Articles by: Christopher Adam

Security hired by Csepel. Photo: 24.hu / János Marjai.

Hungarian authorities physically assault the homeless in Budapest

In Hungary, it’s not actually the police that are tasked with brutality, but rather private security firms hired by local governments or national institutes and ministries. I witnessed this first hand in 2016 (and I reported on this phenomenon in HFP at the time). This week we learned that the practice of outsourcing police brutality to the private sector is […]

by · November 2, 2018 · Politics
István Bajkai distributes free milk in 2018.

Hungary to extend EP voting rights to diaspora and politicians may legally buy votes

Some 80,000 Hungarian citizens who live outside the European Union will be given voting rights for the upcoming 2019 European elections to elect a new European Parliament. Zsolt Semjén announced the proposed amendment to Hungary’s electoral laws, which also included one other change: politicians will be permitted to give various gifts to voters during election campaigns and this will no […]

by · October 21, 2018 · Politics
Levente Magyar

Has Ukraine put Hungarians on a “death list”?

The increasingly bitter diplomatic conflict between Hungary and Ukraine reached a new level this week, when Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Levente Magyar said that Ukraine has compiled a “death list” of Hungarians living in Transcarpathia (Western Ukraine). Mr. Magyar added that on the website of Ukraine’s parliament, people are advocating for the mass deportation of those ethnic Hungarians […]

by · October 10, 2018 · East
Beáta Mária Barnabás. Photo: 
MTA - Tamás Szigeti.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences rejects conference proposals on political grounds

In the increasingly surreal world that is Hungary in 2018, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has banned two presentations that would have formed part of an annual series of events where scholars present their research to broader, often non-academic audiences. The series, entitled “Give a Night to the Sciences” (in Hungarian: “Adjon egy estét a tudománynak!”) is scheduled for November […]

by · October 2, 2018 · Culture
Orbán regime shuts down conservative Századvég journal

Orbán regime shuts down conservative Századvég journal

The conservative Századvég journal, unwavering in its loyalty to the government of Viktor Orbán for the past eight years, had its most recent issue deleted from the internet and its editors fired for publishing an article that was critical of the manner in which the current government handles the question of benefit programs and public salaries. The journal’s current issue […]

by · September 25, 2018 · Politics
Árpád Szakács

Viktor Orbán reportedly orders Fidesz “mujahid” Árpád Szakács to stop culture war

Our readers may recall the Magyar Idők propagandist Árpád Szakács, who launched a series of articles aimed at “exposing” the many artists, musicians and authors deemed to be liberal who have in some way received support from the current Hungarian state, claiming as well that they had an unfair advantage and were engaged in a conspiracy to indoctrinate people through […]

by · September 19, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán in the European Parliament.

Orbán regime condemned — European Parliament accepts the Sargentini Report

By a margin of 448 to 197, and with 48 members abstaining, the European Parliament accepted the Sargentini Report on the demise of democracy, systemic corruption and the attack on fundamental European values in Hungary by the ruling Orbán regime. With this, the issue of what to do with the rogue member state moves to the European Council, where representatives […]

by · September 12, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán addressing the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Will Hungary’s Fidesz be expelled from the European People’s Party?

It turns out that Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s hard right chancellor, was an agent of George Soros all along. He must have also been an adept confidence trickster to so successfully mislead his Hungarian fans up until now.  Supporters of the Orbán regime are being fed a new narrative Tuesday morning, after the Austrian leader indicated that he supports enacting Article […]

by · September 11, 2018 · Politics
Hungarians celebrate Vladimir Putin and Russian influence on the streets of Budapest. Photo: MTI.

Russian spy chief, oligarchs and Kremlin operatives accessed Hungarian cash-for-residency program

Hungary served as a key gateway to the European Union for a growing number of Russian spies, oligarchs and Kremlin political operatives, thanks to the sale of residency bonds between 2013 and 2017. A joint investigative report by the 444 news site, Direkt36 and Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, published in both Hungarian and English, shows that Russian citizens who should have […]

by · September 10, 2018 · Politics
Samuel Hammond

Has Hungary launched the greatest pro-natalist experiment in modern world history?

The current issue of the National Review, an American conservative biweekly magazine, carries an essay by Samuel Hammond entitled “Born in Hungary–What Budapest’s pro-natalist politics can teach social conservatives” (August 27, 2018, pgs. 18-22). Mr. Hammond is a policy analyst at a libertarian think tank in Washington, DC called the Niskanen Center and his work focuses specifically on issues of poverty […]

by · September 3, 2018 · East