Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

You Rang, M’lord?

You Rang, M’lord?

“To fall with my corpse: it is the servant’s business.”  (Endre Ady) Who seriously thinks today that power and fairness are compatible? How many in our country share the saying attributed to Lincoln: „If you want to test a man’s character, give him power” What became of those who were given power in their hands? Regimes based on unlimited personalist […]

by · May 16, 2020 · Focus
Viktor Orbán and Donald Tusk (left) - tense relations.

Tusk calls Orbán a Nazi, Sikorski calls him a loser – gloves are off

Oh boy!  This kind of mano-a-mano fistfight is rarely seen even in the murky and often tumultuous politics of Central Europe. Donald Tusk ex-Prime Minister of Poland is the current Chairman of European People’s Party (EPP). Tusk in an interview to Der Spiegel called Orbán the follower of Nazi philosopher, Carl Schmitt.   He said “We have seen many times in […]

by · April 26, 2020 · Politics
Secretary of State Pompeo refers to Orbán as a “bad actor” and a danger to democracy

Secretary of State Pompeo refers to Orbán as a “bad actor” and a danger to democracy

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Remarks to the Press (from the official transcript) 04/07/2020 02:34 PM ED Washington, D.C. QUESTION:  How concerned are you about leaders using coronavirus to weaken democracies in their countries?  There is this specific example of Hungary, which the State Department has commented on.  Are you seeing that elsewhere, and what tools does the U.S. Government have […]

by · April 19, 2020 · Politics
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Hungarian Rhapsody 2020 – Open Letter Campaign

In early April 2020, three civil societies released an Open Letter to the European Commission in response to Hungary’s so called Authorisation Laws adopted under the disguise of the government’s handling of the COVID pandemic. The letter is intended to express the frustration of 51% of Hungarian voters who in 2018 did not authorize Viktor Orban to continue to hold […]

by · April 16, 2020 · Politics
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (left) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger’s statement on the situation in Hungary.

The Hungarian Parliament recently passed the Enabling Act to extend the Prime Minister’s power.  Viktor Orbán is using the coronavirus crisis to grab nearly unlimited power for an indefinite period. The Enabling Act brings up painful memories in Germany.  In 1933 the German Reichstag (Diet) passed a similar Enabling Act (Ermächtigungsgesetz) which enabled Hitler’s government to issue decrees independently of the […]

by · April 2, 2020 · Politics
U.S. scholarships and grants in Hungarian Studies for 2020

U.S. scholarships and grants in Hungarian Studies for 2020

The American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA) has three scholarships and grants available this year and we are pleased to share information on these with readers of the Hungarian Free Press. The deadline for each grant is February 15, 2020 and we recommend that you contact AHEA directly with any questions on these funding opportunities. Please see below for further information […]

by · January 24, 2020 · Culture
Questions of Colonialism and Victimhood in Hungarian History and Society

Questions of Colonialism and Victimhood in Hungarian History and Society

The Hungarian Studies Association of Canada invites proposals for individual papers, posters, roundtable discussions, workshops, complete panels, and other innovative presentations and sessions for our annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Western Ontario, May 31-June 2, 2020. As in years past we will consider proposals on any […]

by · December 3, 2019 · Diaspora
A Statement from Scarlett Johansson

A Statement from Scarlett Johansson

On September 24 the Hungarian Free Press reported that Hungary’s government-controlled press widely distributed photos of Budapest Mayor István Tarlós with American filmstar Scarlett Johansson. From the misleading caption Hungarian readers might have concluded that the popular filmstar endorsed Tarlós. (Read the article here.) Now Johansson issued a statement–and it’s particularly relevant as Hungarians across the country vote in local […]

by · October 13, 2019 · Politics
Eight U.S. Senators are concerned by pro-Putin Hungary

Eight U.S. Senators are concerned by pro-Putin Hungary

Eight U.S. senators, all democrats, have sent a letter to US Ambassador David Cornstein, calling on him to uphold American democratic values and security interests when dealing with the autocratic regime of Viktor Orbán. Among the prominent signatories is Bernie Sanders, currently running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. We are sharing this strongly worded letter dated 24 September […]

by · September 27, 2019 · Politics
Eighty-two year old Hungarian-born Ernie Konnyu is considering a run for Congress

Eighty-two year old Hungarian-born Ernie Konnyu is considering a run for Congress

Eighty-two year-old Hungarian-born Ernie Konnyu (Könnyű) is contemplating a run for Congress in the 45th Congressional District, Orange County, California.  He is asking for help from the Hungarian American community. We wrote about Mr. Konnyu in the past. As a Republican, he represented California’s 12th congressional district from 1987 to 1988 but was not re-nominated by his party after sexual harassment allegations […]

by · September 2, 2019 · Diaspora