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16×9: Csanad Szegedi and the rise of Europe’s far right

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FULL STORY: Right Wing Resurgence

When Csanad Szegedi was a boy growing up in Hungary, it was not uncommon for him to hear anti-Semitic jokes told by his own father or at school. By the time he reached university in the early 2000s, Szegedi was a Hungarian nationalist moving in far-right circles.

In 2002, he and some of his pals travelled to Austria to hear Jorg Haider, the leader of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, give a talk. Szegedi was impressed by the hip and polished manner Haider evinced – a far cry from the spittle-spewing rants of fascists of a bygone era.

Szegedi soon joined Jobbik, a new far-right Hungarian party founded in 2003 that was nationalistic, youthful and blamed the country’s woes on Roma Gypsies and the European Union (EU).

“We were conservative youngsters and we thought that sooner or later we would need to establish a youthful, modern…

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