Politics

Viktor Orbán (25 February 2019). Photo: Facebook.

Fidesz unlikely to agree to European People’s Party demands

Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) parliamentary faction has issued three demands of Fidesz if it is to be permitted to remain a member of the largest caucus in the European Parliament. Hungary’s ruling party, after launching yet another anti-Soros, anti-Brussels and now also anti-Jean Claude Juncker campaign, must: stop this campaign, apologize to the member parties […]

by · March 6, 2019 · Politics
Ten conservative allies demand Fidesz be expelled from European People’s Party

Ten conservative allies demand Fidesz be expelled from European People’s Party

Ten member parties of the conservative European People’s Party are formally demanding that Fidesz, which is presently running a negative ad campaign against fellow Christian Democrat President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Brussels, be expelled from the European Parliament’s largest faction. At least seven parties from five EU member states must agree to have a member party expelled from the […]

by · March 4, 2019 · Politics
The Orbán regime's newest propaganda campaign.

Fidesz politicians travel to Berlin to secretly mend fences with Christian Democrats

Hungarians who will soon receive a mailed letter from Viktor Orbán attacking Brussels, or who have seen the new anti-Soros and anti-Brussels billboards, which smear fellow Christian Democrat Jean-Claude Juncker, may think that Fidesz is engaged in a clear-cut and “noble” battle with a malevolent foreign power. What Fidesz supporters won’t know is that the ruling regime’s resolve is only […]

by · February 27, 2019 · Politics
Hungarian parliament on Monday, 18 February, after the entire opposition walks out in protest.

Opposition parties stage parliamentary walk-out and stand in solidarity with Suzuki workers

Hungary’s opposition parties presented a unified front Monday in walking out of a session of parliament to protest the widely panned overtime law, more colloquially known as the “slave law.” Rather than participating in the work of parliament, where the ruling Fidesz party has a two-thirds majority and where there is absolutely no chance for the opposition to effect change […]

by · February 18, 2019 · Politics
Szijjártó and Bolton

US expects Orbán to confront Russian influence and keep “ironclad commitment” to NATO

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently invited representatives from 79 countries to an all-day meeting on defeating Islamic State and other enemies of the US-led coalition in the Middle East. President Trump and State Secretary Pompeo spoke to the guests. Pompeo called the withdrawal of US troops from Syria as a “tactical change” that does not change the US […]

by · February 9, 2019 · Politics
Hungarian headline of upcoming Pompeo visit

Orbán announces Pompeo visit to Budapest – State Department does not know about it

A couple of days ago Prime Minister Viktor Orbán hinted that preparations were underway for a visit to Budapest by US Secretary State Mike Pompeo. Foreign Minister Péter Szijjartó was more specific; he told the media that Pompeo’s visit will take place in mid-February. Newspaper headlines appeared praising the “excellent relations” between the two countries and celebrating the after eight […]

by · February 5, 2019 · Politics
Mr. Pásztor as Hungary’s Consul General in New York.

Hungary’s spy chief István Pásztor is the new Consul General in New York

In a highly unusual move Hungary has named István Pásztor to the post of Consul General in New York. In the past Pásztor led Hungary’s civilian intelligence services in the rank of general. It is puzzling that the Orbán government has appointed a professional soldier, who started his career in Hungary’s military intelligence before moving to civilian spying, to this […]

by · January 30, 2019 · Politics
Viktor Orbán in Jerusalem in 2018. Photo: Haaretz.

Viktor Orbán, the Visegrád Group and Israel

For the first time in the Visegrád Group’s history, the leaders of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will hold a summit outside of Europe, notably in Jerusalem. It is known that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán maintains a close working relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that Fidesz has borrowed some elements of its political strategy […]

by · January 29, 2019 · Politics
Obama’s Ambassador to Budapest Ms. Eleni Kounalakis, Senator Ms. Dianne Feinstein (middle) and Orbán’s ex-Ambassador to Washington, Ms. Réka Szemerkényi – all smiles.

US Senators introduce resolution condemning Hungary’s Orbán government

Eighty-five year-old US Senator, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) is one of the most powerful politicians in the US. She recently introduced a strongly worded Resolution in the US Senate condemning Viktor Orbán’s regime. The Resolution is supported by two other Senate heavyweights, Mr. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn). The title of the Resolutions is: Condemning efforts to undermine democracy […]

by · January 28, 2019 · Politics
Ambassador Szemerkényi, Rep. Steve King and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó at the Hungarian Embassy opening.

White supremacist Congressman Steve King is Orbán’s friend

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. has announced that the Republican Steering Committee voted unanimously to remove Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from all committees after his comments about white nationalism. The Republicans revoked King’s assignments to the Judiciary, Agriculture, and Small Business Committees. McCarthy added that further moves have not been ruled out, including censuring or reprimanding him. “I think […]

by · January 16, 2019 · Politics