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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is all smiles in this photo taken on October 30th, 2017, at the inauguration of a sugar refinery.

Medián poll has Fidesz at 61% support

Viktor Orbán’s main concern in April 2018 may not be whether or not he wins a two-thirds majority in parliament, but rather if he can avoid the bad optics of having a veritable one party legislature after next year’s national elections. Medián, one of Hungary’s most prominent polling firms, has Fidesz at 61% support among decided voters–up four percentage points […]

by · November 1, 2017 · Politics
Thank you to Konrád Rigó for commemorating the Slovak National Uprising

Thank you to Konrád Rigó for commemorating the Slovak National Uprising

Last summer Konrád Rigó, a 38-year-old ethnic Hungarian and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture in Slovakia, gave a speech on Slovakia’s National Day. Mr. Rigó, who is a member of the Most-Híd party spoke at Dunajská Streda (Dunaszerdahely in Hungarian) explaining how sons of many nations fought with the partisans during World War II. In addition to […]

by · November 1, 2017 · East
Bill Browder speaking on CBC.

Canada’s Magnitsky Act may cause big ripples in Hungary and the U.S.

Bill S -226, which recently passed both the Senate and the House of Commons in Canada, may cause some sleepless nights for Hungarian strongman, Viktor Orbán, as he races towards an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in Hungary’s upcoming national elections. It may also have some unintended side-effects on the investigation into Russia’s intervention into last year’s US presidential […]

by · October 30, 2017 · Politics
The red boundary marks what forms historic Székelyföld (Szerklerland), namely the counties of Kovászna, Hargita and Maros. The first two have large Hungarian majorities.

Catalonia and Hungarian Transylvania — Are there parallels?

While the political leadership of the Hungarian community in Transylvania firmly rejected parallels between Catalonia’s drive for independence and the future status of Hungarian-majority Hargita and Kovászna counties in Romania, the Romanian-language media appears concerned. This is especially true since Catalonia’s dramatic unilateral declaration of independence on 27 October–which was followed by the Spanish central government’s swift move to suspend […]

by · October 29, 2017 · East
The remains of the Békevár Hungarian settlement (Saskatchewan)

Are there really 348,000 Hungarians in Canada?

Statistics Canada released numbers pertaining to ethnicity and immigration from the 2016 census this week, including revealing data on the number of Canadians who listed Hungarian as their sole ethno-cultural background, or one of several. There is one number, which can be misleading and is often used to justify the Hungarian government’s significant public spending in Hungarian-Canadian communities. This includes […]

by · October 27, 2017 · Diaspora
Fidesz on track to win three-fourths majority in 2018 elections

Fidesz on track to win three-fourths majority in 2018 elections

If Tárki’s most recent polling numbers are accurate, the question ahead of the April 2018 elections is whether Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party gains two-thirds of the seats in parliament or three-fourths. With Fidesz support now pegged at 59% in the Tárki poll–representing a 20% increase over the last two years–and in light of single constituency ridings that […]

by · October 26, 2017 · Politics
Armenian community protest in California,

Armenian community protests Lajos Kósa’s visit in Los Angeles

Lajos Kósa, the Orbán government’s Minister in charge of the Modern Cities Program, gave a speech on the evening of October 22 at the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles and the local Armenian community was called to demonstrate in front of the building. The protesters labelled the Orbán government as “morally bankrupt,” adding that it “brings shame to all […]

by · October 26, 2017 · Diaspora
Judy Young-Drache (left) and Bob Rae (right)

Flight to Freedom: Bob Rae gives keynote on anniversary of 1956 refugee crisis

The Honourable Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and currently special envoy to Myanmar, spoke at Saint Paul University on October 23rd, 2017, the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Chantal Beauvais, the rector of Saint Paul University, opened this day of the conference entitled Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957 by noting the University’s strong commitment to […]

by · October 23, 2017 · Focus
Amina Jalabi presenting photography pertaining to refugees. Photo: C. Adam.

Flight to Freedom — The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957 (Day 1)

Ottawa’s Saint Paul University was the site of the opening day of a conference organised on the sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the vast majority of Hungarian refugees to Canada and in the year of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. Mike Molloy, President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, opened the conference by reading the greetings from Ahmed Hussen, […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Focus
Mayor Bogdán and Consul General Ferenc Kunim (right) - friendly cooking in New York.

Hungary’s government media discredits mayor of Cserdi, László Bogdán

This is a case study of Hungary’s government sponsored “mob journalism.” Within weeks the celebrated mayor László Bogdán, Hungary’s successful Roma leader, has become an enemy of the people. David Kostelancik, the top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about disappearing independent media outlets. He has said that the remaining independent media “face pressure and intimidation.” “Government allies have […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Politics