Category Archives: international politics

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

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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

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From Democracy to Autocracy: The Finishing Touches Are in the Electoral Law

Even before Fidesz, Hungary’s governing party obtained a 2/3 majority in the Hungarian Parliament in 2010, there were speculations about a possible game plan that could have assured that they remain in power forever.

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What’s New in Hungary Is That There Are No More News. Not By the Creme of the Profession Anyway.

550 employees, the majority of them journalists, of public news organizations have lost their job last week in Hungary; by the beginning of the fall, this number could total as many as 1000, almost one-third of the public media employees … Continue reading

Posted in Annamária Szalai, democracy watch, Hungary, international politics, közszolgálati médiumok, media law, public media firings | 3 Comments

Falra Hányt Borsó: Why Did the European Parliament Decide to Scrutinize the Hungarian Constitution

Since the European Parliament passed a resolution directing the European Council to “thoroughly examine” the Hungarian constitution, and to return to them an analysis of potential human rights and EU treaty violations it might contain, I must have read at … Continue reading

Posted in constitution, European Union, Hungarian, Hungary, international politics, tiltás tűrés támogatás, Viktor Orbán | Tagged | 2 Comments