Josef Janning

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Fireworks light up Budapest on May 1, 2004, as Hungary and nine other European countries celebrate joining the European Union. On Sunday, Hungary’s Euroskeptic Fidesz party is expected to win with a commanding lead. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Hungarians vote Sunday — and the outcome will be significant for the politics of the European Union. Recent polls tend to show the right-wing Fidesz party leading in opinion polls with more than 40 percent.

A convincing win for Fidesz Prime Minister Viktor Orban will reinforce the E.U. veto role the governments of Hungary and Poland have designed for themselves — and the “Visegrad group” they form with Slovakia and Czech Republic in the European Union.

Economically and financially, Hungary is dependent on Western European markets and investments — as well as E.U. structural and investment aid. But in recent years, Budapest and Warsaw have pushed back against Brussels-based governance.…  Seguir leyendo »