April Re-Election of Autocrats

April Elections are underway but the status quo seems to stay

4 April 2022

Kamil Jarończyk

Managing Editor

In this Monthly Foresight, the Hungarian and Serbian elections are round up while the French and Slovene ones are scheduled to be held. Atrocities in Ukraine make peace much harder to achieve and relations with Russian minorities in the Baltics are becoming tenser.

A lot is happening in April.

Hungarian Elections

The reelection of Prime Minister Victor Orbán with a two-thirds majority spells a period of isolation for Hungary from the V4 as well as from the wider EU community. The loss of the United Opposition under Péter Márki-Zay means that the Hungarian opposition must reinvent itself once again. 

The relatively close polling numbers in the final polls do show that uniting together fielded much better results but ultimately was not enough to overcome the electoral system that Fidesz has created. Since consolidation is ruled out in his political regime, combative rhetorics will be decisive along with further capturing key economic sectors and sidelining dissidents. 

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Kamil Jarończyk

Managing Editor

The Managing Editor at Visegrad Insight. Kamil Jaronczyk graduated Masaryk University and Utrecht University with a Master in European Governance. He is also a co-author of the Towards 3SI Civil Society Forum Report.

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