Viktor Orbán

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 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 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.
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 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. augusztus 11. 9:32
Last month, Viktor Orbán gave the most significant radical right speech in Europe of the past decades.
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.
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 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. 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 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. 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.
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. 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.
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 6. 23:44
The Socialist Party and its allies on the left have never recovered.
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 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 17. 11:21
They deserved more. The victims of World War II, especially of the year 1944, the year the Hungarian Holocaust began. They deserve a collective, national commemoration. And it could have happened, maybe still could. But the bitter conflicts in the Hungarian Kulturkampf have seemingly ruined the possibility of an honest, collective payment of respects. Did the government fail? Does the boycott of Hungarian Jewish organisations make any sense and can it serve a real purpose?
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?
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.
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. 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. 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 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 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 23. 10:34
Orbán faces criticism not only from the left – as to be expected – but from the centre-right too.
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.
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. 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 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. 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 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. 12:42
Matolcsy is the most controversial, so his comments have the greatest power to move markets.
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. 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. 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. 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 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 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 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. 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 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 18. 13:46
If the current wave of Republican criticism of Mitt Romney keeps up, here’s a suggestion for a replacement candidate: Viktor Orban.
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. 13:22
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 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. 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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