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In Osteuropa 3-5/2018

Lőrinc Mészáros
A fairy-tale ascent

Felix Eick

Deutsche Fassung


In Hungary, the relationship between government and big business is very tight. A precondition for economic success is being close to power. Prime Minister Orban makes use of politically-close tycoons to secure his power. Lőrinc Mészáros has been the most important of these since 2016. He has risen from small-scale entrepreneur to multi-millionaire within just a few years. The source of his wealth is, above all, public-sector contracts, which are financed by EU structural funds.

(Osteuropa 3-5/2018, pp. 211–214)