Politics

Isabelle Poupart

Canada’s ambassador to Hungary issues statement on endangered academic freedom

Isabelle Poupart, Canada’s ambassador to Hungary, issued what was perhaps the most unequivocal statement yet from the Government of Canada on the Orbán regime’s attacks against academic freedom and its on-going attempt to shut down Central European University. The Budapest regime’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, summoned Ambassador Poupart, asserting that the Canadian diplomat made “false accusations” and adding […]

by · May 5, 2017 · Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Canada’s New Democratic Party has serious concerns about erosion of democracy in Hungary

Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) expressed its serious concerns about the state of democracy in Hungary in a comment provided to the Hungarian Free Press. The comment was made by Hélène Laverdière, the NDP’s Critic for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for the riding of Laurier – Sainte-Marie. HFP asked Ms. Laverdière to comment on  the many rule of […]

by · May 2, 2017 · Politics
Viktor Orbán in Brussels on Saturday. Photo: MTI.

European People’s Party chaos — Viktor Orbán claims he made no promise on CEU law

The European People’s Party, which is rapidly losing its remaining credibility, is getting a first-hand taste of how Prime Minister Viktor Orbán operates. After the EPP published a strongly worded statement Saturday morning, in which it claimed that the EPP presidium “asked Fidesz and the Hungarian authorities to take all necessary steps to comply with the Commission’s request” about amending […]

by · April 29, 2017 · Politics
EPP logo

Viktor Orbán agrees to amend anti-CEU law after threat from European People’s Party

Hungary intends to adhere to every request made by the European Commission, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán confirmed on Saturday, in what was a reportedly heated, tense meeting with the European People’s Party, of which Fidesz is a member.  The EPP had reportedly raised the possibility of suspending Fidesz membership in the conservative parliamentary group if Mr. Orbán does not amend […]

by · April 29, 2017 · Politics
Republikon Intézet / 24.hu

Opposition party support rises, Fidesz dips slightly after CEU affair

The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Jobbik have both seen their support rise, while Fidesz dipped slightly in the newest Republikon poll. While the series of mass protests, the contentious anti-CEU legislation and Jobbik’s billboard campaign against Fidesz corruption have resulted in a modest boost in popular support for the two largest opposition parties, all of these events have had […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Politics
Gábor Klaniczay, Professor of Medieval History at CEU.

CEU – Academic freedom discussion at UC Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley held a panel discussion this week about the situation at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. The panel guests were István Rév, the Director the Open Society Archive at CEU, who is currently a visiting professor of History at UC Berkeley, and Gábor Klaniczay, a Professor of Medieval History at CEU. The moderator […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Politics
Viktor Orbán speaking in the European Parliament. Photo: MTI.

Viktor Orbán defends his regime in the European Parliament

“This situation is like when someone is accused of murder, he is convicted, yet the murder victim is alive and is pointing his finger at the accused all along,” said a belligerent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán during the European Parliament’s special session on Hungary. Mr. Orbán was referring to what the Hungarian leader claims are false accusations leveled against his […]

by · April 26, 2017 · Politics
János Áder at Trefort. Photo: MTI.

President János Áder takes heat from Hungarian high school students

If students at Budapest’s Ágoston Trefort Secondary School are representative of a new, young generation of educated Hungarians, then that would be very positive news indeed for the future of Hungary. We know, of course, that Trefort is an elite secondary school–almost exclusively for students seeking to attend university. President János Áder visited Trefort to give a talk about environmental issues […]

by · April 25, 2017 · Politics
Michael Ignatieff, Rector of CEU

Ignatieff’s last stand in Budapest

Former Liberal Party of Canada leader Michael Ignatieff was not alive on April 4, 1945, when the Russian Red Army liberated Hungary from the remaining elements of a dogged, pro-Nazi resistance. That liberation was the start of a 45 year long period of Russian led, anti-liberal rule in Hungary, which only ended in 1990. On April 4, 2017, as Rector […]

by · April 24, 2017 · Politics
Bence Bitskey in the middle, with former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány to his right.

Sweeping left-wing victory in Budapest by-election — Major drop in Fidesz support

Fidesz support in a closely watched by-election in the Budapest district of Zugló has collapsed, with the left-wing opposition winning a sweeping victory. Bence Bitskey, the joint candidate for the Democratic Coalition, the Hungarian Socialist Party, the small Dialogue party and a local civic group garnered 790 votes, compared to just 404 for Fidesz. While the left won in this […]

by · April 23, 2017 · Politics