Articles by: György Lázár

Statue of the Galley Slaves in Debrecen.

The story of the Debrecen galley slaves

I grew up in the Hungarian city of Debrecen, about 150 miles east of the capital Budapest, near the Romanian border. Every day going to school I walked past the Statue of the Galley Slaves erected in the garden behind the Great Reformed Church. To be frank, I didn’t know the story of the column which was commissioned over a […]

by · September 18, 2018 · Culture
Russian President Putin and Hungary’s President Áder – close ties.

Hungarian President János Áder is scheduled to speak at anti-Trump climate event in California

Six years ago Donald Trump tweeted that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” In another tweet he made his views clear: “In the 1920’s people were worried about global cooling – it never happened. Now it’s global warming. Give me a break!” This US administration does not […]

by · September 13, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán and Vladimir Putin are having fun at the World Judo Championships 2017 in Budapest.

Don’t blame Obama for the Orbán-Putin love affair

A couple of days ago Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks in Budapest with the CEO of the Russian Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom), Alexey Likhachev. The Rosatom delegation discussed the Paks II nuclear power plant project. Rosatom, created by Russian President Putin in 2007, is considered (even by Russian standards) to be one of the most corrupt organizations in the […]

by · September 7, 2018 · East
Union ballots were printed in Hungarian.

Labor Day and Hungarian connections

Canada and the United States celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September. It is a public holiday and honors the workers who made these countries prosperous. The long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend is also the unofficial end of summer in North America. Canadians spell it Labour Day. It is rarely mentioned that Hungarian immigrants played an […]

by · September 3, 2018 · Culture
Mr. Eugene Megyesy, Senator McCain and PM Orbán in Budapest.

John McCain’s comments on Orbán and his own domestic political legacy

Senator John McCain was a towering figure of American politics, a warrior, a complex man with remarkable intellect and deep political insight. His political enemies, including President Trump, often attacked him by questioning his heroism in the Vietnam War. András Göllner paid his respects to the late Senator in a piece entitled “Thank you, Senator John McCain.” (Read here.) I […]

by · August 29, 2018 · Politics
National Holiday is celebrated with a Catholic Mass in Washington DC

National Holiday is celebrated with a Catholic Mass in Washington DC

I wrote last year about the importance of August 20th, Hungary’s National Holiday which is celebrated by Hungarians all over the world. (Read here.) August 20th is St. Stephen’s Day, when we remember Stephen I, the founder and first king of Hungary who ruled 1000-1038 and was canonized on August 20, 1083 by Pope Gregory VII. It has become an […]

by · August 24, 2018 · Diaspora
Hungary’s Mr. Tristan Azbej (left) claims that he discussed a “joint US-Hungarian humanitarian action” with Jared Kushner.  The White House didn’t confirm.

Jared Kushner, Erdogan and Hungary’s dubious program for persecuted Christians

On July 27 Deputy State Secretary Tristan Azbej tweeted his smiling photo with Jared Kushner. “Privilege to meet @jaredkushner, advisor (& son-in-law) to @realDonaldTrump and to receive acknowledgment for our program dedicated to aid the persecuted Christian communities. Mr. Kushner was supportive of the idea of joint US-Hungarian humanitarian action. #IRFMinisterial” Joint US-Hungarian humanitarian action? The White House has not […]

by · August 16, 2018 · Politics
Brancusi with Margit Pogány

The Romanian sculptor and his Hungarian muse

Hungarian and Romanian politicians, on both side of the border, often create and thrive on conflicts between the two nations. For example, this year on December 1, Romania will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of modern state. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has already declared in a speech on Romanian soil (!), at Tusványos that “we understand why […]

by · August 11, 2018 · Culture
Szeklers are not Hungarians.

“Szeklers are not Hungarians” – Budapest disagrees

Recently the Hungarian Academy of Sciences issued the statement: The dominant historical, archaeological, ethnographic and linguistic standpoints consider the Szeklers to be an integral part of the modern Hungarian nation in ethno-cultural terms. This is the latest in an ongoing debate about the Szeklers (Székelyek in Hungarian). In February 2013 demonstrators appeared in front of the Hungarian Consulate in the […]

by · August 1, 2018 · Diaspora, Politics
Orbán and Netanyahu in Budapest – good friends

Netanyahu’s new best friend is Holocaust falsifier Viktor Orbán

Israel’s Prime Minister and leader of the Likud party invited Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to visit. Authoritarian Orbán is generally not a welcome guest in the EU or North America; President Obama and Trump have never invited him to the White House. Mr. Orbán is creating a new history for Hungary, a heroic one. His regime has decided to downplay […]

by · July 22, 2018 · Antisemitism