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Gyurcsány blog: Agents

Hungary arrived from the soft dictatorship to a soft democracy, and now it is leaving towards an "Orbán style" autocracy. The velvet, negotiation based transition caused deficiency in confronting the facts of the recent past.

The transition as a legal and political action was a result of a long negotiation process among the then state party and the political powers on the opposition side. The judgment over the former state party's collaborators was given to the public according to a consensus that dates back to the time of transition. The widely accepted consensus should not have included the former secret service members and their collaborators, but most of the people were not keen on anatomizing this topic.

We arrived to a point when this 22-year-old compromise can no longer be upheld. The agent file poisons the society.

There is no perfect solution, of course. Part of the documentation was simply shred in the very last days of the dictatorship. It is also clear that some details would threaten current national security interests. Taking into account all the concerns, I would still say that former secret service related documentation should be available for public scrutiny. I support free access to the archives. It will inevitably inspire many discussions and debates. It will not be easy to find a proper interpretation of the information. We cannot save it indeed!

Hence, let us not waste time! The prime minister should stop his sneaky politics with the agent issue. By the way, on the internet, he is more and more often accused of having ties with the secret service before the transition. Orbán can establish a National Recollection Board if he wants to do that. However, he should do it in addition to a proper legal regulation, and not instead of it.

Ferenc Gyurcsány; Facebook/gyurcsanyblog; March 21. 2012.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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