Articles by: Christopher Adam

Ms. Grässle (right) smiles as she rides Mr. Orbán's vintage train.

EU financial inspectors find everything in order with train in Orbán’s village

Despite three days of government-propagated hysteria and accusations surrounding the visit of nine inspectors from the European Parliament to examine how EU funds have been spent in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán can rest easy. The inspectors confirmed that from the perspective of how EU funds were spent on a vintage train, a project that has been the target of […]

by · September 20, 2017 · Politics
Bálint Magyar at Concordia University: Hungary as a mafia state

Bálint Magyar at Concordia University: Hungary as a mafia state

Bálint Magyar, Hungary’s former Minister of Education and author of the book Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary, gave a well-attended talk at Concordia University in Montreal on September 11, 2017. The lecture was hosted by the Department of Political Science and moderated by a familiar voice from HFP, namely Professor András Göllner. The discussion focused on how one might […]

by · September 18, 2017 · Focus
Thank you!

Thank you!

A month ago, we published a note to our readers about the nearly $5,000 cost associated with maintaining the Hungarian Free Press and its sister publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. It was so encouraging to see how many of our readers decided to contribute to the preservation of these publications. Over the past month, we have received $4,000 in contributions […]

by · September 13, 2017 · Diaspora
László Brenzovics

Hungarian language education in peril in Ukraine — And echoes in Québec

Ukraine’s parliament accepted a law this week, which has been widely condemned by political parties of all stripes in Hungary and by ethnic Hungarian community leaders in Ukraine. If Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs into law the bill accepted by legislators, Hungarian children in western Ukraine will no longer be able to study in Hungarian beyond Grade 4. Ukraine’s Minister of […]

by · September 9, 2017 · East
Viktor Orbán on Kossuth Radio, in Budapest, on September 8, 2017 /
MTI. Tibor Illyés

Viktor Orbán accepts EU ruling on migrant quotas, attacks western colonial powers

After 48 hour of offering no commentary whatsoever on a ruling by the European Court of Justice that dismissed both Hungary’s and Slovakia’s complaints about equitably resettling mostly Syrian refugees among EU member states, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán finally spoke to the issue in his usual Friday morning radio interview. The usually loquacious Hungarian prime minister was frugal with his […]

by · September 8, 2017 · Politics
The stone church in the former Hungarian settlement of Kaposvar, SK, now part of the town of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. The church is a pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics.

The Hungarian language in Canada, according to the 2016 Census

The language statistics of the 2016 Census were in the news a few weeks ago, after an error by Statistics Canada showed an unexpected increase in the number of English-speakers in the French-majority province of Québec. Before the error was discovered, the reported growth of the English community sparked the usual nationalist consternation among some Québec politicians about the “threat” […]

by · September 7, 2017 · Diaspora
Mr. Orbán and President Aliyev sign a strategic partnership in Budapest in 2014. Photo: MTI.

Hungary appears to have sold Azeri axe murderer for $7 million

Documents uncovered this week suggest that the Orbán government’s motivation for handing back to Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov, the Azeri axe murder convicted of killing an Armenian army lieutenant in Hungary, may have been financial gain. In 2012, Hungary earned global scorn for transferring the murderer to a country where he was welcomed as a hero. Here in Ottawa, Canada, the […]

by · September 6, 2017 · Focus
A proposed design for Hungarian euro coins by Anev Kámen.  This includes: the insignia of St. Stephen, the Hungarian national shield,  Albert Szent Györgyi, Lajos Kossuth, Béla Bartók, the parliament, the Puli dog breed, the Rubik cube and Ferenc Puskás.

Should Hungary adopt the euro?

A growing list of prominent Hungarians, including conservatives, are supporting an initiative to launch a national referendum on the adoption of the euro in Hungary. More accurately, the proposed referendum is actually about Hungary joining the EU’s Exchange Rate Mechanism, which is the first formal step in having the euro replace the forint as Hungary’s currency. (The Fundamental Law does […]

by · September 5, 2017 · Politics
Viktor Orbán enjoys a pint of beer at the Kötcse picnic. Photo: Viktor Orbán's Facebook page.

Border fence and anti-migrant rhetoric central to Orbán’s 2018 campaign

At a weekend picnic of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party and its propagandists within the media world and educational sector, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán warned: the most important question in the April 2018 national elections is whether the country will be able to defend its border fence against some 60 million migrants that he anticipates will leave Africa and try to […]

by · September 4, 2017 · Politics
Károly Makk

Remembering Károly Makk — Hungary loses a prominent film director

Károly Makk was a Hungarian film director and screenwriter of international stature, comparable to Miklós Jancsó or Péter Bacsó, who brought postwar Hungarian cinema to European and western audiences. Károly Makk died at age 92, on August 30th, 2017. At the time of his death, he served as the president of the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and the Arts. Born […]

by · August 30, 2017 · Culture