Chain Bridge over Troubled Water – Hungary Braces for Municipal and EP Elections

Fidesz's hold on power unlikely to wane in 2024 but may reach its limits

26 May 2023

Iván László Nagy

Marcin Król Fellow

Election campaigns have already begun in Hungary. In a trademark trick from Orbán, the municipal and European Parliament elections for 2024 have been merged, creating a complex structure to maximise votes for Fidesz. But the crown jewel, Budapest, seems to remain out of the regime’s reach.

It took almost 175 years, but Hungarians finally managed to argue about the one thing they univocally love: the iconic Chain Bridge of Budapest.

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The first bridge over the Danube is in the final phase of its two-year-long renovation, with one question left unanswered: whether to allow all cars back onto its tarmac or reserve the narrow but centrally located crossing for pedestrians, cyclists and buses.

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Iván László Nagy

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow. Ivan Laszlo Nagy is a 23-year-old Budapest-based political journalist, writing for a leading independent Hungarian news site, hvg.hu. As a UK graduate, his academic research about the communication techniques of populist regimes transformed into critical reporting about global democracy, with a special focus on quasi-authoritarian political flows in the West and in Hungary. His work as a reporter, analyst and commentator revolves around understanding the dynamics of societies oppressed by modern semi-dictators and working out ways for meaningful civic action within them, with special emphasis on mobilising young people for democratic action.

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