Articles by: Christopher Adam

Open Society Foundations funding in Hungary

The demonized Open Society Foundations to leave Hungary

After investing $400 million in Hungary since 1994, the Open Society Foundations of George Soros have announced that they are closing their offices in Budapest and are relocating to Berlin. The decision comes on the heels of a relentless anti-Soros campaign on the part of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government, the highly controversial publication of a list of so-called Hungarian […]

by · April 20, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán to Mr. Trump's left.

Hungary uses Israeli lobbying firm to mend fences with United States

The Orbán government had high hopes that the election of Donald Trump as president would lead to improved bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States–relations that had very much deteriorated since 2010, after Fidesz took power. The Orbán government had been paying Washington lobbyist Connie Mack around $112,000 per month, primarily to secure a much coveted Oval Office visit […]

by · April 19, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Szigetvári in his last ATV interview.

Viktor Szigetvári’s exit interview

After more than a decade and a half in Hungarian politics, Viktor Szigetvári is leaving the political arena and potentially even Hungary. He gave a self-reflective, candid and elegant interview on ATV in the days after the election. It was devoid of any political spin. Mr. Szigetvári launched his career not as a front-line politician, but as a political strategist. […]

by · April 16, 2018 · Politics
An estimated 100,000, mostly young Hungarian protest in Kossuth Square, spilling over into Alkotmány utca. Photo: Index.

Some 100,000 Hungarians demand new, fair elections in Budapest protest

An estimated 100,000 Hungarians–mostly young adults–filled Kossuth Square and spilled over into Alkotmány utca on Saturday to issue two overarching demands. First, they are demanding new elections–based on a fully free and fair electoral system. Second, they scolded the opposition for their inability to field a single candidate against Fidesz in every electoral district and demanded full cooperation against the […]

by · April 14, 2018 · Focus
The Soros mercenary list in Figyelő. Photo: Tamás Botos / 444

Fidesz begins intimidation campaign against civil society with Soros mercenary list

Attila Chikán, the Minister of the Economy during the initial years of the first Orbán government (1998-2002), broke down in tears on live television Thursday night. He was one of hundreds of mostly private Hungarian citizens who were listed in the Figyelő propaganda weekly as being “mercenaries of Soros.” Barely 11 years ago, on the nineteenth anniversary of Fidesz, Viktor Orbán […]

by · April 13, 2018 · Politics
Magyar Nemzet, with the news of Jobbik leader Gábor Vona resigning on its cover.

Hungary’s Magyar Nemzet newspaper to shut down and Heti Válasz weekly in crisis

Hungary’s largest circulation national daily newspaper, Magyar Nemzet, announced that it is ceasing publication–both in print and online. A few hours later we learned that a 26 year old politician whose mother happens to be Viktor Orbán’s ally and historian, has the millions of euros at his disposal, through a family inheritance, needed to buy the country’s main daily newspaper, […]

by · April 10, 2018 · Politics
Hungary’s new parliament and the decimation of the opposition

Hungary’s new parliament and the decimation of the opposition

Monday morning — mere hours after an election that returned Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz with a two thirds majority — the knives were already out for Gábor Vona of Jobbik. Mr. Vona offered his resignation after his party’s disappointing performance. Jobbik is now solidly Hungary’s second largest party, but his strategy of moderating the party and moving it to […]

by · April 9, 2018 · Politics
Socialist - Párbeszéd alliance affixes a sign to the Liberty Statue overlooking Budapest at the break of dawn.

Elections Hungary live: FIDESZ wins two thirds super majority amidst historic turnout

Welcome to our on-going coverage of Hungary’s national elections. It’s an election that is already making history due to the recording-breaking numbers of Hungarians heading to the polls. Voting stations across Hungary’s 106 electoral districts close as 7:00 PM Budapest time (1:00 PM EDT) and the first election results should start coming in one hour after that. Here at HFP, […]

by · April 8, 2018 · Politics
Hungarian election polling stations open in the Americas

Hungarian election polling stations open in the Americas

Polls in Hungary’a national elections have opened in North and South America, including in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Bogota and a handful of other major cities. Polling stations have been set up at Hungarian embassies and consulates for citizens who have a permanent address in Hungary and who may vote in person on both the national […]

by · April 7, 2018 · Politics
Source: Publicus.hu

New Publicus poll — Fidesz losing support, hung parliament possible with high turnout

Pollsters in Hungary might have some explaining to do after Sunday’s elections. A new poll by Publicus published Thursday seems to largely contradict a poll released Wednesday by Medián, which had predicted a two-thirds majority for Fidesz, thanks to what they believe is the successful mobilization of pro-Orbán voters. According to Publicus, however, Fidesz support is dropping and pro-government voters […]

by · April 5, 2018 · Politics