Politics

Viktor Orbán addressing the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Will Hungary’s Fidesz be expelled from the European People’s Party?

It turns out that Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s hard right chancellor, was an agent of George Soros all along. He must have also been an adept confidence trickster to so successfully mislead his Hungarian fans up until now.  Supporters of the Orbán regime are being fed a new narrative Tuesday morning, after the Austrian leader indicated that he supports enacting Article […]

by · September 11, 2018 · Politics
Hungarians celebrate Vladimir Putin and Russian influence on the streets of Budapest. Photo: MTI.

Russian spy chief, oligarchs and Kremlin operatives accessed Hungarian cash-for-residency program

Hungary served as a key gateway to the European Union for a growing number of Russian spies, oligarchs and Kremlin political operatives, thanks to the sale of residency bonds between 2013 and 2017. A joint investigative report by the 444 news site, Direkt36 and Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, published in both Hungarian and English, shows that Russian citizens who should have […]

by · September 10, 2018 · Politics
Amb. Cornstein (second from left) with previous Ambassador Ms. Colleen Bell (second from right) with their spouses.

A letter to Ambassador David B. Cornstein from Professor János Kertész

Mr. David B. Cornstein, the new US Ambassador to Budapest, recently gave a lengthy interview to the Hungarian magazine Szombat. Amb. Cornstein discussed his mother’s Hungarian family roots, his career goals and several issues of US-Hungary relations. In general, Cornstein does not see problems with Hungary’s Human Rights record, press freedom or separation of powers. In fact, he insists that […]

by · September 9, 2018 · Politics
Tomi Fluor

New targets added to Fidesz propagandist’s “Stalinist” hit list

We have covered professional Fidesz propagandist, Árpád Szakács, and his list of targets before. He is the singularly vindictive author of an on-going series of articles in the Magyar Idők daily, which aims to name and shame left-leaning or liberal artists, and then advocate for them to lose any public funding or support that they may receive. Some five-hundred Hungarian […]

by · September 2, 2018 · Politics
Mr. Eugene Megyesy, Senator McCain and PM Orbán in Budapest.

John McCain’s comments on Orbán and his own domestic political legacy

Senator John McCain was a towering figure of American politics, a warrior, a complex man with remarkable intellect and deep political insight. His political enemies, including President Trump, often attacked him by questioning his heroism in the Vietnam War. András Göllner paid his respects to the late Senator in a piece entitled “Thank you, Senator John McCain.” (Read here.) I […]

by · August 29, 2018 · Politics
Hungary’s Mr. Tristan Azbej (left) claims that he discussed a “joint US-Hungarian humanitarian action” with Jared Kushner.  The White House didn’t confirm.

Jared Kushner, Erdogan and Hungary’s dubious program for persecuted Christians

On July 27 Deputy State Secretary Tristan Azbej tweeted his smiling photo with Jared Kushner. “Privilege to meet @jaredkushner, advisor (& son-in-law) to @realDonaldTrump and to receive acknowledgment for our program dedicated to aid the persecuted Christian communities. Mr. Kushner was supportive of the idea of joint US-Hungarian humanitarian action. #IRFMinisterial” Joint US-Hungarian humanitarian action? The White House has not […]

by · August 16, 2018 · Politics
Henry Reichman

American academics protest Hungary’s gender studies ban

Henry Reichman, Professor Emeritus California State University, East Bay has published an article on the Academe Blog (the blog of Academe magazine) about the Hungarian government’s proposal that gender studies courses may no longer be offered in Hungary. The blog also published a protest letter addressed to Mr. József Bódis, Hungarian State Secretary. Prof. Reichman has raised some interesting issues […]

by · August 15, 2018 · Politics
Gender studies programs to be banned in Hungary

Gender studies programs to be banned in Hungary

The Orbán regime introduced legislation to shut down accredited gender studies programs offered by universities in Hungary. Academics now have 24 hours to respond to the government’s plan. The ban will primarily impact students at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE)–the only institution in Hungary, other than Central European University, to offer gender studies at the graduate level, and the […]

by · August 10, 2018 · Politics
Lord Mayoe István Tarlós. Photo: 24.hu

The fate of Budapest may hinge on István Tarlós

If István Tarlós, the 70 year old mayor of Budapest, decides not to run for a third term in the 2019 municipal elections, Fidesz is likely to eliminate the position of lord mayor (főpolgármester) altogether, rather than face the risk of losing the Budapest mayoralty to an opposition candidate. According to sources quoted by the HVG weekly, Fidesz believes that […]

by · August 8, 2018 · Politics
Reflections after a summer vacation in Hungary

Reflections after a summer vacation in Hungary

It seems that an annual summer trip to Hungary has become something of a ritual for me. Initially, now well over a decade ago, I would travel back for archival research–first for my MA thesis, then for my PhD dissertation, or for the odd conference presentation. Then as I became more involved in the country’s public discourse over the past […]

by · August 3, 2018 · Politics