On Thursday 19th April 2018, the Kreisky Forum invited Péter Krekó to look back at the recent development of far right ideology in Hungary & to talk about the background that this provides for understanding the country’s election results.
As the recent Hungarian elections have shown, the Hungarian far right has gone from a marginal force to becoming the mainstream of Hungarian politics in the space of ten short years. What is the social background to the authoritarian, illiberal regime emerging in Budapest? How much of the Hungarian case is specific to Hungary and how much adheres to international, global trends and the so-called “populist zeitgeist”? What is the nature of Hungarian far right narratives? And, to what extent is Hungary a political trendsetter in both Central & Eastern Europe and Europe at large?
Péter Krekó is a social psychologist and political scientist, who works as the executive director of the Hungarian think tank, the Political Capital Institute, and as an associate professor at Budapest’s ELTE University.
Peter focuses on Russian soft power policies and political populism and extremism in Europe. He is a member of the presidential board of the Hungarian Political Science Association, was the co-chair of the PREVENT working group within the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) and is currently an expert member of RAN’s Centre of Excellence.
His main area of expertise is the European far right, relations between Russia and radical right-wing parties in the West and illiberal tendencies in Central and Eastern Europe. Anton is also a member of the Editorial Board of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies.