Conservative wins Hungarian opposition race to face Orbán in 2022

A diverse group of six parties has come together in an effort to defeat the PM.

Conservative wins Hungarian opposition race to face Orbán in 2022

Conservative politician Péter Márki-Zay won the race to become the Hungarian opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister, according to results published late Sunday. 

Many left-wing and liberal opposition supporters backed Márki-Zay, who currently serves as mayor of the southern city of Hódmezővásárhely, in the hope that he could appeal to undecided Hungarians and voters who have become disenchanted with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party.

The 49-year-old father of seven defeated MEP Klára Dobrev from the left-liberal Democratic Coalition in a runoff vote where over 600,000 Hungarians cast ballots in person and online.

Márki-Zay won 56.7 percent of the vote, while Dobrev took about 43.3 percent. On Sunday evening, the MEP congratulated Márki-Zay on his victory.

A diverse group of six opposition parties has come together in an effort to defeat Orbán, and organized primaries to select joint candidates both in individual electoral districts and for the post of prime minister. The alliance came about due to concerns that Hungary’s current electoral system — designed by Fidesz — has made it very difficult for opposition political parties to challenge the country’s powerful prime minister if they run in the election separately.

In the second round of the primary, a host of liberal, left-wing and centrist figures — including Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony — lined up behind Márki-Zay, arguing that he has the best chance of defeating Orbán. 

Speaking to supporters in Budapest, Márki-Zay vowed to work to change Hungary’s political culture and called for the country to unite.

“We want to build a new Hungary,” he said.

Hungary is expected to hold its next general election in spring 2022.


For more polling data from across Europe visit Poll of Polls.

This article has been updated with the latest results.

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German Greens vote to start formal coalition talks with SPD, liberals

Three-way party talks still need official approval from the Free Democrats.

German Greens vote to start formal coalition talks with SPD, liberals

A vast majority of the German Greens’ party congress voted in favor of entering formal coalition talks with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), putting Germany one step closer to launching a new government.

Only two delegates out of the 70 total voted Sunday against the negotiations, while one party member abstained.

“We have the chance to take on responsibility and play a decisive role in this government of progress. We are happy to face this responsibility,” the party tweeted shortly after the vote.

If the talks succeed, the three-way coalition would effectively mark the end of 16 years of a conservative-led government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had announced plans to retire from politics before September’s vote. That put the Social Democrats, which came first in the election, and their candidate for chancellor, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, in pole position to lead the next government.

The SPD’s party leadership unanimously supported starting the coalition talks Friday, while the FDP’s leadership is set to vote on the negotiations on Monday.

Over the weekend, Green party co-leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck urged members to vote in favor of the coalition talks, arguing that the paper negotiated between the three parties as a basis for the talks included commitments in favor of “future investments in climate protection, research and education, and digitization.”

The document, unveiled on Friday, includes a proposal to move Germany’s exit from coal from 2038 to 2030; measures to boost the expansion of renewable energy; and the creation of an “immediate climate protection program.”

Although some delegates at the Green party congress questioned if the exploratory paper did enough to address issues like immigration and poverty, Baerbock countered that the Greens would use the negotiations to ask for even greater concessions from their partners in the so-called “traffic light” coalition — named for the parties’ colors of red (SPD), yellow (FDP) and green (the Greens).

“If we want to change something, we need decisions that will support us in the next decade,” Baerbock said. “Our focus is on the big tasks of the future.”

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