Jobbik: The neo-fascism coming?

06.07.2015 | By Łukasz Kołtuniak

The EU critized the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban for alleged restrict of the democracy. However for many of Hungarian citizens his ruling Fidesz hasn’t such radical profile as they expected. Many Hungarians gamble on Jobbik and count on radical changing in the state policy.

It is the Jobbik that is consider as the worst danger for young democracy. During Fidesz policy is consider as the danger of authoritariansm and imposing of unliberal model of democracy, Jobbik which to grow before one’s eyes in the exit polls is present in the Hungarian discourse as the danger of fascism.

However Jobbik finish to create it’s image as radical formacy basic on strong emphasis of antisemitsm and antyislamism. It’s leader grab a chance to challenge Orban and compete with him for the votes of the moderate voters.

Why people vote for Jobbik? Hungary wrestle with the typical problem for new democracy. Society lose the enthusiasm to democratic system because of the economical troubles. Furthermore for right-wing intelligentsia Jobbik can be movement that show alternative model of the rebuilding Hungarian community. In  Hungary the same as for example in Poland the anti-sistem moods radically rising.

It is difficult to tell about Jobbik programme. There is the one formacy that is in favour of Hungarian abandon from the EU. The anti-semitism of Jobbik is openly declare. But on the other hand Jobbik seem to be the more pro-market orientated Hungarian party. However the cultivation of the memory of Hungarian fascist from the second world war, the nationalist declaration raise doubts about vision of Jobbik as the moderate right-wing party.


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Łukasz Kołtuniak

Legal counsel trainee, PhD student at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University, interested in Eastern and Central Europe and political philosophy