2012 was a year of flux for Central and East European countries, with the specter of economic recession posing serious challenges to authoritarian governments as well as young democracies. The following is an overview of the region’s main political developments.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s 2012 started as it continued: badly. At the beginning of the year, the country’s political elite gathered in Budapest’s Opera House to celebrate the introduction of a new constitution. Outside, 30,000 protesters gathered, chanting “Viktator.”
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