New book looks back at PM Orbán’s last ten years in office

The Orbán Rule provides insight into the prime minister’s philosophy.

István Stumpf, the government commissioner in charge of the reform of Hungary’s higher education system, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán understands the importance of a clear direction for governing.

During an online presentation of a book looking back on PM Orbán’s last ten years in office, written by political scientist Gábor G. Fodor and published by the Public Foundation for Research on Central and Eastern European History and Society, Stumpf said the book, titled The Orbán Rule, provides insight into the prime minister’s philosophy and is special because it was written by an actual member of the Orbán team.

Tamás Deutsch, the head of the Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance’s European Parliamentary delegation, said in a video message that the book would give readers a better understanding of Hungary’s past 30 years and of the importance of the past decade. Deutsch said PM Orbán was a defining politician of his era, and even “those who aren’t fans of him” acknowledge his accomplishments.

Addressing a panel discussion, author G. Fodor lauded PM Orbán’s courage to establish “a model of his own”. The right wing led by PM Orbán governs by using Hungary’s strengths to its advantage, he said.