Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Poor and Prejudiced"

Excerpt from Spiegel  (


After the turn of the millennium, Hungary became the first Eastern European victim of globalization, as many foreign companies moved further east. Large chunks of the country's economy, such as the agricultural and food industries, were too underdeveloped to survive the country's accession to the EU in 2004.

The socialist-liberal coalition government in office between 2002 and 2010 solved none of Hungary's pressing problems, excelling instead at protracted political disputes, mismanagement and corruption. Without these eight lost years, Orbán and his right-wing nationalist Fidesz Party would not have earned their overwhelming two-thirds election victory in April 2010.


Editor's Note: An older article from the German Speigel from January 12, 2012. This article is one of the many that came out from western media outlets in the last couple of years bashing the conservative government and people of Hungary. The theme? The usual, painting Hungarians in a negative light. It's very interesting how the mainstream media always makes some kind of connection between poverty and nationalism, or the connection between the lack of education and the support for conservative right-wing parties. 

Regardless, the excerpt that was pulled from the article shows even the mainstream media admitting the socialists did nothing from 2002-2010 while in power. Rather than focus on the well-being of the nation and its people, the leftist government was involved in corruption and mismanagement for 8 years! Judging from current polls, it looks as if the Hungarian people are fed up with the liberal-leftist politicians and their politics. The conservative right-wing parties will either make gains or at least maintain their majority position.