Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hungarian Guards’ Judicial Victory, Jobbik Chairman Considers Armed Conflict Unavoidable

Marching in uniform, as part of a paramilitary formation, is no longer illegal in Hungary. As far-right internet portals report with glee – in posts dated Jan 27, though the judgment is from December - the Budapest Court of Appeals issued a … Continue reading

Posted in Gábor Vona, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungary, Jobbik, New Hungarian Guard | 13 Comments

Pro-Government Rally in Hungary, Jan. 21, 2012

At the urging of pro-government journalists and media owners whose ideological committment is well summarized here, on January 21 a mass demonstration was held in support of Viktor Orbán and his government. “Never has a crowd so sizable demonstrated in … Continue reading

Posted in demonstrations, Fidesz, Hungary, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments

Hungarian Guards at Flag-burning Protest – On Fidesz and the Hungarian Far-Right

Update to the post on Jan. 22, 2012: source and link to pictures added to ending paragraphs on previous marches of the New Hungarian Guard in the latter half of 2011. For the last few days, one of the most … Continue reading

Posted in European Parliament, Fidesz, Gábor Vona, Gyöngyöspata, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungarian Roma, Jobbik, public works, Viktor Orbán | 18 Comments

EU Infringement Proceedings Against Hungary

On January 17, the European Commission launched accelerated infringement proceedings against Hungary over the independence of its central bank, the replacement of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection as well as over measures affecting the judiciary. The Commission first raised … Continue reading

Posted in András Baka, András Jóri, democracy watch, European Commission, European Parliament, Hungary, infringement proceedings, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Far-Right Protests in Budapest, Jan. 14. 2012

One of them featured the burning of the EU’s flag, another focused on Hungary’s colonization and a third pointed out never before seen international aggression. This weekend, three far-right protests opened a series of pro-government rallies in Hungary.

Posted in Békemenet (Peace March), European Union, Fidesz, Hungarian far-right, Hungarian reception of Western criticism, Jobbik, New Hungarian Guard | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Pál Schmitt’s Plagiarized Doctoral Thesis: The Evidence

Hungary’s President Pál Schmitt is engulfed in a major scandal resulting in vocal calls for his resignation. As the Hungarian news magazine HVG first reported, Schmitt’s doctoral thesis (“The Analysis of the Program of Modern Era Olympic Games” - Az újkori olimpiai … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Hungarian president, Hungary, Pál Schmitt | Tagged , , | 29 Comments

To The Margins of An Early January Protest in Hungary

Hungarians themselves may have been too scared to realize that, following their protest against the country’s new constitution, they were cast into the limelight of international attention. While less than a thousand politicians gathered to celebrate the new “fundamental law” in … Continue reading

Posted in 4K!, Democratic Coalition, Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungarian government, Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Hungary, Hungary-protests, LMP, Pál Schmitt | Tagged , | 10 Comments

Civil Sphere and Grassroots Protests in Hungary: December, 2011

Earlier during the life of this blog, I tried to report about every grass-root action organized by the Hungarian civil sphere. But the time I would have had to have available to keep at this task was rising exponentially, and … Continue reading

Posted in democracy watch, Hungary-protests, LMP | Tagged , , , | 24 Comments