|Minister of Education of Hungary|
27 June 1980 – 25 June 1982
|Preceded by||Károly Polinszky|
|Succeeded by||Béla Köpeczi|
26 November 1933 |
Kóny, Kingdom of Hungary
|Political party||MDP, MSZMP, MSZP, NDSZ|
Imre Pozsgay (born 1933 in Kóny) is a Hungarian, ex-Communist, politician who played a key role in Hungary's transition to democracy after 1988. He is currently an advisor to prime minister Viktor Orbán.
Pozsgay joined the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party after he graduated with an English degree from the Lenin Institute in Budapest. He worked for the party at both local and national levels and became deputy minister in 1975.
His calls for reform (which he describes in his book Turning Point and Reform) led to a falling-out with the party’s leader János Kádár which in turn moved Pozsgay to become chairman of the party’s mass organization the Patriotic Front.
Kádár was removed from his Minister of State position in 1988 and Pozsgay was placed into his old position.
Jointly with Otto von Habsburg, Imre Pozsgay was the sponsor of the Pan-European Picnic of 19 August 1989, where hundreds of East Germans who were visiting Hungary were able to cross the previously impenetrable Iron Curtain into Austria.
In October 1989, the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party renamed itself the Hungarian Socialist Party and announced Poszgay as their Deputy President. However in 1991 he quit the party to form a new one, which he headed himself, called the National Democratic Alliance. It lasted until 1996.
- BBC Online: Communism the End of Era: World News: Pushing Back the Curtain: Imre Pozsgay, former politburo member, Hungarian Socialist Worker’s Party
- Visszatekintés a rendszerváltásra (Magyar Szó – Issue 79. March 2005)
- "Hungary." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 11 Sept. 2007 <http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-34823>
|Minister of Culture
|Minister of Education
|National Assembly of Hungary|
|Leader of the MSZP parliamentary group