Hope for the Hungarian Opposition Remains

Russia’s invasion gives the Hungarian opposition a clear closing message

28 March 2022

Is Hungary on the side of the West, or of Putin’s war?

‘Whose side are you on?’ Ukraine’s president Zelenskyy asked Viktor Orbán as he dialled into the EU-US summit in Brussels on Thursday.  Vladimir Putin’s was the implication after Hungary once again refused to allow its territory to be used to supply weapons to Ukraine.

The traditional view of Hungarians is that they value stability and security above all else. They are very worried about war and do not want to be dragged in. This was confirmed by polling I did with the ARENA centre (then at the LSE, now at John’s Hopkins).

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Garvan Walshe

Garvan Walshe is a political strategist and founder pro-democracy tech company Article7. He is a former national security policy adviser to the British conservative party. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and was a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute.

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