Central and Eastern Europe Tracker 24.09.12

Belarus:

Washington Post: ’Belarus held parliamentary elections Sunday without the main opposition parties, which boycotted the vote to protest the detention of political prisoners and opportunities for election fraud.’ State controlled press neglected to cover the election campaigns of a number of candidates from the United Civil Party, they were also banned from television. The election is considered ‘“the most senseless campaign in a decade, which neither the people, the government nor the opposition want,” said Yaroslav Romanchuk of the Mises Foundation.’

Greece:

Guardian: Why are Golden Dawn members the darlings of popular Greek TV shows?: ‘A few days ago the president of the Greek journalists’ association criticised the media for being “advocates” and “contractors” for the Greek far-right party Golden Dawn. Most journalists have chosen to present the party favourably as well as criticising left wing violence instead. ‘Under these circumstances the violence of the neo-Nazis represents a useful distraction from the social genocide of the austerity packages, but also a unique opportunity to attack those who oppose the measures.’

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: ‘The Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party reportedly set up an office in New York City in a bid to bolster its support among expatriate Greek communities.’ ’The populist ultranationalist party has been collecting food and medicine at drives in New York for Greeks left destitute by the country’s massive financial crisis and recently distributed the aid in Athens.’

Hungary:

The Budapest Times: ‘The extremist right-wing party Jobbik announced on Tuesday plans to hold a demonstration outside the home of communist-era interior minister Béla Biszku.’ Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik believe that former communists in the country have not been held accountable by any government since 1990.

Research: Policy Documentation Centre: Populism in Europe: Hungary: ‘This report presents the results of a survey of over 2000 responses from Facebook fans of Jobbik. It includes data on who they are, what they think, and what motivates them to shift from virtual to real-world activism. In order to provide a richer picture, we have compared these results against a 2011 poll of Jobbik voters collected by the Tárki Social Research Institute, and analysed by the Political Capital Institute.’

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