This conference conference presents and discusses the Yearbook „Hungarian Politics in 2018”, authored by Policy Solutions. The publication offers a comprehensive overview of developments, events and trends in Hungary in 2018, including an outlook, which topics we expect to dominate Hungarian politics in 2019, the year of both European and Local Elections. The yearbook, published with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, focuses on five broad areas: The first section reviews the year 2018 from the perspective on the Hungarian government, with a special emphasis on the main reasons behind the re-election of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party and the policy priorities of the fourth Orbán government. In the second section we look at the opposition parties, their state and prospects. The third section focuses on foreign affairs, in particular PM Orbán’s battles at the European scene, and Hungary’s foreign policy in a global context. In the fourth section, we take a detailed look at how Fidesz's policies have shaped the economy, and special attention is paid to the controversial “slave law”. Finally, some key developments of the Hungarian society – changes in the media landscape, culture war, the Stop Soros bill and CEU’s departure – are discussed.
Following the keynote by Andás Bíró-Nagy (Policy Solutions) a distinguished panel (including Péter Ákos Bod, Corvinus University; Timea Szabó, Co- President of Párbeszéd; László Kordás, President of MASzSz) will be discussing possible developments of 2019.