Here’s a winning campaign recipe for an incumbent:
Drastically cut utility rates and execute other policies that help people in the short-term but hurt the economy in the long-term. Refuse to debate your opponents. Establish policies for the mainly state controlled media that restrict campaign advertising. Continue to say how great everything is for Hungary and how strong the country is, while the European Union and objective watch dog groups continue to issue warnings related to the country’s trajectory.
Today is Election Day in Hungary. Current Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his right wing political party Fidesz are predicted to be big winners. The far right party, Jobbik, developed momentum toward the end and will retain and possibly increase its Parliament seats. Most of the left wing parties’ efforts disintegrated, imploded, fractured, scattered…you pick the negative word, it probably happened. We’ll see what happens with them.
My prediction: nationalism will continue to rise in Hungary. An interesting time to be an expat in Budapest.