50 years ago, Hungary’s revolution brought it to the centre of world attention. This September saw another crisis in the country, when the left-wing prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány, was caught admitting to having lied to his country for years in order to win re-election. On 17th September, a recording was released of a closed-door meeting of Gyurcsány’s MSZP party, dating from May, in which he told his fellow members that they had only won the general election, held a month earlier, by lying about the state of Hungary’s economy.
Mass demonstrations and protests followed, some of which turned ugly and…
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