Parliamentary Elections in Hungary
Issues, Actors, and Implications for the EU and Germany
Political Capital Institute, Budapest
Head of Foreign Desk, Die Welt
Senior Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and
Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, DGAP
Executive Editor of BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL and
INTERNATIONALE POLITIK (ad interim)
On Sunday, April 8, Hungary will hold parliamentary elections. Fidesz, the ruling right-wing populist party is leading the polls by a wide margin. Hoping to overcome public fatigue with his government, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has rallied his voting base with a fierce campaign focusing on cultural and social issues, opposition to immigration, and attacks against Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros. At the same time, fragmented opposition parties are accusing his government of systematic corruption and intimidation, and try to coordinate efforts in single electoral districts where the election may be decided.
This event will discuss, if these are still a free and fair elections, and what the likely outcomes of the upcoming vote are. If Orbán’s government is re-elected, what issues will be driving its domestic and European agenda? Panelists will also share their views on important lessons for the EU, and implications for Germany.
The event is organized by the Robert Bosch Center and will be held in English.