With its proposal to fully release the files on informants working for the secret police under the communist regime, LMP has successfully driven a wedge between Fidesz and significant portions of the right-wing intelligentsia, as well as between the younger and older members of Fidesz’ and KDNP’s parliamentary factions. Fidesz has rejected LMP’s proposal, but now finds itself under pressure to present its own version of disclosure. It appears that the governing party is uncomfortable with the issue, but it would be extremely risky to leave it unaddressed. Consequently, it has committed itself to finding a legal framework. To work fairly, the system determining which files and names to disclose will have to take many criteria into consideration, and some fear that the process may be abused or hampered by Fidesz for political gain or for averting political damage.
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