Local Opinion: PM Orbán’s Victory Explained

  • 10 Apr 2018 9:02 AM
  • BudaPost
Local Opinion: PM Orbán’s Victory Explained
Commentators agree that the fragmented opposition could only have defeated the incumbent government by uniting its forces, but that scenario was overly optimistic. Opinions diverge on the consequences.

In a bitter Népszava editorial, Róbert Friss admits that the outcome of the election ‘must be accepted’. Nevertheless, he warns the ’democratic side’ not to abandon its battle against those in power, for democracy can be extinguished within a few years ‘if it is not taken care of’.

At Magyar Idők, on the other hand, editor Ottó Gajdics is elated by the sight of Fidesz’s record 49 per cent share of the popular vote. The opposition, he explains, lost because its parties agree on nothing except in their shared hatred of PM Orbán and his party.

On Mandiner, Milán Constantinovits interprets the outcome of the election as proof that citizens feared the potential consequences of an opposition victory more than they feared keeping Mr Orbán in charge.

The reason is that the way the PM framed the stakes in this election – national identity versus mass immigration imposed from abroad – was more convincing than the corruption charges levelled at the government by the opposition.

This opinion does not necessarily represent the views of this portal. Your opinion articles are welcome too, for review before possible publication, via info@xpatloop.com
 

  • How does this content make you feel?

XpatLoop Media Partner

BudaPost

Launched in May 2011 to provide a balanced picture of matters covered in Hungary’s national press. Their aim is to make it easier for English-speakers to understand where this country is now and where it’s heading according to the full spectrum of media opinions.

Explore More Reports

  • Local Opinion: European Parliament Vote Still Dominates News

    Local Opinion: European Parliament Vote Still Dominates News

    • 19 Sep 2018 8:42 AM

    A pro-government economist describes the European Parliament vote against Hungary as an attack by global liberal elites on Hungary and national sovereignty. A left-wing commentator believes that the EU wants to defend Hungarian national interests and democracy from the attack they are under from the government.

  • Orbán European Parliament Has Pro-Migrant Majority For Now

    Orbán European Parliament Has Pro-Migrant Majority For Now

    • 14 Sep 2018 4:53 PM

    Noting that Europe would hold elections next May, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called the current members of the European Parliament has-beens. The current EP has a “clear pro-migrant” majority whose mission “is to change the composition of the continent and replace its population”, Orbán said. He said certain EP politicians “hate all those who oppose their plans and organise resistance”.

  • FM Szijjártó: Sargentini Vote ‘Petty Revenge’

    FM Szijjártó: Sargentini Vote ‘Petty Revenge’

    • 13 Sep 2018 7:54 AM

    The European Parliament’s approval of the Sargentini report is a “petty act of revenge by pro-migration politicians”, the Hungarian foreign minister said, following the EP vote.