MandinerTV2017. április 10. 11:30
Hungarian opposition politicians explained, why they participated at the supportive demonstration for the Central European University. Video.
2016. március 31. 9:51
We began our research based on an online caution for foreign writers and ended it with the discovery of a series of stolen works. We found that Hungarian SF magazine Galaktika regularly published articles from foreign writers without permission. The editor-in-chief states royalties are complicated issues in the world and that even Michael Jackson’s agent is unfamiliar with which radio stations play his music, and how many times it is played.
2016. március 26. 9:40
It's time for the European Union to get serious about enforcing democratic standards.
2016. március 21. 14:19
Omar Adam Sayfo is a PhD candidate at the University of Utrecht, and foreign affairs columnist at Hungary’s pro-Orbán Demokrata weekly. His most recent piece, published on Mandiner.hu has been translated into English for Hungarian Free Press by Christopher Adam. The article offers a glimpse into the thinking of supporters of Hungary’s Orbán government, when it comes to issues of racism, Islamophobia, liberalism and the West.
2016. február 29. 9:15
Regarding the history of the Hungarian Holocaust, two fundamental issues should be considered: the unacceptability of “whitewashing” or “cleansing” the Holocaust as well as the unacceptability of ”blackening” history by denying, omitting or belittling rescue initiatives and anti-Nazi activities in Hungary even after Nazi Germany invaded and occupied the country.
2015. december 25. 11:32
The new club’s arrogance and hatred don’t consider the fact that Hungary isn’t the only country questioning the choices of the past 25 years, but all of Central Europe is!
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. 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 30. 13:54
The changes of the electoral system became inevitable because the Constitutional Court declared different elements of the applicable laws unconstitutional twice, in 2005 and 2010.
2015. szeptember 28. 17:56
This is the game perfected in the Middle East. This is Pallywood, or how to manipulate a media already hungry for sensation, a media already adept at twisting the truth. Sacrificing their own misery and inhumanity, sacrificing their innocent and unguarded children, the actors in Pallywood attempt to extract as much as possible from unwitting audiences around the world. Until recently, we Europeans, we Hungarians were able to witness these bizarre scenes only on the ten o’clock news. But now its pounding at the gates. Quite literally.
2015. szeptember 16. 8:20
Mandiner presents: Germany's journey from welcoming migrants to reintroducing border checks. Chaos at German HQ. An 'Untergang' parody.
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. 16:16
Hungary is not explicitly a poor country. But it is a frustrated and frustrating place — with its “seen better days” culture, antiquated manias and obsessions, barely functioning bureaucracy, tepid economy and corrupt politicians.
Better use the Warhols!2015. szeptember 10. 10:04
There's often a morsel of truth in what former US Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis says. For example, as she writes in her recent New York Times Op-Ed that on August 27th, the Austrian police did really find a freight truck on the highway to Vienna carrying 71 dead people. Sadly, this is the only point that Mrs. Kounalakis got right. Let's see, what really happened, why it happened and if it really has anything to do with Hungary or the Hungarian past.
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. 15:09
The thousands of Hungarian volunteers and anonymous donors aren't simply acting out of generosity and solidarity; they are also sending a clear message to their government and fellow citizens.
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.
2015. április 13. 14:29
How can Jobbik not be either the model name of an IKEA bathroom cabinet or the title of a Phil Dick novel?
The First Constituency
Jobbik's Gábor Vona on the Tapolca By-Election Victory: 'The 21st Century has Defeated the Parties of the 20th Century'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.
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. december 17. 9:38
After sending a reporter to Budapest to conduct a lengthy interview with Nobel laureate Imre Kertész, the New York Times decides to bury it. Times reporter David Streitfeld's account of the interview and his questions to Kertész differ significantly from the accounts given by the other three people who were in the room during the conversation - including that of Imre Kertész. Rather strange.
2014. december 13. 9:19
At the moment it is McCain who has done more to damage relations with Hungary than anything the unqualified nominee could have done while in Budapest.
2014. december 7. 23:21
If John McCain says that it is okay to overthrow an elected government and that it is lead by a neofascist dictator and you agree with it, it means that the only remaining way to determine who will rule over Hungarians is a civil war.
2014. december 4. 1:05
Democracy without respect for rule of law, separation of powers, and the protection of economic, civil, and religious liberties is not only inadequate, it is dangerous.
2014. december 1. 12:35
The most popular online news sites in Hungary, and around half of the main newspapers and broadcasters, are vehemently critical of the government. Something you cannot really call a totalitarian media landscape.
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.
Discussions2014. 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 26. 15:14
Step by step they dismantled the system of checks and balances.
Hate Chant2014. november 24. 15:07
Hungary recently played a football match against Finland in a partially closed stadium as a sanction for the Hungarian supporters' chants during a previous Romania-Hungary match. Romanian fans at the same match, however, were not sanctioned for rhymes against the Hungarian minority in their country.
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 & Interest2014. 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. november 11. 17:55
This is empty, ideological language, to call Hungary a dictatorship today! And the interview was never published. Which a friend of mine very accurately said is a kind of censorship, if someone gives an answer you don't expect, then you don't publish it.
2014. október 30. 11:13
The number one item on Orbán’s destroy list appears to be the western democratic model.
2014. október 3. 17:51
This is about decision makers' intent to take an oath on a common fate shared by all Hungarians: Jews and non-Jews alike.
2014. szeptember 24. 1:59
When your governments may try to pass oppressive laws, we’ll try to oppose them. When they try to cut off your funding, we’re going to try to give you a lifeline. And when they try to silence you, we want to amplify your voice.
2014. augusztus 15. 15:16
The 85-year-old Imre Kertész is a free man. He remained one during and despite both inhumane totalitarian dictatorships. And he still is. God bless him.
2014. augusztus 12. 15:43
In power since 2010 thanks to a series of electoral victories, he is a controversial figure in Europe because of his reforms.
2014. augusztus 7. 14:53
If Europe can’t defend democracy within its own borders, what, exactly, is its purpose?
2014. augusztus 1. 12:49
In a major speech last weekend, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban explained that his country is determined to build a new political model — illiberal democracy.
2014. július 29. 17:08
Hungarians looking for models from abroad should understand that even really troubled western European countries like Spain and Italy have considerably higher living standards than Russia.
2014. július 21. 10:43
In Hungary, as in Britain, Brussels-bashing wins votes.
2014. július 10. 14:02
In contrast to the left-liberal fringe, the significant majority of the Hungarian electorate expects representation of the Hungarian national interest and demands it from its elected leaders.
2014. július 4. 12:11
There are now somewhere around 50 room-escape games scattered throughout the Hungarian capital.
2014. június 30. 17:40
Yes, we were on our own with Hungary on this issue – and it was an important one.
2014. június 16. 14:01
In simple terms, the monument is there to memorialise all the victims of the 1944 occupation of Hungary, all of them without exception. And, to declare a personal interest, that includes me. An article by György Schöpflin, MEP.
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.
Vaclav, Viktor, Visegrad2014. 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. május 20. 12:40
Is Orban, like Horthy, doing the least he can to avoid a worse catastrophe, or is he secretly encouraging Jobbik and hastening disaster?
2014. május 14. 12:17
Both national groups are highly achievement-oriented. They just get there by different routes.
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.
2014. április 30. 17:48
Creating a memorial to hundreds of thousands of innocent victims is not only right, but it is also an obligation of a moral nature.
2014. április 29. 15:37
Hungary's Nezopont Institute ran the April 6 results through the old system and found that Fidesz-KDNP would still have won an overwhelming majority of 61 percent of seats.
2014. április 24. 15:18
My previous visits to the city had been either in mid-summer or mid-winter when universities were not in session, so it was good to see just how much of a "student town" Kolozsvar really is, and also how much it is growing in that role.
Orange Country2014. 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 Says2014. 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. 23:44
The Socialist Party and its allies on the left have never recovered.
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 5. 8:15
It is not, of course, as if the Left has regarded Hungary’s electoral system as immutable.
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 30. 14:59
Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing engineering, architectural, and artistic achievement.
2014. március 28. 15:14
The only questions that remains is whether the Budapest model can mark the beginning of a larger paradigm shift in Europe.
2014. március 26. 19:58
Hungary has also made strides in the right direction, choosing to follow the example of France in its electoral reform prior to its April 6 parliamentary elections.
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 25. 11:17
Two stories, two political scandals. The web of old Socialist Party-affiliated networks has emerged again to remind the Hungarian voter of those years that set the stage for the disastrous defeat of the Socialists and Liberals in 2010. Emerging now just a few weeks before the election, these latest controversies might be a big step for the Left - toward a second, terrible defeat. Hungary really deserves more, a better political opposition that can win voter trust.
2014. március 19. 10:20
The professor, always presented with her Princeton affiliation and as an independent expert, but this so-called expert is drawing her conclusions seemingly entirely from sources deeply embedded in opposition political parties.
2014. március 16. 10:05
Civil code that outlaws taking pictures without permission of everyone in the photograph is 'vague and obstructive' say critics.
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 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.
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. március 6. 17:52
The world needs a better understanding of Central Europe — and for that to happen Central Europe needs a better understanding of itself.
2014. március 4. 11:32
The active participation and even cooperation of Hungarian political, military, and police leaders in this dark time is undeniable; as is the reality of German pressure and occupation.
2014. február 28. 18:06
So we’re told that it’s a Hungarian translation of an article reportedly written by Kim Lane Scheppele – part one of five! – that appeared on a prestigious blog on The New York Times.
2014. február 16. 17:55
László Andraschek plans to use Hungary's biggest win of £1.7m to set up foundation for addicts and abused women.
2014. február 6. 15:52
I gave a befuddled look to the only other soul in the waiting room, a bundled-up elderly woman. She pointed. Ferfi it was.
Danube Institute2014. 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.
2014. február 5. 14:27
Miklos Jancso, a Hungarian filmmaker who used episodes from his nation’s history to create critically praised parables of war and oppression, died on Friday. He was 92.
2014. január 31. 16:06
Hungary will hold parliamentary elections April 6, and there's a lot of talk out there about the new electoral system, some of it critical. I think you should get the factsand decide for yourself.
2014. január 29. 16:59
Viktor Orbán is one of the most debated figures of contemporary European politics.
2014. január 16. 13:03
Once again, we find the good old, critical intellectuals lighting the way for a younger generation of left-liberal politicians. This year's election will show whether our renowned, leftist intellectuals or the right-wing Fidesz machine knows more about the thoughts, needs and wishes of Hungarians, and furthermore, about Hungary itself.
2014. január 15. 12:13
We agreed that the UK and Hungary should work together to promote the development of reliable, competitive and sustainable energy systems which support European growth.
2014. január 15. 11:37
Devecser, an environmental disaster zone in 2010, reinvents itself as a hub for sustainable energy.
2014. január 15. 11:30
Caravaggio to Canaletto, a stunning new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, celebrates glorious 17th- and 18th-century Italian paintings.
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 27. 14:43
One striking set takes us into the century-old control room of Budapest's Kelenföld Power Plant. Built in 1914 and considered one of the most modern electrical plants in the world, the art-deco facility was designed by Hungarian architects Kálmán Reichl and Virgil Bierbauer as a tribute to the power of electricity.
2013. december 23. 15:16
In the year 1440, a servant woman named Helene Kottanner is given the task of stealing the crown of the King of Hungary. Helene tells us how she did it.
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. december 9. 11:51
I quickly realized that the traveler's usual trick of listening out for familiar-sounding words wasn’t going to be very productive in Hungary.
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 22. 16:06
Hungary stands on its own two feet.
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 14. 8:54
The Israeli-Hungarian relations are special - says Ilan Mor, the Israeli Ambassador to Hungary. According to Mr Mor, it was a good decision from the World Jewish Congress and the Hungarian government, to organize the WJC's conference in Budapest. We have talked with the Ambassador about the conference, the present and the future of the Israeli-Hungarian relations and Israel's current situation in the Middle East.
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 10. 10:49
According to numerous sources, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, rushed around central Europe during the final days of spring. He also visited Hungary, but why?
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 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 24. 12:15
They see us as a troublesome region with only a few positive and considerably more negative attributes.
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 14. 11:52
An intense learning experience in a remote castle for Central Europe’s most promising young leaders and thinkers.
2013. május 14. 11:38
I’m one of those people who believes that the biggest political threat Hungary currently faces is not right-wing extremism but the Orbán government’s trampling of the rule of law and property rights. But I am also a stickler for getting the story right, so I was unhappy to see that the underlying item Dempsey was tweeting around is at best misleading.
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. május 9. 19:43
The World Jewish Congress came to Budapest to warn Hungary of growing anti-Semitism in the country. While there are worrisome cases of anti-Semitism, the capital boasts a vivid Jewish life, with new synagogues and vibrant civic initiatives.
2013. május 8. 12:23
Hopefully, Lauder’s apology will resolve what appears to have become a personal misunderstanding between the WJC president and the prime minister.
2013. május 6. 9:53
When the will of good people was at the fore here in Hungary, then Hungarians and Jews lived together in peace and prosperity.
2013. április 30. 15:33
Though "not a blind supporter" of the current government, Dr. Janos Zlinszky, Jr. writes in his detailed comments that "What annoys me immensely, however, is when members of reputable academic institutions abuse their credit and mislead their audience 'verbo, opere et omissione.' 'The whole truth, nothing but the truth'...That is what I would expect a testimonoy coming from a Princeton scholar to be. It saddens me to see the contrary."
Most Wanted2013. április 24. 17:54
Recordings have emerged of conversations between an alleged organized crime kingpin telling the Socialist-era director of Hungary’s National Security Service, “I do whatever you say,” as the two seem to plot against political opponents and decision-makers. The revelation has provided an unusual glimpse into the intrigue of an otherwise invisible underworld and set Hungarian media abuzz.
2013. április 23. 10:34
Orbán faces criticism not only from the left – as to be expected – but from the centre-right too.
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. 8:12
Thatcher held Hungary in a special regard among Warsaw Pact countries, choosing it as the site of her first official visit to the Eastern bloc in 1984.
2013. április 9. 11:33
Once Hungarians regain their ability to live in a fully democratic society with depoliticized courts, I plan to go back to the quiet world of scholarship from which I came.
2013. április 8. 17:06
And where did we go, you ask? Only the best museum in Budapest and one of the best I’ve ever been to: Terror Haza.
2013. április 5. 13:09
Let us look in more detail at the allegations which appear in Verhofstadt’s text.
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. április 3. 10:59
Gyorgy Kopits’s criticism of the central bank — while it harms the prestige of the independent central bank — also lacks credibility.
2013. március 28. 14:11
The institutional erosion in Budapest clearly violates the spirit of fundamental European values.
2013. március 27. 10:59
Lately, prestigious academics, policy-makers, and NGOs from around the world have expressed their concerns about the state of Hungarian democracy, especially when it comes to the new constitution.
Without Borders2013. március 27. 10:46
After the breakup of the communist regimes, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe rediscovered their kin-minorities and diasporas. With the sudden transition to democracy came a rebirth and re-definition of national identity, writes the director of the Research Institute for Hungarian Communities Abroad, Zoltán Kántor. In practical terms, the author tells us, this meant national governments reaching out anew to ethnic kin living outside the borders. And this gesture abroad, this new posture, was reflected in political discourse, law and new constitutions across the region.
2013. március 26. 12:57
Last week the Hungarian government, led by the prime minister’s Fidesz party, passed changes to the constitution. These amendments sparked warnings from European leaders that the new regulations risk contravening EU law as well as European democratic values.
2013. március 21. 10:35
The Hungarian government has enacted laws to place restrictions on the media. Just recall the Nazis’ manipulation of the media if you need a reminder of where it can lead.
2013. március 21. 10:18
The Federation is deeply concerned about the threat to democracy and human rights arising from discriminatory actions and policies directed at members of the Hungarian minority in some of the countries of CEE.
2013. március 21. 9:58
The rise of the extremist Jobbik party as one of the largest opposition groups in parliament, and Jobbik’s affiliated paramilitary groups that incite violence, are clear challenges to tolerance.
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 21. 8:52
We remain deeply concerned by the restructuring and restaffing of Hungarian public institutions in a way that appears to decrease their independence from the political leadership.
2013. március 21. 8:44
Today, concerns have arisen among Hungary’s friends about the trajectory of democracy in that country.
2013. március 20. 17:45
On Tuesday, March 19, the Helsinki Commission of the United States Congress held a hearing on Hungary, entitled “The Trajectory of Democracy – Why Hungary Matters.” Among those testifying, only one was from Hungary: Dr. József Szájer, Member of the European Parliament from Fidesz. The Globe reached Dr. Szájer by phone just after the hearing. The following is our interview.
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. március 14. 14:42
Viktor Orbán triggered alarm bells around Europe in 2011 when he used a two-thirds majority in parliament to push through a series of measures that concentrated political power.
2013. március 7. 11:59
CNN Travel recently recommended the Budapest Marathon, held annually in October. Returning health enthusiasts and their heftier (and saner) counterparts will be greeted by some new sights adorning the Hungarian capital. Naturally, a big metropolis lives in constant flux. However, in the last few years significant changes have taken shape here.
2013. március 7. 11:45
Hungary’s top court had annulled a controversial law last year that reduced the number of officially recognised churches from more than 350 to little more than two dozen.
2013. március 5. 10:19
It is a real honor for me to be invited to testify for and about Hungary. A country, where I was born and where as a Jew I feel at home.
2013. március 1. 15:28
Earlier this week, the US Congress convened a hearing entitled, “Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths.” Included on the panel of witnesses speaking about trends in Europe was Dr. Tamás Fellegi, Budapest native and son of Holocaust survivors. The former government minister’s testimony, which repeated the Government of Hungary’s policy of zero tolerance of anti-Semitism and anti-Roma views, received widespread coverage. Hungarian Globe Editor Gellért Rajcsányi reached Dr. Fellegi by phone in Washington, D.C. following the hearing.
2013. február 22. 10:04
A satirical cartoon that appeared recently on a new, very politically incorrect Hungarian website depicts a short dialogue between party activists. "Who are we?" asks a fictitious supporter. "Eco-social, alternative-globalized, green, left-wing grassroot-democrats!" comes the answer. "And what the hell do we need?" the questioner continues. Reply: "Yet another party!" The party, of course, is the LMP, and to many who followed their recent split, the joke was spot on.
2013. február 19. 9:42
The full picture is not just about growth. Hungary has had to tackle problems stemming from decades of economic mismanagement, which will take time.
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 13. 16:24
Central European Fashion Days, which will run from June 7 to 9 in Budapest, offer an opportunity to the most talented designers in Central Europe to showcase their work on an international platform. But can the event really get them noticed in the mainstream fashion world? Does the region have enough creative potential to compete in this competitive industry?
2013. február 12. 12:37
"Being a Roma in Hungary nowadays is not easy, yet change is not only dependent on the majority of society," writes Roma inclusion expert Istvan Forgacs in his guest post at Hungarian Globe.
2013. február 7. 14:35
The region’s ethnic Hungarians have been campaigning for greater autonomy, with Hoki Sport Club Csikszereda in the vanguard.
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. február 4. 17:40
Lifting the EU excessive deficit procedure against Hungary was one of the major topics discussed at the meeting between Viktor Orbán and José Manuel Barroso.
2013. február 4. 11:06
The chill of winter finds most of us wrapped in coats and scarves, yet some might go without such protection in solidarity with the homeless, eeking out survival on the icy streets and snow-laden parks. The situation of homeless citizens in Hungary, as it is in many other countries, remains an intractable problem. However, that this is a universal issue doesn’t diminish our society’s responsibility.
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 25. 10:29
The move shows rising international pressure on Jobbik.
2013. január 18. 13:40
Just months ago the Együtt 2014 (Together 2014) movement seemed to embody a new wave of opposition politics in Hungary. This was, it appeared, an emerging power capable of focusing the scattered energies of the leftist and liberal opposition into a single, powerful force. But as quickly as it rose, Együtt 2014 has fallen back into the ranks of small-party neophytes. They may have smart party leadership, but Együtt 2014 lacks something vital: an organization with real activists and supporters.
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 15. 10:05
The forint neared the psychological level of 300 forints to the euro last week soon after Mr. Matolcsy’s remarks were published.
2013. január 11. 12:42
Matolcsy is the most controversial, so his comments have the greatest power to move markets.
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 9. 10:23
Hungary remains in a wistful, toxic relationship with the nineteen-thirties, with a fantasy of Jewish conspiracy and national moral decline.
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. 8:52
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made no secret of his reluctance to bow to IMF policy constraints in order to reach a loan agreement.
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 12. 12:02
For a country known for the majestic Danube River, rhapsodies by Liszt, ancient castles, the world’s best paprika and, of course, the Gabor sisters, Hungary still has an image problem.
2012. december 11. 9:47
Students of ELTE are holding a demonstration and student groups on Facebook are inviting others to rally in other cities during the week.
2012. december 7. 22:59
Is there anyone in this room who came to Hungary to build an honest business and would today choose to do it all over again here, rather than in some other place?
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. december 5. 12:00
Remember Susan Boyle from Britain’s Got Talent? Hungary has seen three similar shows: Megasztár, X-faktor and The Voice. Now, there is a fourth: the peacock has taken off, so to speak, in the form of Fölszállott a Páva, a show named after a famous Hungarian folk song. It’s all about Hungarian folk dance, folk songs and folk musicians. How, in 2012, could a show about Hungarian folk dance possibly find an audience? And what the heck is the Hungarian folk dance movement?
2012. november 29. 16:27
When Márton Gyöngyösi, a member of the far-right Jobbik party, called in parliament for Hungarian Jews to be catalogued and screened as potential national security risks, it triggered a wave of revulsion and condemnation.
2012. november 22. 13:52
The worst performing minister was by far Hungary’s Gyorgy Matolcsy, followed by Luis de Guindos of Spain.
2012. november 22. 12:16
Krugman makes an argument for the importance of the legislative supermajority and defending the will of the majority of voters.
2012. november 19. 10:08
The basic principle of the market economy is that you pay the cost of your financial mistakes. That didn’t happen in the case of banks in the recent financial crisis, so you can’t say that the cause of the crisis was the free market. What Mr Orbán says is a serious misinterpretation of the causes of the crisis, states Philip Booth, editorial and program director at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. We caught up with Mr Booth recently at a conference in Slovakia entitled "Toward a Free and Virtuous Society," which was hosted by the IEA along with the Acton Institute of the US, the Austrian Europa Institut and the Slovak Kolegium Anton Neuwirth. Interview.
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.
Faces from Facebook2012. november 13. 6:56
A real people's movement or just a virtual Facebook page? Leaders of the new opposition or just a bunch of political amateurs? The Milla movement is a new phenomenon on the Hungarian political scene, but some have doubts about what they and the Together 2014 coalition can really achieve in the coming years.
2012. november 7. 11:48
The point is that reasonable people may disagree about the right policy prescription for these times of economic crisis. And given the sometimes differing interests and objectives of the IMF and a government that must be accountable to its citizens, it’s perfectly understandable if the two parties sometimes disagree.
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.
Reunited2012. október 30. 10:53
Here's an amazing coincidence: Hungarian NATO pilots and their Afghan colleagues reunited unexpectedly after more than 20 years in Kabul, where human lives can depend on personal relations.
2012. október 26. 10:13
The tens of thousands of demonstrators showed how polarised Hungarian society has become under the rule of the pugnacious prime minister Viktor Orban.
2012. október 23. 21:23
Our hands. They sweat on the cold bottle, and our clothes smell of gasoline. Although it's cold, the window is open, and perspiration drips from our forehead. The buzz gets stronger and stronger. The few remaining shards of glass clink in the broken window. The watcher hiding on the upper story of the building opposite raises his hand. It's our signal. Running to the window. Throwing without aiming.
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 12. 10:30
More than a decade into the 21st century, Admiral Miklós Horthy's legacy is still a matter of hot political debate in Hungary. While not surprising, it has become somewhat tragicomic. Horthy is a part of our history. We have certainly had better leaders than Horthy. But we have also had worse. Could sober minds find some less-controversial and more acceptable historical figures to honor?
John O’Sullivan: We shouldn’t sacrifice our democracies for some new form of oligarchic EU-government2012. 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. október 8. 13:39
"Ten million freedom fighters," Orbán says. "That has some advantages, but from the governmental side it’s difficult."
2012. október 4. 9:45
The Movement for a Better Hungary, or Jobbik as it is known in Hungarian, a surprisingly strong, radical right-wing party, seemingly came from nowhere. The media howled in 2009 and 2010, when, after years of Hungarian politics without radicals, Jobbik won 14 percent of the vote in the Hungarian elections for the European parliament and 16 percent of the vote in the elections for the Hungarian parliament. What is Jobbik? Did it really come from nowhere? Or is it just a new version of an old political tradition?
2012. október 3. 11:03
Thankfully the benefits of the internet are being felt more widely than ever. But to keep it safe while extending its reach, we need to relearn what it's actually for: open societies and free communication.
2012. október 1. 16:47
Last spring, when a Jobbik MP gave an antisemitic speech in parliament, he was fervently denounced by politicians of all stripes, and Prime Minister Viktor Orban reacted by inviting a prominent Budapest rabbi to parliament and pledging his government's support for the Jewish community.
2012. szeptember 24. 9:23
Does Hungary want a deal with the IMF or not? Based on the latest evidence, the answer is: Maybe, but not at the IMF’s price.
2012. szeptember 24. 9:05
Here in the United States, our voter registration rate is somewhere between 66 and 75 percent. But no one is going on a hunger strike over that.
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 21. 12:45
Hungarian regulators said on Thursday they had ordered the local unit of Austria's Raiffeisen bank to repay 289.5 million forints to customers who had been illegally charged currency conversion fees.
2012. szeptember 21. 9:47
Our ability to work together with Central Europe to promote democratic transitions abroad is rooted in our shared commitment to democratic values at home.
2012. szeptember 21. 7:40
My father, who lives in the countryside, recently said that he has noticed a conspicuous change in Budapest over the last few years. No, it is not the cleanliness of the streets, which are just as dirty as ever. It is not the hectic metropolitan life, which has not slowed down. It is the number of bicyclists, which has grown steadily over the last several years. It has changed the urban landscape of Budapest, and the city will never be the same. The cyclists have invaded the concrete jungle thanks to many efforts, but especially to the Critical Mass movement. Now the movement has bid farewell. Can they claim victory?
2012. szeptember 19. 13:36
The anniversary of Wallenberg’s birth comes at a convenient time for the Hungarian government.
2012. szeptember 19. 12:03
Three members of parliament submitted their draft bill on the new electoral law, that might act as a catalyst on the political left in Hungarian political life.
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 19. 9:41
A lucky escape after being knocked from a bicycle in Budapest provided an unexpected opportunity to see inside the Hungarian health service.
2012. szeptember 18. 13:33
It seems that the veterans at the foreign ministry have been sidelined in favour of a new diplomatic side-channel set up by Viktor Orbán and his ultra-loyalist protégé Péter Szijjártó.
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 18. 13:22
Orbán told parliament the country did not need any new IMF deal on its own account – it’s the common currency that’s the problem.
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. 9:10
The country has passed new anti-corruption laws, but enforcement hasn’t followed.
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.
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. 14:01
The grounding in February of Malév, the Hungarian national airline, set alarm bells ringing in hotels in Budapest and beyond.
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.