Hungary in the News – Most Recent

The most up-to-date links to English language news on Hungary are posted on the blog’s Facebook page.

I stopped listing Hungary-related English articles here, as we have come a long way from the situation in which this list was started – back in the times when Hungary featured so rarely in the news that international reports on the country were collectable (this has become a considerable task since then). Anyone interested in getting news – or a “Contrarian Hungarian selection” of news on Hungary, to be more precise – you can use the link on the left to “Like” the blog on Facebook.

Canadian Parliamentary Hearing: Hungarian thugs who intimidate Roma – Can they be stopped?

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2012/05/hill-dispatches-hungarian-thugs-who-intimidate-roma-can-they-b

Freedom House 2012 Annual Report Downgrades Freedom of Press in Hungary:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/report-no-retreat-on-freedom-of-the-press-globally-for-1st-time-in-8-years/2012/04/30/gIQAlDqRsT_story.html

Hungarian Parliament Confirms New President:

http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,15922277,00.html

The Guardian: Beware PR Men Bearing Dictators’ Gifts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/29/nick-cohen-dictators-public-relations

Hungarian home births champion to move from house arrest to jail

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/27/hungarian-home-births-jail

IMF: Hungary hold your horses!

http://www.portfolio.hu/en/economy/imf_hungary_hold_your_horses.24171.html

EU gives green light to Hungary aid talks

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/eu-hungary-aid-idUSL6E8FP50L20120425

Handcuffs and leashes await asylum seekers in Hungary

http://euobserver.com/22/116017

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-slams-hungary-for-abuse-of-asylum-seekers-many-spend-up-to-a-year-in-detention-centers/2012/04/24/gIQApzCReT_story.html

Hungarian Leader Says Pipeline Project Is in Trouble

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/business/global/hungarian-leader-says-pipeline-project-is-in-trouble.html

NY Times: In Hungary, The Usual Scapegoats

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/opinion/bruni-in-hungary-the-usual-scapegoats.html

New film tells about the Roma or ‘gypsies’ Canada wants to keep out

http://rabble.ca/news/2012/04/new-film-tells-about-roma-or-gypsies-canada-wants-keep-out

Kim Lane Scheppele: The New Hungarian Secret Police

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/the-new-hungarian-secret-police/

Ipsos polls shows Fidesz, Socialists losing support among committed voters

http://www.politics.hu/20120419/ipsos-polls-shows-fidesz-socialists-losing-support-among-committed-voters/

Nieman Reports: Tamás Bodoky on investigative reporting in Hungary

http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reports/article/102589/Hungarian-Politics-Present-in-the-Journalistic-Mix.aspx

Hungary PM proposes close ally as new president

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/16/us-hungary-president-idUSBRE83F15N20120416

Human Rights Watch: Hungary, Revoke Law Criminalizing Homelessness

http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/hungary-revoke-law-criminalizing-homeless

(After PM’s Remarks,) Hungary assets hit by aid deal fears:

http://www.iol.co.za/business/international/hungary-assets-hit-by-aid-deal-fears-1.1275675

ECB Has Serious Concern About Hungary Central-Bank Independence:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-12/ecb-has-serious-concern-about-hungary-central-bank-independence.html

Nature Magazine: Honest Work

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v484/n7393/full/484141b.html

Meet Europe’s New Fascists, Hungary’s Far-Right Jobbik Party:

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/96716/meet-europes-new-fascists/

Hungary: Revoke Denial of Pride March Route

http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/hungary-revoke-denial-of-pride-march-route

EU Says Assessment of Hungary’s Replies May Take Up to 7 Weeks

http://www.social-europe.eu/2012/04/protectionism-the-side-effect-of-hungarian-nationalism/

Abby Innes on Hungary: Viktor Orbán goes for broke (1)

http://georgeszirtes.blogspot.com/2012/04/abby-innes-on-hungary-viktor-orban-goes.html?m=1

Prime Minister Orban and Hungary’s dejected class of 2012

http://www.france24.com/en/20120410-prime-minister-orban-hungarys-dejected-class-2012

An interview with Viktor Orban, prime minister of Hungary

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/an-interview-with-viktor-orban-prime-minister-of-hungary/2012/04/06/gIQAaaMN0S_story.html?tid=pm_pop

WNYC News – Homelessness Becomes A Crime In Hungary

http://www.wnyc.org/npr_articles/2012/apr/06/homelessness-becomes-a-crime-in-hungary/

Police refuse to grant permission for this year’s Budapest Pride march

http://2012.budapestpride.hu/en/police-refuse-to-grant-permission-for-this-year-s-budapest-pride-march

IMF: Still No Plans For Official Loan Negotiations With Hungary

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120405-708724.html

Chicago Tribune: Another Reason for IOC to Boot Pal Schmitt

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/globetrotting/chi-another-reason-for-ioc-to-boot-pal-schmitt-20120405,0,5011178.column

Hungary Sued for Political Interference in Radio Frequency Bids

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-04/hungary-sued-for-political-interference-in-radio-frequency-bids.html

Budapest airport: an object lesson

http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/04/04/budapest-airport-an-object-lesson

The Economist: Schmitt quits

http://www.economist.com/node/21552258

Why you should care about Hungary’s rabid right

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/hungarys-rabid-right-demonizes-roma-becomes-popular-youth-voters

Budapest meets Commission deadlines

http://www.europolitics.info/sectorial-policies/budapest-meets-commission-deadlines-art330666-16.html

The Guardian: The Hungary question could strengthen the EU

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/02/hungary-eu-constitution-debate

The Schmitt Affair, day-by-day

April 2: Schmitt Resigns

Hungarian president quits after plagiarism row

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/02/us-hungary-president-idUSBRE8310AX20120402

April 1: Rector Resigns

Rector quits in Hungary plagiarism scandal

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/Rector-quits-in-Hungary-plagiarism-scandal-SXQS9?OpenDocument&src=hp7

March 31: Protesters Call on Schmitt to Resign

Plagiarism pressure mounts on Hungarian president

http://www.euronews.com/2012/04/01/plagiarism-pressure-mounts-on-hungarian-president/

March 30: Schmitt refuses to quit:

Hungary’s president says he won’t resign over plagiarism scandal, will write new thesis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarys-president-says-he-wont-resign-over-plagiarism-scandal-will-write-new-thesis/2012/03/30/gIQAwm1glS_story.html

The Economist: A man of honour, greatly impugned

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/03/hungarys-resilient-president

Will the IOC boot an academic cheat?

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-30/sports/chi-will-the-ioc-boot-an-academic-cheat-20120330_1_ioc-member-pal-schmitt-plagiarism

March 29: Decision of the University Senate

University revokes Hungarian president’s doctorate after probe finds he copied parts of thesis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/university-revokes-hungarian-presidents-doctorate-after-probe-finds-he-copied-parts-of-thesis/2012/03/29/gIQA3YGHjS_story.html

Scandal-hit Hungarian president mulls resignation: media           

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/30/us-hungary-president-idUSBRE82T0JW20120330

March 28: Pressure to Quit

AP: Hungary president pressured to quit over plagiarism row

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-hungary-presidentbre82s0dc-20120329,0,7111296.story

March 27: Expert panel’s findings are released

The Economist: He copied, but he’s not a plagiarist: 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/03/hungarys-president

Orban’s patriotism seen by some as last refuge of a scoundrel:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0402/1224314231239.html

The Frightening Politics Of Hungary’s House Of Terror:

http://www.theawl.com/2012/03/the-frightening-politics-of-hungarys-house-of-terror

SEEMO – Press freedom 2012 – Hungary Media Laws Remain Cause for Concern, Say Media Experts:

http://www.seemo.org/activities/pressfreedom/12/press1226.html

George Szirtes: Some thoughts on Hungary:

http://georgeszirtes.blogspot.com/2012/03/some-thoughts-on-hungary.html

Refugee claims from Hungary soar, UN reports:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1153487–refugee-claims-from-hungary-soar-un-reports

Orban Punished by Investors as Hungary Balks at IMF Talks:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-26/orban-punished-by-investors-as-hungary-retreats-from-imf-talks

Hungarian Dr. Agnes Gereb to go to jail for helping with home births

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1152117–hungarian-dr-agnes-gereb-to-go-to-jail-for-helping-with-home-births

The Latest Target In Viktor Orbán’s “Clean Up” Of Hungary? Religion:

http://www.worldcrunch.com/latest-target-viktor-orb-ns-clean-hungary-religion/4947

The New Republic: Hungary’s Prime Minister Bites The Hand That Feeds Him

http://www.tnr.com/article/world/101972/hungary-prime-minister-viktor-orban-speech-eu

Bloomberg: Hungarian Market Collapses After Forex Loans Debacle: Mortgages

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-25/hungarian-market-collapses-after-forex-loans-debacle-mortgages

The Eonomist: Salami Tactics

http://www.economist.com/node/21551100

Wall Street Journal Europe editorial: The Descent of Hungary

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304724404577290853371300614.html

Anti-Defamation League poll: 63% of Hungarians harbor anti-semitic sentiments

http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/publicsiteContentFileAccess?fileContentId=760924

Hungary Takes More Steps to Tackle Communist Heritage

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/03/19/hungary-takes-more-steps-to-tackle-communist-heritage/

Washington Post editorial: Clinton: Tired of the Hungarian Rhapsodies?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/clinton-tired-of-the-hungarian-rhapsodies/2012/03/05/gIQARYMbNS_blog.html

Venice Commission’s assessment of Hungarian fundamental laws:

The Guardian: Meet Tünde Handó

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/mar/20/tunde-hando-hungarian-judges

AP Interview: Part of Hungary’s new church law problematic, Council of Europe chief says

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ap-interview-part-of-hungarys-new-church-law-problematic-council-of-europe-chief-says/2012/03/21/gIQAq7RkRS_story.html

NYT: Hungary Is Pressed to Change Its Laws Further

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/world/europe/hungary-is-pressed-to-change-its-laws-further.html

EUROPE ONLINE – Hungarian judicial reforms slammed by top human rights watchdog

http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/hungarian-judicial-reforms-slammed-by-top-human-rights-watchdog_197679.html

Right to fair trial at risk in Hungary, study finds – Financial Times

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1da1dff8-6fa2-11e1-b368-00144feab49a.html

CANADIANS CONDEMN HUNGARIAN HATE RALLIES:

http://www.stopracism.ca/content/canadians-condemn-hungarian-hate-rallies

Foreign Policy: The Pit Bull Prime Minister

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/03/16/hungarys_pit_bull_prime_minister

War of words rages between Orbán and Barroso

http://www.euractiv.com/central-europe/war-words-rages-orb-barroso-news-511557

Why Hungary Matters – Paul Krugman’s NYT blog:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/why-hungary-matters/

March 15 – Hungary’s national holiday:

- panoramic picture of the anti-government demonstration organized by One Million for the Freedom of Press http://www.szigetiadam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/milla_2012.03.15.swf

- press reports on the demonstrations:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/03/16/pushing_back

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/15/hungary-prime-minister-orban-eu

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303863404577283651701398324.html

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6feaca90-6ecb-11e1-afb8-00144feab49a.html

- report from the anti-government demo: http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2012/3/15/165747/522

- photo report: http://stavilaandrei.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/budapest-the-three-rallies/

Reuters’ report on the business gains made by the government’s supporters in Hungary:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/14/hungary-idUSL5E8EE3YP20120314

Writing on Paul Krugman’s blog, Kim Lane Scheppele assesses what Hungarian media freedoms amount to under the Orbán government: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/hungarys-free-media/

BBC: Court boosts for independent radio

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17367684

Art Review: Hungary’s Heroes, Artists Enlisted to Push Orban Policy: Review

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-13/hungary-s-heroes-artists-enlisted-to-push-orban-policy-review

March 13: EU finance ministers vote to suspend Hungary’s cohesion funds

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17357626

WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120313-711555.html

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/business/global/eu-pushes-hungary-to-rein-in-deficit.html

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Fair Trial At Risk: Report Slams Hungary’s New Constitution

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,820901,00.html

Kim Lane Scheppele explains why the judiciary is no longer independent in Hungary on Paul Krugman’s NYT blog:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/10/first-lets-pick-all-the-judges/

March 10: Big Hungary rally calls for government ouster

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/10/us-hungary-protest-idUSBRE8290ES20120310

Advocates join Hungarian midwife Agnes Gereb’s fight for home births

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/world/2012/03/09/advocates-join-hungarian-midwife-agnes-gerebs-fight-home-births

Why Hungary’s Youth Are Angry; and Drifting to the Far Right

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2108389,00.html

Transparency International: Hungarian state ‘captured’ by private interest groups

http://www.sofiaecho.com/2012/03/08/1783318_transparency-international-hungarian-state-captured-by-private-interest-groups

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/51adce78-6945-11e1-9618-00144feabdc0.html

NYT: E.U. Gives Hungary a Month to Adopt Its Democratic Norms

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/world/europe/eu-gives-hungary-a-month-to-adopt-its-democratic-norms.html

March 7: Hungary fails to convince EU; no date for aid

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/07/hungary-eu-idUSL5E8E74AO20120307

Hungary: Commission continues accelerated infringement procedure

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP%2F12%2F222&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Hungary’s IMF/EU deal: fading away?

http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/03/05/hungarys-imfeu-deal-fading-away

Anonymous geek-topia: Hackers change Hungarian constitution

http://rt.com/news/anonymous-hungary-court-constitution-881/

Neelie Kroes’ letter on Hungary, in response to Fidesz MEP Szájer’s accusations that her criticism of Hungary is an interference with Hungarian sovereignty:

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/neelie-kroes/files/Neelie-Kroes-to-Jozsef-Szajer-EN.pdf

NYT: Hungarian Students Decry State Sponsorship Cuts

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/world/europe/hungarian-students-decry-state-sponsorship-cuts.html

Hungarian Jewish writer, 80, seeks asylum in Canada

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gfNSdjtdYV6kUxEeOCI-9TMPaesA?docId=CNG.b6faf697f6ff6e1c4808a8766c2abf8e.61

More churches approved, even more rejected

http://www.budapesttimes.hu/2012/03/03/more-churches-approved-even-more-rejected/

WSJ: All Hands on Hungary. The EU takes its deficit limits very seriously—for some countries.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577239203638389674.html

The grasping hands: József Angyán, Hungary’s junior minister for agriculture resigns.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/02/hungary

Hungary’s Parliament expands list of recognized churches, but rejects many applicants:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarys-parliament-expands-list-of-recognized-churches-but-rejects-many-applicants/2012/02/27/gIQAM8NOeR_story.html

Canada considers visas for Hungary due to influx of Romani immigrants:

http://www.romea.cz/english/index.php?id=detail&detail=2007_3191

Palmer-Haraszti-Gati opinion piece in the Washington Post: “There are serious reasons for bringing back RFE’s Hungarian broadcasts”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/support-democracy-in-hungary-with-new-radio-free-europe-broadcasts/2012/02/17/gIQAI7KdcR_story.html

Video of Kim Lane Scheppele’s lecture “Unconstitutional Constitution”, delivered on January 31, 2012 at Budapest’s Central European University about the legality of the newly-enacted Hungarian constitution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_swtZNgjTc&

Febr. 22: European Commission recommends suspension of Hungary’s cohesion funds

BBB: EU to punish Hungary over debts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17127792

NYT: E.U. Threatens to Suspend Subsidies to Hungary

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/world/europe/eu-threatens-to-suspend-subsidies-to-hungary.html

Financial Times: Hungary hits at Brussels funds threat

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a1e08d5c-5d71-11e1-8bb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1nBDDsX29

Irish Times: Hungary feels wrath of Rehn as new economic order takes hold

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0223/1224312243430.html

Brussels Swats Its Buda-‘Pest’

http://blogs.news.sky.com/eurovision/Post:bf782a13-fb38-4455-bed8-d9dab24ebabb

Hungary gov’t queries legality of EU fund freeze

http://www.realdeal.hu/20120222/hungary-gov’t-queries-legality-of-eu-fund-freeze/

EU readies economic sanctions against Hungary

http://www.euractiv.com/euro-finance/eu-readies-economic-sanctions-hungary-news-510987

EP vs. Fidesz-Hungary: Not Lost in Translation (Summary of EP discussions of Bayer’s show on Echo TV)

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2012/2/18/85124/2698

Hungary responds to EU infringement procedure

http://euobserver.com/9/115300

Government Lets Movement Celebrate Hungary Revolution Anniversary

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/02/17/government-lets-movement-celebrate-hungary-revolution-anniversary/

Hungary Sees Political Witch Hunt In European Parliament Resolution

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/02/17/hungary-sees-political-witch-hunt-in-european-parliament-resolution/

Hungarian film shines light on Roma persecution

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/16/us-berlinale-roma-idUSTRE81F1IH20120216

EU action over Hungary’s constitution – The Irish Times – Fri, Feb 17, 2012:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0217/1224311917901.html

European Parliament resolution: Hungary should respect the EU’s basic values, say MEPs

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pressroom/content/20120216IPR38359/html/Hungary-should-respect-the-EU’s-basic-values-say-MEPs

UN experts speak out against Hungarian law criminalizing homelessness

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=41246&Cr=Rapporteur&Cr1

“The bullies of Budapest” – more on the Geréb case; The Economist

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/02/hungarian-home-births

The Strasbourger – Hungarian Journalist Loses It:

http://thestrasbourger.eu/article/Hungarian-Journalist-Loses-It/187

Febr. 13: Hungarian Parliament is back in session.Financial Times blog: “Hungary: crunch time with the EU/IMF” http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/02/13/hungary-crunch-time-with-the-euimf

The Guardian: Imre Kertész’s Hungary: a country on the wrong side of history (excerpts of the interview with Le Monde):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2012/feb/12/imre-kertesz-hungary-wrong-side-history

Adam Fisher’s open letter on racism in Hungary, addressed to members of the European Peoples Party in the European Parliament:

http://artistsagainstracism.eu/?p=336

The Irish Independent: Karen Coleman: Sinister path Hungary is taking should worry us all

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/karen-coleman-sinister-path-hungary-is-taking-should-worry-us-all-3016529.html

Febr. 10: Hungarian home birth advocate Ágnes Geréb is sentenced to two years in jail and banned from her profession for ten years:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarian-doctor-home-birth-advocate-loses-appeal-of-2-year-prison-term-for-malpractice/2012/02/10/gIQAGF2F4Q_story.html

http://www.budapest-moms.com/2012/02/hungarian-midwife-agnes-gereb-receives-2-years-in-prison/

Hunger March wins PR battle

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2012/2/9/82113/51421

Hungary Will Extend Foreign-Currency Loan Plan, Index Reports:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-08/hungary-will-extend-foreign-currency-loan-plan-index-reports.html

Febr. 9: The European Parliament holds a hearing on the situation on civil rights and media freedoms in Hungary:

The BBC’s summary and  full recording of the hearing:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/europe/newsid_9693000/9693944.stm

“EU Commissioner Kroes criticizes Hungarian laws as affecting democracy, media independence” – AP http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/eu-commissioner-kroes-criticizes-hungarian-media-laws-saying-they-promote-self-censorship/2012/02/09/gIQAgomD1Q_story.html

Open dispute between deputy prime minister Navracsics and Neelie Kroes during the hearing: http://euobserver.com/9/115209

EU Commissioner Kroes’ prepared remarks: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH%2F12%2F80&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Details of the mandates the European Union requires of the Hungarian government: http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/46571

Hungary’s churches in no-man’s land – The Financial Times

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/798c2f14-481d-11e1-b1b4-00144feabdc0.html

Febr. 7: Orbán’s “state of the country” speech:

Hungary PM Sees Tough Future Ahead, Blames Heritage

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/02/07/hungary-pm-sees-tough-future-ahead-blames-heritage/

New York Times: Leader of Hungary Defends New Constitution

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/world/europe/viktor-orban-defends-hungarys-new-constitution.html

Presseurop: Orbán makes an exhibition of himself -

http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1487771-orban-makes-exhibition-himself 

What’s Wrong with Hungary? – by Francis Fukuyama:

http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/fukuyama/2012/02/06/whats-wrong-with-hungary/

The Guardian: The readers’ editor on… a story of prejudice that hit a raw nerve in Hungary

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/05/story-of-prejudice-roma-hungary

Febr. 4: Pictures taken in the area impacted by the red sludge catastrophe. Officially the cleanup of the area is complete, but against the winter background, the red dust being blown around is alarming (pictures): http://magyarinfo.blog.hu/2012/02/04/a_vorosiszap_katasztrofa_16_honapos_evfordulojan_meg_mindig_tamad_a_vorosiszap

Radical party spokesman says Jews ‘colonizing’ Hungary – The Jerusalem Post:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=256481

Young, Wired and Angry: A Revised Portrait of Hungary’s Right-Wing Extremists – SPIEGEL ONLINE

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,813243,00.html

Democracy in Hungary Takes a Right Turn – Saim Saeed for the World Policy Institute:

http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2012/02/03/democracy-hungary-takes-right-turn

Death of I. Csurka, Febr. 4:

New York Times obituary -http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/world/europe/istvan-csurka-hungarian-politician-dies-at-77.html

MTI: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-04/hungarian-far-right-party-leader-istvan-csurka-dies-mti-reports.html

AP: http://hosted2.ap.org/ALDEC/TDWorld/Article_2012-02-04-EU-Hungary-Obit-Csurka/id-f1c88696dd2e4e2ca5fb510f11eaab16

George Szirtes: http://georgeszirtes.blogspot.com/2012/02/istvan-csurka-1934-2012.html

Febr. 3: Hungary airline Malev stops operating, flights grounded

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/03/malev-stoppage-idUSL5E8D30E920120203

Hungary’s new constitution sparks controversy – Global Journalist Radio’s full episode on media freedoms and political changes in Hungary with Origo’s editor Attila Mong and Radio Free Europe’s Prague correspondent Charles Recknagel:

http://globaljournalist.org/radio/2012/01/27/

Open letter on freedom to Hungary’s Viktor Orbán:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/a-letter-on-freedom-to-hungarys-viktor-orbn/article2315049/

Febr. 3: Two very different stories about Roma life in Hungary: one told after a visit to the countryside, the other from the office of a Hungarian state secretary:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/us-hungary-coal-poverty-idUSTRE8111MU20120202

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57370690/hungary-urges-eu-members-to-present-roma-plans/

SEEMO Says State Has Appropriated Hungary’s Media Landscape:

http://www.freemedia.at/index.php?id=288&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=5993&cHash=1e17eda0c7

The Washington Post: Extremists in Hungary try to disrupt protest against rightist theater director

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/extremists-in-hungary-try-to-disrupt-protest-against-rightist-theater-director/2012/02/01/gIQAGhH4hQ_story.html

Hungary’s Orban seeks to wipe out communist past:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/01/uk-hungary-communism-idUSLNE81001C20120201 

Orban Nationalism May Isolate Hungary in EU, Schwarzenberg Says:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-01/orban-nationalism-may-isolate-hungary-in-eu-schwarzenberg-says.html

For Hungarian Borrowers, A Mortgage Nightmare : NPR Segment

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/31/146140750/for-hungarian-borrowers-a-mortgage-nightmare

UK, Hungarian think tanks release survey of Jobbik Facebook fans:

http://www.politics.hu/20120131/uk-hungarian-think-tanks-release-survey-of-jobbik-facebook-fans/

The Washington Post: Hungary grows weary of European Union

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/anti-eu-forces-make-gains-in-hungary/2012/01/25/gIQAGoXFeQ_story.html

France24: Life after the red sludge flood (video)

http://www.france24.com/en/20120130-2012-01-30-0817-hungary-life-after-the-red-sludge-flood

Hungarian municipalities law is also in violation of EU treaties?

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/45945

Global Voices – Hungary: “We Voted For Orbán, Not For Goldman Sachs”

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/01/29/hungary-we-voted-for-orban-not-for-goldman-sachs/

Eastern Approaches: Hungary Backs Down

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/01/latest-budapest

The Guardian: Poor, abused and second-class: the Roma living in fear in Hungarian village

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/27/hungary-roma-living-in-fear

Telegraph: Hungary president accused of plagiarising doctoral thesis

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/hungary/9044654/Hungary-president-accused-of-plagiarising-doctoral-thesis.html

Euronews: Hungary, a country divided (video)

http://www.euronews.net/2012/01/27/hungary-a-country-divided/

Open, liberal theatre under fire in Hungary:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/26/liberal-theatre-under-fire-hungary

Summaries of Osteuropa‘s Hungary issue:

http://dl.oe.dgo-online.org/issues/dl/OE_12_2011_Abstracts_E.pdf

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2012-01-25-halmai-en.html

http://georgeszirtes.blogspot.com/2012/01/on-hungary-for-german-language-readers.html

Times Higher Education – Unwelcome 1980s revival threatens Hungary’s academy:

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=418806&c=1

The Washington Post: Head of EU advisory group slams concentration of media power in Hungary

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/head-of-eu-advisory-group-slams-concentration-of-media-power-in-hungary/2012/01/25/gIQAbgNPQQ_story.html

EU ministers open way for freezing EU funds for Hungary:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/24/us-eu-hungary-funds-idUSTRE80N10X20120124

‘EU not stupid': Hungary PM told

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16706772

Le Monde: Vienna-Budapest: A Journey into the Past

http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1432681-vienna-budapest-journey-past 

Spiegel: Interview With Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister: ‘Hungary Should Have Voting Rights Withdrawn':

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,810743,00.html

The Irish Times: The Theatrical Bloc (in Eastern Europe):

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2012/0123/1224310621814.html

Orbán and the EU – Financial Times Editorial

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/36f86c0e-436c-11e1-8489-00144feab49a.html#axzz1kGDAlOiI

NPR’s Weekend Edition on Klubrádió:

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/22/145599141/eu-reacts-to-hungarys-media-crackdown

Hungary’s  Lurch Backward: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/opinion/sunday/hungarys-lurch-backward.html

Hungary Misunderstood: Kim Lane Scheppele on Paul Krugman’s blog:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/hungary-misunderstood/

Hungary: now the right marches but what of the right to march

http://georgeszirtes.blogspot.com/2012/01/hungary-now-right-marches-but-what-of.html

Jan. 21, 2012: Over 100,000 rally in Hungary to back government in EU row

http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE80K0Q020120121

The Daily Hungarian: Orban faces more heat

http://blogs.ft.com/brusselsblog/2012/01/the-daily-hungarian-orban-faces-more-heat/#axzz1k6Dvp7hi

EU adds justice system reform to precondition for Hungary bailout

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/business/news/article_1686539.php/EU-adds-justice-system-reform-to-precondition-for-Hungary-bailout

Hungarian civic group to appeal to European court as gov’t reserves most protest locations:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarian-civic-group-to-appeal-to-european-court-as-govt-reserves-most-protest-locations/2012/01/20/gIQAdHSpDQ_story.html

Brussels poised to step up action on Hungary:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/050f5a82-42a8-11e1-93ea-00144feab49a.html#axzz1kdDx1XAN

Writer György Konrád’s essay on Hungary in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/opinion/hungarys-junk-democracy.html

Jan 18, 2012: Viktor Orbán in European Parliament:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,810062,00.html

LIVE BLOG: http://blogs.ft.com/brusselsblog/2012/01/live-blog-viktor-orban-at-the-eu-parliament/#axzz1kdDI21H6

In Hungary, Fears Government ‘Limiting Democracy’ – NPR Morning Edition:

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/18/145370167/in-hungary-fears-government-limiting-democracy

Budapest Winter – Foreign Policy:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/17/budapest_winter

Viktor Orbán has crushed Hungary’s 1989 dream – Yudit Kiss in The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/17/viktor-orban-hungary-eu-legal-action

In Hungary, Civil Society Steps in as Opposition:

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106448

European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee debates Hungary’s controversial laws:

http://www.iewy.com/39990-civil-liberties-committee-debates-hungarys-controversial-laws.html

Jan. 17, 2012: European Commission Starts Infringement Proceedings Against Hungary:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16593827

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/eu-says-it-is-launching-legal-challenges-against-hungarys-new-constitution/2012/01/17/gIQAvqXN5P_story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/world/europe/hungary-is-pressed-on-democracy.html

EU Sanctions Threat Fuels Hungary’s Far Right: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/europe/EU-Sanctions-Threat-Fuels-Hungarys-Far-Right–137450768.html

Hungary’s New Constitution Threatens the Global Financial System:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/01/16/hungarys-new-constitution-threatens-the-global-financial-system/

Human rights court inundated with Hungary complaints:

http://www.euractiv.com/future-eu/human-rights-court-inundated-hungary-complaints-news-510155

Hungary, Once a Star, Loses Its Shine – New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/business/global/17iht-hungary17.html

Brussels to rap Hungary over central bank:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a12b1080-3f99-11e1-ad6a-00144feab49a.html#axzz1jaxQh3hV

Dubbed Viktator, soccer-mad Hungary PM fights on:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/15/us-hungary-orban-idUSTRE80E0G020120115

Jan. 14: Three Far-Right Groups Hold Protests in Hungary:

“If (European Commission President Jose Manuel) Barroso sets foot in here we will chase him out with a whip”: http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/01/16/thousands-protest-in-hungary-against-‘foreign-involvement’-in-country’s-affairs/

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/01/13/supporters-of-hungarian-government-revving-up-for-show-of-strength/

http://kepek.origo.hu/galleriesdisplay/gdisplay?xml=%2F1201%2FUni_s201211417202%2Fgallery.xml&rovat=itthon

http://galeria.index.hu/belfold/2012/01/14/a_jobbik_euellenes_tuntetese/

Hungary’s Hard-Won Democracy Under Threat?

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungarys-hard-won-democracy-threat-15354700

IMF chief tells Hungary no loan talks yet:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/13/uk-hungary-imf-idUSTRE7BR0UT20120113

Somewhere In Europe: Kim Lane Scheppele on Paul Krugman’s blog:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/somewhere-in-europe/

European Union Gives Hungary an Ultimatum – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/world/europe/european-union-gives-hungary-an-ultimatum.html

Jan. 12: Supporter Urges Prayer for Hungary’s Controversial Leader:

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/01/11/supporter-urges-prayer-for-hungary’s-controversial-leader/

Hungary president accused of plagiarizing thesis:

http://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/966886-hungary-president-accused-plagiarizing-thesis.html

Jan. 11, 2012 documents released by the European Commission about the excessive debt procedure against Hungary:

http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/articles/sgp/2012-01-11-edp_en.htm

EU Steps Up Pressure on Hungary as Cabinet Seeks Aid Talks – Businessweek:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-11/eu-steps-up-pressure-on-hungary-as-cabinet-seeks-bailout-talks.html

Danish MPs warn of Hungary ‘core value crisis’:

http://www.euractiv.com/future-eu/danish-mps-warn-hungary-core-value-crisis-news-510079

Hungary turns away from democracy – The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2012/0110/Hungary-turns-away-from-democracy

Soundtrack of Hungary’s Protest Movement | PRI’s The World:

http://www.theworld.org/2012/01/soundtrack-hungary-protest/

Occupy Budapest: Protests challenge power grab by the “Viktator” in Hungary:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120109/occupy-budapest-protests-viktor-orban-viktator-power-grab

Washington Post Editorial: Hungary’s rush toward autocracy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hungarys-rush-toward-autocracy/2012/01/09/gIQA38ebmP_story.html

Hungary’s Collision Course With the EU by George Kopits

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204257504577148450196907834.html

Global Voices – Hungary: “Hey Europe, Sorry About My Prime Minister”

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/01/10/hungary-hey-europe-sorry-about-my-prime-minister/

The Guardian: Hungary ‘ready to negotiate on everything’, says foreign minister

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/09/hungary-ready-to-negotiate

U.S. Ambassador To Hungary Interview:

http://www.xpatloop.com/news/us_ambassador_to_hungary_interview_with_balazs_naray_kossuth_radio

NewropMag’s special edition on Hungary:

http://www.newropeans-magazine.org/content/view/12712/1/lang,english/

BBC’s overview of the last decade of Hungarian politics:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16446682

Presseurop: Orbán is the product of a fraught history

http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1360941-orban-product-fraught-history

The Guardian: Hungary’s hard-pressed workforce struggles with unaffordable mortgages

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/08/hungary-unaffordable-mortgages-forint

Polish magazine Kultura Liberalna’s special edition on Hungary:

http://kulturaliberalna.pl/2012/01/07/bodnar-baran-wcislik-bychawska-should-one-exclude-hungary-from-european-union/

The Independent: Curtain comes down on liberal Hungary

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/curtain-comes-down-on-liberal-hungary-6286332.html

On Dec. 12, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding sent a letter to the Hungarian government demanding explanation of any guarantees of the independence of the judiciary upon the restructuring of the Hungarian judiciary. The Hungarian government complied with the Commissioner’s deadline and responded to the letter on Dec. 16. However, with the leadership of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungarian NGOs got together to answer the Commissioner’s questions on the basis of their own understanding of these reforms:

http://helsinki.hu/wp-content/uploads/Letter-to-Viviane-Reding-29-12-11.pdf

Presseurop: Orbán and our values

http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/editorial/1365631-orban-and-our-values

Hungary govt fails to address US concerns, ambassador says

http://www.bbj.hu/politics/hungary-govt-fails-to-address-us-concerns-ambassador-says_62189

The Independent: Hungary retreats from democracy

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article-hungary-retreats-from-democracy-6286248.html

The Guardian: Hungary’s ‘Viktator’ faces tide of protest at home and abroad

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/06/hungary-viktor-orban-faces-protest

Who Can Save the Left in Hungary? Two new, very different partieshope to rebuild a badly damaged opposition:

http://www.tol.org/client/article/22923-who-can-save-the-left-in-hungary.html

Jan. 6: Orban fails to address Hungary risks /Reuters/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/06/hungary-imf-debt-idUSL6E8C62AD20120106

Jan. 6: Fitch Joins Others in Cutting Hungary Debt to Junk Status /NYT/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/business/global/fitch-joins-others-in-cutting-hungary-debt-to-junk-status.html

Time Magazine: Why Hungary’s New Constitution Could Be Bad for Europe

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2103775,00.html#ixzz1jh5bBG8Q

The Economist: Hungary’s government – The long march of Fidesz

http://www.economist.com/node/21542422

“With new constitution Hungary would not have been admitted to EU” – Helsingin Sanomat:

http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Tuomioja+anticipates+furore+in+EU+over+events+in+Hungary+/1135270141204

Statement by Human Rights Watch:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/06/hungary-reverse-interference-courts-media

New Study: “Hungarian Media Laws in Europe: An Assessment of the Consistency of Hungary’s Media Laws with European Practices and Norms”

https://cmcs.ceu.hu/news/2012-01-05/new-study-hungarian-media-laws-in-europe-an-assessment-of-the-consistency-of-hungary

Blog post by Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Vice-President of the European Commission on “Defending media pluralism in Hungary”:

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/neelie-kroes/media-pluralism-hungary/ 

Jan. 5: Markets Punish Hungary for Power Grab on Central Bank: http://euobserver.com/19/114770

Portfolio: Hungary kicking and screaming to cut deal with IMF: http://www.portfolio.hu/en/economy/hungary_kicking_and_screaming_to_ cut_deal_with_imf_analysts.23572.html

The Financial Times: “A Hungarian coup worthy of Putin” http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/306d5342-36db-11e1-b741-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1j7iCUIqD

The Economist: Europe could do more to stop Hungary’s erosion of democratic norms” http://www.economist.com/node/21542414

Le Monde: Hungary is Our Business Too (English translation): http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1355601-hungary-our-business-too

The Guardian: “This Hungarian hangover could cost the EU more credibility than a failed euro”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/04/hungarian-budapest-protests-democracy

Jan. 4. 2012: The Hungarian forint hits a record low. The Telegraphs’s reporting:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8992010/Hungarian-forint-hits-new-low-against-euro.html

The Economist on the Jan. 2 protest – and mention of The Contrarian Hungarian blog:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/01/protest-hungary 

Kim Lane Scheppele: The Unconstitutional Constitution

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/02/the-unconstitutional-constitution/

Jan. 2. Opposition demonstration against Hungary’s new constitution:

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16387117

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/world/europe/rare-opposition-protests-in-hungary.html

Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/hungary-loses-republic-name-and-protests-fill-capital/2012/01/03/gIQAYCaMYP_blog.html

AFP: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hONBO6TR1qcsQFja6lblhULWgf9Q?docId=CNG.db7c9b5c0e39e81289addf91510aff0e.8e1

AP: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/thousands-rally-against-brand-new-hungarian-constitution-as-government-celebrates/2012/01/02/gIQAax1pWP_story.html

“New Year’s letter” on Hungary, prepared by famous Hungarian dissidents of the 1980s:

http://www.iprotest.hu/the-decline-of-democracy-.html

Kim Lane Scheppele’s brilliantly put “doubts” about Hungary’s constitution:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/31/hungarian-diplomatic-protest/

Should Brussels resist Hungary’s ‘Putinization’? Or do EU member states have a ‘democratic over-ride’?

http://www.opendemocracy.net/jan-werner-mueller/should-brussels-resist-hungarys-‘putinization’-or-do-eu-member-states-have-‘democ 

The Financial Times: “In other words – and not for the first time on this blog – Hungary is shooting itself in the economic foot; with a sub-machine gun.”

http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/12/30/hungary-nobody-understands-us/#axzz1i2njwuMD 

Dec. 30, 2011: Defiant Hungary adopts controversial laws

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5icbIi6sEXwtSKktCJVHmNbXWTP1A?docId=CNG.8c17cba868ccab6ae336e5bb8cb40fa7.1f1 

Spiegel Online: Revanchism in Budapest – Hungary’s Right-Wing War on Culture

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,803865,00.html 

The Economist: Hungary’s supine MPs – The Fidesz flock

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/12/hungarys-supine-mps 

US, EU Express Concern About Hungary’s ‘Crackdown’ on Democracy – Voice of America:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/europe/US-EU-Express-Concern-About-Hungarys-Crackdown-on-Democracy-136390198.html

Hungary’s answer to unemployment: Manual labour – BBC, Dec. 27, 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16309078

Hunger strikes against government interference with state media:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16354192

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20111227/eu-hungary-media-hunger-strike/

(interview with Balázs Nagy-Navarro in Dissent Magazine):

http://dissentmagazine.org/online.php?id=571

Guardian editorial, Dec. 25, 2011 – “Hungary: Playing Chicken”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/25/hungary-playing-chicken-editorial

Opposition Members of Parliament Protest Non-Stop Lawmaking, End to Democracy, Are Dragged Away by Police – NYT/Reuters:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/world/europe/in-hungary-protests-fail-to-block-disputed-legislation.html

Budapest and Brussels on a collision course?

http://blogs.ft.com/brusselsblog/2011/12/budapest-and-brussels-on-a-collision-course/#axzz1hJ8xY4zf

PDF of Hillary Clinton’s Dec. 23 letter to Viktor Orban:

http://nol.hu/media/file/attach/25/14/00/000001425-6248.pdf

Washington Post editorial, Dec. 22, 2011 – “Autocracy Returns to Central Europe”:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/autocracy-makes-an-unwelcome-return-to-hungary/2011/12/22/gIQAjcoiHP_story.html

New York Times: “Democracy here is dying not with a single giant blow but with many small cuts, critics say, through the legal processes of Parliament that add up to a slow-motion coup. And in its drift toward authoritarian government, aided by popular disaffection with political gridlock and a public focused mainly on economic hardship, Hungary stands as a potentially troubling bellwether…”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/world/europe/foes-of-hungarys-government-fear-demolition-of-democracy.html

Dec. 21 – Standard and Poor’s Downgrades Hungarian bonds:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/21/sp-downgrades-hungary_n_1163790.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/271053/20111221/breaking-hungary-downgraded-s-p-carnage-european.htm

‘Democratic Deficiencies’ Abound in Hungary:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,805112,00.html

Klubrádió, Hungary’s community radio and central media outlet for the opposition is silenced:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-21/hungarian-watchdog-takes-away-frequency-from-opposition-radio.html

Hungarian court rules parts of media law unconstitutional:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15613786,00.html

On “Hungary’s Constitutional Revolution”: Two Articles by Kim Lane Scheppele written for Paul Krugman’s blog:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/hungarys-constitutional-revolution/

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/more-hungary/

Why are Hungarian Roma seeking asylum in Canada? – in Embassy, Canada’s Foreign Policy Newspaper:

http://www.embassymag.ca/dailyupdate/view/why_are_hungarian_roma_seeking_asylum_in_canada_12-19-2011

The Guardian’s reporting on anti-government protests:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/17/young-hungarians-viktor-orban

European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless letter on Hungarian policies:

http://www.feantsa.org/files/freshstart/EU_Docs/Letter_criminalisation_homelessness_en.pdf

Preliminary IMF Talks with Hungary Break Down:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/eu-and-imf-break-off-talks-with-hungary-on-aid-deal-due-to-new-law-seen-impairing-central-bank/2011/12/16/gIQAMp16xO_story.html

Airbrushing in the Hungarian State Television:

http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2011/12/hungary-airbrushing-media-law-hunger-strike/

http://europe.ifj.org/en/articles/hungary-efj-condemns-manipulation-of-media-in-hungary-as-tv-report-sparks-hunger-strike-by-union-leader

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarian-state-tv-employees-continue-hunger-strike-say-management-restricting-news-coverage/2011/12/16/gIQAA8FKyO_story.html

Hungary Elects New Top Judges, Ousting Supreme Court Chief:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-13/hungary-elects-new-top-judges-ousting-supreme-court-chief.html

Dozens of small churches in Hungary fear loss of status due to new politicized law on religion:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/dozens-of-small-churches-in-hungary-fear-loss-of-status-due-to-new-politicized-law-on-religion/2011/12/13/gIQAnjvsrO_story.html

Charles Gati’s Op-Ed in the New York Times “Hungary’s Backward Slide”:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/opinion/hungarys-backward-slide.html

Paul Krugman’s New York Times Column “Depression and Democracy”:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/opinion/krugman-depression-and-democracy.html

Democracy in Hungary: Ring the Alarm:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/12/democracy-hungary

Hungarian Public Works Plan Terrorising Roma:

http://www.thenewage.co.za/37297-1020-53-Hungarian_public_works_plan_’terrorising’_Roma_NGO

US Ambassador Concerned about Hungarian Democracy:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45582097

Hungary’s Far Right Enjoys Surge in Support as Crisis Bites/Deutsche Welle:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15583593,00.html

Hungary on the International Radicalism Index: 63% of Hungarians view the “Roma inclination to commit crime” as genetically pre-determined:

http://www.xpatloop.com/news/68839

Where is György? – The Economist’s Eastern Approaches Blog Tries Its Hand at Writing Satire:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/12/hungary-and-imf

Law Against Homelessness Goes Into Effect on Dec. 1:

BBB: Hungary Outlaws Homelessness in Move Condemned by Charities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15982882

Extensive reporting on Hungary’s anti-homeless policies:

http://www.budapestreport.com/2011/11/24/the-criminalization-of-the-homeless-in-hungary/

What is Wrong with the Hungarian Economy:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-28/hungary-may-be-forced-into-policy-turn-to-avert-debt-grade-slide.html

After Moody’s Downgrade, Hungarian Government Furious:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/hungary-says-downgrade-by-moodys-to-junk-status-has-no-real-basis-part-of-financial-attack/2011/11/25/gIQAmHbVuN_story.html

Hungarians Face Evictions before Dec. 1. Moratorium:

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Hungarians-face-evictions-ahead-of-winter-chill-2291034.php

Hungarian Constitution to Hold Socialist Party Responsible for Communist Regime:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/

Hungary Requests Financial Assistance from the IMF:

Extensive summary from Bloomberg’s London bureau:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-22/hungary-may-have-to-give-in-to-imf-conditions-for-financial-aid.html

Since the topic was well-reported, I will not list every single English language source. If you are interested in the immediate reactions, I link to these from my 11/18/2011 post:

http://thecontrarianhungarian.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/hungarian-government-asks-for-imf-line-of-credit/

Criminalization of Homelessness:

See links embedded in 

http://thecontrarianhungarian.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/28-arrested-in-sit-in-against-criminalization-of-homelessness-in-budapest-hungary/

Excellent Piece on The Mandatory Public Work Project at Gyöngyöspata (scroll down to fourth section, “Labour Camps and hate crimes against Roma citizens of Hungary”):

http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2011/10/human-rights-issues-in-serbia-and-hungary.html

New Theater Affair:

for overview, see http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15484656,00.html

exhaustive listing of English-language articles: http://www.aznemlehet.net/p/news-enfrde.html

the text of the proposal can be read here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16441951/aznemlehet/dorner_en.pdf

In Hungary, A Worrisome Trend Toward Repression – The Montreal Gazette:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/

Mass Demonstration by One Million for the Freedom of the Press in Hungary:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/eastern-approaches/2011/10/remembering-1956

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/23/us-hungary-protest-idUSTRE79M3AY20111023

Hungary’s Viktor Orban has no appetite for democracy – The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hungarys-viktor-orban-has-no-appetite-for-democracy/2011/10/11/gIQAfIJaiL_story.html

Hungary’s new path is the hidden danger to Europe – The Financial Times:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/bdd5667a-f02c-11e0-977b-00144feab49a.html#axzz1aLXk4j7O

A Little Moscow Trial in Budapest – Liberation

http://www.liberation.fr/monde/01012363582-un-petit-proces-de-moscou-a-budapest

International Coverage of D-Day:

AP story by Pablo Gorondi:

http://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/731448-unions-hungary-protest-labor-tax-law-changes.html

“Hungary’s Government: Not Paid in Full”:

The Economist is not worried about the repayment of forex mortgages or about the economy only, but also about the opportunities left open for Jobbik:

http://www.economist.com/node/21531036

New York Times Article on the Forex Loan Repayment Program:

“The Hungarian government, elected in 2010, has done a lot of things that upset others in Europe. It passed a media law that seemed aimed at silencing critics. It walked away from an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, choosing to seek fiscal stimulus rather than reduce deficits, as the previous government had promised to do after it was bailed out in 2008. The prime minister, Viktor Orban, blamed the central bank for the country’s fiscal problems and cut the salary of its governor, Mr. Simor, by 75 percent.

Now it has gone after the banks.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/business/global/hungary-blames-the-banks-in-its-mortgage-crisis.html

Hungary’s Government Is Cementing Its Power:

From the Wall Street Journal’s blog on Eastern Europe:  http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/09/09/hungary-government-seen-cementing-its-power/

Fines Issued to MAL, Owner of Red Sludge Reservoir:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/world/europe/hungary-heavy-fine-for-caustic-flood.html

Austria Irked by Hungary’s Plan to Fix Exchange Rate of Foreign Currency Loans:

Washington Post: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/markets/hungary-to-defend-plan-allowing-repayment-of-foreign-currency-loans-at-fixed-exchange-rate/2011/09/12/gIQAnFdjMK_story.html 

San Francisco Chronicle/Bloomberg:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/09/11/bloomberg1376-LRER0G6TTDS201-0Q9CTHG6CT4L0I8FB6RR8ULU68.DTL

“In Hungary, the Jobless Go to Labor Camp”:

Bloomberg Businessweek on Hungary’s Public Work Project:

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/in-hungary-the-jobless-go-to-labor-camp-09082011.html

A very comprehensive piece (and link to my post in the comments – thanks!):

http://www.euractiv.com/socialeurope/hungary-puts-roma-work-news-507804

The Economist on the Eastern-European members of the EU:

“Hungary could be the most vulnerable, thanks to a combination of indebtedness and political unpredictability”:

http://www.economist.com/node/21526934

Sziget Report:

Kevin E. G. Perry of The Quietus sets out to the Sziget festival in search of “Neo-Nazi goons,” finds himself making the flight in the company of Prodigy and has an overall good time in Budapest – the ubiquity of male domestic fowl notwithstanding:

http://thequietus.com/articles/06803-sziget-festival-review-the-prodigy

Article in Der Spiegel – Comprehensive summary of the many things that went wrong in Hungary just this summer:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,780794,00.html

The Economist Gets on Viktor Orbán’s Case (08/13/2011):

… countries needing investment and favours from their richer counterparts should polish their images and avoid rows. So it may seem odd that so many politicians in ex-communist Europe, with wobbly economies and security, often do the opposite. A prime example is Hungary…

But the article argues that the focus on Orbán is somewhat selective. Orbán joins what the international affairs weekly calls “the awkward squad”: the company of Putin, Lukashenko, Klaus and the Kaczynski brothers.

“The awkward squad tends to despise conventional diplomacy and public relations, and is therefore bad at them,” concludes The Economist, but it does so with a concilatory tone: “although some easterners may be irritating, noisy and unfashionable, in modern Europe they are indispensable.”

http://www.economist.com/node/21525919

The Financial Times, August 5,2011:

The Financial Times denounces announcements by the Orbán government that it intends to bring Socialist PMs of the last year to trial over the national dept:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/72d9420e-bd1e-11e0-9d5d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1UavDLsHW

Homegrown Hungarian neo-nazis making an international name for themselves -

a.k.a. BNP’s Christ Hurst at the Magyar Sziget: 

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3732148/BNP-chiefs-Hitler-salute-to-Breivik-heroine.html

GERMAN-language articles/condemnation of the Orbán government’s idea of retroactive lawsuits against previous prime ministers:

WEEK OF AUGUST 1: A commentary on in die Tageszeitung works out the theme of paranoid loathing in conjunction with Mr. Orbán’s plans to bring his predecessors to justice over their handling of the national debt, spurred mostly by Ulrike Lunacek’s statements.  The Süddeutsche Zeitung describes in exhaustive detail what it calls a “Triumph of Brutalpopulism.” The Austrian Der Standard ‘s lede states that Mr. Orbán’s value system takes him outside of the European Union. The latter two articles quote Mr. Orbán’s own speech a few weeks ago in which he referred to the European Union as Hungary’s kényszerlakhely (a forced abode, or a place where one dwells only out of necessity). The Austrian Independent also quotes Elmar Brok that he expects the Hungarian government to recognize that such trials would have no legal merit. In Germany, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes in its commentary that “[describing] the policies of the former governments as ‘political crimes’ … reveals a way of thinking that only the very charitable can reconcile with democracy.” Gerlot Erler of SPD joins the choir and calls on the EU to stop its “shameful” silence.

Orbán Government Wants to Hold Trials for Previous Prime Ministers (English-language article about reactions to this from Austria and Germany):

http://austrianindependent.com/news/Politics/2011-08-02/8605/Austrian_anger_over_’dictatorship’_Hungary’s_lawsuit_bid

Dajcstomi Gone Global:

Eastern Approaches, the The Economist’s blog on all things Eastern European throws itself into the media frenzy set off by Tamás Deutsch’s vulgar Twitter feed:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/08/fideszs-antics

The News from Hungary Could Not Be Any Brighter! On How to Shop Till You Drop in 36 Hours in Hungary:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/travel/36-hours-in-budapest.htm

“Like much of post-Communist EuropeBudapest has replaced the image of the impoverished East with symbols of international luxury…”

The BBC prefers the “ruin-pubs” of Budapest:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20110809-exploring-the-ruin-pubs-of-budapests-seventh-district

On the War Crimes Trial against Sandor Kepiro and the Rise of the Far Right:

Forbes (in depth): http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/07/18/general-eu-hungary-war-crimes-trial_8570788.html

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/world/europe/19hungary.html

CNN: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-18/world/hungary.nazi.trial_1_sandor-kepiro-nazi-war-nazi-hunter-efraim-zuroff?_s=PM:WORLD

Washington Post (AP story of acquittal): http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/apnewsbreak-defense-appeals-acquittal-in-hungary-war-crimes-trial/2011/07/20/gIQApZvXPI_story.html

International Criticism of Hungarian Government (July 2011):

Hungarian Constitution Needs More Explicit Fundamental Rights Protections – Resolution of the European Parliament calling on the European Council to conduct a review of the new Hungarian constitution and to examine whether it is consistent with EU treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/en/pressroom/content/20110704IPR23295/html/Hungarian-constitution-needs-more-explicit-fundamental-rights-protections

Hungarian Government’s “Show Trials” against Its Political Opposition (July 2011) – with concise summary on the erosion of democratic institution over the last year:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-05/hungary-opposition-warns-of-show-trials-after-legal-changes.html

English-Language Reporting on Far-Right Paramilitaries Keeping Roma Population of Hungarian Village under Siege (March-June 2011):

https://gyongyospatasolidarity.wordpress.com/

New Hungarian Constitution:

Hungarian Parliament Approves New Constitution – The New York Times, 04/19/2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/world/europe/19iht-hungary19.html

Hungary Passes New Constitution Amid Concerns – The Wall Street Journal, 04/18/2011  with list of the most controversial items  http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/04/18/hungary-passes-new-constitution-amid-concerns

Venice Commission Vexed By Hungary’s New Constitution – The Wall Street Journal, 06/21/2011                    http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/06/21/venice-commission-vexed-by-hungarys-new-constitution

‘Hungary is a Disgrace for Europe’ – Der Spiegel, 04/19/2011 http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,757971,00.html

Media Law (Jan. 2011):

Hungarian Media Laws Embarrass European Allies http://www.npr.org/2011/01/11/132833404/hungary-measures-draw-fears-of-autocratic-rule

Hungary begins first EU presidency with warnings over press freedom  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/03/hungary-press-crackdown-eu-presidency?INTCMP=SRCH

Concerns about the Hungarian EU Presidency (Jan. 2011):

Critics Fear Democracy is Eroding in Hungary http://www.npr.org/2011/01/15/132964317/Critics-Fear-Democracy-Is-Eroding-In-Hungary

Hungary’s democratic ‘dictator in the making’ takes centre stage in Europe http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/06/hungary-democratic-dictator-europe

Anti-Semitism in Hungary, Far Right, Hungarian Guard:

“Budapest Experiences a New Wave of Hatred,” by Erich Follath of the Spiegel:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,722880,00.html

Hungarian Culture in the News:

This is just random – e.g. a lengthier piece for which “the Hungarian suicide song,” and Hungary’s suicide problem, turns out to be integral: http://freakonomicsradio.com/freakonomics-radio-hour-long-episode-3-“the-suicide-paradox”.html

The New York Times’s Coverage:

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/hungary/index.html

General background, headlines and multimedia from years of reporting on Hungary in the New York Times [note: unless you’re a subscriber, you are limited to viewing ten article on the nytimes.com website during a given month]

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