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Nikola Gruevski and Viktor Orbán

The Gruevski affair and how Viktor Orbán turned Hungary into a criminal state

On Tuesday, Hungary formally granted asylum to convicted felon and former Prime Minister of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski. Hungarian Foreign Ministry officials actively aided the disgraced former politician in escaping from Macedonia without a valid passport prior to the start of a two year prison sentence for corruption. The Hungarian Immigration and Asylum Office, according to a report in the pro-government Magyar […]

by · November 20, 2018 · Politics
Ultimatum with a smile - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry delivered a warning to pro-Putin Viktor Orbán

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has travelled to Budapest to warn Prime Minister Orbán. The US won’t tolerate Orbán’s cozy relationship with Russian President Mr. Putin and won’t allow NATO member Hungary to slip over to the Russian sphere of influence. Secretary Perry, a fifth-generation Texan understands energy and knows that Russia keeps Orbán on a short leash. Hungary gets […]

by · November 16, 2018 · Politics
Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (L) welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) in Ohrid, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 28 September 2017. Hungarian  Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived in Ohrid to meat the leader of  opposition VMRO DPMNE and Former PM  Nikola Gruevski on the start of election campaign for the local election. Macedonia will vote for the local election on 15 October 2017.  EPA-EFE/ALEKSANDAR KOVACEVSKI

Hungary explains why “persecuted” former Macedonian PM deserves asylum

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski fled his home country ahead of his two year prison sentence on a corruption-related conviction and has claimed political asylum in Hungary. Mr. Gruevski ignored the order to surrender to authorities on 9 November, in order to begin his prison sentence and instead escaped to Budapest. He claimed that he had no choice but to flee […]

by · November 14, 2018 · Politics
Magyar Bank’s management at the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Magyar Bank – New Brunswick, New Jersey

I was intrigued by the fact that there is a small bank in New Brunswick, New Jersey called Magyar Bank. Americans and Canadians are always surprised to learn that Hungary’s name (in Hungarian) is Magyarország, the land of the Magyars. Magyar Bank has an interesting history. Originally it was founded in 1922 as the Magyar Building and Loan Association by […]

by · November 10, 2018 · Diaspora
Ex-Congressman Ernie Könnyű’s xenophobic speech at the San Francisco 56 commemoration

Ex-Congressman Ernie Könnyű’s xenophobic speech at the San Francisco 56 commemoration

81-year-old Ernie Könnyű, who is a former member of the U.S. Congress, has been the keynote speaker at San Francisco 1956 commemoration events since 1987. He is now retiring and his farewell speech was delivered on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the State Office Building on Van Ness Blvd., San Francisco, California. After the full text of […]

by · November 6, 2018 · Diaspora
Security hired by Csepel. Photo: 24.hu / János Marjai.

Hungarian authorities physically assault the homeless in Budapest

In Hungary, it’s not actually the police that are tasked with brutality, but rather private security firms hired by local governments or national institutes and ministries. I witnessed this first hand in 2016 (and I reported on this phenomenon in HFP at the time). This week we learned that the practice of outsourcing police brutality to the private sector is […]

by · November 2, 2018 · Politics
Miami Mayor Suarez and Hungary’s President Áder.

Miami – Soros pipebomb and Hungarian President’s visit

US federal law enforcement officials have identified the suspect who sent explosive packages to more than a dozen Trump critics, including Hungarian-American George Soros. Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. is 56 years old and lives in Aventura, just north of Miami. Sayoc also posted hateful Facebook and Twitter messages targeting Soros under various aliases. He is currently being held at a […]

by · October 31, 2018 · Politics
Zsolt Császy in September 2018.

Inmate Császy — An interview with a political prisoner of the Orbán regime

We last spoke in the summer of 2017. (See HFP’s piece here and here.) At that time, you had been sentenced to two and a half years in prison and your partner, Miklós Tátrai, received three years from the Curia for the Sukoró land swap deal of 2008. When I interviewed you with Christopher Adam at this time, you came […]

by · October 26, 2018 · Focus
CEU Budapest

CEU building receives architecture prize; university might be forced to move

The highly regarded Central European University (CEU) recently completed a new building in downtown Budapest which was named among the four finalists in the Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize, an award honoring the world’s best new buildings. The new structure is considered “a triumph of contextual architecture — a mixture of new and refurbished structures that delicately nod […]

by · October 25, 2018 · Politics
The Real Las Vegas

The Real Las Vegas

Balázs Éry is a Hungarian musician, songwriter and a contributor to our sister publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. He wrote a Hungarian-language piece for KMH on his recent experiences in Las Vegas and submitted an English version for publication in the Hungarian Free Press. * During those few days which I spent in Robert Goulet‘s villa in Nevada – enjoying […]

by · October 24, 2018 · Culture