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Sapientia's campus in Marosvásárhely.

Attack against CEU may endanger Hungarian universities in Romania

Romania’s former prime minister, Victor Ponta, expressed his enthusiasm for planned legislation in Hungary, which endangers the future of Central European University in Budapest. Mr. Ponta, a Member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, indicated that he intends to propose a similar law, in order to restrict the activities of foreign universities on Romanian soil. This may serve as a […]

by · April 2, 2017 · East
Lukacs after

The Viktatorship strikes at dawn – the removal of the György (Georg) Lukács statue

It was still dark last Tuesday morning at Szent István Park, Budapest, when the trucks arrived. At dawn as the first light appeared workers dismantled the György (Georg) Lukács statue. They were quiet, fast and efficient and it seemed that they had lots of experience. In a short time the statue of the renowned Marxist philosopher was gone. There is […]

by · March 31, 2017 · Culture
Dániel Deák: Declaration of Protest and Appeal against attack on CEU

Dániel Deák: Declaration of Protest and Appeal against attack on CEU

By amending the Higher Education Act (through bill No. T/14686), the Hungarian government attacks the “Central European University“ on three points at least: – CEU is not substantiated by an international treaty, as required by the new law, since the basis of its foundation was not a special agreement made with the Hungarian government, but simply the possibility arising from […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Politics
CEU in Budapest, at the corner of Nádor utca.

For embattled CEU, there is life outside Hungary

We have all seen this film before. The Orbán government uses its legislative might to launch an explicit attack against an institution, a prominent group, a principle or an individual. It then lines up its media empire to spread misinformation and heated rhetoric against the new public enemy number one, while successfully galvanizing and transforming its most primitive supporters into […]

by · March 29, 2017 · Politics
Central European University - Budapest.

Orbán regime threatens to shut down Central European University

Michael Ignatieff, Central European University’s rector and a citizen of Canada, wrote a public letter to professors, students and graduates of CEU to inform them that the Orbán government intends to draft legislation that directly threatens the future of this Budapest-based, English-language institution. Mr. Ignatieff emphasized: “The claim that we do not have program accreditation is entirely false. The claim […]

by · March 28, 2017 · Politics
Andy Harris

Rep. Andy Harris, co-chair of the Hungarian Caucus helped to defeat Trump’s health bill

It was President Trump’s first major political defeat. Last week GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor when it became clear it would fail. House Speaker Paul Ryan told President Trump that he was unable to convince fellow republicans and the bill would not pass. The Freedom Caucus, a group of influential conservative congressman played […]

by · March 27, 2017 · Politics
Csaba Dömötör / MTI.

Stop the European Union! Orbán government launches new “national consultation”

The Orbán government announced that it is turning to the people to help it “stop Brussels” on six different fronts. The ruling Fidesz party is launching another so-called “national consultation,” which is nothing more than a polemical and partisan campaign exercise, using taxpayers’ money, aimed at convincing Hungarians that they are at war with the West, the European Union, with […]

by · March 26, 2017 · Politics
Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Foreign Minister and Mr. Sebastian Gorka President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser.

Sebastian Gorka – Orbán’s man in the Trump White House

This is the fourth installment of a series of articles appearing in HFP on the meteoric rise of Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser. Recently questions have been raised about Mr. Gorka’s competence and his connection to anti-Semitic groups and individuals. (See: Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3 ) Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary, wants to […]

by · March 24, 2017 · Antisemitism
Karl Pfeifer

The Orbán regime takes Horthy’s Hungary as an example

I have known the dark ages of Hungary. As a child, during World War Two, I experienced first-hand Hungarian ultra-nationalism and anti-Semitism. I managed to avoid deportation and murder in Auschwitz by fleeing to Palestine in 1943, along with 49 other Jewish children. Decades later, I returned to Hungary during the years of Communism. As a journalist writing for major […]

by · March 22, 2017 · Antisemitism
Mr. Gorka (left) appeared Mr. Tamás Molnár (middle), vice-chairman of the Jobbik party and Mr. László Grespik far-right activist at a press conference in 2006 at the Corvin movie theatre, Budapest.

Sebastian Gorka’s association with far-right, pro-Iranian political figures in Hungary

This is the third installment of a series of articles appearing in HFP on the meteoric rise of Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser. Recently questions have been raised about Mr. Gorka’s competence and his connection to anti-Semitic groups and individuals. (See: Part 1 & Part 2.) Hungary’s far-right movement is pro-Iranian, in fact, according to press reports the Iranian […]

by · March 18, 2017 · Antisemitism