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After a brief overview of the Hungarian party system, the Socialist and the Liberal candidates, here are the likely winners. The EPP has two member parties in Hungary, and the smaller one just decided (and possibly split) over the issue of its party list. Hungary’s most popular party is Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Union. Fidesz entered the… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The picture on the Liberal political field is as simple as on the Socialist, so this is the second post in a series of the Hungarian MEP candidate lists. The Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) is a member of the ALDE group in the European Parliament and ELDR – European Liberal Democrats party group. It’s aim is simple: to survive the election and send at least one delegate to the European assembly.

Posted by Dániel Antal

In a series of posts I will write some information about the party lists in Hungary for the 2009 European Parliament elections. The order of the parties does not reflect any personal preference; there are still not announced lists and candidates. But firstly, here is an overview of the political parties involved in the election.

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New Czech Eurosceptic Party

Anyway, I think that in the long run the evolution of this new party will make the Czech Republic more governable. The Czech Republic had to live with a strong left-right division with a number of small parties, many minority and car-taking governments, and a major right-wing party that was had to struggle inside with the question of the EU. I believe that SSO will remain a relatively strong but still fringe-party, and will let ODS seek more pragmatic coalitions. It will effectively marginalize this kind of political thought as it will be substracted from the major right-wing party, and probably help to marginalize Mr Klaus, too.

Posted by Dániel Antal

In the opening even of Think About It three blogging MEPs answered the questions of European bloggers. Richard Corbett (Socialist) said he does not allow for comments because another organized party would immediately fill it up. But all comments are welcome in e-mail. Christofer Fjellner (People’s Party) has a bilingual blog. Jules Maaten (Liberal Democrats)… » read more

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France’s state-owned railway company’s fast-train alternative to flying from Brussel to Strasbourg may be ‘marketed’ as eco-friendly but it looks to me that it makes the rest of the world laughing at us. The cheap alternative to flying costs the European taxpayer about €. 300 000. Euroskeptics are outraged, but there are more logical comments:… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal