ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Hungary: Ambivalent Resistance to EU

In Hungary, the end of state socialism was administered by a new, conglomerate political elite, made up of the younger and most reform-minded members of the state-socialist political leadership along with small, highly intertwined informal networks of politically active liberal and nationalist intellectuals. Seeking full membership in the European Union was probably the only policy principle upon which all members of the post-state-socialist political elite agreed initially. The only audible opposition to the country's EU-membership today comes from the right and for all the wrong reasons. Social and environmental considerations, whether domestic or global, are completely absent from this ambivalent, nationalist resistance to the EU.

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