Though he took the helm in troubled times, Gordon Bajnai’s premiership is widely considered a brief period of stability in the long period of chaos that has characterised Hungarian politics over the past years. He left the political stage immediately at the end of his term, but especially in the left-leaning intelligentsia many hope that his departure was temporary. Judged by his activities in recent months, their desire for his comeback at some point looks increasingly realistic. We will briefly review Bajnai’s political career and then assess the prospects of his return into the public sphere, as well as the challenges he would likely face.
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