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The Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik) is taking the gloves off in its fight for the extreme-right and radical votes. This is not the first occasion since 1989 when a political force has portrayed itself as a resistance movement.

The Jobbik's self-portayal in the midst of an already vicious pre-election campaign is more than thought-provoking. The consequences are unclear. They want to move into areas that politics has not yet colonised. They want to cross a line, not just in their aims but also in their actions. Until now, that boundary has had a name: István Csurka.

The Jobbik have never denied that they want to blaze a more radical trail in Hungarian politics than we have seen before. They want to be harsher, more focused - and certainly more effective - than Csurka. Their "Third Way" electoral alliance with Csurka is an attempt to maintain their radical background. Their most recent statement highlights that aim: "...In response to the verbal hungarophobia of the government parties...the Jobbik seek to recruit activists for a resistance movement for the self-defence of the Hungarian nation. Extreme liberals and socialists are trying to undermine the historical, sacred and state symbols of the Hungarian nation by seizing our property and by carrying out brutal attacks on us. They are doing this whether the symbol in question is shield of the House of Árpád, the Holy Crown, the Cross, the Bible, the Naional Anthem or the national tricolore rosette." No need to quote further.

Natinal self-defence? A resistance movement? We can only hope that sober judgement wins out even amongst the right wing's more radical supporters. We can hope that they are not roped into these disturbing adventures. But if not? And if the Jobbik get into parliament? Then we have no option other than to force the Jobbik's activists to respect the rules of democracy, regardless of their wild rhetoric. Even if this will not be easy - for them, or for us.

Lajos V. Mohai
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Hungarians working

Eighteen months after accession to the EU, the number of Hungarians working in western Europe is about the same as the population of a major city in Hungary. Whilst the positive and negative impacts of this are still unclear, one thing is certain: the outflow is set to continue.

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With six months to go until the elections

With six months to go until the elections, it's worth looking back to the run-up to the 1994, 1998 and 2002 elections. In each case, the government's impending defeat was clearer six months ahead of time than immediately before the election. The parliamentary see-saw has functioned impeccably so far.

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Minority issue

Parliament is likely to have the final say on whether Jews should be recognised as a nationality in Hungary. But the Electoral Commission has given the nod to the petition needed to bring the issue before parliament.

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Crowded out

The number of unemployed career-beginners has almost doubled over the past two years, despite the government's decision to focus on their plight at the beginning of the year.

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Opinion: Péter Kóczián

In 1988, Gyurcsány called for Fidesz to be "squeezed out politically." In 1988, using the word "political" signalled that democratic methods were to be used in place of the tools of a police state.

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670 delfintetemet mosott partra a víz, a halászokat okolják a történtek miatt

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A román ortodox egyház most nem ragaszkodik az ikonok csókolgatásához

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