Politics

Ferenc Kumin

Ferenc Kumin to be Hungary’s new ambassador to Canada

Forty-three year old Ferenc Kumin, currently Consul General in New York, will become Hungary’s new ambassador in Ottawa. The Index news site reported on this, based on both government and opposition sources. We also learned that Hungary’s former spy chief, István Pásztor, will replace Mr. Kumin in New York, as the new Consul General. Mr. Pásztor, until recently, headed the […]

by · July 12, 2018 · Politics
Fournier received the award from Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.

The Orbán Government insults French President Emmanuel Macron

It seems that Hungary has intentionally insulted French President Emmanuel Macron. Here is the story. In a confidential memo dated June 18 and addressed to Macron’s office, French Ambassador to Budapest, Mr. Éric Fournier claimed that Hungary was a “model” for dealing with migrants and that accusations of populism against Prime Minister Orbán were media fabrications. Fournier wrote that the […]

by · July 11, 2018 · Politics
Fidesz holds Budapest’s Józsefváros in mayoral election amidst 23 percent turn-out

Fidesz holds Budapest’s Józsefváros in mayoral election amidst 23 percent turn-out

Seventy-seven percent of the residents of Józsefváros, otherwise known as Budapest’s 8th District, decided that it did not matter to them who would occupy the mayor’s office or that as voters, they have no power to remove Fidesz from power anyway. Two morsels of opposition wisdom can be questioned after the results in Józsefváros, which saw Botond Sára (Fidesz) garner […]

by · July 9, 2018 · Politics
Deadly bacterial outbreak traced to Hungarian food plant; local media is mum

Deadly bacterial outbreak traced to Hungarian food plant; local media is mum

Hungary’s government-controlled media is mum about a serious outbreak connected to a Hungarian food plant. Since 2015 there have been 47 cases of listeria infection and nine patients have died. The fatality rate is 19%! (Read the Guardian’s article about the outbreak.) The European Food Safety Authority has warned that the probable source of the listeria infection is a frozen […]

by · July 7, 2018 · Politics
Richard Beaudette OMI

We cannot be silent or inactive

This weekend we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. John was a prophet, sent to proclaim God’s word to Israel, to remind them of their vocation as God’s People and to announce the coming of the Messiah. Like John the Baptist and all the prophets who came before and after him, we too are called to a prophetic ministry […]

by · June 23, 2018 · Politics
Budapest Opera’s Billy Elliot poster.

Billy Elliot is not tolerated by the homophobe Orbán regime in Budapest

Gay bashing seems to be the official policy in Hungary. The Orbán Government has no openly gay members and there are no gays in the ruling Fidesz party either. Orbán loyalists have no gay relatives, not even gay acquaintances. Mr. Orbán’s cultural advisor Imre Kerényi wants to stop “the faggot lobby,” Budapest Mayor István Tarlós says that homosexuality as “unnatural […]

by · June 22, 2018 · Politics
Bertalan Tóth at Sunday's MSZP Congress. Photo: MTI.

The new face of the Hungarian Socialist Party

Starting Monday, Bertalan Tóth faces a most unenviable task, following his election as leader of the Hungarian Socialist Party, winning 54% of the ballots cast at the MSZP congress on Sunday. The 42 year old politician has less than a year to salvage the Hungarian Socialist Party–the dominant political formation in Hungary for two decades following the transition to democracy […]

by · June 17, 2018 · Politics
Flóra Tiskóczki affixes a label to Yellow Star House at Népszinház utca 16. Photo: MTI.

Hungarian Christian Democrats desecrate Yellow-Star House in Budapest

Politicians and activists of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) decided that it was time to affix labels to buildings and houses in Budapest that serve as homes to NGOs, which work with legal immigrants and refugees. The stickers affixed to the entrances of these buildings read: “An organization that supports immigration” (Bevándorlást támogató szervezet, in Hungarian). Note that KDNP […]

by · June 14, 2018 · Politics
A homeless man on Central Budapest's Andrássy út.

Homelessness to become unconstitutional in Hungary

It’s certainly not the first time that Fidesz, Hungary’s ruling party, moves to criminalize homelessness. But this time the Orbán government is preparing to go further than ever before, by amending the country’s Fundamental Law, to make homelessness unconstitutional. The amendment would make it illegal for anyone to “habitually” reside in public spaces. Fidesz MP and Viktor Orbán’s former lawyer […]

by · June 12, 2018 · Politics
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Québec.

The return of the Ugly American

Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau once quipped, in a good natured way, that living next to the US is like sleeping next to an elephant. After hearing this Sunday’s extraordinarily virulent and unfair attacks on his son, by Donald Trump and his White House lap-dogs, Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow, Canadians are bracing themselves: the elephant has gone […]

by · June 11, 2018 · Politics