Articles by: György Lázár

President Roosevelt on horseback

Roosevelt, Mikszáth and St. Peter’s Umbrella

This is a wonderful and true story.  Some of you might have heard it. After serving for eight years as US President Theodore Roosevelt opted not to run for a third term in 1908.  Two years later, he decided to take a trip to Europe and in April 1910 he visited Hungary. Roosevelt was especially interested in horse breeding and […]

by · June 6, 2020 · Culture
Far-right Trianon rally at the Romanian Embassy in Budapest.

Trianon commemoration has no place in North America

Many of us in North America are surprised (and dismayed) by the recent revival of Trianon symbolism in Budapest.  It is part of the Orbán Government’s attempt to re-establish Miklós Horthy’s far-right nationalism of the last century. Several events were planned in Budapest on June 4, the 100th anniversary of the Trianon Treaty. Due to the pandemic some have been […]

by · May 31, 2020 · Diaspora
Hospital ventilator unit - total cost $30-40,000 per bed.

Coronavirus, incompetence and suspected fraud in authoritarian Hungary

Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s young minister of foreign affairs & trade is responsible for purchasing protective gear for his country’s fight against the coronavirus epidemic.  Szijjártó organized an air bridge to China and over 100 WizzAir flights brought back gear for the “battle,” as he calls it. According to government sources Hungary has so far received over 131 million masks, 1,928,695 protective […]

by · May 23, 2020 · Politics
President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky pays respect to the victims of fascism

Ukraine’s President sends message to Viktor Orbán on the Day of Victory over Nazism

In a speech on the Day of Victory over the Nazis, in the city of Uzhhorod (Ungvár in Hungarian) Ukraine’s young and photogenic president sent a not so subtle message to Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.   Volodymyr Zelensky talked about the “expulsion of invaders” from Zacarpathia, a clear reference to the illegal 1939 occupation of the area by Hungarian ruler […]

by · May 12, 2020 · Politics
Don Shula

Don Shula, legendary Hungarian American NFL head coach dies at 90

Donald Francis Shula, a Hall of Fame NFL coach who led the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl titles, has died. He was 90. The team issued a statement that Shula passed away peacefully at his home.  “Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years. He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and […]

by · May 7, 2020 · Diaspora
Viktor Orbán and Klaus Iohannis (right) - the smiles are gone

Meet Orbán’s enemy of the week: Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis

Carl Schmitt, the influential fascist German philosopher of the last century wrote that it is a waste of time to conduct politics through discussion, civilized debate and negotiation.  That is a “liberal idea.”  Schmitt believed that politics is a realm of struggle.  As he phrased it, “political actions and motives can be reduced to the struggle between friend and enemy.” […]

by · May 3, 2020 · Politics
Pastor Gábor Nitsch (left) with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in 2018.

Coronavirus at the Bethlen Communities in Ligonier, Pennsylvania

First, we wish the best to the residents, caretakers and management of the Bethlen Communities in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, and we sincerely hope that the community will fare well with the virus epidemic. On their Facebook page the Communities posted a Happy Easter greeting this year, yet the holiday was not a happy occasion.  On April 6 the organization announced that […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Diaspora
Hungary is a hydroxychloroquine world power

Hungary is a hydroxychloroquine world power

President Trump is advocating the use of a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus.  Scientifically there is no conclusive evidence that the treatment is effective and there are reported cases when it has harmed patients.   Yet the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized emergency use of the medicine for severely ill coronavirus patients who are already in […]

by · April 11, 2020 · Politics
Mr. Zsolt Németh (left) and Viktor Orbán.  Németh has lost influence in his Fidesz party.

Hungarian politician attacks Republican Senator James Risch of Idaho

Mr. Zsolt Németh, a politician in Hungary’s Fidesz party and leader of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has launched a bizarre attack against Republican Senator James Risch of Idaho. Senator Risch recently criticized the erosion of democratic institutions in Hungary: “I am very concerned by today’s news that Hungary will be indefinitely ruled by executive fiat. The Hungarian Parliament, controlled […]

by · April 6, 2020 · Politics
Bratislava Airport

A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

We published a piece about Hungarian-language announcements in California that „Slovakia” was organizing a March 25 non-stop charter flight from Washington DC to Bratislava.  Stranded Hungarian citizens could also buy one-way tickets for 1,100–2,500 EUR depending on travel class and “Slovakia” would also consider charter flights from Florida and California. (Read here) The announcement also appeared on the website of the […]

by · March 30, 2020 · Diaspora