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Dec 23, 2019

House Speaker comments on Hungary’s “culture war”

The speaker dismissed accusations that the government behaved like a dictatorship that waged a culture war, saying that it was the opposition’s aggressive actions that hurt the ruling Fidesz party more than the “so-called dictatorship”.

House Speaker László Kövér has commented on Hungary’s “culture war” during an interview with Magyar Hírlap, defining it as a “post-communist struggle to maintain supremacy” by former intellectuals of the János Kádár regime.

In the interview, Kövér commented on a new law that regulates the operation and financing of state and locally run theaters.

Kövér said culture wars cropped up in various forums such as the media, among historians and their interpretation of the past, and in the arts. “This time it revolves around theaters.”

The speaker dismissed accusations that the government behaved like a dictatorship that waged a culture war, saying that it was the opposition’s aggressive actions that hurt the ruling Fidesz party more than the “so-called dictatorship”.

“It hurts us more,” he said. “Honestly, I’ve had enough of the ‘dictatorship’ that we supposedly maintain.”

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