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“Meanwhile in Budapest:” Hungary’s millennials speak up

Meanwhile“Just as every American remembers the Kennedy-assassination, every Hungarian millennial remembers when the death of József Antall was announced [on TV during a popular cartoon show]. We are even called the “Duck Tales generation”. It was the moment politics made its way into our lives for the first time. And when it frustrated us for the first time.

Kids born after 1980 grew up in a country fundamentally different from that of their parents – and different from today’s Hungary. Today’s Hungary resembles the authoritarian, communist past – rather than the country of Great Optimism. It is not the prosperous country we envisaged and optimism gave way to fearful populism.

This blog is written from the perspective of Hungarian millennials who are not comfortable with the new authoritarianism. Today, many of them live abroad. Meanwhile in Budapest shares their stories and their views.”