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Erdogan Lost Istanbul. Is Orban About to Lose Budapest?

  • Hungary’s opposition is banding together for local elections
  • Budapest candidate braces for ‘David vs Goliath’ battle
Gergely Karacsony
Gergely KaracsonyPhotographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg
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Strongmen can struggle to maintain a hold over their nations’ major cities. Recep Tayyip Erdogan couldn’t stop an opposition candidate becoming Istanbul’s mayor. Protesters are giving Vladimir Putin a hard time in Moscow.

A similar battle could be playing out in Hungary. While Prime Minister Viktor Orban reigns supreme after bringing the media under his control and rewriting electoral rules, rivals sense an opportunity in local votes next month and are uniting behind single candidates.