Béla Rásky

Amateurish, volatile, disastrous

When Viktor Orbán’’s new government took power two years ago, it inherited a great many problems from its predecessors: having only just escaped bankruptcy, Hungary had to be rescued from the stranglehold of socialist-liberal mismanagement, the quagmire of a corrupt political coterie, the growing entanglement of state and organised crime, and a complete political stalemate. Although Orbán had not offered a programme to tackle all this, in April 2010 the Hungarian electorate gave his party a comfortable majority that was translated into a two-thirds majority in parliament. The Alliance of Young Democrats, abbreviated as Fidesz in Hungarian, immediately set to […]