I did not believe that Czechoslovakia would split
László Barak was born in Mužla in 1953; he studied engineering but after finishing school, he started a career as a journalist. He moved to Dunajská Streda with his family, where he joined the opposition movement at the end of the 1980s. In November 1989, he became a founding member of the Independent Hungarian Initiative. At the same time, he started working as the deputy editor of Nap, the official organ of the movement. The members of the initiative were co-opted into the parliament at the end of 1989. In 1992, the movement was transformed into a political party, the Hungarian Civic Party, which was one of the members of the Hungarian Coalition. This coalition became a single party called Party of the Hungarian Coalition in 1998, due to Mečiar’s electoral law. Soon, however, Barak was excluded from the party and thus his political career ended.