EU

2016. március 26. 9:40
It's time for the European Union to get serious about enforcing democratic standards.
2015. november 30. 14:21
The walls are going up all over Europe. In Hungary, they take the physical form of razor and barbed wire fences, like much of the old iron curtain.
2015. november 27. 10:52
Since 2010, Viktor Orbán’s government has repeatedly taken antidemocratic and xenophobic measures that openly violate the basic principles of the rule of law.
2015. november 18. 10:24
The like of this has never happened before. We are allowing in – indeed transporting in – hundreds of thousands of people in an unregulated manner from regions in which the European Union is at war.
2015. november 10. 10:36
If we are not going in the direction of federalism, but in the direction of nation-states, it is not certain that the whole thing will fall apart.
2015. október 20. 8:48
On one side are politicians like Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker, Barack Obama and Pope Francis. On the other are Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
2015. október 13. 10:34
The accusations against Central Europe are both false and hypocritical. The present surge of mass migration is predominantly a result of Western power politics.
2015. október 12. 8:50
The Hungarian government’s first priority is the rule of law; i.e., its obligations under the Schengen and the Dublin regulations and its responsibility to Hungarian citizens, who expect security and competence.
2015. október 7. 8:30
This is an unendurable state of affairs. No matter what sort of humanitarian approach may be cited, it is insane to allow completely unknown individuals to wander around Europe with no real restrictions.
2015. szeptember 14. 19:25
“Long live Houellebecq, long live Viktor Orbán!” I mumble under my breath, for fear of being lynched if I am suspected of racism and Islamophobia.
2015. szeptember 11. 16:35
It’s a little unfair to condemn Hungary for callous — even racist — treatment of migrants when those doing the condemning bear far more responsibility for the crisis. Yes, America, I’m talking about you.
2015. szeptember 10. 12:38
The refugees become a prop for Viktor Orban , the Hungarian prime minister, who has a fondness for dramatic scenes.
2015. szeptember 9. 15:24
Those words of Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, are the first truthful and accurate analysis we have heard from any EU politician of the immigration catastrophe now engulfing our continent.
2015. szeptember 8. 10:55
Neither this country nor any of our European allies have made any significant intervention in Syria’s civil war. So why should Hungarians and Slovakians, Austrians and Poles be expected to bear such a significant responsibility for this?
2015. szeptember 7. 0:23
EU institutions have failed in the past to hold him accountable for trampling on Europe’s values – now is the time to do so.
2015. szeptember 6. 6:27
Calling the mostly Muslim refugees a threat to Europe’s “Christian roots,” Orbán has given voice to the fears of other European conservatives too shy to say such things aloud themselves.
2015. július 27. 14:40
What is at stake today is Europe and the European way of life, the survival or extinction of European values and nations.
2015. július 9. 16:02
The decisions adopted at the EU summit at the end of June are in line with the interests of Hungary and the Hungarian people.
European federation?
2015. február 9. 13:10
Federalism is the only hope for Europe: the no man's land between confederation and federation is not sustainable any more – says Andrew Duff, British liberal and federalist politician. He has just published a book about the future of the EU – we asked him whether it is hopeless to talk about federalism after the rise of euro-scepticism at the last EP-elections. Interview.
2014. november 27. 17:27
Probably the single most obvious lesson that can be drawn from Hungary is the importance of institutional design and, more particularly, just how bad the elite in charge of European integration has been at it.
Discussions
2014. november 27. 11:14
The chargé d'affaires told Mandiner that there are former or current public officials in many countries within the EU who are not permitted in the U.S., but they and their governments never made this information public. Mr. Goodfriend also talked about the incoming ambassador, the visit to Mr. Bitó's salon, and whether the U.S. can understand the special Hungarian interests in Ukraine.
2014. november 14. 8:53
It’s Not Just about Hungary. The tightening in Washington’s strategy towards Budapest should also be treated as a signal to the new leadership of the European Commission.
Nation & Interest
2014. november 12. 13:25
The Hungarian government's behavior has got us into conflicts where we have little to gain and perhaps much to lose. They simply seem to neglect the possible political price for national and international political actions.
2014. július 21. 10:43
In Hungary, as in Britain, Brussels-bashing wins votes.
2014. június 30. 17:40
Yes, we were on our own with Hungary on this issue – and it was an important one.
Vaclav, Viktor, Visegrad
2014. május 22. 15:54
"I am not a eurosceptic. And I am definitely not a euronaivist. I am a eurorealist", says Vaclav Klaus, the former president and prime minister of the Czech Republic. Mr Klaus, a harsh critic of the current state of the European Union, came to Budapest to speak at the Danube Institute about his views on Europe and its crisis and took a few minutes to speak with Hungarian Globe.
2014. március 13. 12:40
The system has the potential to squeeze Hungary’s far right out of the political game by allowing smaller minority parties and independent candidates an opportunity to gain seats in the Parliament.
Danube Institute
2014. február 6. 15:10
The whole of the West has to understand that Central and Eastern Europe are lost in the woods, but after all, the differences between Anglo-American liberal conservatism and Hungarian conservatism have been exaggerated, says John O'Sullivan. The British commentator and editor, and former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, moved to Hungary to launch the Danube Institute in Budapest. The new think tank promotes conservativism and classical liberalism. We asked him and his colleauge Gerald Frost about the goals of the Danube Institute.
2013. július 22. 16:06
Hungary stands on its own two feet.
2013. július 16. 12:40
Less than ten months before the next parliamentary elections, the governing party, Fidesz, still enjoys a commanding lead in opinion polls. It may come as a surprise to domestic and international critics of the government, so we tried to find a good explanation for this in a series of Mandiner articles.
2013. május 30. 10:59
The EU Commission announced this afternoon that it will recommend that Hungary, after nine years, exit the EU’s Excessive Deficit Procedure this summer.
2013. május 21. 9:46
There have been eruptions of racial hatred in France and the Netherlands without the same questioning of their fundamental democracy, says Hungary's Deputy Prime Minister.
2013. május 13. 13:26
The Hungarian forint was until recently the currency everyone loved to hate as investors took fright at new management at the country’s central bank. But now it’s in turnaround mode.
2013. április 22. 16:00
No wonder the Robespierres in the Jacobin Convention at Brussels are spewing hate.
2013. április 18. 17:08
Viviane Reding has a sense for politics, clearly. But if she aspires to become one of the leading figures of European politics – and in her straightforward way, she does – then she should demonstrate a sense for diplomacy too.
2013. április 17. 8:36
Hungary is popping up in the international media a lot these days. Today, I thought it would be interesting to hear what real, live Hungarians think about what they’re saying about Hungary. A video report.
2013. április 10. 10:15
What is at stake here is the nature of the European project and the ability of Europe to preserve our common and most precious commodity: democracy.
2013. április 5. 13:09
Let us look in more detail at the allegations which appear in Verhofstadt’s text.
2013. március 28. 14:11
The institutional erosion in Budapest clearly violates the spirit of fundamental European values.
2013. március 19. 10:30
I think Orbán has scared off half of those who voted for him in 2010. His policies are not successful, and Hungary's economy contracted last year by almost two percent.
2013. január 16. 10:21
Orbán’s government has eliminated most checks and balances and deliberately created a state no longer constrained by the rule of law.
2013. január 11. 14:09
Claiming that “a significant number of Gypsies are unfit for coexistence,” the journalist Zsolt Bayer has caused an uproar with an opinion piece that he wrote for a Hungarian daily newspaper. Bayer wrote that “this group of Gypsies are animals and behave like animals... They see something. They want it. If they don’t get it right away, they kill.” Furthermore, he added “They shouldn't be tolerated or understood but stamped out. Animals should not exist. Not in any way.” His words and the outrage that has followed distract us once again from real debate about a challenging issue.
2013. január 9. 10:23
Hungary remains in a wistful, toxic relationship with the nineteen-thirties, with a fantasy of Jewish conspiracy and national moral decline.
2012. november 15. 8:52
The ritualized condemnation of Hungary is politically motivated bad-mouthing.
2012. október 30. 12:40
Last week, attention turned to an issue that will have important impact on Hungary’s economy: the European Union’s excessive debt procedure with Hungary.
2012. október 10. 12:32
„The sooner European leaders realize that the euro, as presently constructed, cannot work, the quicker they will save it” – says John O’Sullivan conservative columnist and political commentator who also served as a senior policywriter and speechwriter for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Hungarian Globe caught up with O'Sullivan during his recent trip to Budapest to participate in the opening of the Cardinal Mindszenty exhibition at the House of Terror Museum. In the interview, O'Sullivan suggests that the euro should be divided into two parts: a southern, soft one and a northern, strong one. He opposes the proposal of Viviane Reding for quotas for women in corporate management and thinks a federal EU would not work. We also got his insights on British politics and the Tories.
2012. október 10. 11:59
The messages Hungary is giving are mixed as to the talks with the IMF and the European Union that have now dragged on for 11 months.
2012. szeptember 18. 13:13
Only complex reintegration programmes and the consistent implementation of the national social inclusion strategy can address the complex problems arising from Roma settlements, says Lívia Járóka, Hungarian Member of the European Parliament. We asked Járóka, the first Roma MEP from Central Europe and a member of the governing conservative Fidesz party, about the Roma situation in Hungary and in Europe.
2012. szeptember 17. 8:55
Hungary denies any suggestion that it traded Safarov for financial support. But, if truly enraged by Aliev's conduct, Hungary could choose to raise the issue's profile within the EU.
2012. július 23. 14:07
The trouble with Hungary is that it desperately wants to be like Austria, its old partner-in-empire, but is looking far too much like Greece.
2012. július 23. 13:54
At a time when Europe is undergoing the deepest crisis since its foundation, it is shameful to see such double standards on display.

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