Post Tagged with: "Jobbik"

The Lukács statue in Budapest – it will be removed

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district. The renowned philosopher’s statue is currently in […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Culture
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
Richard Forrai, Jobbik's éminence grise.  Photo: Direkt36 / István Bielik.

Népszava raises questions about massive public funds transferred to pro-Jobbik company

Hungary’s Népszava daily newspaper has been trying, in vain, to get answers to its questions about how the Jobbik party is spending public funds at its disposal, and precisely what services are being rendered by a company that seems to be uncomfortably close to the party leadership and is the recipient of these funds. An organization called Iránytű Intézet (Compass […]

by · January 19, 2017 · Politics
Mr. Tamás Harangozó (MSZP), Mr. Gergely Gulyás (Fidesz), Mr. András Schiffer (LMP), and Mr. Márton Gyöngyösi (Jobbik) at the Kossuth statue in the US Congress building.

Márton Gyöngyösi, pro-Iranian Jobbik MP attended US Intelligence, Terrorism and Cyber Security briefing

Hungarian politicians often visit Canada and the Unites States. Lately, serious questions have been raised about their activities: Do these politicians represent a security risk? Thirty-nine year-old Mr. Márton Gyöngyösi is an MP representing Jobbik, Hungary’s neo-Nazi party, in the county’s Parliament. He is pro-Iranian and his party does not hide its contacts with Iranians. It is also long suspected […]

by · January 12, 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
Gábor Vona. Photo: Facebook.

Jobbik’s Gábor Vona wishes Happy Hanukkah to Hungarian Jews and sparks controversy

Gábor Vona has been trying to shift his Jobbik party away from the far right; he must have thought that one of the best ways to show Hungary and the world that he is serious about ridding the party of its antisemitism is by wishing a Happy Hanukkah to Rabbi Slomó Köves and to his Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation. “Allow me […]

by · December 30, 2016 · Antisemitism
The Atlantic Council’s map of Putin friendly political parties in Europe.

Orbán’s Hungary – The Kremlin’s Trojan Horse

In an interesting turn in the saga of the 2016 US presidential election, President Barack Obama has requested an intelligence report on suspected hacking that took place before the election. The CIA believes that Russia intervened to help Donald Trump win and Obama has ordered the intelligence agencies to review cyberattacks and other foreign intervention. Email accounts of Democratic National […]

by · December 11, 2016 · Politics
The 120-meter skyscraper approved for the banks of the Danube. Photo> BudaPart.hu.

Controversial Budapest skyscraper approved by Fidesz with no consultation

Budapest’s historic skyline is about to change dramatically, with the Fidesz-controlled General Assembly of the Hungarian capital approving a 120-meter high skyscraper, even though all opposition parties expressed concern about the lack of consultation and the lack of time to review the plans before the motion was rushed through council. The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) suggested that investors close to […]

by · December 7, 2016 · Politics
Mayor László Toroczkai with his wife and children, at Ásotthalom town limits.

Ásotthalom–the Hungarian town that banned Muslims and gays in public

Ásotthalom (population: 4,200) is a small town in southeastern Hungary, located a mere 3 km from the border with Serbia. Since 2013, the town has been led by Jobbik Mayor László Toroczkai, who is also the far-right party’s vice president. In 2015, the town made news for producing a bizarre, Hollywood-esque video awkwardly entitled “Message to Illegal Immigrants from Hungary” […]

by · November 29, 2016 · Politics
Screenshot of Gábor Vona in N1TV interview.

Jobbik leader Gábor Vona: Homosexuals can be proud

“Is heterosexuality difficult for you?”–asked conservative journalist András Stumpf of Gábor Vona, the leader of the far-right Jobbik party, in a video interview appearing on the party’s online TV channel, N1TV. Mr. Vona, who has been accused by media associated with the governing Fidesz party of engaging in homosexual orgies, answered with an awkward “no.” What Mr. Stumpf was getting […]

by · November 24, 2016 · Politics