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László Brenzovics

Hungarian language education in peril in Ukraine — And echoes in Québec

Ukraine’s parliament accepted a law this week, which has been widely condemned by political parties of all stripes in Hungary and by ethnic Hungarian community leaders in Ukraine. If Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs into law the bill accepted by legislators, Hungarian children in western Ukraine will no longer be able to study in Hungarian beyond Grade 4. Ukraine’s Minister of […]

by · September 9, 2017 · East
Putin is admired by Hungary's current leaders.

Is Hungary already in the Russian sphere of influence?

On August 28, at the invitation of Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin will visit Budapest to take part in the opening ceremony of the World Judo Championships. Bilateral meetings are also planned and the University of Debrecen will award Mr. Putin the title “Civis Honoris Causa” – Honorary Citizen of the University in […]

by · August 28, 2017 · East
Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orbán

University of Debrecen bestows highest honour on Vladimir Putin

The University of Debrecen in eastern Hungary announced that it is awarding Russian President Vladimir Putin with the distinction of Civis Honoris Causa. Only two other people have been awarded the honour before Mr. Putin, namely György Habsburg, the former president of the Hungarian Red Cross and the son of Austria-Hungary’s last crown prince, Otto von Habsburg, and Rudolf Schuster, […]

by · August 27, 2017 · East
Michael Regenstreif. Source: Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.

To de-legitimize the media is to de-legitimize the institution of democracy

Michael Regenstreif is the editor of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. In the August 21, 2017 print and online version of the Canadian publication, he writes about attempts by political leaders to de-legitimize the media in both Israel, as well as in the United States. As readers of the Hungarian Free Press know, this important institution of democracy has been under […]

by · August 23, 2017 · East
Viktor Orbán (left) with Robert Fico (right). Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák / MTI

Viktor Orbán loses an important ally in Europe

Robert Fico, Slovakia’s prime minister and a left-leaning politician not immune to populism, nationalism and euroscepticism, has distanced himself from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s hard-line anti-EU and anti-western rhetoric. Most crucially: Mr. Fico confirmed that for him, cooperation and a close alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Germany and President Emmanuel Macron’s France is more important than cooperation among the […]

by · August 16, 2017 · East
The view from the Great Mosque -- also called the Carol I mosque -- of Constanța and the Black Sea. Photo: Christopher Adam.

The Black Sea and beyond: Religious diversity in Constanța

Sometimes in Canada we have a tendency to see ourselves as exceptional when it comes to our model of multiculturalism and diversity. Yet societies throughout the world have found ways to handle diversity for centuries. In late June, I spent a week travelling along the Black Sea Coast, visiting Romania and Bulgaria. I was fortunate to have a private guide […]

by · July 21, 2017 · East
János Lázár speaking during a Trianon commemoration. Photo: MTI.

Romania sees Hungarian minister’s call for Trianon apology as a provocation

A spokesperson for Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed “disappointment” over remarks that a high ranking Hungarian government minister made about the 1920 Treaty of Trianon and demands for an apology to Hungary. János Lázár, in a speech on the anniversary of a treaty which saw historic Hungary lose three fourths of its territory and two thirds of its […]

by · June 9, 2017 · East
Departures / Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

More than 370,000 Hungarians would leave Hungary to become migrants

According to a study released by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH), 370,000 Hungarians are likely to leave Hungary within the next couple of years, in search of work and a new life abroad. “A significant proportion of youth and middle aged Hungarians desire to leave the country and have already started planning their emigration,” writes the conservative Magyar Nemzet […]

by · May 20, 2017 · East
Activists plant a bilingual road sign in southern Slovakia. Photo: ketnyelvu.info

Bilingualism expanded in Slovakia after pressure from Hungarian civil society

A total of 54 train stations in towns across southern Slovakia will have Hungarian signage in a matter of months, after years of pressure and protest from civil society. Slovak law allows for Hungarian signage, including street and place names, wherever the proportion of Hungarians exceeds 20% of the local population. Yet the country’s state railway company (Železnice Slovenskej republiky, […]

by · April 19, 2017 · East
Sapientia's campus in Marosvásárhely.

Attack against CEU may endanger Hungarian universities in Romania

Romania’s former prime minister, Victor Ponta, expressed his enthusiasm for planned legislation in Hungary, which endangers the future of Central European University in Budapest. Mr. Ponta, a Member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, indicated that he intends to propose a similar law, in order to restrict the activities of foreign universities on Romanian soil. This may serve as a […]

by · April 2, 2017 · East