Domestic Politics

Hungarian Economist László Andor Might Be Left-Wing PM Candidate in 2018

According to Hungarian newspaper Magyar Idők, economist and former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion László Andor is likely to be the left wing parties’ candidate for Prime Minister in the 2018 Hungarian Parliamentary elections.

Several Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) leaders told Magyar Idők that Mr. Andor is the leading candidate because he is seen as a “pure person” whose work is well known, and because he has not been involved in any scandals or controversies.

Multiple sources informed Magyar Idők that László Andor will be supported not only by MSZP, of which he is a member, but by smaller left-wing opposition parties Democratic Coalition (DK) and Együtt (Together) as well. In other words, it seems that the three parties intend to run a joint ticket against Fidesz, which is led by current Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in 2018.

In the past, the opposition parties have mentioned that they are in need of a candidate for Prime Minister who is politically experienced, but is also an unimpeachable, well-known policy expert. It would seem that they feel they have found such a man in Mr. Andor.

Mr. Andor is an economist, university professor, and former editor-in-chief of the leftist political science quarterly Eszmélet (Consciousness). From 2005 to 2010, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, representing the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia. From 2010 to 2014 served as EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the European Commission, and afterwards was briefly Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection between 2014 and 2015.

In addition, Mr. Andor has been active in the Hungarian Socialist Party since the 1990s. Since 1998, he has been a member of the leadership of the party’s economic division. From 1998 to 2005 he was the editor of the division’s economic and political periodical Álláspontok (Viewpoints), and has been the division’s honorary co-president since 2005. From 2002 to 2005 he served as the MSZP member of the Budapest Capital City Council’s European Integration and Foreign Affairs Board.

In 2014, Mr. Andor was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.

Via Magyar Idők and origo.hu

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