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2004-08-26

New political faces in Central Europe 

Since nobody else seems to cover (or comment on) these things any longer, let it be noted that the Hungarian ex-communists have elected a new prime minister designate. Ferenc Gyurcsany, 43, is a former leading figure of the communist youth organization who then became a millionaire in investment banking, before entering the government in 2002 in the role of a lesser minister. Der Standard has a number of useful articles:Gyurcsany vs. Orban will be an interesting electoral fight pitching two dynamic youngsters against each other, and it's also noteworthy how 30-40 year olds are taking over the political leadership not only in Hungary but also in the Czech Republic (the new prime minister Stanislav Gross is 34) and in the Slovak Republic, where the influential finance minister Ivan Miklos is 43 years old.


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