He is remembered because he played a major role in 1989 in opening the "Iron Curtain" for East Germans, contributing to the later unification of Germany, and for the Bokros package, the biggest fiscal austerity programme in post-communist Hungary, launched under his premiership, in 1995.
Mr. Horn has received several awards for his achievements in foreign relations, among others the Charlemagne Award of the city of Aachen in 1990.
For my generation, Mr. Horn is the great leader of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP). After his retiring as Prime Minister, he stayed one of the key figures in the MSZP, but never came back to the top. He had excellent ability of communicating with everyone from urban and the countryside. It was easy to meet him personally on several events, he often signed his books and election materials. His handwriting is characteristic, he writes with big sized letters.
One of my friends from the party told me in 2000: „ I am sure some day we
all will be proud of that we could have seen him In-person.” I think
From 2007 Mr. Horn is ill, he is suffering from Alzheimer disease and lives in a hospital. He has no public appereances and communicates with nobody. Three years ago we can feel day by day Mr. Horn's lack from the Hungarian politics.