2016. november 18. 21:17
This is our last choice, the final call and we won't have any other opportunity but joining and supporting Standing Rock movement in order to protect the natural resources of life for this planet. Not for us, but for the planet, for Life.
2015. december 25. 11:32
The new club’s arrogance and hatred don’t consider the fact that Hungary isn’t the only country questioning the choices of the past 25 years, but all of Central Europe is!
2015. november 30. 14:21
The walls are going up all over Europe. In Hungary, they take the physical form of razor and barbed wire fences, like much of the old iron curtain.
2015. november 27. 10:52
Since 2010, Viktor Orbán’s government has repeatedly taken antidemocratic and xenophobic measures that openly violate the basic principles of the rule of law.
2015. november 10. 10:36
If we are not going in the direction of federalism, but in the direction of nation-states, it is not certain that the whole thing will fall apart.
2015. október 20. 8:48
On one side are politicians like Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker, Barack Obama and Pope Francis. On the other are Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
2015. október 13. 10:34
The accusations against Central Europe are both false and hypocritical. The present surge of mass migration is predominantly a result of Western power politics.
2015. október 12. 8:50
The Hungarian government’s first priority is the rule of law; i.e., its obligations under the Schengen and the Dublin regulations and its responsibility to Hungarian citizens, who expect security and competence.
2015. október 7. 8:30
This is an unendurable state of affairs. No matter what sort of humanitarian approach may be cited, it is insane to allow completely unknown individuals to wander around Europe with no real restrictions.
2015. szeptember 30. 13:54
The changes of the electoral system became inevitable because the Constitutional Court declared different elements of the applicable laws unconstitutional twice, in 2005 and 2010.
2015. szeptember 28. 17:56
This is the game perfected in the Middle East. This is Pallywood, or how to manipulate a media already hungry for sensation, a media already adept at twisting the truth. Sacrificing their own misery and inhumanity, sacrificing their innocent and unguarded children, the actors in Pallywood attempt to extract as much as possible from unwitting audiences around the world. Until recently, we Europeans, we Hungarians were able to witness these bizarre scenes only on the ten o’clock news. But now its pounding at the gates. Quite literally.
2015. szeptember 18. 17:52
The existing stereotypes about passive, home-bound, religious Muslim women will certainly undergo a fundamental transformation now.
2015. szeptember 14. 19:25
“Long live Houellebecq, long live Viktor Orbán!” I mumble under my breath, for fear of being lynched if I am suspected of racism and Islamophobia.
2015. szeptember 14. 10:06
The conclusion from the Australian experience is that those who benefit most from tough border protection are the immigrants who come here fairly and legally.
2015. szeptember 11. 19:13
For at least half a century, the U.S. has taken in the vast majority of the world's refugees. Isn't it somebody else's turn, now?
2015. szeptember 11. 16:35
It’s a little unfair to condemn Hungary for callous — even racist — treatment of migrants when those doing the condemning bear far more responsibility for the crisis. Yes, America, I’m talking about you.
2015. szeptember 10. 16:16
Hungary is not explicitly a poor country. But it is a frustrated and frustrating place — with its “seen better days” culture, antiquated manias and obsessions, barely functioning bureaucracy, tepid economy and corrupt politicians.
2015. szeptember 10. 12:38
The refugees become a prop for Viktor Orban , the Hungarian prime minister, who has a fondness for dramatic scenes.
Better use the Warhols!2015. szeptember 10. 10:04
There's often a morsel of truth in what former US Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis says. For example, as she writes in her recent New York Times Op-Ed that on August 27th, the Austrian police did really find a freight truck on the highway to Vienna carrying 71 dead people. Sadly, this is the only point that Mrs. Kounalakis got right. Let's see, what really happened, why it happened and if it really has anything to do with Hungary or the Hungarian past.
2015. szeptember 9. 15:24
Those words of Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, are the first truthful and accurate analysis we have heard from any EU politician of the immigration catastrophe now engulfing our continent.
2015. szeptember 8. 10:55
Neither this country nor any of our European allies have made any significant intervention in Syria’s civil war. So why should Hungarians and Slovakians, Austrians and Poles be expected to bear such a significant responsibility for this?
2015. szeptember 7. 0:23
EU institutions have failed in the past to hold him accountable for trampling on Europe’s values – now is the time to do so.
2015. szeptember 6. 6:27
Calling the mostly Muslim refugees a threat to Europe’s “Christian roots,” Orbán has given voice to the fears of other European conservatives too shy to say such things aloud themselves.
2015. augusztus 11. 9:32
Last month, Viktor Orbán gave the most significant radical right speech in Europe of the past decades.
2015. július 27. 14:40
What is at stake today is Europe and the European way of life, the survival or extinction of European values and nations.
2015. július 9. 16:02
The decisions adopted at the EU summit at the end of June are in line with the interests of Hungary and the Hungarian people.
2015. április 13. 14:29
How can Jobbik not be either the model name of an IKEA bathroom cabinet or the title of a Phil Dick novel?
2015. január 3. 9:58
Beginning in 1949, for 5 years the CIA parachuted Ukrainian infiltrators into the region. To the Soviets it was as if the US were infiltrating guerrillas into Canada or Mexico.
2015. január 3. 9:58
A dirty story through and through, but in the tragic aftermath of this coup, the West has maintained the dominant narrative of “Russia in Crimea” whereas the true narrative is “USA in Ukraine”. The truth is not being aired in the West.
2014. december 13. 9:19
At the moment it is McCain who has done more to damage relations with Hungary than anything the unqualified nominee could have done while in Budapest.
2014. december 7. 23:21
If John McCain says that it is okay to overthrow an elected government and that it is lead by a neofascist dictator and you agree with it, it means that the only remaining way to determine who will rule over Hungarians is a civil war.
2014. december 4. 1:05
Democracy without respect for rule of law, separation of powers, and the protection of economic, civil, and religious liberties is not only inadequate, it is dangerous.
2014. december 1. 12:35
The most popular online news sites in Hungary, and around half of the main newspapers and broadcasters, are vehemently critical of the government. Something you cannot really call a totalitarian media landscape.
2014. november 27. 17:27
Probably the single most obvious lesson that can be drawn from Hungary is the importance of institutional design and, more particularly, just how bad the elite in charge of European integration has been at it.
2014. november 26. 15:14
Step by step they dismantled the system of checks and balances.
2014. november 14. 8:53
It’s Not Just about Hungary. The tightening in Washington’s strategy towards Budapest should also be treated as a signal to the new leadership of the European Commission.
2014. október 30. 11:13
The number one item on Orbán’s destroy list appears to be the western democratic model.
2014. október 3. 17:51
This is about decision makers' intent to take an oath on a common fate shared by all Hungarians: Jews and non-Jews alike.
2014. szeptember 24. 1:59
When your governments may try to pass oppressive laws, we’ll try to oppose them. When they try to cut off your funding, we’re going to try to give you a lifeline. And when they try to silence you, we want to amplify your voice.
2014. augusztus 15. 15:16
The 85-year-old Imre Kertész is a free man. He remained one during and despite both inhumane totalitarian dictatorships. And he still is. God bless him.
2014. augusztus 12. 15:43
In power since 2010 thanks to a series of electoral victories, he is a controversial figure in Europe because of his reforms.
2014. augusztus 7. 14:53
If Europe can’t defend democracy within its own borders, what, exactly, is its purpose?
2014. augusztus 1. 12:49
In a major speech last weekend, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban explained that his country is determined to build a new political model — illiberal democracy.
2014. július 29. 17:08
Hungarians looking for models from abroad should understand that even really troubled western European countries like Spain and Italy have considerably higher living standards than Russia.
2014. július 21. 10:43
In Hungary, as in Britain, Brussels-bashing wins votes.
2014. július 10. 14:02
In contrast to the left-liberal fringe, the significant majority of the Hungarian electorate expects representation of the Hungarian national interest and demands it from its elected leaders.
2014. július 4. 12:11
There are now somewhere around 50 room-escape games scattered throughout the Hungarian capital.
2014. június 30. 17:40
Yes, we were on our own with Hungary on this issue – and it was an important one.
2014. június 16. 14:01
In simple terms, the monument is there to memorialise all the victims of the 1944 occupation of Hungary, all of them without exception. And, to declare a personal interest, that includes me. An article by György Schöpflin, MEP.
2014. május 20. 12:40
Is Orban, like Horthy, doing the least he can to avoid a worse catastrophe, or is he secretly encouraging Jobbik and hastening disaster?
2014. április 24. 15:18
My previous visits to the city had been either in mid-summer or mid-winter when universities were not in session, so it was good to see just how much of a "student town" Kolozsvar really is, and also how much it is growing in that role.
2014. március 6. 17:52
The world needs a better understanding of Central Europe — and for that to happen Central Europe needs a better understanding of itself.
2014. március 4. 11:32
The active participation and even cooperation of Hungarian political, military, and police leaders in this dark time is undeniable; as is the reality of German pressure and occupation.
2014. február 28. 18:06
So we’re told that it’s a Hungarian translation of an article reportedly written by Kim Lane Scheppele – part one of five! – that appeared on a prestigious blog on The New York Times.
2014. január 31. 16:06
Hungary will hold parliamentary elections April 6, and there's a lot of talk out there about the new electoral system, some of it critical. I think you should get the factsand decide for yourself.
2014. január 29. 16:59
Viktor Orbán is one of the most debated figures of contemporary European politics.
2014. január 15. 11:37
Devecser, an environmental disaster zone in 2010, reinvents itself as a hub for sustainable energy.
2014. január 15. 11:30
Caravaggio to Canaletto, a stunning new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, celebrates glorious 17th- and 18th-century Italian paintings.
2013. november 25. 15:13
Skrabski’s film, financed with a grant from the Hungarian government, investigates the atrocities committed by Red Army soldiers during their takeover of Hungary in 1944 and 1945.
2013. augusztus 13. 16:52
Like Putin and Erdoğan, Orban also views politics as a zero sum game in which the winner takes all.
2013. augusztus 7. 15:09
The UK has culture skirmishes; Hungary has culture wars.
2013. július 22. 16:06
Hungary stands on its own two feet.
2013. július 17. 13:34
As a minister of state responsible for European affairs it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to read articles about Hungary without thinking of possible conspiracies aimed against my country, or suspecting the authors and the foreign politicians they quote of complete ignorance.
2013. június 11. 9:43
Hungary’s foreign minister, János Martonyi, Friday offered to make peace with Europe. He explained in a press conference that the Hungarian government would propose two new constitutional amendments to address European grievances.
2013. június 6. 15:40
Breeding rabbits, making honey wax candles and selling cobblestones shaped like Yeti-footprints are proving to be a formidable weapon in Hungary’s battle against unemployment.
2013. május 30. 10:59
The EU Commission announced this afternoon that it will recommend that Hungary, after nine years, exit the EU’s Excessive Deficit Procedure this summer.
2013. május 24. 12:15
They see us as a troublesome region with only a few positive and considerably more negative attributes.
2013. május 14. 11:38
I’m one of those people who believes that the biggest political threat Hungary currently faces is not right-wing extremism but the Orbán government’s trampling of the rule of law and property rights. But I am also a stickler for getting the story right, so I was unhappy to see that the underlying item Dempsey was tweeting around is at best misleading.
2013. május 13. 13:26
The Hungarian forint was until recently the currency everyone loved to hate as investors took fright at new management at the country’s central bank. But now it’s in turnaround mode.
2013. május 8. 12:23
Hopefully, Lauder’s apology will resolve what appears to have become a personal misunderstanding between the WJC president and the prime minister.
2013. május 6. 9:53
When the will of good people was at the fore here in Hungary, then Hungarians and Jews lived together in peace and prosperity.
2013. április 23. 10:34
Orbán faces criticism not only from the left – as to be expected – but from the centre-right too.
2013. április 22. 16:00
No wonder the Robespierres in the Jacobin Convention at Brussels are spewing hate.
2013. április 18. 17:08
Viviane Reding has a sense for politics, clearly. But if she aspires to become one of the leading figures of European politics – and in her straightforward way, she does – then she should demonstrate a sense for diplomacy too.
2013. április 18. 10:53
Thatcher was accused of snobbery by both Left and Right, but the charge was absurd, and in fact it was they who were the snobs.
2013. április 18. 9:20
Scheppele overstates her case against Hungary’s current legal order with inaccurate information and irresponsible accusations.
2013. április 17. 8:36
Hungary is popping up in the international media a lot these days. Today, I thought it would be interesting to hear what real, live Hungarians think about what they’re saying about Hungary. A video report.
2013. április 10. 10:15
What is at stake here is the nature of the European project and the ability of Europe to preserve our common and most precious commodity: democracy.
2013. április 10. 8:12
Thatcher held Hungary in a special regard among Warsaw Pact countries, choosing it as the site of her first official visit to the Eastern bloc in 1984.
2013. április 9. 11:33
Once Hungarians regain their ability to live in a fully democratic society with depoliticized courts, I plan to go back to the quiet world of scholarship from which I came.
2013. április 5. 13:09
Let us look in more detail at the allegations which appear in Verhofstadt’s text.
2013. április 5. 9:19
Without a more principled approach to democratic self-government, Orbán will slowly erode both the legitimacy and the prestige of the very democratic framework he worked so hard to establish.
2013. április 5. 9:12
Your campaign against Hungary based on distortions of facts and the free use of unsubstantiated opinions will not deter us from doing what we think is right for Hungary and the Hungarian people.
2013. április 4. 7:47
The word hysteria is much abused, but I can't come up with a more apt term to describe most of the media coverage regarding Hungary, particularly in Germany and France.
2013. április 3. 10:59
Gyorgy Kopits’s criticism of the central bank — while it harms the prestige of the independent central bank — also lacks credibility.
2013. március 28. 14:11
The institutional erosion in Budapest clearly violates the spirit of fundamental European values.
2013. március 27. 10:59
Lately, prestigious academics, policy-makers, and NGOs from around the world have expressed their concerns about the state of Hungarian democracy, especially when it comes to the new constitution.
2013. március 26. 12:57
Last week the Hungarian government, led by the prime minister’s Fidesz party, passed changes to the constitution. These amendments sparked warnings from European leaders that the new regulations risk contravening EU law as well as European democratic values.
2013. március 22. 7:53
Arguably the Soviets had an official state ideology that rationalized aggressive expansionism and imperialism far more readily than what guided diplomacy and military policy for the Western powers.
2013. március 19. 10:30
I think Orbán has scared off half of those who voted for him in 2010. His policies are not successful, and Hungary's economy contracted last year by almost two percent.
2013. március 14. 14:42
Viktor Orbán triggered alarm bells around Europe in 2011 when he used a two-thirds majority in parliament to push through a series of measures that concentrated political power.
2013. március 7. 11:45
Hungary’s top court had annulled a controversial law last year that reduced the number of officially recognised churches from more than 350 to little more than two dozen.
2013. március 5. 10:19
It is a real honor for me to be invited to testify for and about Hungary. A country, where I was born and where as a Jew I feel at home.
2013. március 3. 9:26
The government is now seeking revenge for the various defeats it has suffered by introducing into the Parliament a 15-page constitutional amendment that reverses its losses.
2013. február 19. 9:42
The full picture is not just about growth. Hungary has had to tackle problems stemming from decades of economic mismanagement, which will take time.
2013. február 18. 15:04
The New York Times published an article yesterday entitled, 'Students Receive Subsidized Studies in Hungary — for a Price.' University education in Hungary is a curious topic for this prominent daily newspaper, but the reporter, Peter Teffer, generally treated it even-handedly and quotes a variety of sources.
2013. február 12. 16:25
As described above, the university system as it exists of today is a regressive system.
2013. február 7. 14:35
The region’s ethnic Hungarians have been campaigning for greater autonomy, with Hoki Sport Club Csikszereda in the vanguard.
2013. február 6. 10:24
The left has found no response to the right's attacks on Gypsies, its virulent antisemitism and its xenophobic Christian nationalism.
2013. február 4. 17:40
Lifting the EU excessive deficit procedure against Hungary was one of the major topics discussed at the meeting between Viktor Orbán and José Manuel Barroso.
2013. január 30. 8:41
The 2012 Lantos Prize Winner Chen is the ultimate example of a courageous David facing down the Goliath of the Chinese state armed only with the smooth stones of justice and truth.
2013. január 28. 11:11
Hungary's fractured liberal opposition is moving closer to an alliance aimed at defeating conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
2013. január 25. 10:29
The move shows rising international pressure on Jobbik.
2013. január 16. 10:21
Orbán’s government has eliminated most checks and balances and deliberately created a state no longer constrained by the rule of law.
2013. január 15. 10:05
The forint neared the psychological level of 300 forints to the euro last week soon after Mr. Matolcsy’s remarks were published.
2013. január 11. 12:42
Matolcsy is the most controversial, so his comments have the greatest power to move markets.
2013. január 10. 10:18
One of the most widely discussed topics of 2012 was the Government of Hungary’s new law requiring voters to register in order to exercise their right to vote, which according to Hungary’s Constitutional Court would be unconstitutional, so it won’t happen in the near future.
2013. január 9. 10:23
Hungary remains in a wistful, toxic relationship with the nineteen-thirties, with a fantasy of Jewish conspiracy and national moral decline.
2013. január 7. 9:00
Fidesz decided to end its controversial push for voter registration, which is arguably the party’s most significant concession since it was elected to a two thirds majority in Parliament in 2010.
2013. január 7. 8:52
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made no secret of his reluctance to bow to IMF policy constraints in order to reach a loan agreement.
2013. január 7. 8:42
Critics have said that the law could deter people from registering to vote and lead to lower voter turnout.
2012. december 12. 12:02
For a country known for the majestic Danube River, rhapsodies by Liszt, ancient castles, the world’s best paprika and, of course, the Gabor sisters, Hungary still has an image problem.
2012. december 11. 9:47
Students of ELTE are holding a demonstration and student groups on Facebook are inviting others to rally in other cities during the week.
2012. december 7. 22:59
Is there anyone in this room who came to Hungary to build an honest business and would today choose to do it all over again here, rather than in some other place?
2012. december 5. 14:48
On Sunday, Dec. 2, thousands of Hungarians stood united against anti-Semitism at a protest rally in Budapest. Politicians from the ruling and opposition parties were there, too, speaking up against the controversial remarks by Márton Gyöngyösi.
2012. november 29. 16:27
When Márton Gyöngyösi, a member of the far-right Jobbik party, called in parliament for Hungarian Jews to be catalogued and screened as potential national security risks, it triggered a wave of revulsion and condemnation.
2012. november 22. 13:52
The worst performing minister was by far Hungary’s Gyorgy Matolcsy, followed by Luis de Guindos of Spain.
2012. november 22. 12:16
Krugman makes an argument for the importance of the legislative supermajority and defending the will of the majority of voters.
2012. november 19. 9:20
Hungary’s ruling center-right party, Fidesz, is eager to win back some far-right voters it lost to Jobbik, so it won’t push back.
2012. november 15. 8:52
The ritualized condemnation of Hungary is politically motivated bad-mouthing.
2012. november 14. 21:27
Gordon Bajnai makes Fidesz, Hungary’s ruling populist party, nervous. A mild-mannered businessman, he seems an unlikely David against the government’s Goliath.
2012. november 14. 13:47
If you haven’t read Ambassador György Szapáry’s open letter to David Kramer, president of Freedom House, I would strongly recommend it. While we would prefer to focus on the positive things happening in Hungary, we also feel it’s important to respond to criticism, particularly when it’s biased, misleading or inaccurate. And there’s been a lot of that.
2012. november 9. 15:11
Throughout the report, language is used that is subjective, full of political clichés, and has no direct relevance to democracy and freedom.
2012. november 7. 11:48
The point is that reasonable people may disagree about the right policy prescription for these times of economic crisis. And given the sometimes differing interests and objectives of the IMF and a government that must be accountable to its citizens, it’s perfectly understandable if the two parties sometimes disagree.
2012. október 30. 12:40
Last week, attention turned to an issue that will have important impact on Hungary’s economy: the European Union’s excessive debt procedure with Hungary.
2012. október 26. 10:13
The tens of thousands of demonstrators showed how polarised Hungarian society has become under the rule of the pugnacious prime minister Viktor Orban.
2012. október 10. 11:59
The messages Hungary is giving are mixed as to the talks with the IMF and the European Union that have now dragged on for 11 months.
2012. október 8. 13:39
"Ten million freedom fighters," Orbán says. "That has some advantages, but from the governmental side it’s difficult."
2012. október 3. 11:03
Thankfully the benefits of the internet are being felt more widely than ever. But to keep it safe while extending its reach, we need to relearn what it's actually for: open societies and free communication.
2012. október 1. 16:47
Last spring, when a Jobbik MP gave an antisemitic speech in parliament, he was fervently denounced by politicians of all stripes, and Prime Minister Viktor Orban reacted by inviting a prominent Budapest rabbi to parliament and pledging his government's support for the Jewish community.
2012. szeptember 24. 9:23
Does Hungary want a deal with the IMF or not? Based on the latest evidence, the answer is: Maybe, but not at the IMF’s price.
2012. szeptember 24. 9:05
Here in the United States, our voter registration rate is somewhere between 66 and 75 percent. But no one is going on a hunger strike over that.
2012. szeptember 21. 13:08
Hungary surprised markets last month by cutting its base rate, but the decision was opposed by Governor Andras Simor and central banks across the region have hesitated to relax policy, fearing it could destabilise their currencies.
2012. szeptember 21. 12:45
Hungarian regulators said on Thursday they had ordered the local unit of Austria's Raiffeisen bank to repay 289.5 million forints to customers who had been illegally charged currency conversion fees.
2012. szeptember 21. 9:47
Our ability to work together with Central Europe to promote democratic transitions abroad is rooted in our shared commitment to democratic values at home.
2012. szeptember 19. 13:36
The anniversary of Wallenberg’s birth comes at a convenient time for the Hungarian government.
2012. szeptember 19. 10:00
For Hungarians queuing up to work abroad, the government's promise to achieve a "fairy tale" of national prosperity soon is precisely that – more a fantasy than a realistic possibility.
2012. szeptember 19. 9:41
A lucky escape after being knocked from a bicycle in Budapest provided an unexpected opportunity to see inside the Hungarian health service.
2012. szeptember 18. 13:46
If the current wave of Republican criticism of Mitt Romney keeps up, here’s a suggestion for a replacement candidate: Viktor Orban.
2012. szeptember 18. 13:33
It seems that the veterans at the foreign ministry have been sidelined in favour of a new diplomatic side-channel set up by Viktor Orbán and his ultra-loyalist protégé Péter Szijjártó.
2012. szeptember 18. 13:22
Orbán told parliament the country did not need any new IMF deal on its own account – it’s the common currency that’s the problem.
2012. szeptember 17. 9:10
The country has passed new anti-corruption laws, but enforcement hasn’t followed.
2012. szeptember 17. 9:00
The dispute seems arcane, but in Hungary the passions behind it are running high — high enough that a former prime minister has begun a hunger strike over it.
2012. szeptember 17. 8:55
Hungary denies any suggestion that it traded Safarov for financial support. But, if truly enraged by Aliev's conduct, Hungary could choose to raise the issue's profile within the EU.
2012. július 23. 14:07
The trouble with Hungary is that it desperately wants to be like Austria, its old partner-in-empire, but is looking far too much like Greece.
2012. július 23. 14:01
The grounding in February of Malév, the Hungarian national airline, set alarm bells ringing in hotels in Budapest and beyond.
2012. július 23. 13:54
At a time when Europe is undergoing the deepest crisis since its foundation, it is shameful to see such double standards on display.
2012. július 23. 13:49
From the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to a French library’s dusty archives, remnants of Nazi Germany seem to be cropping up everywhere this week.