Hungary’s green party, LMP is a young party facing weighty choices. Its policy of maintaining equal distance to MSZP and Fidesz appears untenable as pressure mounts to join a left-wing alliance to oust the Orbán government in 2014. LMP is under pressure from a variety of source. For one, with the emergence of numerous new parties it is losing its position as the only left-wing MSZP challenger. Second, the emergence of former PM Gordon Bajnai fills large parts of the left – including many LMP supporters – with hope that the left has a viable candidate to challenge Viktor Orbán. For LMP this poses a serious dilemma, as both routes, being the spoiler of a potentially successful left-wing alliance, as well as losing its independence by joining it harbours great risks.
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