Articles by: György Lázár

Ms. Szemerkényi, Mr. King (in the middle) and Mr. Szijjártó at the opening of the new Hungarian Embassy in Washington DC.

Rep. Steve King endorses Orbán’s struggle against “mixing cultures”

In a series of tweets Republican Congressman Steve King declared his desire to import Prime Minister Orbán’s ideas to the United States. “Diversity is not our strength,” King tweeted. “Assimilation has become a dirty word to the multiculturalist Left. Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength.” Mr. King linked an article published by the Voice of Europe that quoted Hungarian […]

by · December 11, 2017 · Politics
AfD supporters love Mr. Orbán.

AfD and Orbán – a love affair

In September Christian Lüth, the press spokesman for the far right German parliamentary party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), declared their candidate for the Charlemagne Prize to be Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister. The Charlemagne Prize is given for “Distinguished service on behalf of European unification.” How is it possible that the anti-Muslim, pro-Putin AfD party would give this European award […]

by · December 8, 2017 · Politics
Susan Hutchison at the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC

Washington state GOP leader Hutchison is a possible candidate for Ambassador to Hungary

In February, the Hungarian Lobby, an on-line Hungarian American group run by Béla Lipták published a letter from 33-year-old Allison Pataki, the daughter of ex-Governor George Pataki. Lipták thought that Allison could make a viable candidate to serve as Trump’s future Ambassador to Hungary. Allison responded that she was „honored and humbled. Unfortunately at this time in my life with […]

by · December 6, 2017 · Politics
Sir Roger Scruton in Budapest with Mr. Marion Smith (right) of the Common Sense Society.

Sir Roger Scruton, Hungary’s Jewish “intelligentsia” and the “Soros network”

I’m starting to think that Sir Roger Scruton, the highly regarded 73-year-old English philosopher and writer, has had some influence on the anti-Soros campaign in Hungary. Scruton’s primary interests are aesthetics and political philosophy, particularly in the “furtherance of traditionalist conservative views.” He is also a frequent visitor to Budapest and many of his articles and interviews are re-published in […]

by · December 1, 2017 · Antisemitism
Béla Bunyik (in sunglasses) and Los Angeles Consul General of Hungary Mr. Tamás Széles.

The Post-Communist Mafia State at the Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles

Three years ago I wrote about a cherished Californian tradition; the Hungarian Film Festivals in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For many years these events were interesting and entertaining, and the organizers presented an array of films, features, documentaries and shorts. (Read here about past festivals.) The “father” of the Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival is Béla Bunyik. He came […]

by · November 21, 2017 · Culture
Nikolic is giving an interview to a Serbian TV station

Nemanja Nikolic and Orbán’s attack on “mixed marriages”

This past October Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, listed these mortal dangers facing the Hungarian nation: “assimilation, the adoption of other languages and mixed marriages.” (Read here.) Almost a century ago Hungarian nationalists thundered that Hungary was a lonely island in the “Slav Ocean” and warned that its unique language and culture would be swallowed by its neighbors. Now Budapest […]

by · November 14, 2017 · Culture
Josh Frydenberg (left) and Prime Minister Turnbull in the Australian Parliament.

Australia’s Prime Minister Turnbull speaks about Hungarian atrocities during the Holocaust

Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister, is angry. He says those who accuse his energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, of being a dual Australian-Hungarian citizen just do not understand the history of the Hungarian Holocaust. Josh Frydenberg’s mother Erica Strauss was born in 1943 in the Budapest ghetto. That is where the fascists had pushed all the Jews in together, as […]

by · November 7, 2017 · Focus
Thank you to Konrád Rigó for commemorating the Slovak National Uprising

Thank you to Konrád Rigó for commemorating the Slovak National Uprising

Last summer Konrád Rigó, a 38-year-old ethnic Hungarian and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture in Slovakia, gave a speech on Slovakia’s National Day. Mr. Rigó, who is a member of the Most-Híd party spoke at Dunajská Streda (Dunaszerdahely in Hungarian) explaining how sons of many nations fought with the partisans during World War II. In addition to […]

by · November 1, 2017 · East
Armenian community protest in California,

Armenian community protests Lajos Kósa’s visit in Los Angeles

Lajos Kósa, the Orbán government’s Minister in charge of the Modern Cities Program, gave a speech on the evening of October 22 at the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles and the local Armenian community was called to demonstrate in front of the building. The protesters labelled the Orbán government as “morally bankrupt,” adding that it “brings shame to all […]

by · October 26, 2017 · Diaspora
Mayor Bogdán and Consul General Ferenc Kunim (right) - friendly cooking in New York.

Hungary’s government media discredits mayor of Cserdi, László Bogdán

This is a case study of Hungary’s government sponsored “mob journalism.” Within weeks the celebrated mayor László Bogdán, Hungary’s successful Roma leader, has become an enemy of the people. David Kostelancik, the top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about disappearing independent media outlets. He has said that the remaining independent media “face pressure and intimidation.” “Government allies have […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Politics