Articles by: Christopher Adam

Péter Heltai in Nigeria. His tweet posted with this photo read: Just went back a “few” hundreds of years in time #Kajuru #Kaduna #Nigeria #Nomads #HungaryHelps

Péter Heltai — From intern to ambassador at age 26

Péter Heltai, the 26 year old Ambassador-at-Large of the government aid agency called Hungary Helps, posed for a photo with residents of a Nigerian village,  tweeting: “Just went back a ‘few’ hundreds of years in time.” Perhaps it was his lack of experience in the field of international aid that is behind a tweet that comes across as tone-deaf and […]

by · December 4, 2017 · East
Bernadett Szél in the middle, with György Gémesi to the left and Ákos Hadházy to the right, at a rally this weekend in Kecskemét.

Pro-Fidesz pollster sees Jobbik support collapsing, LMP doubling its base

If we take the Nézőpont Intézet’s most recent polling numbers at face value, we see that Jobbik’s support has dropped significantly between July and November, while the Politics Can Be Different party has doubled its base of voters. In numbers released this weekend, Nézőpont found that among decided voters Fidesz support stands at 48%, while Jobbik has dropped to 16%. […]

by · December 3, 2017 · Politics
Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

István Dobozi, a foreign policy adviser and a former senior economist with the World Bank, wrote a piece for the conservative Magyar Nemzet daily, in which he argued that under President Donald Trump, bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States have only improved ever so slightly, compared to its low point under the Obama administration. However, he added that […]

by · November 29, 2017 · Politics
A screen capture from the film: Az ügynök élete (Life of an Agent).

Hungary’s Interior Ministry may have wiretapped journalists and NGO groups

There is reason to believe that Hungary’s Ministry of Interior or an affiliated agency may be listening in on the conversations of opposition journalists and people associated with NGOs. Journalists from national opposition publications like HVG and 168 Óra have reported concerns that their phones may have been tapped. Specialists in the field of wiretaps confirmed that this is almost […]

by · November 28, 2017 · Politics
Publicus poll for November 2017.

Half of Hungarians want a change in government, but all hope appears lost in 2018

While a Publicus poll out this Sunday found that 54% of Hungarians want to bring an end to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s rule, the dysfunctional and splintered opposition is further from achieving a change in government than ever before in the last seven years. Among all voters, Fidesz support stands at 27%, with Jobbik in a distant second place at […]

by · November 26, 2017 · Politics
Exploring Hungary’s 2016 Census

Exploring Hungary’s 2016 Census

The Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) published figures from a micro-census conducted in 2016 that present an alarming reality: there are only 1.4 million people in the country under 15 years of age and only 6.6 million active, working age adults. To place this into context: in 1960, there were 2.5 million Hungarians under the age of 15. This large number […]

by · November 23, 2017 · Focus
The Politis logo

Politis — A Hungarian experiment in media and civic engagement

Gergely Dudás, the former editor-in-chief of Index, one of Hungary’s main online news sites, has launched an experiment that will test whether there is enough civic engagement in Hungary to build a high quality, independent news publication purely through community support. The site, Politis.hu, sounds a lot like a Hungarian version of Politico: it will focus on domestic political reporting […]

by · November 22, 2017 · Politics
The Orbán government transferred hundreds of millions of forints to Hungarian Canadians

The Orbán government transferred hundreds of millions of forints to Hungarian Canadians

The State Secretariat for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office has produced a break-down of unprecedented government subsidies provided to Hungarian Canadians between 2014 and 2017, following a query sent to State Secretary Árpád Potápi from our Hungarian-language publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. On October 20th, we had specifically asked the State Secretary what measures it had in place […]

by · November 18, 2017 · Diaspora
Hungary and Zimbabwe — And thoughts from activist Doug Coltart

Hungary and Zimbabwe — And thoughts from activist Doug Coltart

We would be loath to draw sweeping parallels between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, now on the brink of collapse, and the much younger “System of National Cooperation” regime established by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Hungary in 2010. After all, Mr. Mugabe truly did rise to power as the consequence of a political revolution (and a protracted guerrilla […]

by · November 16, 2017 · Focus
Gábor Vona with Henrik Havas and the Hungarian parliament in the background. Photo: Facebook.

Jobbik’s Gábor Vona gets a boost in his appeal to centrist voters

For Gábor Vona, Christmas may have come early this year. Henrik Havas, a colourful media personality, television host and author, is writing a book on Mr. Vona. Mr. Havas mostly uses a somewhat tabloid writing style and has published on a very diverse range of topics, from sex and pornography, to the stories of convicted murders and their crimes to […]

by · November 13, 2017 · Politics