Fidesz’s Reheated Political Goulash

How Orbán changed Hungarians' view of Russia

10 August 2022

For a long time, Hungarian politicians found it difficult to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine.

This lack of condemnation was not only due to Hungary’s new alliance with Moscow, which had been under construction since 2010 but also to Budapest’s ‘private war’ with Kyiv and the ongoing reconstruction of the Hungarian consciousness.

On castle hill, traffic is restricted as the area around the castle has been turned into a large construction site. It also happens to house the most important people in the country. First, the President and then the Prime Minister of Hungary were moved here from the parliament. 

The decision to move the Prime Minister’s office was taken in 2014 when a wave of anti-Fidesz demonstrations swept through Budapest. In front of the parliament on Kossuth Square, gathered thousands, mostly young people, who demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister, for accountability, ‘change of government,’ ‘Europe,’ and ‘democracy.’

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Leszek Hensel

Diplomat, expert on Central Europe and the Balkans.

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