Articles by: Christopher Adam

A sign marking the local Hungarian Office of Immigration and Nationality in southern Hungary's Tompa transit zone.

European Union sees considerable drop in asylum seekers

The number of asylum applications lodged in the European Union’s 28 member states declined by 10 percent in 2018. And the prior calendar year already showed a year-over-year drop of 44 percent. In 2018, the EU saw a total of 634 700 asylum applications, of which the largest country of origin was Syria (representing over 10% of all applications submitted). Within […]

by · February 17, 2019 · East
Two thousand Hungarian books were tossed into this container at the Foyer Hongrois in Montreal, before being taken away to be destroyed. The Foyer has eliminated its entire library.

Two thousand Hungarian books destroyed in Montreal — Foyer Hongrois library eliminated

The Foyer Hongrois, a publicly-funded Hungarian retirement home in Montreal, decided to eliminate its entire library, citing a lack of space in the facility and low circulation figures. Sparking significant dismay among local Hungarians, the Board of Directors decided unilaterally to dispose of more than 2,000 Hungarian-language books. A large dumpster was parked at the side entrance of the residence […]

by · February 2, 2019 · Diaspora
Viktor Orbán in Jerusalem in 2018. Photo: Haaretz.

Viktor Orbán, the Visegrád Group and Israel

For the first time in the Visegrád Group’s history, the leaders of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will hold a summit outside of Europe, notably in Jerusalem. It is known that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán maintains a close working relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that Fidesz has borrowed some elements of its political strategy […]

by · January 29, 2019 · Politics
Blanka Nagy. Screen shot from Ripost.hu

Fidesz media launch national character assassination against high school teenager

Blanka Nagy, the 18 year old high school student from the town of Kiskunfélegyháza, is getting quite a brutal life lesson in how the expansive Fidesz media empire coordinates character assassinations against anyone who speaks up against the Orbán regime. High school students are targets too–there are no exceptions and there is no mercy. Miss Nagy spoke at a December […]

by · January 15, 2019 · Politics
A Hungarian pensioner.

No apology — Hungarian pensions delayed due to “glitch”

It would be a tad hypocritical to lambaste the Hungarian government from across the pond in Canada, for what appears to have been a technical glitch resulting in a delay in pension and various social solidarity disbursements. Canadian readers will recall the Phoenix payroll debacle. Tens of thousands of federal civil servants were underpaid, not paid at all or in […]

by · January 14, 2019 · Politics
Hungarian Student Union.

Hungarian students disrupt deputy secretary of state during speech

What happened on Saturday morning to Deputy State Secretary for Higher Education at an exhibit in Budapest serves as another modest warning to the now inaccurately named ruling party, the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz), that its previous hold on Hungarian youth has vanished. Zita Horváth was about to give a speech at the Educatio Exhibit in the Hungarian capital […]

by · January 12, 2019 · Politics
Béla Lipták (Memory Project)

Trianon and anti-western rhetoric in Orbán’s Hungary — A Response to Béla Lipták

I am compelled to reflect on a letter written by Béla Lipták and published in The New York Times. In response to an NYT article entitled “Hungary’s Autocracy Beneath a Patina of Democracy,” Mr. Lipták argued that Hungary’s slide towards authoritarianism and the embrace of anti-western rhetoric is caused by, and is indeed justifiable due to, a deep-rooted anger and a sense […]

by · January 7, 2019 · Focus
Fr. Mihály Kardos. Photo: hvg.hu

A Hungarian Catholic priest who lives with the homeless

Father Mihály Kardos has spent the last four years of his life in a medical facility for the homeless in Szeged run by the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. With both of Fr. Kardos’ legs amputated, the elderly priest needs assisted living and care. Four years ago, he was given the option of living in a much […]

by · December 26, 2018 · Culture
Christmas reflections

Christmas reflections

For the past several months, despite continuing to edit this journal, I try to keep to the principle of moderation when it comes to Hungarian politics and political news emanating from Budapest. I do that by actively tuning out for at least part of each weekend. For one, I am reading many more books than before (primarily literary fiction) and […]

by · December 23, 2018 · Culture
Opposition MPs on the floor in the headquarters of Hungarian State Television.

State television continues to ban all opposition MPs — Hungary moves towards national strike

Thirteen opposition Members of the Hungarian Parliament spent all night camping out at the headquarters of Hungary’s public broadcasting authority, with the taxpayer-funded television steadfast in its refusal to afford anyone except Fidesz-KDNP politicians air time.  MP László Varjú ended up in hospital early this morning and his body is full of bruises from a physical altercation with security personnel […]

by · December 17, 2018 · Politics