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Mihály Varga, luckiest Finance Minister in Central & Eastern Europe.

Luckiest Finance Minister in Central & Eastern Europe – Mihály Varga

Hungary’s economy minister Mihály Varga has been named “Finance Minister of the Year, Central and Eastern Europe 2015” by London-based Euromoney Emerging Markets magazine. Government media in Budapest and the Hungarian Embassy in Washington are praising Mr. Varga and the ruling Fidesz party is elated by Euromoney’s choice. Is this another example of Prime Minister Orbán’s successful economic policy? Many […]

by · October 15, 2015 · Politics
A monument commemorating the 1956 Revolution and refugee crisis, as well as Canada's decision to accept 38,000 Hungarian refugees, on Maple Island, in Ottawa. Photo: ottmem.blogspot.com

Inclusion and pluralism: Transforming Ottawa’s Hungarian community

Last Thursday, fifteen local Hungarians in Canada’s capital met at a “neutral” location to chart a course that would transform the small, but active local Hungarian community into one that is much more inclusive than it is now, welcoming a plurality of people, backgrounds, life experiences and views. This past Sunday’s Hungarian-language radio broadcast on CHIN 97.9 FM was a […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Diaspora
Zsolt Bayer is one of the most vile, openly racist publicists in Hungary. And he is not associated with Jobbik. Mr. Bayer is not only a founder of the ruling Fidesz party, but also a close friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Mandiner.hu and Zsolt Bayer’s genocidal hate speech

I have written about Zsolt Bayer before in the HFP. Our readers may recall that he is a co-founder of the ruling Fidesz party and a prominent pro-Orbán publicist who recently asserted that the Syrian refugee crisis was a manufactured racial war, launched by “invisible hands,” in order to exterminate white people. I did not think that Mr. Bayer could […]

by · October 8, 2015 · Focus
HírTV mugs. Half empty, or half full?

Government censorship of the media in Hungary: The case of HírTV

Péter Tarr is the deputy director of the right-leaning HírTV cable television news network, which was established in 2003 as Hungary’s first 24/7 news channel. Back in February, the station’s owner, Lajos Simicska, had a very public and profanity-laced falling out with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and after that happened, HírTV journalists and staff, once the media darlings of the […]

by · October 7, 2015 · Focus
Audi Hungaria boss Mr. Rupert Stadler, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and VW boss Mr. Martin Winterkorn at happier times.

Hungary’s government has good reason to be nervous about the VW scandal

About 2 million of the 11 million diesel engines involved in the Volkswagen-Audi emissions scandal were manufactured at the Audi plant in Győr, in western Hungary. Mihály Varga, Hungary’s Minister of Economy, said that his government was already in talks with German car manufacturers to assess the potential impact on Hungary’s economy. (See the Reuters report here.) He has good […]

by · September 30, 2015 · Politics
Zsolt Bayer speaks at the demonstration this past Sunday. Photo: Bea Kallos / MTI.

Fidesz founder says racial war being waged against whites in Europe

Zsolt Bayer, a co-founder of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, a long-time friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the right’s most prominent publicist, sees the current refugee crisis in Hungary and Europe as a racial war intended to annihilate white people. Mr. Bayer shared these thoughts at a rally in Budapest this past Sunday, attended by an estimated 1,500 people, […]

by · September 15, 2015 · Politics
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán...the self-proclaimed "guardian" of the EU's borders? Photo: Viktor Orbán's Facebook page.

The strange emergence of Viktor Orbán as the “guardian” of the EU’s borders

The ongoing refugee crisis has once again highlighted the mismatch between an ever-more-integrated union of 28 societies and a European political structure built primarily around the interests of sovereign states. In this political framework even an issue intimately linked to elementary human rights and European values is being transformed into a series of seemingly intractable distributive conflicts. The emergence of […]

by · September 14, 2015 · Politics
Mr. Fellegi and Ms. Kounalakis at the Hunnovators Conference in March 2015.

Former US Ambassador to Hungary says Orbán is a xenophobe

Eleni Kounalakis, who was the US ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013, recently published a memoir about her service entitled – Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest. The book contains critical remarks of the Orbán government. Now Ambassador Kounalakis has written an opinion piece in The New York Times calling Mr. Orbán a […]

by · September 11, 2015 · Politics
Mr. Orbán reads the cover page of the pro-government Magyar Idők daily, which features a headline warning readers about the risks of Hungary turning into an Islamic caliphate.

What’s Viktor Orbán’s end game in the refugee crisis?

If we listen to Klára Ungár, a liberal politician and economist, and over two decades ago, a much younger Viktor Orbán’s former colleague, the Hungarian prime minister has gone too far and can no longer save himself from his own downfall. “There is no longer anything that Orbán can do, in order to save himself. Whether he cooperates or digs […]

by · September 10, 2015 · Politics
Birthright Hungary participants meets with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and other Fidesz officials during their stay in Budapest. Photo: Birthright Hungary.

Ideas from Israel: A look at Finkelstein and Birthright Hungary

Hungary’s Fidesz government has long been an admirer of the Israeli right, and of the Likud party in specific. This is an open secret in Hungarian right-wing circles. Despite the Fidesz party’s occasional antisemitism — aimed to placate the more extreme elements of the Hungarian right –Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his inner circle is quite fond of the language, […]

by · August 22, 2015 · Focus