Fidesz

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. augusztus 11. 9:32
Last month, Viktor Orbán gave the most significant radical right speech in Europe of the past decades.
The First Constituency
2015. április 13. 11:02
Gábor Vona, the president of Jobbik, and Lajos Rig, the Jobbik candidate who has apparently won Sunday's by-election, will not, contrary to the campaign promise, be stripping to their waists to dispel rumors about certain tattoos. Vona says that it is the 21st century that has defeated the parties of the 20th century in yesterday's vote to elect a parliamentary seat for a constituency in western Hungary. According to the party president, Jobbik does not receive any unfair, dishonest funding from Russia, nor from Iran. Mandiner reached Mr. Vona on the phone just minutes after his press conference in Tapolca on Sunday night.
2014. október 30. 11:13
The number one item on Orbán’s destroy list appears to be the western democratic model.
2014. május 25. 10:01
This is not your typical campaign before a typical election. On Sunday, Hungarians will vote in the European Parliamentary elections for the third time. But for a number of reasons, the campaign has been unusually low-key.
2014. május 12. 13:11
With his new term in office, Orbán will likely continue his drive to become another nominal democrat who has used a temporary electoral supermajority to entrench himself for the long haul.
Orange Country
2014. április 10. 9:31
The victory of the governing parties in Hungary raised reasonable questions about the fairness of the electoral law. So I looked at other systems and tried to calculate what outcome would such results produce in other countries.
Simon Says
2014. április 7. 20:33
Fidesz gained a clear majority, possibly even a supermajority on Sunday. How did they achieve it? What paralyzed the Socialist's campaign so badly? What will the new term of Viktor Orbán look like, and what message did he send to the EU in his victory speech?
2014. április 7. 0:39
Fidesz scored a landslide victory in the April 6 election, propelling the strong government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to a second successive term to lead Hungary. The old left again suffered a disastrous defeat, while two other parties – the radical right-wing Jobbik and the green-liberal LMP – have reason to be pleased with their results.
2014. április 6. 22:17
The opposition has turned to denigrating the electoral system, calling into question the fairness of the rules.
2014. április 5. 8:23
The “average Joe” image he dons, coupled with his “freedom fighter” credentials, has made Orbán a well-liked politician, respected for his decisiveness and candor.
2014. április 3. 10:52
But critics say growth in 2013 was largely down to better weather, which boosted agriculture after an appalling 2012, and investment is dominated by state infrastructure projects, funded by a last-minute drawdown of EU funds.
2014. április 3. 10:44
Mr Orban can do all this because he has no rivals, either inside or outside his party. The once-powerful Hungarian left has imploded.
2014. március 26. 19:49
A similar situation can be found in Hungary, where firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is set to run for re-election on April 6 under a new electoral law that has much in common with Renzi's reform.
2014. március 13. 15:08
How Hungary went from having one of the most admired legal systems in the world to the most worrying symbol of democratic decline in Europe.
2014. március 10. 10:34
Voices of the Euro-pundit blogosphere have argued that the new electoral system is disproportionately skewed in Orbán’s favor, but are such claims true?
2014. február 13. 9:10
The two sides both exhibit a chaotic mixture of political and economic ideas, where Anarcho-Stalinism and Occultist Nazism could easily go hand in hand in the same press release.
2014. január 29. 16:59
Viktor Orbán is one of the most debated figures of contemporary European politics.
2014. január 15. 10:50
Until last week when the opposition parties struck a cooperation agreement, little had changed in Hungarian politics over the last several months: Fidesz is still ahead and is likely to win this year's elections. But can Fidesz and its leader, Viktor Orbán, be assured of his victory? And if yes, how did Fidesz manage this? We continue with Part 2 in our article on why Fidesz maintains its lead.
2013. december 9. 19:21
In recent years, Ms. Heller has become a leading figure speaking out against the policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his party, Fidesz.
2013. augusztus 13. 16:52
Like Putin and Erdoğan, Orban also views politics as a zero sum game in which the winner takes all.
2013. július 17. 13:34
As a minister of state responsible for European affairs it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to read articles about Hungary without thinking of possible conspiracies aimed against my country, or suspecting the authors and the foreign politicians they quote of complete ignorance.
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. július 10. 11:08
In Hungary, amidst warm summer temperatures, a recent political skirmish raised the mercury even higher. Following a vote in parliament on a new law changing regulations on arable land, radical right-wing MPs occupied the speaker’s podium in the chamber and unfurled banners claiming “treason”. What was all the fuss about?
2013. június 11. 9:43
Hungary’s foreign minister, János Martonyi, Friday offered to make peace with Europe. He explained in a press conference that the Hungarian government would propose two new constitutional amendments to address European grievances.
2013. június 6. 15:40
Breeding rabbits, making honey wax candles and selling cobblestones shaped like Yeti-footprints are proving to be a formidable weapon in Hungary’s battle against unemployment.
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. április 5. 9:19
Without a more principled approach to democratic self-government, Orbán will slowly erode both the legitimacy and the prestige of the very democratic framework he worked so hard to establish.
2013. április 5. 9:12
Your campaign against Hungary based on distortions of facts and the free use of unsubstantiated opinions will not deter us from doing what we think is right for Hungary and the Hungarian people.
2013. április 4. 7:47
The word hysteria is much abused, but I can't come up with a more apt term to describe most of the media coverage regarding Hungary, particularly in Germany and France.
2013. március 21. 9:18
Fidesz has gathered all of the powers of the Hungarian government into its own hands, without checks from any other political quarter and without any limits on what it can do.
2013. március 21. 9:01
Hungary has been a constitutional democracy, respecting the rule of law and the rights of the citizen ever since the transition to democracy more than twenty years ago.
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. február 18. 15:04
The New York Times published an article yesterday entitled, 'Students Receive Subsidized Studies in Hungary — for a Price.' University education in Hungary is a curious topic for this prominent daily newspaper, but the reporter, Peter Teffer, generally treated it even-handedly and quotes a variety of sources.
2013. február 7. 8:18
In another polemic from the commentary pages of the international press, this time from the Guardian, Carl Rowlands airs tired arguments about the Hungarian Right's supposed "attacks on Gypsies, its virulent antisemitism and its xenophobic Christian nationalism." Full of misinterpretations and rather selective use of the facts, the op-ed – and this narrative generally – is growing old.
2013. február 6. 12:55
In 2010, Fideszland was born. At that time I began a piece on the topic, and I have continued to write it ever since. Consider the following short paragraphs as if they were Post-Its clinging to an unfinished article covering an ongoing story about a never-ending topic: the status of the Hungarian Right.
2013. február 6. 10:24
The left has found no response to the right's attacks on Gypsies, its virulent antisemitism and its xenophobic Christian nationalism.
2013. január 28. 11:11
Hungary's fractured liberal opposition is moving closer to an alliance aimed at defeating conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
2013. január 18. 8:45
Fidesz calls itself a center-right, conservative party, but “since it came to power in April 2010, Fidesz has implemented a strongly populist, nationalist, anti-market agenda,” writes Lajos Bokros in a guest post to beyondbrics, the Financial Times blog. “It has introduced punishing taxes,” he continues, “on banks, energy utilities, telecom companies and big retailers.” Who is Lajos Bokros, and how has an ex-communist technocrat become a guardian of Conservatism?
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 10. 10:18
One of the most widely discussed topics of 2012 was the Government of Hungary’s new law requiring voters to register in order to exercise their right to vote, which according to Hungary’s Constitutional Court would be unconstitutional, so it won’t happen in the near future.
2013. január 7. 9:00
Fidesz decided to end its controversial push for voter registration, which is arguably the party’s most significant concession since it was elected to a two thirds majority in Parliament in 2010.
2013. január 7. 8:42
Critics have said that the law could deter people from registering to vote and lead to lower voter turnout.
2012. december 5. 14:48
On Sunday, Dec. 2, thousands of Hungarians stood united against anti-Semitism at a protest rally in Budapest. Politicians from the ruling and opposition parties were there, too, speaking up against the controversial remarks by Márton Gyöngyösi.
2012. november 19. 9:20
Hungary’s ruling center-right party, Fidesz, is eager to win back some far-right voters it lost to Jobbik, so it won’t push back.
2012. november 15. 8:52
The ritualized condemnation of Hungary is politically motivated bad-mouthing.
2012. november 14. 21:27
Gordon Bajnai makes Fidesz, Hungary’s ruling populist party, nervous. A mild-mannered businessman, he seems an unlikely David against the government’s Goliath.
2012. október 22. 17:33
Gordon Bajnai's return to politics comes as no suprise. Nor should it surprise that the left-liberal opposition to Viktor Orbán's government remains so fragmented that it is incapable of taking any steps together in the same direction. Cooperation among the opposition will prove difficult.
2012. október 8. 13:39
"Ten million freedom fighters," Orbán says. "That has some advantages, but from the governmental side it’s difficult."
2012. szeptember 21. 13:08
Hungary surprised markets last month by cutting its base rate, but the decision was opposed by Governor Andras Simor and central banks across the region have hesitated to relax policy, fearing it could destabilise their currencies.
2012. szeptember 19. 10:00
For Hungarians queuing up to work abroad, the government's promise to achieve a "fairy tale" of national prosperity soon is precisely that – more a fantasy than a realistic possibility.
2012. szeptember 18. 13:31
Eva Balogh, quoted in the Wall Street Journal's Corruption Currents blog blames Fidesz for corruption in Hungary. But she makes many factual mistakes.
2012. szeptember 17. 9:00
The dispute seems arcane, but in Hungary the passions behind it are running high — high enough that a former prime minister has begun a hunger strike over it.

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