Category Archives: Hungarian government

Hungary Extradites Azerbaijani Axe Murderer: The Repercussions

Updates to Hungary’s Extradition Of Ramil Sahib Safarov Due to unabating interest in the repercussions of Hungary’s exchange of a common criminal for billions of euros – and the unending stream of developments in the story – this post is … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Hungarian government, Hungary, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Conflict with Armenia: To Date, The Greatest Diplomatic Success of the Orbán Government

For a list of updates to this story, see next post. The Hungarian consulate in Yerevan was attacked with tomatoes yesterday and the Hungarian flag was torn off of the building in protest of the extradition of an Azerbaijani citizen … Continue reading

Posted in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungarian government, Hungary, international politics, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , | 36 Comments

The Police Idly Stands By: Neo-Nazi Violence in Hungary, August 2012

Stone-throwing, harassment, incitement to violence and the beating of an anti-fascist activist. None of these are spectacular acts of violence. All of them did take place in Hungary: all of them were committed by members of Hungary’s ultra-rightist movement in … Continue reading

Posted in anti-fascism, antisemitism, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungarian government, Hungary, Jobbik | Tagged , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Hungary-IMF Talks: Central Bank Law, Check?

Last week’s most puzzling political development had to be the inexplicable news that Minister of National Economy György Matolcsy submitted a newly-amended central bank law for vote before the parliament. What exactly was inexplicable about it? The newly amended version … Continue reading

Posted in European Commission, European Union, György Matolcsy, Hungarian government, Hungary, IMF talks, Jose Manuel Barroso, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Bus Wars: Protest Tourism At Hungary’s National Holiday

UPDATE 2: For an excellent report of the day complete and many, many photos, see Adrei Stavila’s blog at this link. UPDATE to the story: Since publishing this story, a group of French intellectuals have placed a statement in Liberation, urging … Continue reading

Posted in Békemenet (Peace March), demonstrations, Fidesz, Hungarian government, Hungary, Imre Kerényi, Zsolt Bayer | Tagged , , | 27 Comments

Hungarian Gov’t to Fund Scientific Society against Premarital Sex

Sexual relationships before marriage, cohabitation, and non-heterosexual relationships are harmful, according to a new initiative funded by the Hungarian government. The Hungarian Society for the Science of the Family (Magyar Családtudományi Társaság) was founded on Febr. 24. Among its members … Continue reading

Posted in Hungarian government, Hungarian youth, Hungary | Tagged , , , , | 15 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

The Dear Leader To His People: A Christmas Interview with Viktor Orbán

The Christmas edition of the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reached the government’s eager supporters complete with a lengthy interview featuring Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán. Mr. Orbán is most interesting as a politician when he is speaking to his own, and since one could hardly … Continue reading

Posted in Hungarian government, Hungary, international politics, Viktor Orbán, Western criticism of Hungary | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

After Downgrade by Moody’s, Hungarian Government Gets Reality Check from Panel of Economic Advisors

Yet again, the timing was very awkward. Earlier on the same day, György Matolcsy, Hungary’s Minister of National Economy, was delivering on his patriotic duty to tell tall tales. In fact, on that particular day, Matolcsy went as far as … Continue reading

Posted in György Matolcsy, Hungarian government, Hungary, IMF, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Settling Collective Guilt for Historic Crimes: The Hungarian Government’s “Un-Orthodox” Method

Hungary’s new constitution is already short on democratic legitimacy. It is the government’s constitution, one which is not only fiercely opposed by a considerable segment of the population, but which was intentionally written to ensure victory over the government’s enemies. … Continue reading

Posted in András Jóri, constitution, Hungarian government, Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Hungary, János Lázár | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

How the Hungarian Government Decided to Go to the IMF

You may have sensed that the announcement on last Thursday that the Hungarian government wants to resume talks with the IMF was a shock to the system. I can say with certainty that it was a shock to my system. … Continue reading

Posted in György Matolcsy, Hungarian government, Hungary, IMF, János Lázár, László Kövér, Viktor Orbán | 2 Comments

Hungarian Government Asks for IMF Line of Credit

“If the IMF comes back, I am leaving,” Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister was quoted to say just a few days ago. Since he ascended to power, fierce opposition to international organizations was the hallmark policy of his government, devised both … Continue reading

Posted in György Matolcsy, Hungarian government, Hungary, IMF, Viktor Orbán | 3 Comments

Csurka and the New Theater affair

On Monday, Nov. 7, a sub-committee of the Hungarian Parliament’s committee on cultural affairs was supposed to hold a meeting to review the appointments made to the leadership of Budapest’s Új Színház (New Theater). Committee members representing Fidesz, the country’s … Continue reading

Posted in antisemitism, Hungarian far-right, Hungarian government, Hungarian parliament, Hungary, New Theater (Új Színház) | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hungarian News Digest – Oct. 28 2011

The spirit of protest seems to be a dominant theme in Hungarian politics recently: the opposition demonstration held on Oct. 23, which drew 100,000 participants according to organizers, was only its most direct manifestation. In this week’s Hungarian News Digest, more … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungarian government, Hungarian News Digest, Hungarian parliament, Hungary, László Kövér, New Theater (Új Színház), public works, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments