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
Blanka Nagy. Screen shot from Ripost.hu

Fidesz media launch national character assassination against high school teenager

Blanka Nagy, the 18 year old high school student from the town of Kiskunfélegyháza, is getting quite a brutal life lesson in how the expansive Fidesz media empire coordinates character assassinations against anyone who speaks up against the Orbán regime. High school students are targets too–there are no exceptions and there is no mercy. Miss Nagy spoke at a December […]

by · January 15, 2019 · Politics
A Hungarian pensioner.

No apology — Hungarian pensions delayed due to “glitch”

It would be a tad hypocritical to lambaste the Hungarian government from across the pond in Canada, for what appears to have been a technical glitch resulting in a delay in pension and various social solidarity disbursements. Canadian readers will recall the Phoenix payroll debacle. Tens of thousands of federal civil servants were underpaid, not paid at all or in […]

by · January 14, 2019 · Politics
Hungarian Student Union.

Hungarian students disrupt deputy secretary of state during speech

What happened on Saturday morning to Deputy State Secretary for Higher Education at an exhibit in Budapest serves as another modest warning to the now inaccurately named ruling party, the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz), that its previous hold on Hungarian youth has vanished. Zita Horváth was about to give a speech at the Educatio Exhibit in the Hungarian capital […]

by · January 12, 2019 · Politics
Béla Lipták

On Béla Lipták’s defense of the indefensible

It’s heartening to see how the trolls come out of the woodwork when their master, Europe’s most successful affinity fraud artist, Viktor Orbán and his enablers, such as Béla Lipták, the head of The American-Hungarian Lobby, are criticized in the media. I shall pass over the refuse these trolls leave behind them in the underpass of The Hungarian Free Press […]

by · January 8, 2019 · Politics
Orbán dismantles independent Hungarian court system – American Bar Association is concerned

Orbán dismantles independent Hungarian court system – American Bar Association is concerned

Authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is working hard (and efficiently) to dismantle independent democratic institutions in Hungary. Now he tightened his grip on the court system by creating a parallel judicial structure under his trusted justice minister. The new system will be in place within a year and Mr. Orbán will have full control of hiring and promoting its judges. […]

by · January 4, 2019 · Politics
Photo: György Lázár

Imre Nagy statue removed predawn from Budapest square

Imre Nagy is a hero of Hungary, prime minister twice, his second term during the tragic and failed revolution of 1956. Nagy was captured and tried by the Communists and executed in 1958. He was buried in an unmarked grave. Nagy’s name could not to be mentioned during the Kádár regime. At his reburial in 1989 a crowd of 200,000 […]

by · December 28, 2018 · Politics