ⓘ Hungarian Workers' Party

Hungarian Workers' Party

ⓘ Hungarian Workers Party

The Hungarian Workers Party is a communist party in Hungary led by Gyula Thurmer. Established after the fall of the communist Hungarian Peoples Republic, the party has yet to win a seat in the Hungarian parliament. Until May 2009 it was a member of the Party of the European Left.


1. History

The party was established as the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party on 17 December 1989 as a successor party of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party MSZMP by a small group of old MSZMP members who opposed its transformation into the Hungarian Socialist Party MSZP. Among them was Karoly Grosz, the last general secretary of the old MSZMP, who became the new partys acting chairman

In the 1990 elections it received around 3% of the national vote, the largest share for a party that failed to win a seat.

In 1993 the party adopted the name Workers Party, and in the same year a group of hard-liners broke away to form another Hungarian Socialist Workers Party. In the 1994 elections, the party won a similar share of the vote, again emerging as the largest party without a seat. Despite increasing its vote share to around 4% in the 1998 elections, the party again remained seatless. In the 2002 elections, the partys vote share fell to around 2%, and for the first time since 1990, not the largest party without parliamentary representation.

On 12 November 2005 it became the Hungarian Communist Workers Party when a split led to the formation of the Workers Party of Hungary 2006 led by Janos Fratanolo. In the 2006 elections the party received less than 0.5% of the national vote, whilst in the 2010 elections, its vote share fell to just 0.1%. On 11 May 2013 the party was renamed again, this time becoming the Hungarian Workers Party due to a law passed the previous year banning the public use of names associated with "authoritarian regimes of the 20th century." In the 2014 parliamentary election, the party received 0.56% of the votes, again the largest party without parliamentary seats.

On the question of the 2016 migrant quota referendum, the party called for a "no" vote, expressing opposition to what it perceives as "EU aggression" against Hungary.


2. Ideology

The party opposed Hungary joining NATO. In 1996 the party organised a countrywide collection of signatures for a referendum on NATO membership. This HCWP-led referendum drive failed, although another referendum on NATO membership was held in 1997, which resulted in a vote in favour. The party continues to oppose the countrys participation in NATO and other military organisations. It campaigns to have all Hungarian forces returned from abroad and to reduce the military budget. The party opposed Hungarys participation in the "democratisation" program that has previously targeted the governments of Serbia and Belarus and strongly opposed NATO campaigns in Yugoslavia against Slobodan Milosevic and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Other foreign policies are in favour of

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