Despite Protests, Fidesz Positioned Well a Year Out from Hungary’s Parliamentary Elections

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Series Details No. 49, May 2017
Publication Date 19/05/2017
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The Polish Institute of International Affairs is an analytical institution established by an act of Parliament in 1996 to carry out research and provide expertise in international affairs. PISM disseminates information on contemporary international issues and maintains contacts with academic and political centres in Poland and abroad. The Institute runs courses for public servants, maintains a library (open to the public; 165,000 books and journals), organises conferences, and publishes books, periodicals and documents on Polish foreign policy and international matters.

The funding for PISM comes from the budget. The director is appointed by the prime minister for a term of five years, following consultation with the minister of foreign affairs. The minister supervises the Institute and appoints its advisory council, which includes a representative of the President of the Republic of Poland, academics and officials.Massive anti-government protests in Budapest in April 2017 had not changed the distribution of support among Hungary’s political parties. Although Hungarians have increasingly favoured change, the party with the greatest chance of winning the parliamentary elections in April 2018 would still be Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz. The reasons would include both the inability of the opposition parties to take advantage of the public’s discontent, seen in their low backing, and an electoral system that perpetuated the greatest political force.

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