Articles by: Christopher Adam

The Soros mercenary list in Figyelő. Photo: Tamás Botos / 444

Fidesz begins intimidation campaign against civil society with Soros mercenary list

Attila Chikán, the Minister of the Economy during the initial years of the first Orbán government (1998-2002), broke down in tears on live television Thursday night. He was one of hundreds of mostly private Hungarian citizens who were listed in the Figyelő propaganda weekly as being “mercenaries of Soros.” Barely 11 years ago, on the nineteenth anniversary of Fidesz, Viktor Orbán […]

by · April 13, 2018 · Politics
Magyar Nemzet, with the news of Jobbik leader Gábor Vona resigning on its cover.

Hungary’s Magyar Nemzet newspaper to shut down and Heti Válasz weekly in crisis

Hungary’s largest circulation national daily newspaper, Magyar Nemzet, announced that it is ceasing publication–both in print and online. A few hours later we learned that a 26 year old politician whose mother happens to be Viktor Orbán’s ally and historian, has the millions of euros at his disposal, through a family inheritance, needed to buy the country’s main daily newspaper, […]

by · April 10, 2018 · Politics
Hungary’s new parliament and the decimation of the opposition

Hungary’s new parliament and the decimation of the opposition

Monday morning — mere hours after an election that returned Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz with a two thirds majority — the knives were already out for Gábor Vona of Jobbik. Mr. Vona offered his resignation after his party’s disappointing performance. Jobbik is now solidly Hungary’s second largest party, but his strategy of moderating the party and moving it to […]

by · April 9, 2018 · Politics
Socialist - Párbeszéd alliance affixes a sign to the Liberty Statue overlooking Budapest at the break of dawn.

Elections Hungary live: FIDESZ wins two thirds super majority amidst historic turnout

Welcome to our on-going coverage of Hungary’s national elections. It’s an election that is already making history due to the recording-breaking numbers of Hungarians heading to the polls. Voting stations across Hungary’s 106 electoral districts close as 7:00 PM Budapest time (1:00 PM EDT) and the first election results should start coming in one hour after that. Here at HFP, […]

by · April 8, 2018 · Politics
Hungarian election polling stations open in the Americas

Hungarian election polling stations open in the Americas

Polls in Hungary’a national elections have opened in North and South America, including in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Bogota and a handful of other major cities. Polling stations have been set up at Hungarian embassies and consulates for citizens who have a permanent address in Hungary and who may vote in person on both the national […]

by · April 7, 2018 · Politics
Source: Publicus.hu

New Publicus poll — Fidesz losing support, hung parliament possible with high turnout

Pollsters in Hungary might have some explaining to do after Sunday’s elections. A new poll by Publicus published Thursday seems to largely contradict a poll released Wednesday by Medián, which had predicted a two-thirds majority for Fidesz, thanks to what they believe is the successful mobilization of pro-Orbán voters. According to Publicus, however, Fidesz support is dropping and pro-government voters […]

by · April 5, 2018 · Politics
Medián's seat prediction for the Hungarian parliament. Source: HVG.

New Medián poll shows Fidesz winning two-thirds majority on Sunday

If the opposition needs any further impetus to somehow coordinate and get its act together, a new poll by Medián should give them reason for alarm. According to one of Hungary’s most reputable polling firms, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz is on track to win a two-thirds majority on Sunday–performing better than he did in 2014. This is based on […]

by · April 4, 2018 · Politics
Election signs for Mr. Karácsony and the MSZP-Párbeszéd supported candidate in Pécs.

Tactical voting and the struggle to unite the Hungarian opposition in the 11th hour

Five days before the 8th April vote, opposition parties are struggling to unite in swing ridings, and key politicians are contradicting each other. According to reports published in Index on Tuesday afternoon, the Hungarian Socialist Party – Párbeszéd alliance (MSZP-P) decided to withdraw its candidate in Central Budapest in favour of Antal Csárdi of the Politics Can Be Different party […]

by · April 3, 2018 · Politics
Márta Naszályi and Gergely Karácsony

Hungarian opposition closer to uniting in key Budapest electoral district

On Easter Monday, six days before national elections, András Fekete-Győr of Momentum announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy in Central Budapest in favour of Márta Naszályi of the Hungarian Socialist Party – Párbeszéd alliance (MSZP-P)–the strongest opposition candidate. Mr. Fekete-Győr followed in the footsteps of Péter Juhász of Együtt, who withdrew last week. Central Budapest, known in Hungarian as […]

by · April 2, 2018 · Politics
The HelloHungary sign in Central Budapest

Fidesz regime gave residency permits to Bashar al-Assad’s financial backers

A joint investigative journalism project by the Direkt36 website and by 444.hu reports that since 2012, people believed to be stooges for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have received Hungarian residency permits. In at least one of these cases, Hungary welcomed a Syrian man believed to be involved in the trafficking of weapons, drugs and people, as well as money laundering, while […]

by · March 28, 2018 · Politics