A lot has been said about the Hungarian parliamentary elections that took place on 6th April 2014 and have been by a wide margin won by Fidesz. Let’s take a closer look on the election programs of some of the most important Hungarian political parties and their positions on the topic of national identity and minority policy. (Two parties, namely Fidesz and the Democratic Coalition, did not issue any election manifesto and therefore are not included in the text.)
Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP)
Several months ago, we have published an interview with prof. Jan Rydel about role of modern state in the history education. The coin has always two sides; therefore, we publish an interview with prof. Jan Hartman, one of the leftist liberal Twoj Ruch movement leaders for the EP election. http://www.ceeidentity.eu/blog/interview-prof
If we should name one label most attributed to Andrej Kiska by media, it would probably be “politically inexperienced”, in both positive and negative sense. On one hand, people do not know much about his political positions and that is why they may lack a reason to vote for him. On the other, some of them claim that it is better to vote for a candidate from whom they do not know what to expect rather than for the current Prime Minister Robert Fico, from whom they do have some expectations, but mostly not very good ones.
In less than a week, Slovaks will in a run-off election choose a new president. Fico or Kiska? In terms of the candidates' approach to Slovak national identity and the issue of nationalism, a lot can be said on Fico's account.