Articles by: Christopher Adam

The future of the Hungarian Free Press

The future of the Hungarian Free Press

In the age of the Internet, we have become accustomed to free and plentiful access to news, analysis and information. Some sites have gone the route of online content available only to paying subscribers. I think of Élet és Irodalom in Hungary or the New York Times in the U.S. But at the end of the day, there is an […]

by · August 18, 2017 · Diaspora
Gábor Vona. Photo: Alfahír.

Jobbik leader calls on government to apologize to Roma community

Gábor Vona, leader of Hungary’s Jobbik party, is calling on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government to issue a formal apology to the Roma minority. He accuses the ruling Fidesz party of deliberately eliminating any possibility for upward social mobility within the country’s largest minority group. Speaking in the town of Eger, a few days after he confirmed in a television […]

by · August 17, 2017 · Politics
Viktor Orbán (left) with Robert Fico (right). Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák / MTI

Viktor Orbán loses an important ally in Europe

Robert Fico, Slovakia’s prime minister and a left-leaning politician not immune to populism, nationalism and euroscepticism, has distanced himself from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s hard-line anti-EU and anti-western rhetoric. Most crucially: Mr. Fico confirmed that for him, cooperation and a close alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Germany and President Emmanuel Macron’s France is more important than cooperation among the […]

by · August 16, 2017 · East
Szilárd Németh

Charlottesville — A Hungarian government politician blames the liberals

Szilárd Németh, a prominent parliamentarian affiliated with Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, knows who is to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia during a rally by neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan. In keeping with the politics of the Hungarian regime, Mr. Németh points the finger at “liberal fascists,” who bear full responsibility for the fatal events in […]

by · August 15, 2017 · Politics
European Banking Authority offices in London.

Hungary not interested in attracting EU institutions from London after Brexit

European Union institutions currently based in London, but scheduled to relocate following the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU, are coveted prizes for member states. EU members see these as an important source of new jobs, investment in the local economy and international stature. Hungary, however, is bucking the trend and is uninterested in attracting any EU institution from London […]

by · August 1, 2017 · Politics
The logos of Hungarian opposition parties.

Hungary’s left-centre opposition is in shambles 9 months before elections

Some of the smaller “new left”-style parties are planning a joint, mass protest for August 20th, Hungary’s national holiday, in support of investigative journalists who will become official targets of the Orbán government’s vitriol in the coming months. The small Együtt party is spearheading the demonstration along Budapest’s Szabad Sajtó (Free Press) boulevard, with support from Zugló Mayor Gergely Karácsony […]

by · July 27, 2017 · Politics
The view from the Great Mosque -- also called the Carol I mosque -- of Constanța and the Black Sea. Photo: Christopher Adam.

The Black Sea and beyond (Part 1): Religious diversity in Constanța

Sometimes in Canada we have a tendency to see ourselves as exceptional when it comes to our model of multiculturalism and diversity. Yet societies throughout the world have found ways to handle diversity for centuries. In late June, I spent a week travelling along the Black Sea Coast, visiting Romania and Bulgaria. I was fortunate to have a private guide […]

by · July 21, 2017 · East
Zsolt Császy. Photo: Eszter Garai-Édler.

The anatomy of a show trial – Zsolt Császy’s imprisonment (Part 2)

One of the hallmarks of the Orbán regime is the systemic and blatant nature of corruption involving key Fidesz political leaders, their oligarchs and the party’s media empire. In this context, one can only imagine how frustrating and infuriating it must be for someone like Zsolt Császy, the victim of a show trial, to have to serve a prison sentence […]

by · July 20, 2017 · Focus
Hungarian funding of Lebanese churches.

Hungary provides $1.7 million to restore Lebanon’s Christian churches

Hungary is spending $1.7 million (463 million forints) to help restore Christian churches in Lebanon, according to government records. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has instructed the Minister of the National Economy to transfer this amount, as the Hungarian government aims to help Lebanon’s Christian minority continue living in their own country and also wants to play a role in preserving […]

by · July 20, 2017 · Culture
Republikon poll results in Budapest (July 2017)

Budapest voters reject Fidesz, prefer left-liberal government in 2018

According to the results of the latest Republikon poll, this time exploring party preferences among Budapest residents, if it were just up to the Hungarian capital’s voters, Hungary would have a left-centre or liberal government following the spring 2018 elections. Fully 35% of all Budapest residents indicated that they prefer a new left-centre government, while 27% would rather see Prime […]

by · July 18, 2017 · Politics