Politics

Viktor Orbán at the St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest. Photo: Facebook.

Viktor Orbán: Muslim majority in Europe coming soon

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave an interview to the German tabloid daily Bild, in which he predicted that Muslims will form the majority population within Europe “in the foreseeable future,” thanks to immigration. Bild once again has the situation in Hungary as its cover page story. “If Europe allows for competition between cultures, Christians will lose,” added Hungary’s prime minister. According […]

by · September 12, 2015 · Politics
Fence along the border between Hungary and Serbia. Photo: MTI.

Hungary’s fences and ladders

Hungary is spending billions of forints (millions of euros), using prisoners and soldiers, to build a 180 km (110 mile) long, 3-meter (10-foot) high fence along its border to protect the nation from the asylum-seekers that it is currently brutalizing. The fence is being constructed by 350 prisoners, who are being paid $117 per month each for their work. Ebay […]

by · September 12, 2015 · Politics
Mr. Fellegi and Ms. Kounalakis at the Hunnovators Conference in March 2015.

Former US Ambassador to Hungary says Orbán is a xenophobe

Eleni Kounalakis, who was the US ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013, recently published a memoir about her service entitled – Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest. The book contains critical remarks of the Orbán government. Now Ambassador Kounalakis has written an opinion piece in The New York Times calling Mr. Orbán a […]

by · September 11, 2015 · Politics
Mr. Orbán reads the cover page of the pro-government Magyar Idők daily, which features a headline warning readers about the risks of Hungary turning into an Islamic caliphate.

What’s Viktor Orbán’s end game in the refugee crisis?

If we listen to Klára Ungár, a liberal politician and economist, and over two decades ago, a much younger Viktor Orbán’s former colleague, the Hungarian prime minister has gone too far and can no longer save himself from his own downfall. “There is no longer anything that Orbán can do, in order to save himself. Whether he cooperates or digs […]

by · September 10, 2015 · Politics
Palestinian artist Hasan Abadi depicts Hungarian reporter Petra László physically assaulting Syrian children in Hungary.

Fascism and inhumanity in Hungary – illustrated by Hasan Abadi

Hasan Abadi is a 26 year old artist from Nablus, Palestine, who like millions around the world has been horrified by the ill treatment of Syrian refugees in Hungary, both by government authorities, as well as by the nationalist right in general. The story of a female Hungarian television reporter, Petra László, kicking, tripping and otherwise physically assaulting Syrian children […]

by · September 10, 2015 · Politics
A Syrian child sleeping out in the open, at Röszke, one of the main refugee transit points in Hungary. Photo: NL Café.

Orbán’s hate campaign bears fruit — Hungarian reporter brutally assaults Syrian children

Hungary’s Fidesz government has managed to almost completely desensitize its right-wing supporters and much of Hungarian society to the plight of hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees from Syria, thanks to the overtly xenophobic billboard campaign that it ran for weeks before the acute phase of the refugee crisis. This week, a female camerawoman for the N1 TV online news […]

by · September 9, 2015 · Politics
Ambassador Ódor and Hungary’s Contempt for Human Rights:  Making Excuses Instead of Amends

Ambassador Ódor and Hungary’s Contempt for Human Rights: Making Excuses Instead of Amends

Hungary’s ambassador to Canada, Bálint Ódor,  sent letters to the editor to various Canadian news outlets, in which he attempted to whitewash the shockingly vicious actions of his xenophobic government against Syrian refugees and blamed the media and other EU member states for the crisis. Here is a response from Professor Stevan Harnad: The Ódor excuses are rank and all-too-familiar […]

by · September 9, 2015 · Politics
Source: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI.

The Dictator’s Bog-Standard M.O.

It is by now patently obvious that the refugee “crisis” that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has artificially and systematically created had 3 goals: (1) to divert attention from Orbán’s many mounting corruption scandals, (2) to re-assert and reinforce Orbán’s populistic self-image as the nation’s protector against the invasion of the Turks and the exploitation by the EU and (3) […]

by · September 7, 2015 · Politics
Zsolt Enyedi

Zsolt Enyedi at UC Berkeley – Hungary’s challenge to liberal democracy

Zsolt Enyedi, Professor of Political Science at Central European University Budapest, will speak at the University of California at Berkeley on September 2, 12-1:30 p.m., 270 Stephens Hall. (Details here.) For some of us it is becoming clear that Fidesz is pursuing the same far-right policies as Jobbik, Hungary’s neo-Nazi party, and the country is slowly becoming a totalitarian state. […]

by · September 2, 2015 · Politics
Fortress Europe. Source: caef.org.uk.

Europe’s shame–Reflections on the sick, old and inward-looking European Union

Despite the fact that thousands of refugees are arriving in Hungary, the average citizen hardly notices this crisis. Although one can see Afghans and Syrians at major railway stations, the majority of people are not faced directly with the problem. And this is quite simply because the majority of those arriving in Hungary end up leaving the country within a […]

by · August 23, 2015 · Politics