Post Tagged with: "Viktor Orbán"

Viktor Orbán to Mr. Trump's left.

Hungary uses Israeli lobbying firm to mend fences with United States

The Orbán government had high hopes that the election of Donald Trump as president would lead to improved bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States–relations that had very much deteriorated since 2010, after Fidesz took power. The Orbán government had been paying Washington lobbyist Connie Mack around $112,000 per month, primarily to secure a much coveted Oval Office visit […]

by · April 19, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

In 2015, I penned an editorial in The New York Times warning against the growing influence in Europe of Hungary’s right wing prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Last Sunday Orbán was re-elected for a third consecutive term. His hold on power is more entrenched than ever, and his xenophobic, nationalist platform continues to spread beyond Hungarian borders. As U.S. Ambassador to […]

by · April 14, 2018 · Focus
Viktor Orbán on election night.

András Göllner: Europe crosses the Rubicon in Hungary

Introduction When Julius Caesar and his troops crossed a shallow little stream, called the Rubicon, on January 10, 49 BC, they set the course of European history for centuries to come. The Rubicon was the official boundary between Italy and the province of Cisalpine Gaul. According to Italian law at the time, anyone who entered Italy at the head of […]

by · April 10, 2018 · Focus
The Ekeroth twins. Kent is on the right.

Sweden’s far-right Jewish lawmaker Kent Ekeroth moves to Hungary

Viktor Orbán’s policies have made Budapest a magnet for Europe’s far-right politicians. France’s Marine Le Pen recently declared, “I respect Orbán because he had the strength to face the EU that threatened and blackmailed him.” David Duke, an American neo-Nazi thundered: “Viva Hungary! Viva Orbán!” Duke appreciates Orbán’s resistance “to Soros & international Zionist efforts to destroy Europe!” Anti-globalist Steve […]

by · April 4, 2018 · Politics
Heinrich Hiesinger CEO of ThyssenKrupp and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Viktor Orbán’s xenophobic speech at the ThyssenKrupp factory opening

Why did the German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp give a podium to Viktor Orbán? On March 2, 2018 Prime Minister Viktor Orbán inaugurated a new plant for Thyssenkrupp at Jászfényszaru, Hungary. Orbán started by saying, “Naturally, I don’t wish to use the present occasion for campaign purposes,” then immediately launched into a campaign stump speech against migrants and foreigners. He delivered his […]

by · March 27, 2018 · Politics
Paul Lendvai at the University of California at Berkeley

Paul Lendvai at the University of California at Berkeley

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) presented Paul Lendvai at the University of California at Berkeley on March 22 at Moses Hall. The title of his presentation was: “Orbán Regime: Splitting the EU and Leading a New East European Bloc?” ¤¤¤ Through a masterly and cynical manipulation of ethnic nationalism, and deep-rooted corruption, Prime Minister Orbán […]

by · March 23, 2018 · Politics
Sándor Németh

Hungary’s Pentecostal Faith Church overtly endorses Viktor Orbán

The Faith Church (Hit Gyülekezete), a Budapest-based Pentecostal mega-church, which is said to have a congregation of over 30,000, endorsed Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this past Sunday. Specifically, the congregation’s leader, Sándor Németh, warned his followers during the Sunday service that a vote for the opposition on 8 April is a vote for allowing into Hungary 10,000 Muslims a year. […]

by · March 20, 2018 · Politics
Peace March cult members declare Viktor Orbán to be the saviour of the nation.  Photo: 444.hu

Orbán’s threat of revenge has fired up the Hungarian opposition

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s decision to use his speech on a Hungarian national holiday to explicitly threaten legal and political revenge against his opponents has opposition politicians, journalists, academics and civil liberties activists wondering if the election on 8 April is, indeed, a “do or die” situation. The most recent Medián poll, released this week, shows that Fidesz is set […]

by · March 16, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán speaks on 15 March 2018 in Budapest, in front of Parliament.

Viktor Orbán announces retribution against opponents after April elections

The political opponents of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and segments of civil society can expect political and legal retribution from the ruling Fidesz party after 8 April, provided that the regime wins the national elections, as is currently predicted by pollsters. Mr. Orbán spoke on the anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution and used his speech to indicate that there […]

by · March 15, 2018 · Politics
Kálmán Petőcz

Hungarians in Slovakia outraged by Orbán’s comments on alleged Soros plot

Slovakia is in political turmoil after the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova. Mr. Kuciak was investigating corruption within the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico and connections between those in power to the Calabrian Mafia. Remarkably, the seven suspects arrested in connection to the murder were all released without charges. Mr. Fico’s Hungarian coalition partner, the […]

by · March 12, 2018 · East