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Will Hungarians vote to return to Europe’s mainstream?

Europe will be watching the Hungarian elections on 3 April. This Sunday, Hungarians will head to the polls to elect a new parliament. The outcome will be crucial for all of Europe. So, after discussing recently why Europe should care, Debating Europe is going to take a closer look at what to expect.

Young European citizens sent us their questions and we got them answered. Click on the video for the responses from MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfieldrapporteur for the European Parliament on the rule of law in Hungary, and Hungarian economist and former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor, who frequently contributes to the debate around Europe’s position on Hungary’s “illiberal democracy”, as promoted by incumbent prime minister Viktor Orbán.

We discuss Hungarian’s media freedom and rule of law situation, and look forward to after the elections, regarding Hungary’s relationship with NATO and the consequences of a widespread disinformation campaign by office-holder Orbán.

What do YOU think? Do you think opposition-leader Péter Márky-Zay will win? Would he turn the country’s policies upside down? Or do you trust the latest election forecast, seeing Orbán is cruising towards another term in office? What might that mean for Hungary and the European Union? Put your thoughts and questions in the comment form below and we will take them to experts and practitioners, making your voice heard!

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