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Louder, More Radical, More Collaborative

Louder, More Radical, More Collaborative
The large-circulation, conservative German daily Die Welt reports on changes within the Hungarian opposition, including the revival of the Socialists. According to the correspondent of the newspaper in Budapest Boris Kálnoky, party chairman Bertalan Tóth introduced a new style, which is louder, more radical and more collaborative than before.
According to Die Welt, it is hard to recognize the opposition in Hungary: they have been consistently protesting since December; the last time thousands marched on the streets again was on Saturday, spectacular protest actions follow one another in Parliament, and they do this all together, not separately and fragmented as before. Representatives of all opposition parties were present when they attempted to read their claims at the headquarters of state television, while being supported by demonstrators in front of the building, writes the Hamburg newspaper.
Bringing a new style to MSZP
In Bertalan Tóth’s view, MSZP as a classic left-wing party must step up against the legislation nicked as slave law.  The author of the article notes, however, that the opposition's public support is not increasing and there is no real leader in the opposition that would be an alternative to the government. But, as a new element, the collaboration poses a real threat to the government, writes the daily Die Welt, and then quotes Bertal Tóth saying that there are also limits to this, as the European elections are conducted on the basis of the principle of proportionality and this does not require shoulder-to-shoulder candidacies.
From 54 to at least 49
Taking a look at opposition parties, Kálnoky believes that everyone except the Socialists have weakened and that MSZP can consolidate its leading role within the opposition at the European Parliamentary elections.
In the municipal elections, the opposition wants to act unanimously, though, according to Die Welt's correspondent, the short-term goal is rather modest: they want to push Fidesz, now on 54 percent,  under 50 percent.
The German newspaper also calls the trade unions’ participation in the protests a novelty. In connection with this, Bertalan Tóth emphasizes that the government wants to make the individual defenseless. The intention of weakening trade unions, as well as the pressure on NGOs also serve this purpose.

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