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Ferenc Almássy

András Göllner replies to Ferenc Almássy on Creatures from the Budapest hills

Background In May  2017, the Hungarian Free Press published a three part series  by one of our regular contributor’s Professor András B. Göllner. In his study, Dr. Göllner identified by name some of the hundreds of pro-Russian, alt-right bloggers who moved to Budapest, to provide fake-news copy for the big-data based cyber-operations engineered by Jared Kushner and Robert Mercer during the Trump […]

by · July 7, 2017 · Focus
The refurbished metro car at the Pöttyös utca station on the M3 line. Photo: Máté Kemény.

Budapest’s metro disaster: Russian metro cars and the saga of the M3 line

Budapest is in the midst of sweltering summer weather and during my stay in the Hungarian capital over the past ten days, I have experienced first-hand tram and metro cars that have interior temperatures topping 35 degrees Celsius. (The M2 and M4 metro lines are air conditioned and the 4-6 tram line is hit or miss, so if you are […]

by · June 24, 2017 · Focus
Photo credit: Viktor Orbán / Facebook

Backsliding: Loss of freedom and populist authoritarianism in post-communist Hungary — The landscape in 2017

Summary Despite being a member of both NATO and the EU, Hungary today is no longer a free society or a functioning parliamentary democracy. The entire system of checks and balances has been demolished. The few democratic institutions that survive have been reduced to empty shells and do not sustain the rule of law. The country’s economic, political and cultural […]

by · June 23, 2017 · Focus
Dr. András Göllner in Toronto (May 2017)

Portrait of an abusive relationship — Orbán government indicted for its rule of law violations

Background Each year, Canada’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – comprising a wide range of academic associations in the humanities and the social sciences – gathers in a different Canadian city, to discuss developments in their areas of expertise. Organizers accept papers from specialists within their academic association to present research under the aegis of the Congress. This […]

by · June 14, 2017 · Focus
Albert-László Barabási, Hungarian poet Sándor Kányádi and George Soros.

Albert-László Barabási: Academia under fire in Hungary

On 10 April, Hungarian President János Áder signed into law an amendment to the National Higher Education Law that would outlaw the Central European University (CEU). Although portrayed by the government as a purely administrative step, the “Lex-CEU” law is a strident attempt to curtail academic freedom and limit the independence of academic institutions. Accredited in both the United States […]

by · May 16, 2017 · Focus
Péter Szijjártó and Sebastian Gorka.

Creatures in the Budapest hills – Epilogue

The Trump campaign’s pro-Russian friends who live in the hills, overlooking the Budapest Bridge Epilogue and Postscript  By  András B. Göllner „All along the watchtower, princes kept the view, while all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too. Outside, in the distance, a wildcat did growl. Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.”  –Nobel laurate, Bob Dylan […]

by · May 2, 2017 · Focus
Ferenc Almássy posing in the Buda Castle, overlooking Budapest.

Creatures in the Budapest hills – Part 2

The Trump campaign’s pro-Russian friends who live in the hills, overlooking the Budapest Bridge Part 2 of a 3 part investigative report by András B. Göllner “There must be some way out of here” said the joker to the thief. “There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief. Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth. None of […]

by · April 30, 2017 · Focus
Madart / Megan Duncanson

Creatures in the Budapest hills (Part 1)

The Trump campaign’s pro-Russian friends who live in the hills, overlooking the Budapest Bridge Part 1 of a 3 part investigative report by András B. Göllner “There must be some way out of here” said the joker to the thief. “There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief. Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth. None of […]

by · April 28, 2017 · Focus
Márta Bolba Román

Two important by-elections in Budapest: Will the protests dent Fidesz support?

Two municipal by-elections are scheduled for Sunday in Budapest and both could serve as an indication of what impact half a dozen mass protests (each drawing tens of thousands) and the scandal surrounding Central European University have had on voting intentions, less than a year before national elections. Both by-elections are in areas that, in any other country, would likely […]

by · April 22, 2017 · Focus
Landerneau Forest- Château de Joyeuse Garde. Photo: moreau.henri

The Budapest Bridge – Epilogue

“All I know is what’s on the internet” -Donald Trump Since I published my two-part series in the Hungarian Free Press, (my favourite blog, the one I lovingly call the “Little Engine That Could”) my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. Some callers breathe hard and tell me to “go back to Israel” and hang up, before I can ask – why […]

by · April 21, 2017 · Focus