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Left: Ms. Novák. Right: Ms. Rácz.

Hungary — Where a 22 year old Fidesz operative is appointed Deputy Minister of State

In most countries, it would be difficult to imagine a 22 year old who has yet to complete a university education and having no relevant professional experience being appointed Deputy Minister of State. Hungary, it would appear, is the land of such possibilities, provided one is a demonstrably faithful to Fidesz, the ruling party. This week, we learned that Katalin […]

by · December 4, 2019 · Politics
Questions of Colonialism and Victimhood in Hungarian History and Society

Questions of Colonialism and Victimhood in Hungarian History and Society

The Hungarian Studies Association of Canada invites proposals for individual papers, posters, roundtable discussions, workshops, complete panels, and other innovative presentations and sessions for our annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Western Ontario, May 31-June 2, 2020. As in years past we will consider proposals on any […]

by · December 3, 2019 · Diaspora
Claire Szabó with her father Miklós Szabó in Budapest.

Claire Szabó, New Zealand Labour Party’s newly elected leader is also a Hungarian citizen

A truly surprising story from New Zealand. The ruling Labour Party has elected Claire Szabó as its new president. New Zealand-born Szabó is also a Hungarian citizen, her father served as Hungary’s Honorary Consul in the past. The 41-year-old politician has an unusual life story. Her father arrived to New Zealand as a refugee after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution when […]

by · December 1, 2019 · Diaspora
Far-right State Secretary Árpád János Potápi manages the Petőfi Sándor Program.  He admires pro-Hitler Miklós Horthy and keeps his painting in his government office.

Ukraine declares eight Hungarian activists “persona non grata”

Eight Orbán-paid activists have been abruptly recalled from Ukraine. They are part of the so called Petőfi Sándor Program. The Hungarian Government did not release their names. As part of an über-nationalist lobbying program, Hungary sends paid activists to western Ukraine to improve the national identity of the Hungarian minority by teaching Hungarian language, folk music and leading dance groups. […]

by · November 23, 2019 · Politics
Mr. Péter Völgyesi, Mr. Miklós Maróti, Mr. Péter Horváth and Mr. Sándor Szilvási.

Hungarian-American team wins $1 million in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

The MarmotE Team, a group of young Hungarian-American scientists placed second and won $1 million in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge in Los Angeles, California. It is worth to mention that the MarmotE team already won $1.5 million earlier by taking the top prize in 2017 and the second place in 2018. That brings their total winnings to $2.5 million. […]

by · November 18, 2019 · Diaspora
Audi Hungaria celebrates the production of its 500,000th car in this file photo.

Audi Hungaria – layoff rumours

It seems that Audi Hungaria is “downsizing” and based on employee data thousands of positions will be eliminated. According to press reports Audi is not renewing the contracts of 1,200 fixed-term employees at the Győr plant. The Trade Union said: “So far, it has been about not renewing the contracts of employees…. When someone signs a fixed-term contract, it is […]

by · November 14, 2019 · East
Budapest at a standstill, thousands march against Erdogan, Orbán, Putin

Budapest at a standstill, thousands march against Erdogan, Orbán, Putin

The waitress in our favorite restaurant was livid. “I had to take a cab to get to work today because public transportation was shut down” – she complained. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was visiting Budapest on November 7 with massive closures throughout the city all day. Budapest came to a standstill. Thousands marched against the Turkish President’s visit, many […]

by · November 7, 2019 · Politics
Gergely Karácsony, Mayor-elect of Budapest.

Hungary’s democratic opposition scores major election victory

After nine years in the wilderness, Hungary’s opposition parties scored major electoral victories across the country and especially in Budapest in local elections, where a centre-left alliance of parties won the mayoral race, achieved a solid majority on the municipal council and won back nine districts from Fidesz. Moreover, support for Fidesz in the traditionally conservative and affluent Buda districts […]

by · October 14, 2019 · Politics
A Statement from Scarlett Johansson

A Statement from Scarlett Johansson

On September 24 the Hungarian Free Press reported that Hungary’s government-controlled press widely distributed photos of Budapest Mayor István Tarlós with American filmstar Scarlett Johansson. From the misleading caption Hungarian readers might have concluded that the popular filmstar endorsed Tarlós. (Read the article here.) Now Johansson issued a statement–and it’s particularly relevant as Hungarians across the country vote in local […]

by · October 13, 2019 · Politics
Kurt Volker frequently attended Hungarian events in the US, here with Eva Voisin, Honorary Consul in San Francisco (left) and Max Teleki of the Hungarian American American Coalition (right)

Kurt Volker’s McCain Institute received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Orbán Government

As the Hungarian Free Press reported earlier Ambassador Kurt Volker, US State Department’s special envoy to Ukraine, abruptly resigned after the release of the declassified version of the whistleblower complaint. It is suspected that Volker worked with Rudy Giuliani and met with Ukrainian leaders to help “navigate” Trump’s demands for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. As it turns out, his boss, […]

by · October 8, 2019 · Diaspora