Articles by: Christopher Adam

Péter Győri. Photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI.

The opposition unifies behind mayoral candidate in key Budapest election

On Monday we learned that the opposition finally did what it should have done before April’s national election: it is rallying behind a single mayoral candidate in the central Budapest district of Józsefváros, in the hope of reclaiming it from Fidesz in a local election to be held on 8 July. With outgoing Józsefváros mayor Máté Kocsis moving to national […]

by · May 14, 2018 · Politics
Milán Constantinovits

A conservative’s wish list for Viktor Orbán’s third consecutive government

Milán Constantinovits is a columnist whose work often appears on the conservative Mandiner news site and he is also a linguist and an author. This week, he published a type of “wish list” of areas that he would like the third Orbán government to engage in as a matter of priority. I thought about referring to these as demands. Yet […]

by · May 2, 2018 · Focus
Péter Medgyessy in ATV's studios in 2017.

Former PM Péter Medgyessy congratulates Azerbaijan’s ruler for his “excellent” work

Former Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy, who governed Hungary from 2002 to 2004 and led a Socialist-Free Democrat coalition government, felt it was appropriate to issue an effusive congratulatory letter to Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan. Mr. Aliyev won 86% of the popular vote in an election that the OSCE determined had involved widespread ballot box stuffing. This did not seem to concern […]

by · May 1, 2018 · East
After 8 years, the Magyar Nemzet daily ceased publication on 11 April 2018.

Press Freedom Index lists Hungary as “problematic”

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its Press Freedom Index for 2018  and it lists the state of media freedom in Hungary as being “problematic.” Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are deemed to have a healthier free press than Hungary. Out of 180 countries, Hungary is number 73–falling back two place since last year in its global score. RSF writes: […]

by · April 25, 2018 · Politics
Pastor Szenczy in North Korea.

Hungarian Baptists in North Korea

Sándor Szenczy is a Baptist pastor and President of Hungarian Baptist Aid. This week we learned that a high-ranking official from North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended that Pastor Szenczy build a Baptist House of Prayer in Pyongyang. On a recent trip to North Korea, the pastor was given the opportunity to speak in one of only two Protestant […]

by · April 24, 2018 · Culture
Viktor Orbán with young Hungarians on 23 April 2018.

Viktor Orbán’s deal for women and a plan to increase the birth rate in Hungary

Immediately after being re-elected in April, Viktor Orbán indicated that addressing demographic issues would form a central plank in his government’s program. The decline in Hungary’s population has been a reality for more than three decades, after peaking at 10.7 million in 1981. In 2017 alone, the country’s population decreased by 40,000, with the number of births falling by 2.9% […]

by · April 23, 2018 · Politics
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