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Hungarian-born Agnes Gibboney is running for US Congress in California

Hungarian-born Agnes Gibboney is running for US Congress in California

A 66-year-old Republican, Agnes Gibboney is running for the Congressional seat in District 31, Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Gibboney is an Angel Mom who supports President Trump and has appeared with the President on several occasions. (Angel Moms: a group of mothers whose child was killed by an undocumented immigrant.) Gibboney speaks Hungarian and travelled to Budapest to appear on Zsolt […]

by · October 23, 2020 · Politics
President Trump and Prime Minister Orbán met in Washington in May 2019  (TV news screenshot)

President Trump called me in the kitchen…and other tales

Namedropping, exaggerating influence and political connections are hallmarks of Hungarian foreign policy. Let’s face it, Hungary is a small country with less than 10 million people; it is one of the poorest countries in the European Union with a GDP close to Cincinnati’s.  Hungary’s political gravitas and strategic importance are insignificant. (And please don’t be offended.) Yet, according to its […]

by · October 5, 2020 · Politics
Orbán’s attempt at blackmail

Orbán’s attempt at blackmail

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is blackmailing the rest of the European Union, but MEPs and EU leaders must call his bluff to hold up the COVID-19 recovery fund if rule of law criteria are included. This may be the EU’s last chance to crack down on his rogue regime. Orbán is threatening to withhold Hungary’s agreement to the EU’s […]

by · September 27, 2020 · Politics
The new reconstructed monument commemorating the victims of the Red Terror.

Monument to the Terror: Red or White?

A statue of Imre Nagy was erected on the southeast corner of Kossuth Square in 1996, to commemorate the 1956 Revolution he led as the Communist leader of his country and for which he gave his life.  He is standing on a bridge looking towards the Parliament building.  That bronze sculpture stood there until the fall of 2018 when Viktor […]

by · September 24, 2020 · Politics
Viktor Orbán – the Coolest Hungarian

Viktor Orbán – the Coolest Hungarian

Blikk is a popular Hungarian language tabloid and Prime Minister Orbán recently gave them an “exclusive” interview about the importance of wearing the mask.  Hungary has a serious uptick in Covid19 infections. “I always have a couple masks in the car and in the office, these are medical grade,” he explained.  Orbán says that the masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable […]

by · September 19, 2020 · Politics
Steve Bannon (far left) with Viktor Orbán (far right) in the Hungarian Parliament.

Steve Bannon – Orbán’s advisor and former White House chief strategist has been arrested

Steve Bannon has been arrested.  He and three associates were indicted in the U.S. Southern District of New York and charged with defrauding donors through a campaign called, We Build the Wall.  The group raised “more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States” and it is suspected that hundreds of thousands of […]

by · August 23, 2020 · Politics
Mr. Zsolt Németh (left) and US Representative Andy Harris, Republican Co-Chair of the Hungarian-American Caucus in Congress

Hungary’s new foreign policy – US is a competitor

Mr. Zsolt Németh, a founder of Hungary’s Fidesz party and leader of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has published an unusual English-language essay entitled, Hungarian foreign policy after Covid-19.   It appeared in the pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet and it seems that it is intended to be Hungary’s new foreign policy “manifesto.”  (Read Németh’s thesis in English here) In the past […]

by · August 11, 2020 · Politics
Ambassador Szemerkényi bids farewell to Sessions.

Jeff Sessions – a friend of the Hungarian government loses Alabama GOP Senate runoff

Seventy-three year-old former Attorney General and friend of the Orbán government, Jeff Sessions failed to reclaim his old Senate seat.  He lost to former Auburn University football coach, Tommy Tuberville in the Alabama GOP runoff.  It was a bitter defeat to Sessions a native Alabaman; Tuberville just recently moved to the state and will face incumbent Democrat Doug Jones in November. This was the first […]

by · July 21, 2020 · Politics
Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi calls China a dictatorship

Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi calls China a dictatorship

PBS NewsHour is one of the most widely watched news program in the US.  In the July 8 program the host, Nick Schifrin asked – among others – Hungary’s ex-Ambassador to the US, Réka Szemerkényi about foreign perception of the US during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are Szemerkényi’s responses from the edited transcript.  We publish them without any further comment. […]

by · July 11, 2020 · Politics
Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi (left) and Rep. Steve King in his Congressional Office

Rep. Steve King of Iowa, Viktor Orbán’s admirer in Congress loses primary

Steve King of Iowa, one of the most controversial members of Congress has lost his bid for re-nomination.  King, a nine-term Republican suffered one of the biggest defeats of the 2020 Republican primary season.  The defeat will most likely end his political career. 71-year-old King is openly racist.  He has befriended European far-right leaders, among them disgraced far-right Austrian politician, […]

by · June 14, 2020 · Politics