Post Tagged with: "European Union"

Mr. Tiborcz pours Mr. Orbán some pálinka.

How the European Union enriched the Orbán family

Close observers of Hungarian politics are not surprised to learn that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, a vociferous critic of Brussels at home, uses the European Union as a “cash register.” Any Hungarian entrepreneur would also know that winning major EU-funded contracts is a privilege reserved for a small circle of oligarchs close to the ruling Fidesz party’s inner circle and, it […]

by · February 12, 2018 · Politics
Migrants in Budapest. MTI / Szilárd Koszticsák

Hungary’s liberal, inclusive and multicultural refugee strategy

The Orbán government does not appear keen on publicizing what it has done over the years to accept and integrate migrants and refugees, nor has Fidesz shared with the public its strategy, developed in 2013 and submitted to the European Union, that aimed to make Hungarians more tolerant of diversity. According to the government’s Migration Strategy completed in October 2013, […]

by · January 22, 2018 · Politics
Zsuzsanna Szelényi speaking at a conference organized in Budapest earlier this month by Political Capital on the prospect of joining the Eurozone.

Hungarian parliament rejects motion on adoption of the euro

On Tuesday, Hungary’s parliament voted against a motion brought forward by independent MP Zsuzsanna Szelényi calling on the government to begin the formal process of replacing the forint with the euro as the country’s currency. The goal of Ms. Szelényi’s motion was to express that parliament is committed to adopting the euro and confirming that “the time had come to […]

by · October 17, 2017 · Politics
Ms. Grässle (right) smiles as she rides Mr. Orbán's vintage train.

EU financial inspectors find everything in order with train in Orbán’s village

Despite three days of government-propagated hysteria and accusations surrounding the visit of nine inspectors from the European Parliament to examine how EU funds have been spent in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán can rest easy. The inspectors confirmed that from the perspective of how EU funds were spent on a vintage train, a project that has been the target of […]

by · September 20, 2017 · Politics
Viktor Orbán on Kossuth Radio, in Budapest, on September 8, 2017 /
MTI. Tibor Illyés

Viktor Orbán accepts EU ruling on migrant quotas, attacks western colonial powers

After 48 hour of offering no commentary whatsoever on a ruling by the European Court of Justice that dismissed both Hungary’s and Slovakia’s complaints about equitably resettling mostly Syrian refugees among EU member states, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán finally spoke to the issue in his usual Friday morning radio interview. The usually loquacious Hungarian prime minister was frugal with his […]

by · September 8, 2017 · Politics
A proposed design for Hungarian euro coins by Anev Kámen.  This includes: the insignia of St. Stephen, the Hungarian national shield,  Albert Szent Györgyi, Lajos Kossuth, Béla Bartók, the parliament, the Puli dog breed, the Rubik cube and Ferenc Puskás.

Should Hungary adopt the euro?

A growing list of prominent Hungarians, including conservatives, are supporting an initiative to launch a national referendum on the adoption of the euro in Hungary. More accurately, the proposed referendum is actually about Hungary joining the EU’s Exchange Rate Mechanism, which is the first formal step in having the euro replace the forint as Hungary’s currency. (The Fundamental Law does […]

by · September 5, 2017 · Politics
Gajus Scheltema. Photo: MTI.

Did the Dutch ambassador go too far in his criticism of the Orbán regime?

Outgoing Dutch ambassador Gajus Scheltema’s suggestion that the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán creates enemies along the same lines as Islamic terrorists sparked a political firestorm in Hungary. Mr. Scheltema said, as part of a response to journalists from the 168 Óra weekly on the risk of terrorist attacks, particularly after Barcelona: “A car attack can occur anywhere in […]

by · August 29, 2017 · Politics
Viktor Orbán (left) with Robert Fico (right). Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák / MTI

Viktor Orbán loses an important ally in Europe

Robert Fico, Slovakia’s prime minister and a left-leaning politician not immune to populism, nationalism and euroscepticism, has distanced himself from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s hard-line anti-EU and anti-western rhetoric. Most crucially: Mr. Fico confirmed that for him, cooperation and a close alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Germany and President Emmanuel Macron’s France is more important than cooperation among the […]

by · August 16, 2017 · East
European Banking Authority offices in London.

Hungary not interested in attracting EU institutions from London after Brexit

European Union institutions currently based in London, but scheduled to relocate following the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU, are coveted prizes for member states. EU members see these as an important source of new jobs, investment in the local economy and international stature. Hungary, however, is bucking the trend and is uninterested in attracting any EU institution from London […]

by · August 1, 2017 · Politics
Zsolt Bayer speaking to Miskolc TV

Fidesz co-founder calls on Hungary to exit EU, attacks “non-European” Pope Francis

Zsolt Bayer, the prominent publicist, the co-founder of the ruling Fidesz party and close confidant of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, announced that Hungary must exit the European Union. He went further, calling the EU “a scalding pigsty.” Mr. Bayer was speaking to the local television station of the northeastern town of Miskolc, where he said: “If the EU continues along […]

by · July 16, 2017 · Politics