Viktor Orbán Lost Budapest

For Polityka

15 October 2019

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

The opposition in Hungary has got wind in the sails after the local elections on Sunday. Are there similarities to the situation in Poland?

Although Fidesz , which has been in power since 2010, has won in most districts, it has given the opposition a seat in several important cities, such as Miskolc, Szeged, Eger or Pécs.

The victory in Budapest should be considered as the most significant. The capital city used to be governed by mayor István Tarlós, who was associated with the ruling party. However, on Sunday he congratulated his 44-year-old competitor. Gergely Karácsony won by 6 percentage points, although hardly anyone expected it.

Karácsony takes power in Budapest

Karácsony’s win is a very important signal for the opposition to change its strategy. Until recently, the parties were divided and despite the advantage of the sum of votes they were not able to compete and win in single-mandate constituencies.

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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