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Balazs Trencsenyi on Populist Regimes

The populist politics in Hungary didn’t arise suddenly, there are traditions on which it is being built, Balazs Trencsenyi, Lead Researcher of our Democracy in History Workgroup said in an interview with Jelen.

The Orban regime is similar to the Horthy and Kadar regimes as it has also managed to win a "silent majority", even though a large part of society has no pleasant experience of how the system functions and of its ideology that pervades everyday life, he argued, adding that although it’s fragile, it's a stability that many people don't want to risk when the alternative is very unclear.

Read the full interview (in Hungarian, subscription may be required) here.

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