Gabor Demszky

Mayor of Budapest -- Hungary

Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky is a rarity in Eastern Europe. Once a pro-democracy agitator, he strode into power after the collapse of communism along with scores of former dissidents and intellectuals across the region. Most failed as politicians, victims of their own idealism or ineptitude. But Demszky, 48, is now in his third four-year term. Popular among voters, he runs a booming, well-managed city.

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