Gordon Bajnai makes Fidesz, Hungary’s ruling populist party, nervous. A mild-mannered businessman, he seems an unlikely David against the government’s Goliath. He served as prime minister between 2009 and 2010, as a non-party technocrat leading a Socialist administration. That government was trounced in the polls and Fidesz won an unprecedented two-third majority.
He announced his return to politics at a rally on October 23rd, the anniversary of Hungary’s failed 1956 uprising, at the head of Together 2014, an umbrella organisation that aims to draw support from the centre-right to centre-left.