As has been mentioned, the reformist wing of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party formed
the Hungarian Socialist Party. It co-managed the two parliaments and was the ruling party
itself from 2008 to 2010. Interestingly, in 2012 it was recognised by the National Assembly
(with the votes of the ruling Fidesz) as a criminal organisation (since it was the heir to the
criminal communist regime). At present, the Hungarian Socialist Party continues to sit on the
benches of parliament as an opposition party. It is accused of increasing state indebtedness
and the fatal economic situation of the state, through misguided policies in the years when it
ruled the country (2002-2010). It was precisely the poor economic situation in Hungary that
allowed Fidesz to win the 2010 elections, who won an independent majority in parliament and
is still in power (in 2017).
Settlement of the past and history itself has been the subject of many disputes in Hungary. For
example, during the first period of Orban rule (1998-2002), the House of Terror was
established: a museum that describes the history of Hungary during two totalitarian periods. It
is criticized by some historians, among others because it does not adequately describe the
period of cooperation with Nazi Germany or participation in the Holocaust.
The complex fate of Hungary is undoubtedly extremely interesting. In addition, people such
as Horthy and Kádár are found difficult to be assessed unequivocally. They arouse extreme
emotions, which will make accounting for the 20th century in Hungary a long-term process.