Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

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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
Dániel Deák: Declaration of Protest and Appeal against attack on CEU

Dániel Deák: Declaration of Protest and Appeal against attack on CEU

By amending the Higher Education Act (through bill No. T/14686), the Hungarian government attacks the “Central European University“ on three points at least: – CEU is not substantiated by an international treaty, as required by the new law, since the basis of its foundation was not a special agreement made with the Hungarian government, but simply the possibility arising from […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Politics
Karl Pfeifer

The Orbán regime takes Horthy’s Hungary as an example

I have known the dark ages of Hungary. As a child, during World War Two, I experienced first-hand Hungarian ultra-nationalism and anti-Semitism. I managed to avoid deportation and murder in Auschwitz by fleeing to Palestine in 1943, along with 49 other Jewish children. Decades later, I returned to Hungary during the years of Communism. As a journalist writing for major […]

by · March 22, 2017 · Antisemitism
Kossuth bust at the Rotunda of the US Capitol building in Washington DC.

150 Years of Influence of Louis Kossuth, Governor-President of Hungary

March 15th is a Hungarian National Holiday. It commemorates the Revolution of 1848 led by Louis (Lajos) Kossuth, which grew into a war of independence against Habsburg rule. We commemorate this National Holiday with the 2002 speech of Hungarian Ambassador to the United States Géza Jeszenszky. It was included in the Congressional Record by Congressman Tom Lantos. Lantos wrote: “Since […]

by · March 15, 2017 · Focus