Viktor Orbán and his friends from Fidesz, who were young and trendy, daring and deliciously impertinent, had their own dress style, and their campaign clips in Spring 1990 contrasted with the gloom of the Kádár years and the ‘liberal' unanimity that seemed to accompany their end.
16 June 1989, on Heroes’ Square in Budapest, on the occasion of the "second funeral" of Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary during the revolution of October 1956. A young man with long hair, then unknown to the 250,000 people attending, makes a speech that contrasts with the preceding ones. This man is Viktor Orbán, and his intervention will be remembered as his contribution to the farewell ceremony to the old regime. Indeed, in his speech, the evocation of the past was less emphasized than the evidence with which he called for free elections and the departure of Soviet troops from the country. It is thus as a taboo-breaker that Viktor Orbán made his debut on a political scene in the making - a trademark he still honors, both domestically and at the European level.