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
Viktor Orbán to Mr. Trump's left.

Hungary uses Israeli lobbying firm to mend fences with United States

The Orbán government had high hopes that the election of Donald Trump as president would lead to improved bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States–relations that had very much deteriorated since 2010, after Fidesz took power. The Orbán government had been paying Washington lobbyist Connie Mack around $112,000 per month, primarily to secure a much coveted Oval Office visit […]

by · April 19, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Szigetvári in his last ATV interview.

Viktor Szigetvári’s exit interview

After more than a decade and a half in Hungarian politics, Viktor Szigetvári is leaving the political arena and potentially even Hungary. He gave a self-reflective, candid and elegant interview on ATV in the days after the election. It was devoid of any political spin. Mr. Szigetvári launched his career not as a front-line politician, but as a political strategist. […]

by · April 16, 2018 · Politics
The Soros mercenary list in Figyelő. Photo: Tamás Botos / 444

Fidesz begins intimidation campaign against civil society with Soros mercenary list

Attila Chikán, the Minister of the Economy during the initial years of the first Orbán government (1998-2002), broke down in tears on live television Thursday night. He was one of hundreds of mostly private Hungarian citizens who were listed in the Figyelő propaganda weekly as being “mercenaries of Soros.” Barely 11 years ago, on the nineteenth anniversary of Fidesz, Viktor Orbán […]

by · April 13, 2018 · Politics
Magyar Nemzet, with the news of Jobbik leader Gábor Vona resigning on its cover.

Hungary’s Magyar Nemzet newspaper to shut down and Heti Válasz weekly in crisis

Hungary’s largest circulation national daily newspaper, Magyar Nemzet, announced that it is ceasing publication–both in print and online. A few hours later we learned that a 26 year old politician whose mother happens to be Viktor Orbán’s ally and historian, has the millions of euros at his disposal, through a family inheritance, needed to buy the country’s main daily newspaper, […]

by · April 10, 2018 · Politics
Hungary’s new parliament and the decimation of the opposition

Hungary’s new parliament and the decimation of the opposition

Monday morning — mere hours after an election that returned Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz with a two thirds majority — the knives were already out for Gábor Vona of Jobbik. Mr. Vona offered his resignation after his party’s disappointing performance. Jobbik is now solidly Hungary’s second largest party, but his strategy of moderating the party and moving it to […]

by · April 9, 2018 · Politics
Socialist - Párbeszéd alliance affixes a sign to the Liberty Statue overlooking Budapest at the break of dawn.

Elections Hungary live: FIDESZ wins two thirds super majority amidst historic turnout

Welcome to our on-going coverage of Hungary’s national elections. It’s an election that is already making history due to the recording-breaking numbers of Hungarians heading to the polls. Voting stations across Hungary’s 106 electoral districts close as 7:00 PM Budapest time (1:00 PM EDT) and the first election results should start coming in one hour after that. Here at HFP, […]

by · April 8, 2018 · Politics
Hungarian election polling stations open in the Americas

Hungarian election polling stations open in the Americas

Polls in Hungary’a national elections have opened in North and South America, including in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Bogota and a handful of other major cities. Polling stations have been set up at Hungarian embassies and consulates for citizens who have a permanent address in Hungary and who may vote in person on both the national […]

by · April 7, 2018 · Politics
Eniola Ajayi, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with Hungarian President, János Áder

Ambassador protests Hungarian claim of 100 million Nigerians with AIDS

The Hungarian election campaign has been centered on a level of fear never before seen in post-1989 Hungary, with the Orbán regime announcing that a win by the opposition would mean an end to the country as we know it. One of the regime’s outlandish claims, however, resulted in a letter of protest from an ambassador. We are sharing this […]

by · April 6, 2018 · Politics