Post Tagged with: "Viktor Orbán"

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
Barna Pál Zsigmond

Fidesz candidate in Budapest warns of looming Muslim takeover

Barna Pál Zsigmond, the Fidesz candidate in the Budapest suburb of Újpest, fears that a Muslim takeover of Hungarian cities is on the horizon and asserted that the only way to stop it is to vote for Hungary’s ruling far-right party on 8th April. Speaking in a brief campaign video filmed in front of a church, and accompanied by somber […]

by · March 11, 2018 · Politics
Marla Maples with Katalin Bogyai

Can Marla Maples get Orbán invited to the White House?

To be a Hungarian diplomat in the United States is not an easy task. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who is called by his subordinates “The Boss” referring to his Sicilian methods, told them in no uncertain terms to do everything to get him an official invitation to the White House. Hungary’s “Viktator” is upset because he was ignored by the […]

by · March 2, 2018 · Politics
The Liu brothers with their family at Budapest Airport.

Ethnic homogeneity and the Liu brothers

In the last few years Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary has talked about how Europe is being overrun by people from Asia and Africa and of the importance of “ethnic homogeneity.” Mr. Orbán says that Hungary is for Hungarians; the country doesn’t need foreigners or immigrants. According to him “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” and Hungary is the bastion […]

by · February 24, 2018 · Culture
János Lázár. Source: lazarjanos.hu

Will János Lázár be sacrificed in the Orbán family corruption scandal?

Viktor Orbán gave his twentieth annual state of the nation address this Sunday, but he made no mention of the corruption scandal engulfing his son-in-law, István Tiborcz, and tens of millions in EU funds that may have to be refunded. According to separate party sources speaking to the conservative Magyar Nemzet and Jobbik’s Alfahír, János Lázár, Minister of the Prime […]

by · February 18, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán debates then Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány in 2006. The experience was so jarring for Mr. Orbán that he never again engaged in debate with an opponent.

Forcing Viktor Orbán to debate his opponents through legislation

Hungary has gone through two national election campaigns (2010 and 2014), in which Prime Minister Viktor Orbán refused to engage his opponents in televised debates. Ever since performing poorly against then Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány in the 2006 election debate (an election that Mr. Orbán lost to the Hungarian Socialist Party – Alliance of Free Democrats coalition), Mr. Orbán has avoided […]

by · February 13, 2018 · Politics
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
AfD supporters love Mr. Orbán.

AfD and Orbán – a love affair

In September Christian Lüth, the press spokesman for the far right German parliamentary party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), declared their candidate for the Charlemagne Prize to be Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister. The Charlemagne Prize is given for “Distinguished service on behalf of European unification.” How is it possible that the anti-Muslim, pro-Putin AfD party would give this European award […]

by · December 8, 2017 · Politics
Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

István Dobozi, a foreign policy adviser and a former senior economist with the World Bank, wrote a piece for the conservative Magyar Nemzet daily, in which he argued that under President Donald Trump, bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States have only improved ever so slightly, compared to its low point under the Obama administration. However, he added that […]

by · November 29, 2017 · Politics