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Budapest: Hasty impressions of Hungary

I’ve only been in Budapest for a little over 24 hours so these are only hastily formed impressions, consequently the most important as they are the first. The water hasn’t been muddied yet.
Hungary is in dire straights, ruled by a corrupt government intent on establishing a dictatorship. On the way from the airport all you see are posters against George Soros, who supports refugees and migrants, that say, “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh!”
The government, racist and right-wing, has spent around €20 million on the campaign against him, encouraging hatred of foreigners though taxpayers’ money. That’s the kind of people we’re dealing with here.
They said they were going to take the posters down for the FINA World Swimming Championships – the reason I’m here – but either there are so many of them they haven’t been able to, or they haven’t got around to starting yet.
A journalist told me yesterday there’s no hope of change despite elections next year because the opposition is …

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