Gambling with the Trump Card

Viktor Orbán after the US Presidential Election

19 November 2020

What happens to a successful gambler when he starts losing in his favourite game? One raises the stakes. There are considerable risks that Hungary is on the path of departing from the Western alliance and despite all logic, the driving factor can be the political psychology of the prime minister.

Viktor Orbán may feel like a real-life and political winner. Who knows whether or not he is God’s anointed. Wherever you look, Viktor is there. A successful family, with five children and grandchildren who are to quickly give him the next football team he wants, as he assured on Facebook while presenting his latest sprout.

In his hometown Felcsút, a remote village where he grew up as a child, he not only refurbished his family house but also built an indoor stadium on the other side of the street, with sprinkled turf as well as a leather and velvet-lined skybox that welcomes the country’s most influential and wealthy people.

It is in Felcsút where the national media speculate about who has the “prime minister’s ear” at the moment, based on the seating arrangement.

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Bogdan Góralczyk

Bogdan J. Góralczyk is Professor and Director of the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw, a political scientist and sinologist and an expert on Hungary, where he served as a senior diplomat in the years 1991–98 (afterwards a book was published both in Poland and Hungary). His recent book "Hungarian Syndrome: Trianon" has been published on round anniversary of the treaty

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