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
Heinrich Hiesinger CEO of ThyssenKrupp and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Viktor Orbán’s xenophobic speech at the ThyssenKrupp factory opening

Why did the German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp give a podium to Viktor Orbán? On March 2, 2018 Prime Minister Viktor Orbán inaugurated a new plant for Thyssenkrupp at Jászfényszaru, Hungary. Orbán started by saying, “Naturally, I don’t wish to use the present occasion for campaign purposes,” then immediately launched into a campaign stump speech against migrants and foreigners. He delivered his […]

by · March 27, 2018 · Politics
Republikon predictions for Budapest. Orange: Fidesz, Red: MSZP-P and blue: DK.

It is unforgivable if left-wing opposition does not field a single candidate in each Budapest district

This past weekend, Péter Juhász of the Együtt party did the right thing: he withdrew his candidacy in Central Budapest (the Belváros) in favour of the Hungarian Socialist Party – Párbeszéd candidate, Márta Naszályi (Mrs. Várady). This electoral district, like nearly each in Budapest, could be won by left-centre parties if the local Fidesz candidate faces a single left-centre or […]

by · March 26, 2018 · Politics
Paul Lendvai at the University of California at Berkeley

Paul Lendvai at the University of California at Berkeley

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) presented Paul Lendvai at the University of California at Berkeley on March 22 at Moses Hall. The title of his presentation was: “Orbán Regime: Splitting the EU and Leading a New East European Bloc?” ¤¤¤ Through a masterly and cynical manipulation of ethnic nationalism, and deep-rooted corruption, Prime Minister Orbán […]

by · March 23, 2018 · Politics
Sándor Németh

Hungary’s Pentecostal Faith Church overtly endorses Viktor Orbán

The Faith Church (Hit Gyülekezete), a Budapest-based Pentecostal mega-church, which is said to have a congregation of over 30,000, endorsed Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this past Sunday. Specifically, the congregation’s leader, Sándor Németh, warned his followers during the Sunday service that a vote for the opposition on 8 April is a vote for allowing into Hungary 10,000 Muslims a year. […]

by · March 20, 2018 · Politics
Péter Márki-Zay

Péter Márki-Zay’s 12 point program for a post-Orbán Hungary

Péter Márki-Zay, the newly-minted Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely, formerly a Fidesz bastion, has launched a website entitled “Regime Change 2018.” The site’s main purpose is to encourage full coordination among the opposition candidates in all 106 electoral districts and to inform citizens as to which candidate to vote for in a given riding, if they wish to defeat the Orbán government. […]

by · March 17, 2018 · Politics
Peace March cult members declare Viktor Orbán to be the saviour of the nation.  Photo: 444.hu

Orbán’s threat of revenge has fired up the Hungarian opposition

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s decision to use his speech on a Hungarian national holiday to explicitly threaten legal and political revenge against his opponents has opposition politicians, journalists, academics and civil liberties activists wondering if the election on 8 April is, indeed, a “do or die” situation. The most recent Medián poll, released this week, shows that Fidesz is set […]

by · March 16, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán speaks on 15 March 2018 in Budapest, in front of Parliament.

Viktor Orbán announces retribution against opponents after April elections

The political opponents of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and segments of civil society can expect political and legal retribution from the ruling Fidesz party after 8 April, provided that the regime wins the national elections, as is currently predicted by pollsters. Mr. Orbán spoke on the anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution and used his speech to indicate that there […]

by · March 15, 2018 · Politics