Politics

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Growing segregation of Roma children in Hungary

The problem of ethnic segregation in eastern Hungary’s schools appears to be deepening, despite past attempts on the part of some local administrations to ensure that Roma and non-Roma children studied together. For instance, as 444.hu reports, twelve years ago when the town of Nagyecsed (population: 6,327), in northeastern Hungary, tried to create mixed classrooms of both Roma and non-Roma students, […]

by · May 21, 2018 · Politics
Anett Bősz. Photo: MTI.

Hungarian opposition shows its pettiness yet again

While Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is still in full campaign mode, touring factories in small-town Hungary and taking photographs or sharing snacks with factory workers in a manner, which some have noted bears a striking resemblance to the “peaceful” days of the Kádár regime, the Hungarian opposition is yet again embroiled in in-fighting. This time, the fledgling Párbeszéd faction in […]

by · May 18, 2018 · Politics
Péter Győri. Photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI.

The opposition unifies behind mayoral candidate in key Budapest election

On Monday we learned that the opposition finally did what it should have done before April’s national election: it is rallying behind a single mayoral candidate in the central Budapest district of Józsefváros, in the hope of reclaiming it from Fidesz in a local election to be held on 8 July. With outgoing Józsefváros mayor Máté Kocsis moving to national […]

by · May 14, 2018 · Politics
Sebastian Gorka and Milo Yiannopoulos (right) – friends from Breitbart.

Bannon, Gorka, Yiannopoulos and Hungary’s foreign policy

Hungary’s foreign policy is in chaos. Even the most ardent supporters of the Orbán Government frequently criticize Hungary’s 39-year-old foreign minister Péter Szijjártó. They question his wisdom, political acumen and diplomatic skill. Szijjártó started his tenure by firing most of the country’s seasoned diplomats and replacing them with loyalists with no previous diplomatic experience. The foreign minister has also found […]

by · May 12, 2018 · Politics
Cover of her best-seller book

Madeleine Albright thinks that Orbán’s Hungary is on the road to fascism

At 80 years of age Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright has had a long political career. She served as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State under President Clinton and was the first woman to hold this high level position. Albright has Czech ancestry. Her father was a well-known anti-fascist who worked for the Beneš government-in-exile in London and later became a […]

by · May 9, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán and Rep. Dennis Ross

Rep. Dennis Ross – Orbán’s friend in Congress is retiring from political life

Viktor Orbán has lost one of his staunchest supporters in the US. In an unexpected announcement 58-year-old Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) has indicated that he is leaving Congress and won’t seek re-election in November. He is not alone. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has also decided not to run and so far, 59 House Republicans are retiring. Democrats have the […]

by · May 7, 2018 · Politics
Hungarian Minister Zoltán Balog (left) and Mick Mulvaney in the White House.

Mick Mulvaney is Hungary’s new best friend in the White House

I was quite surprised when the Hungarian Government issued an official report that on Friday, February 9, 2018 Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities, had a one-hour meeting with Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. According to the Hungarians Mr. Mulvaney was “urging renewal of Hungarian-US relations.” Better US relations with […]

by · April 26, 2018 · Politics
After 8 years, the Magyar Nemzet daily ceased publication on 11 April 2018.

Press Freedom Index lists Hungary as “problematic”

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its Press Freedom Index for 2018  and it lists the state of media freedom in Hungary as being “problematic.” Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are deemed to have a healthier free press than Hungary. Out of 180 countries, Hungary is number 73–falling back two place since last year in its global score. RSF writes: […]

by · April 25, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán with young Hungarians on 23 April 2018.

Viktor Orbán’s deal for women and a plan to increase the birth rate in Hungary

Immediately after being re-elected in April, Viktor Orbán indicated that addressing demographic issues would form a central plank in his government’s program. The decline in Hungary’s population has been a reality for more than three decades, after peaking at 10.7 million in 1981. In 2017 alone, the country’s population decreased by 40,000, with the number of births falling by 2.9% […]

by · April 23, 2018 · Politics
Open Society Foundations funding in Hungary

The demonized Open Society Foundations to leave Hungary

After investing $400 million in Hungary since 1994, the Open Society Foundations of George Soros have announced that they are closing their offices in Budapest and are relocating to Berlin. The decision comes on the heels of a relentless anti-Soros campaign on the part of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government, the highly controversial publication of a list of so-called Hungarian […]

by · April 20, 2018 · Politics