the Constitutional Court to the streets
2010-11-15

Taking the fight for the Constitutional Court to the streets

The opposition can’t yet sway the masses, but Fidesz may gradually awaken the left-wing base from its deep slumber. Just in case, the left leaning parties and organisations are vying to offer them a wide and growing selection of leaders and organisations.

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Constitutional Court under fire
2010-11-06

Constitutional Court under fire

In revolutionary Hungary, the guns are fortunately silent. If all goes to plan, the inconvenient Constitutional Court will be, too.

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Hungarian Politics In-Depth - 2010. október
2010-11-03

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - 2010. október

A Policy Solutions 2010. októberében is minden héten jelentkezett a legfontosabb magyar belpolitikai eseményeket és tendenciákat feldolgozó angol nyelvű elemzésével, a Hungarian Politics In-Depth kiadványaival.

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Rumours about the death of MSZP are greatly exaggerated
2010-10-30

Rumours about the death of MSZP are greatly exaggerated

For the Socialists, there is a long tunnel ahead and it is far from clear whether the flickering lights in the distance herald redemption or just another station in the purgatory.

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Robin Hood Smells Blood
2010-10-21

Robin Hood Smells Blood

As some discerning analysts predicted, the bank tax was not the end-point but the beginning of a process wherein the government turns to certain corporate sectors to cover the budgetary shortfalls. Critically as economists might see it, politically the solution seems astute in light of the real world constraints facing the government.

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For now, red sludge proves politically uncontroversial
2010-10-14

For now, red sludge proves politically uncontroversial

A first glimpse of the political dimensions of the red sludge disaster suggests that thus far little effort has been made to score political points off the crisis. But unfortunately the tragedy is far from over, and hence its potential political after-effects are also up for grabs…

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Colour Us Orange
2010-10-09

Colour Us Orange

With the entire country solidly lined up in the Fidesz column, it’s time to lift the veil and reveal what the government will be up to.

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LMP vs. traditional politics 1:1
2010-09-30

LMP vs. traditional politics 1:1

After a spectacular start, LMP’s political overdrive comes to a screeching halt.

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‘Celebrity Survivor’ Time for Remaining Socialist Mayors
2010-09-24

‘Celebrity Survivor’ Time for Remaining Socialist Mayors

Meet the most prominent MSZP candidates who may put small dents in Fidesz’ aura of invincibility and find out why.

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Hundred days older, yet hardly any wiser
2010-09-18

Hundred days older, yet hardly any wiser

Three months into its term, most of the Orbán cabinet’s plans for Hungary’s future remain shrouded in mystery.

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Jobbik bides its time
2010-09-09

Jobbik bides its time

Making it into the news has become much more difficult for Jobbik now that the novelty of its ascendance has worn off.

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Exit Demszky
2010-09-01

Exit Demszky

Budapest’s longtime mayor was extremely successful politically, but he outstayed his welcome.

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Keeping the barbarians out
2010-08-26

Keeping the barbarians out

Though it happens slightly less frequently than Halloween, Hungarians have their own version of trick or treat.

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The Budapest mayoral election – ambitions realised and deferred
2010-08-23

The Budapest mayoral election – ambitions realised and deferred

Though it is hard to tell whether on the whole this is an advantage or a handicap, it must be said that with some notable exceptions the Fidesz is nothing if not loyal to its top cadres.

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A President should be seen, not heard
2010-08-23

A President should be seen, not heard

Though it may seem as a whimper rather than a bang, the inauguration of President Pál Schmitt marks an important step in the establishment of the new constitutional order envisioned by the ruling party, Fidesz.

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Change through continuity – the government’s new Széchenyi Plan
2010-08-23

Change through continuity – the government’s new Széchenyi Plan

For all those who have complained that in economic policy the Fidesz-government is all about stopgap measures and improvisation, there is now the Széchenyi Plan, a fairly elaborate strategic vision of economic policy going forward.

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Launch of ‘Hungarian Politics In-Depth’
2010-08-15

Launch of ‘Hungarian Politics In-Depth’

Policy Solutions will launch its new political analysis, Hungarian Politics In-Depth, in August 2010.

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State of Populism in Europe - 2018

This volume presents the work of Policy Solutions and FEPS over the last year, reviewing the trends and the most important activities of populist parties in the 28 EU countries.

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Progressive Answers to Populism

Why Europeans vote for populist parties and how Progressives should respond to this challenge

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Hungarian Politics in 2018

Review and forecast of politics, economy and society in Hungary

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The Hungarian Dream

What kind of future do Hungarians dream of for themselves and their country?

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Populism Report - April-June 2018

The state of populism in the European Union in Q2 2018

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The Hungarian Fear

In this research study, Policy Solutions and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung have sought to find out how pervasive and dominant a sense of fear is in Hungarian society.

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It's about credibility, not values. Social democratic values in Hungary

Policy Solutions - FES Budapest research report on the popularity of social democratic values in Hungary and the credibility of political parties in left-wing issues.

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Populism Report - January-March 2018

The state of populism in the European Union in Q1 2018

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The State of Populism in Europe - 2017

This FEPS - Policy Solutions - FES Budapest book surveys the popularity and influence of populist parties in the EU in 2017. Readers can also learn in more detail about the state of populism in five EU countries where elections were held last year.

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Hungarian Politics in 2017

Review and forecast of politics, economy and society in Hungary by Policy Solutions and FES

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What is the Hungarian Dream?

What kind of future do Hungarians dream of for themselves and for Hungary?

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“The Flexible Solidarity”

Policy Solutions - FEPS study on how progressive parties handled the migration crisis in central Europe

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The Policy Specialists, the Defenders of the Nation, and the Invisible Parliamentarians

Executive summary of the FES – Policy Solutions study on the activities of Hungarian MEPs since 2014

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Regime change, democracy and Hungarian society

Policy Solutions’ study aims to present Hungarian public attitude concerning socioeconomic changes twenty-five years after the regime change.

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Tamas Boros: Options for the left in the time of populism

If there is a single political term which even those indifferent to public life have heard in the past year, it is populism. This paper analyses the possibilities of the European Left in the era of populism.

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Political Discrimination in Hungary

Case Studies from the Hungarian Justice System, Local Government, Media, Agriculture, Education and Civil Sector

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The State of Populism in Europe (2016)

The State of Populism in Europe (2016) book surveys the popularity and influence of all populist parties in the EU’s 28 Member States.

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The State of Social Democratic Parties in Central and Eastern Europe

The study presents the apparent similarities and differences in the region through case studies and a comparison of social democratic parties in seven Central and Eastern European countries.

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Hungarian Politics in 2016

Review and forecast of politics, economy and society in Hungary by Policy Solutions and FES

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Comparing the positions of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian parties in the EP on symbolic European issues

The objective of the analysis conducted by VoteWatch and Policy Solutions was to reveal whether Hungarian political parties have the same positions on key issues in both Brussels and Budapest.

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Politics and Classes in Hungary

Photobook on Hungarian Voting Groups

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More Radical than the Radicals: the Jobbik Party in international comparison

In: Right-wing Extremism in Europe — Country Analyses, Counter-Strategies and Labor-Market Oriented Exit Strategies

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Russian Presence in Key European Countries’ Energy Market

Analysis on Russian oil/gas/nuclear investment activities in key European countries' energy market

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Hungarian Politics in 2015

Review and forecast of politics, economy and society in Hungary

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Tamás Boros: Hungarian Land as Political Instrument

Analysis on how governments use land as a political tool in Hungary

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Political Analysis & Forecast - Hungary - October 2015

Policy Solutions' monthly overview on Hungarian politics in English

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Tamás Boros: Clash of Values

The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Hungary

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How Refugees Halt Fidesz's Decline

The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis In Hungary

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Foreign Policy Conflicts in the Hungarian Media

Policy Solutions' analysis about the presentation of international events in the Hungarian press

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Hungarian Politics in 2014

Policy Solutions' and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung's joint annual review of Hungarian politics

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FOR HUNGARY, A TALE OF TWO GERMANIES

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, December 2014

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Municipal vote affirms orange dominance

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, November 2014

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MR. NAVRACSICS GOES TO BRUSSELS

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, September 2014

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Spies, Tanks and Nuclear Deals - Hungary's Thorny Relations With Russia

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, August 2014

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FIDESZ ‘MAKES GESTURE’ TO LEVEL MEDIA PLAYING FIELD

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, July 2014

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ANALYSIS: ELECTION HAS POTENTIAL TO RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE LEFT

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 26 May 2014

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JOBBIK IN TROUBLE OVER EASTERN TIES AND EXTREMISM

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 1-15 May 2014

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ELECTION AFTERMATH LEAVES LEFT WITH STRATEGIC DILEMMAS

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 15-30 April 2014

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Analysis: Winners and losers

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition

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STATE OF THE RACE - JOBBIK GOING MAINSTREAM

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 15-31 March 2014

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SENTENCE EXTENDED: THE LEFT STILL STRUGGLES TO BE FORGIVEN

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 1-14 March 2014

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GOING EAST - REORIENTATION OR MERELY NEW ACCENTS?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 16-28 February 2014

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Already before official launch, Fidesz' campaign was in full swing

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 1-15 February 2014

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PAKS DEAL HAS POTENTIAL TO SHAKE UP CAMPAIGN

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 15-29 January 2014

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RENEWAL OF THE LEFT-WING ALLIANCE

Hungarian Politics In-Depth - Election Edition, 1-14 January 2014

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What we learned about (voter) abstinence

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, December, 2013

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Non-Voters in Hungary

Summary of the Policy Solutions – Friedrich Ebert Foundation study

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Fifth constitutional amendment: Just following orders?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, October, 2013

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The Alliance of the Hungarian Opposition: Burying the Hatchet

Policy Solutions' Working paper for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

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Things to look forward to in autumn

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, September, 2013

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An anti-European campaign in the making

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, July, 2013

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New realities in campaign financing

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, June, 2013

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Right-Wing Extremism in Hungary

In: Right-Wing Extremism in Europe (FES)

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Assembling the anti-Orbán coalition

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, May, 2013

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The populist poker begins

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, April, 2013

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Fundamental Law: feet of clay

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, March, 2013

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Fidesz: the year ahead

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, February, 2013

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Hungarian politics in 2012: Fidesz and its opposition

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 51

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Deputy PM under attack: plagiarism is back

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 50

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New election procedure finally passed

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 47

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LMP at the crossroads

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 45

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After 23 October, fragmented left a bit more united

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 43

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Bajnai back in the game

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 42

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Left-wing parties and the youth in Hungary

Executive summary of the Policy Solutions study on youth policy in Hungary

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Adjusting to economic reality

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 41

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Voter registration has come to stay

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 39

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Fidesz’ project accountability: running on empty

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 38

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The state of the left-wing alliance tango

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 37

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Job creation polices in Hungary

Executive summary of the Policy Solutions study on employment in Hungary

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Axe murderer diplomacy

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 36

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The end of a hot and golden summer

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 35

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Policy Solutions’ guide to a political summer in Hungary

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 26

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Opposition at halftime

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 25

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Democracy at halftime

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 24

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The unorthodox economy at halftime

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 23

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The Situation of Roma in Hungary

Executive summary of the Policy Solutions study

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When the oligarchs come marching in

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 21

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Euroscepticism in Hungary

An executive summary of Policy Solutions’ study on Hungarian attitudes towards the European Union

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Consolidation watch

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 19

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Áder as president

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 17

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Extreme Right in Hungary

Executive summary of the Policy Solutions study

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Judicial reform under scrutiny

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 16

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The end of the Schmitt presidency

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 14

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On Communist informants, it’s young versus old in Fidesz

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 13

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March 15th: An oversupply of national liberators

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week12

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An uneasy relationship - Orbán and the banks

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 11

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Fidesz by the numbers

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 10

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The budget deficits haunt the Hungarian government

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 9

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An easy spring in Parliament?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 8

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From PM Orbán, self-criticism in tiny doses

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 7

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Higher education reformed

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 6

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President Schmitt embroiled in plagiarism scandal

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 5

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Tactical Orbán soothes markets in Brussels

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 4

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Is Gordon Bajnai planning a comeback?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 3

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The first "all-inclusive" left-wing protest

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 2

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The craziest 7 days of 2011

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 51

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When the EU comes knocking

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 50

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A spectre haunting communism

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 49

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Gerrymandering Fidesz’ way to re-election?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 48

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Climate Change Policy in Hungary

Policy Solutions' analysis for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

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Auf getrennten Wegen – die MSZP nach der Spaltung

Policy Solutions' analysis for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in German

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U-turn of the year: Welcome back IMF

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 47

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Speedboat Hungary wrecked on the rocks of reality

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 46

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Tax taxonomy

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 45

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The first streetwise player goes political

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 44

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State debt: Public Enemy No. 1 is on the loose again

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 43

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New Electoral Law, Part II: Redefining proportionality

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 42

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October surprise: A New Electoral Law

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 41

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Jobbik: slapped for success

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 40

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Fidesz and the flat tax: seduced and abandoned

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 39

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A cooler climate for investors

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 38

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Cardinal concerns: the new super laws are coming

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 37

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Work: Can there be too much of a good thing?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 36

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Vikinomics vivisected

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 35

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Cooler weather but politically hotter than usual summer

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 34

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Europe - How its president sees it

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 27

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Hungary – where Thatcher and Keynes meet

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 26

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Fidesz on the warpath against the state’s addiction to credits

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 25

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Is Orbán's strongest opposition in the streets?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 24

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Agressive foreign policy – only in rhetoric

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 23

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On things well done

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 22

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The Expendables - Fidesz is slicing its coalition

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 21

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It's lonely on the throne of Budapest

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 20

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All Against Hoffmann

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 19

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Cutting on the stealth

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 18

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For some, Jobbik is all that’s left

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 16

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Klímafronton egységben a Fidesz, a Jobbik és az MSZP

A Policy Solutions elemzése a magyar EP-képviselők 2009. decemberi munkájáról

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A schizophrenic presidency at halftime

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 15

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How green can this country become?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 14

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In the search for lost voters

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 13

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A fair weather opposition?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 12

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Constituting the Revolutionary Republic

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 11

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"Balanced" in the balance

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 10

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The Big Constitutional Brainstorming

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 9

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Preparing for austerity

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 8

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Accountability: from stardom to early retirement?

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 7

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No alternatives to Fidesz in sight

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 6

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Dual citizenship at its logical conclusion

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 5

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Fighting for Hungarian votes in Strasbourg

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, week 4

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Your very personal guide to the UD Zrt. recording affair

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, week 3

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A stormy start for the new president

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, week 2

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2010 in review: The government’s most important measures

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, week 52

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Communicating downgrading

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 51

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Popular attitudes towards the EU

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 50

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Take the money and run

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 49

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Fidesz and the media: just another brick in the wall

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 48

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On education, a disunited System of National Unity

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week47

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Taking the fight for the Constitutional Court to the streets

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 46

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Constitutional Court under fire

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 45

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Rumours about the death of MSZP are greatly exaggerated

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 44

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Robin Hood Smells Blood

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 43

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For now, red sludge proves politically uncontroversial

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 42

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Colour Us Orange

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 41

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LMP vs. traditional politics 1:1

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 40

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‘Celebrity Survivor’ Time for Remaining Socialist Mayors

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 39

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Hundred days older, yet hardly any wiser

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 38

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Jobbik bides its time

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 37

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Exit Demszky

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 36

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Keeping the barbarians out

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 35

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The Budapest mayoral election – ambitions realised and deferred

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 34

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A President should be seen, not heard

Hungarian Politics In Depth, Week 33

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Change through continuity – the government’s new Széchenyi Plan

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 32

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Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Brussels and 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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