Articles by: Christopher Adam

András Aradszki in parliament.

Hungarian Christian Democrat MP declares that Soros is Satan incarnate

On Monday, András Aradszki, a Member of Parliament and State Secretary for Energy with the Fidesz-ally Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), gave a speech in the national legislature entitled “It is a Christian duty to fight against the Satan/Soros plan.” Mr. Aradszki was speaking about how he believes that Satan is planning his most serious attack yet, which will target […]

by · October 9, 2017 · Politics
Bishop Miklós Beer, one of the five organizers.

Hungarian Catholics and media personalities join to defend “borders of a humane society”

A petition spearheaded by a Catholic bishop, a prominent musician, two television personalities and a Catholic blogger has attracted more than 5,000 signatures in just one day. The petition was launched by Bishop Miklós Beer, musician András Hajós, TV host Alinda Veiszer, television personality Gábor Takács Gundel and the founder of the Christian Szemlélek blog, István Gégény. In this petition, the […]

by · October 8, 2017 · Politics
The proposed MOL Tower.

Budapest skyscraper sparks controversy

One of Budapest’s hallmarks is the Hungarian capital’s lack of skyscrapers, which has preserved the city’s unique and historic skyline. The same cannot be said for even some regional cities, like Bratislava, and of course most western European capitals. This, however, is about to change with a 120 meter high office tower set to puncture the capital’s skyline. The new […]

by · October 4, 2017 · Culture
Ferenc Gyurcsány in ATV's studio.

Socialist disarray – Reactions and fallout in the Hungarian opposition

Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány was a guest on ATV’s Egyenes Beszéd (Straight Talk) evening news program. The host, Egon Rónai, asked the leader of the Democratic Coalition: did he feel vindicated that after months of László Botka calling on him to step back from the front-line of politics, it was he who was was ultimately left standing? Would Mr. […]

by · October 3, 2017 · Politics
László Botka (left) and Gyula Molnár (right)

Hungarian Socialist Party in turmoil: prime ministerial nominee and vice president resign

László Botka, the Hungarian Socialist Party’s nominee for prime minister in the 2018 elections, and István Ujhelyi, MSZP’s vice president, both resigned on Monday, throwing the largest party of the democratic opposition into turmoil a mere seven months before the national vote. Mr. Botka claimed that “secret agents” of Fidesz within both MSZP and in the broader left-centre opposition made […]

by · October 2, 2017 · Politics
András Siewert

Ordinary Hungarians — Őcsény, Fidesz and the Holocaust

András Siewert, the director of Migration Aid, wore a t-shirt with a yellow star bearing the words “Jude,” and underneath it the line “I am a refugee” when he arrived to give an interview to the HírTV news network. He was speaking with prominent journalist Olga Kálmán right after shameful events in the village of Őcsény, where the Orwellian government-sponsored […]

by · September 30, 2017 · Politics
István Kamarás on the left.

Referendum proposed on autonomous Roma province in Hungary

In 2011, István Kamarás–formerly employed by the Christian Democratic People’s Party’s (KDNP) Barankovics Foundation–claimed refugee status in Canada, noting that he no longer wanted to “lend his name to the government’s actions that oppress Gypsies.” He added that he is “forced to emigrate from the country” and is “forced to accept in his heart the centuries-long hopelessness of the Gypsy […]

by · September 28, 2017 · Politics
László Juszt

Russia Today and Hungary

The story of how Moscow attempted to expand the Russia Today state television network to Hungary, by setting up a Hungarian-language affiliate, is both strange and murky. What we know is that Moscow was interested in establishing a state propaganda media arm in Hungary and the strongest and perhaps first high profile supporter of this initiative was István Lovas, a […]

by · September 26, 2017 · East
Erzsébet Schmuck

Hungary has lowest proportion of women in parliament in all of Europe

Only 10% of Members of Parliament in Hungary are women, according to figures comparing 193 countries compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and updated last month. Hungary is ranked at number 159 and is essentially tied with countries like Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Myanmar and Botswana. All of Hungary’s neighbours in Europe have a significantly higher proportion of female parliamentarians than Hungary. […]

by · September 24, 2017 · Politics
The new Jobbik billboard features Jobbik leader Gábor Vona in the middle, Viktor Orbán to the left and corruption-plagued Fidesz politician Antal Rogán to the right. The billboard reads: With you, we will remove them from power -- Jobbik: on the side of the people."

Jobbik creatively circumvents Fidesz restrictions on political billboards

Hungary’s ruling regime, which passed a probably unconstitutional law restricting Jobbik and all other parties from buying advertisements on billboards at discounted prices, begins the weekend with a rude awakening. If the opposition party is no longer allowed to purchase advertising space at below market rates, why not just buy the physical billboard altogether, through an advantageous financing agreement with […]

by · September 23, 2017 · Politics