Politics

Susan Hutchison at the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC

Washington state GOP leader Hutchison is a possible candidate for Ambassador to Hungary

In February, the Hungarian Lobby, an on-line Hungarian American group run by Béla Lipták published a letter from 33-year-old Allison Pataki, the daughter of ex-Governor George Pataki. Lipták thought that Allison could make a viable candidate to serve as Trump’s future Ambassador to Hungary. Allison responded that she was „honored and humbled. Unfortunately at this time in my life with […]

by · December 6, 2017 · Politics
Bernadett Szél in the middle, with György Gémesi to the left and Ákos Hadházy to the right, at a rally this weekend in Kecskemét.

Pro-Fidesz pollster sees Jobbik support collapsing, LMP doubling its base

If we take the Nézőpont Intézet’s most recent polling numbers at face value, we see that Jobbik’s support has dropped significantly between July and November, while the Politics Can Be Different party has doubled its base of voters. In numbers released this weekend, Nézőpont found that among decided voters Fidesz support stands at 48%, while Jobbik has dropped to 16%. […]

by · December 3, 2017 · Politics
Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

István Dobozi, a foreign policy adviser and a former senior economist with the World Bank, wrote a piece for the conservative Magyar Nemzet daily, in which he argued that under President Donald Trump, bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States have only improved ever so slightly, compared to its low point under the Obama administration. However, he added that […]

by · November 29, 2017 · Politics
A screen capture from the film: Az ügynök élete (Life of an Agent).

Hungary’s Interior Ministry may have wiretapped journalists and NGO groups

There is reason to believe that Hungary’s Ministry of Interior or an affiliated agency may be listening in on the conversations of opposition journalists and people associated with NGOs. Journalists from national opposition publications like HVG and 168 Óra have reported concerns that their phones may have been tapped. Specialists in the field of wiretaps confirmed that this is almost […]

by · November 28, 2017 · Politics
Publicus poll for November 2017.

Half of Hungarians want a change in government, but all hope appears lost in 2018

While a Publicus poll out this Sunday found that 54% of Hungarians want to bring an end to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s rule, the dysfunctional and splintered opposition is further from achieving a change in government than ever before in the last seven years. Among all voters, Fidesz support stands at 27%, with Jobbik in a distant second place at […]

by · November 26, 2017 · Politics
The Politis logo

Politis — A Hungarian experiment in media and civic engagement

Gergely Dudás, the former editor-in-chief of Index, one of Hungary’s main online news sites, has launched an experiment that will test whether there is enough civic engagement in Hungary to build a high quality, independent news publication purely through community support. The site, Politis.hu, sounds a lot like a Hungarian version of Politico: it will focus on domestic political reporting […]

by · November 22, 2017 · Politics
Gábor Vona with Henrik Havas and the Hungarian parliament in the background. Photo: Facebook.

Jobbik’s Gábor Vona gets a boost in his appeal to centrist voters

For Gábor Vona, Christmas may have come early this year. Henrik Havas, a colourful media personality, television host and author, is writing a book on Mr. Vona. Mr. Havas mostly uses a somewhat tabloid writing style and has published on a very diverse range of topics, from sex and pornography, to the stories of convicted murders and their crimes to […]

by · November 13, 2017 · Politics
Screen capture from the Azonnali video.

Fidesz voters speak about how long Prime Minister Viktor Orbán should stay in power

Reporters from the Azonnali website recently asked Fidesz supporters gathered outside the House of Terror in Budapest how long they wanted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to stay in power. Going on 12 years in office, he is the third longest serving prime minister in Hungarian history, and will become the second longest in summer 2018, following his all but certain […]

by · November 11, 2017 · Politics
Carter Page / Sputnik News

U.S. hearing on Russia points the finger at Hungary

New revelations at the Congressional hearings into Russia’s interference into last year’s American elections provide powerful evidence for allegations first presented by the Hungarian Free Press in April of this year. (See: András B. Göllner. „The Budapest Bridge”. Hungarian Free Press, April 13, 14, 21, 2017, and its sequel „Creatures in the Budapest Hills”.) In the 243 page transcript of […]

by · November 8, 2017 · Politics
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is all smiles in this photo taken on October 30th, 2017, at the inauguration of a sugar refinery.

Medián poll has Fidesz at 61% support

Viktor Orbán’s main concern in April 2018 may not be whether or not he wins a two-thirds majority in parliament, but rather if he can avoid the bad optics of having a veritable one party legislature after next year’s national elections. Medián, one of Hungary’s most prominent polling firms, has Fidesz at 61% support among decided voters–up four percentage points […]

by · November 1, 2017 · Politics