Erin Marie Saltman

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    Hungary has put its own economic interests above EU solidarity by siding with Russia over reverse gas flows to Ukraine

Hungary has put its own economic interests above EU solidarity by siding with Russia over reverse gas flows to Ukraine

Russia and the EU have been engaged in a dispute over the legality of so called ‘reverse gas flows’, whereby Russian gas imports to EU countries are redirected back to Ukraine via Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. In September, however, Hungary opted to suspend these reverse gas flows, prompting criticism from some of its EU partners. Erin Marie Saltman writes […]

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    Fidesz have won a clear victory in Hungary’s elections, but their supermajority hangs in the balance

Fidesz have won a clear victory in Hungary’s elections, but their supermajority hangs in the balance

Hungary held parliamentary elections on Sunday. As Erin Marie Saltman writes, Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party came out comfortably ahead in the vote and will maintain its majority in the next parliament. However with the votes still being counted, there is still some doubt over whether Fidesz will have the ‘supermajority’ required to alter the country’s constitution. Regardless of […]

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Fidesz continues to dominate Hungarian politics ahead of the country’s 2014 elections

Hungary is due to hold elections in spring 2014. Erin Marie Saltman writes on the current state of play ahead of the elections, where the ruling Fidesz party will be seeking to maintain control over the country’s government. She notes that recent polls put Fidesz comfortably ahead of its nearest rivals, and that the fragmented nature of the opposition within […]

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The EU’s standoff with Hungary shows that there is little agreement on how European institutions can intervene in the policies of national governments

Since the 2010 election of the Fidesz government in Hungary, the EU has become concerned about its increasingly aggressive nationalist turn, including major changes to the constitution, media, judiciary, and education system, write Erin Marie Saltman and Lise Herman. As leaders in Hungary’s government protest about the EU’s ‘colonisation’ of Hungary, Europe’s leaders disagree on whether or not the country […]

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Despite strong support for Fidesz among decided voters, most Hungarians are increasingly disillusioned about politics and politicians.

Erin Marie Saltman writes that opposition forces remain divided in Hungary, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz government continues initiatives to solidify changes to the constitution, media laws and voting constituencies. In Hungary March 15th is a day resonating in political legacy. Spawned in remembrance of the 1848 revolution, Hungary’s iconic poet revolutionary Sándor Petőfi stood on the steps of the NationalMuseum […]

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Unless the fractured opposition left can unite, the political hegemony of the right will continue in Hungary.

In Hungary, political opinion has polarised, with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Fidesz party enjoying considerable support as they continue to attack the EU. Erin Marie Saltman writes that only time will tell if Hungary’s divided left opposition will be able to put aside their differences and unite to overpower the radical right. Those less intimate with Hungarian political […]

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