Post Tagged with: "Fidesz"

Attila Péterfalvi. Photo: 168 Óra.

Fidesz cannot order intelligence agencies to spy on liberal NGOs

Hungary’s governing party got a rare slap on the wrist on Friday, after the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (NAIH) indicated in a statement that the country’s intelligence agencies were not to be used by political players for partisan purposes. The statement comes after Szilárd Németh, a prominent Fidesz MP and vice chair of Parliament’s National […]

by · March 17, 2017 · Politics
Source: Republikon Intézet

Socialist László Botka is statistically tied with Viktor Orbán in new Republikon poll

László Botka, the Hungarian Socialist Party’s (MSZP) candidate for prime minister, is statistically tied in popularity with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, according to a poll by the Republikon Intézet. Mr. Orbán’s favorability rating rests at 46%, followed by Mr. Botka at 44%. Gábor Vona, the leader of the Jobbik party, stands at 31% among the main contenders for prime minister […]

by · February 18, 2017 · Politics
A note on the hacking attack against HFP and pro-Fidesz trolls

A note on the hacking attack against HFP and pro-Fidesz trolls

A number of readers noticed Sunday evening that HFP had been hacked on two separate occasions. In both cases, György Lázár’s most recent article on opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin among some Hungarians was deleted and replaced with a note from a hacker, using a pseudonym which I will not repeat here, so as to not give him/her added […]

by · February 6, 2017 · Focus
Publicus poll / January 2017.

Hungary’s Socialists gain, Jobbik falters in new poll

Just over a year before the 2018 elections, a new poll suggests that the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) is seeing a modest rise in its popularity, while Jobbik is continuing a trend that has been apparent for months–the party that is trying to move away from its far-right roots is faltering. According to a poll released Sunday by the Publicus […]

by · January 29, 2017 · Politics
Budapest, 2007. március 14.
Torgyán József, a Megújuló Magyarországért Mozgalom elnöke a szervezõdés céljairól tart sajtótájékoztatót a Marczibányi téri Mûvelõdési Központban.
MTI Fotó: Földi Imre

Hungary’s last Smallholder leader József Torgyán dies

Anyone who followed politics in Hungary during the nineties and in the early years of the current century remembers József Torgyán–the colourful chairman of the Independent Smallholders’ Party, former Minister of Agriculture and a true connoisseur of hyperbole. Mr. Torgyán’s wife and also a former Member of Parliament, Mária Cseh, confirmed that her husband died at their home in Budapest […]

by · January 22, 2017 · Focus
Inauguration party in Budapest

Fidesz far-right to celebrate Trump inauguration in downtown Budapest

Far-right media personalities associated with Fidesz, including a founding member of the governing party, Zsolt Bayer, have plans to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday night in Budapest’s Szabadság tér, or Freedom Square in English. The outdoor public event will be held in the area between the Ronald Reagan statue and the Soviet monument–the latter was once much-maligned on […]

by · January 17, 2017 · Politics
Dunaújváros city centre, with City Hall on the left.

Anger in Dunaújváros as residents go without water and heating

On Monday morning, residents of Dunaújváros, an industrial town of 48,000 residents located 70 km south of Budapest, once named after Joseph Stalin, are planning to hold a protest in front of the offices of the privately-held company that provides heating services and potable water to locals. The firm in question,  the Water, Sewer and Heat Supplier of Dunaújváros, abbreviated […]

by · January 15, 2017 · Politics
Szilárd Németh, Vice-President of Fidesz

Hungary launches brazen assault against Transparency International, Helsinki Committee and Civil Liberties Union

Szilárd Németh, the Vice President of Fidesz, named Transparency International, the Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) as the three organizations that the Orbán government would “clean out of here” and confirmed that it would do so,  “using any methods available.” Specifically, Mr. Németh–the government’s top bully–declared: “The pseudo-NGOs of the Soros Empire are supported in order […]

by · January 11, 2017 · Politics
Ágnes Heller. Photo: Népszava.

Holocaust survivor Ágnes Heller suggests left-wing partnership with Jobbik

There is a sense that key politicians and thinkers on the left are gradually introducing the possibility–and for many opposition voters the bitter pill–of a possible partnership between the country’s main left-centre opposition parties and Jobbik. After former Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy declared that those in the left-centre opposition who refused an alliance with Jobbik were being unnecessarily “squeamish” and […]

by · January 7, 2017 · Politics
András Schiffer. Photo: Csaba Krizsán/MTI.

András Schiffer: The Orbán regime will collapse after 2018, regardless of the state of the opposition

András Schiffer, the former chair of the Politics Can Be Different green party (Lehet Más a Politika – LMP), gave a noteworthy interview to the hvg.hu news site, alongside another former LMP parliamentarian, Gábor Vágo. Both men left active politics, disillusioned with the party that first entered parliament in 2010. That said, they do still appear regularly in the media. […]

by · January 4, 2017 · Politics