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Peter Munk (in sunglasses) with Deripaska (middle)

Oleg Deripaska’s Hungarian friends: Messrs. Munk, Demján and Csányi

President Donald Trump recently unveiled new sanctions against Russian officials, businesses and agencies. One of the prominent names on the list of targeted oligarchs is 50-year-old Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire. Deipaska has links to former Trump-campaign boss Paul Manafort, who is awaiting trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges lodged against him by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of […]

by · April 11, 2018 · East
Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest

Disturbing incident on Israel bound airplane at Budapest Airport

Hungarian authorities are being tight lipped about a terrifying accident that occurred at the Budapest Airport. On March 23, Dikla Abitbul, a 38-year-old mother of two from the Israeli city of Lod apparently fall out of a plane to the tarmac, sustaining head injuries; she is in critical condition. There have been no press conferences, no TV interviews with safety […]

by · March 29, 2018 · East
Kálmán Petőcz

Hungarians in Slovakia outraged by Orbán’s comments on alleged Soros plot

Slovakia is in political turmoil after the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova. Mr. Kuciak was investigating corruption within the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico and connections between those in power to the Calabrian Mafia. Remarkably, the seven suspects arrested in connection to the murder were all released without charges. Mr. Fico’s Hungarian coalition partner, the […]

by · March 12, 2018 · East
Romania’s prime minister threatens Transylvanian Hungarian politicians with hanging

Romania’s prime minister threatens Transylvanian Hungarian politicians with hanging

The Szekler flag (Székely zászló) has become a fairly prevalent symbol in areas of Tranylvania with Hungarian-speaking majorities, particularly in the counties of Hargita, Kovászna and Maros. But Romania’s central government has long held that this flag, seen as a symbol of Hungarian separatism, must not be flown on buildings that house public institutions or local government offices, thus including […]

by · January 11, 2018 · East
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
Thank you to Konrád Rigó for commemorating the Slovak National Uprising

Thank you to Konrád Rigó for commemorating the Slovak National Uprising

Last summer Konrád Rigó, a 38-year-old ethnic Hungarian and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture in Slovakia, gave a speech on Slovakia’s National Day. Mr. Rigó, who is a member of the Most-Híd party spoke at Dunajská Streda (Dunaszerdahely in Hungarian) explaining how sons of many nations fought with the partisans during World War II. In addition to […]

by · November 1, 2017 · East
The red boundary marks what forms historic Székelyföld (Szerklerland), namely the counties of Kovászna, Hargita and Maros. The first two have large Hungarian majorities.

Catalonia and Hungarian Transylvania — Are there parallels?

While the political leadership of the Hungarian community in Transylvania firmly rejected parallels between Catalonia’s drive for independence and the future status of Hungarian-majority Hargita and Kovászna counties in Romania, the Romanian-language media appears concerned. This is especially true since Catalonia’s dramatic unilateral declaration of independence on 27 October–which was followed by the Spanish central government’s swift move to suspend […]

by · October 29, 2017 · East
Foreign Minister Szijjártó insults US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

Foreign Minister Szijjártó insults US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

Relations between Hungary and the United States have been bad for a long time and don’t seem to be improving. In a recent interview Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s young and feisty foreign minister, has openly attacked the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, because of the US Embassy’s response to a new educational law in Ukraine. (Read here in Hungarian.) Péter […]

by · October 19, 2017 · East
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: MTI.

Orbán is praising and condemning Vietnam’s Communists – at the same time

Viktor Orbán is in Communist Vietnam on an official visit. He warmly greeted the country’s leaders and laid a wreath at the Hanoi War Memorial commemorating the Communist victory over the Americans and their South-Vietnamese allies. Orbán met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and signed “a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the two ruling parties and expressed […]

by · September 27, 2017 · East
László Juszt

Russia Today and Hungary

The story of how Moscow attempted to expand the Russia Today state television network to Hungary, by setting up a Hungarian-language affiliate, is both strange and murky. What we know is that Moscow was interested in establishing a state propaganda media arm in Hungary and the strongest and perhaps first high profile supporter of this initiative was István Lovas, a […]

by · September 26, 2017 · East