Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party began life as a liberal opposition to Hungary’s Soviet-backed regime. But far from waging a generic fight for freedom, Orbán and his crony capitalist allies turned Hungary into the laboratory for a new far right.
Rosa Schwartzburg is an MA student at the Central European University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, Bustle, and many others.
The removal of a statue of the communist leader Imre Nagy is the latest effort by Viktor Orbán to erase all memory of the country's left and valorize the far right.