Together 2014

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Together 2014
Leader Gordon Bajnai
Founded 26 October 2012,
8 March 2013 (officially)
Ideology Social democracy
Social liberalism[1]
Political position Centre to Centre-left
Colours purple
National Assembly
3 / 199
European Parliament
0 / 21
Website
Együtt 2014
Politics of Hungary
Political parties
Elections

Together 2014 (Hungarian: Együtt 2014), officially Together – Party for a New Era (Hungarian: Együtt – A Korszakváltók Pártja) is a political party in Hungary, formed on 26 October 2012 for the next Hungarian parliamentary election, to contrast Viktor Orbán's government. The current leader of the party is Gordon Bajnai, former Prime Minister of Hungary.

The party had formed a coalition with the "Dialogue for Hungary" and they won together four seats in the national assembly and one seat in the European Parliament. The "Together 2014" has taken three seats from the four in the Hungarian parliament but has no representatives in Brussels.

Members[edit]

The coalition consists of three civil society organizations:

  • Patriotism and Progress Association led by Gordon Bajnai. The Patriotism and Progress Public Policy Foundation formed after the 2010 elections, which prepared several professional programs and proposal for the government.[2] The organization transformed to association in October 2012.[3]
  • One Million for Press Freedom (Milla) led by Péter Juhász, originally a Facebook group, which formed against the Viktor Orbán's cabinet Media Act on 21 December 2010.
  • Hungarian Solidarity Movement led by Péter Kónya, a social and trade union movement, based on the Polish Solidarity, formed on 4 October 2011.

History[edit]

Gordon Bajnai announced his return to politics on 23 October 2012, during the anti-government demonstration of the One Million for Press Freedom (Milla).[4] On the protest, he called for an anti-Orbán coalition so as to form a supermajority in Parliament with the help of which the changes done by Orbán's ruling party, Fidesz could be undone.

In his speech, Bajnai repeatedly used a variant of the term ("We may fail on our own, but together, we shall prove victorious!"),[5] when he proclaimed his support for such a "cooperation between hopeful left-wingers, disappointed rightwingers, politically abandoned free-thinkers and committed Greens" that his organization along with two other civilian body named Together 2014 as a reference to the date of the next general elections in Hungary.[6] In December 2012, Bajnai announced that he intends to be a parliamentarian candidate in the 2014 general election.[7]

Alliance[edit]

On 8 March 2013, the Dialogue for Hungary (PM) has established an electoral coalition with the Together 2014, which officially formed as a political party. Jávor and Szabó, co-chairs of the green party also became members of the Together 2014's board.[8] The two parties registered a joint national list for the 2014 European Parliament election too.

Election results[edit]

For the Hungarian Parliament:

Election year National Assembly Government
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2014*
1,246,465
25.99 %
3 / 199
in opposition

*In an electoral alliance with Dialogue for Hungary, Hungarian Socialist Party, Democratic Coalition (Hungary) and Hungarian Liberal Party.

For the European Parliament:

Elections Number of votes Percentage of votes Placing (nationally) Number of seats Group in the European Parliament Subgroup in the European Parliament
2014** 167,012 7.22% 5th 1 (Dialogue for Hungary) The Greens–European Free Alliance European Green Party

**In an electoral alliance with the Dialogue for Hungary.

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