Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

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Backsliding: Loss of freedom and populist authoritarianism in post-communist Hungary — The landscape in 2017

Summary Despite being a member of both NATO and the EU, Hungary today is no longer a free society or a functioning parliamentary democracy. The entire system of checks and balances has been demolished. The few democratic institutions that survive have been reduced to empty shells and do not sustain the rule of law. The country’s economic, political and cultural […]

by · June 23, 2017 · Focus
Ildikó Lendvai. Photo: Népszava

Ildikó Lendvai: The democratic left must not ally itself with Jobbik

Ildikó Lendvai, the former Chairperson of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Member of Parliament for twenty years (1994-2014), has been critical of her liberal and left-centre colleagues who believe that the only way to topple the authoritarian Orbán regime is to enter into a partnership with the once far-right, but now more moderate Jobbik party ahead of the 2018 […]

by · June 5, 2017 · Politics
Stephen Gergatz

Hungarian Consul acquitted

Stephen Gergatz, ex-honorary Hungarian Consul in New Orleans and Sarasota, made news in Hungary and abroad earlier this year, when he was arrested on Casperson Beach, in Florida. This month, Mr. Gergatz was acquitted on all charges, yet Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to distance itself from the former honorary consul, who was asked to resign following the incident. […]

by · May 31, 2017 · Diaspora
Team Raff design

Canada’s Victims of Communism memorial proceeds with new design

The Victims of Communism memorial, a monument initially spearheaded by Canada’s previous conservative government and a community group of Canadians of Eastern European and Asian origins called Tribute to Liberty, will proceed after the selection of a design by architect Paul Raff. The Toronto-based architect’s central design element is a massive arch, running from east to west, and comprised of […]

by · May 17, 2017 · Culture
Albert-László Barabási, Hungarian poet Sándor Kányádi and George Soros.

Albert-László Barabási: Academia under fire in Hungary

On 10 April, Hungarian President János Áder signed into law an amendment to the National Higher Education Law that would outlaw the Central European University (CEU). Although portrayed by the government as a purely administrative step, the “Lex-CEU” law is a strident attempt to curtail academic freedom and limit the independence of academic institutions. Accredited in both the United States […]

by · May 16, 2017 · Focus
György Schöpflin

George (György) Schöpflin, a Member of the European Parliament attacks CEU

Years ago George Schöpflin applied for a position at the Central European University (CEU) and was rejected. He didn’t get the job, and now he is attacking CEU by claiming that the university is illegitimate because it issues American diplomas without “American academic oversight.” 77 year old George (György) Schöpflin is a confidante of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and […]

by · May 12, 2017 · Politics
Isabelle Poupart

Canada’s ambassador to Hungary issues statement on endangered academic freedom

Isabelle Poupart, Canada’s ambassador to Hungary, issued what was perhaps the most unequivocal statement yet from the Government of Canada on the Orbán regime’s attacks against academic freedom and its on-going attempt to shut down Central European University. The Budapest regime’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, summoned Ambassador Poupart, asserting that the Canadian diplomat made “false accusations” and adding […]

by · May 5, 2017 · Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Canada’s New Democratic Party has serious concerns about erosion of democracy in Hungary

Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) expressed its serious concerns about the state of democracy in Hungary in a comment provided to the Hungarian Free Press. The comment was made by Hélène Laverdière, the NDP’s Critic for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for the riding of Laurier – Sainte-Marie. HFP asked Ms. Laverdière to comment on  the many rule of […]

by · May 2, 2017 · Politics
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Viktor Orbán agrees to amend anti-CEU law after threat from European People’s Party

Hungary intends to adhere to every request made by the European Commission, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán confirmed on Saturday, in what was a reportedly heated, tense meeting with the European People’s Party, of which Fidesz is a member.  The EPP had reportedly raised the possibility of suspending Fidesz membership in the conservative parliamentary group if Mr. Orbán does not amend […]

by · April 29, 2017 · Politics
La Presse

Canada’s La Presse publishes feature on “Hungarian regime” and war against civil society

Canada’s largest French-language newspaper, La Presse, published a feature piece entitled “Michael Ignatieff engaged in a battle against the Hungarian regime” (Michael Ignatieff engagé dans un combat contre le Régime hongrois) and interviewed Professor András Göllner, a Hungarian Free Press contributor, as part of its story on proposed legislation aimed at shuttering Budapest’s Central European University (CEU). Professor Göllner told La […]

by · April 3, 2017 · Politics