Monthly Archives: September 2011

D-Day: Demonstrations in Hungary

A long weekend of protests began in the Hungarian capital: trade unions and civic organizations are taking to the street with their many grievances against their government. This post is continually updated with the news coming out of Hungary – … Continue reading

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Trade Union Demonstrations in Budapest – D-Day

Close to 100 trade unions, civic and non-governmental organizations decided to unify their forces in organizing a series of events for the weekend “in defense of democracy, social security, and of human and employee’s rights.” The weekend of events goes … Continue reading

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Hungarian News Digest – Sept. 27 2011

Every week, there are several news stories that are of interest (to me at least) but for which I never seem to find enough time to write about. I thought it might be worth experimenting with a new series, and … Continue reading

Posted in Antal Rogán, Előd Novák, Fidesz, Forex loans, Hungarian far-right, Hungarian News Digest, János Lázár, Jobbik, közmunka, public works | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hungarian Protest Art Competition: What Else Could Viktor Orbán Get His Hands On?

The election of their government brought them such tragic results that many Hungarians decided to channel their frustration into a competition of an entirely different kind. One Million for the Freedom of Press in Hungary – a civic organization demanding the … Continue reading

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Wide-Spread Protests Banned in Hungary

In Hungary, the series of events is known as D-Day, or “partraszállás napja” (embarkment day) and, as per the decision of the Hungarian courts, it remains to be banned. With a few exceptions – which make it even more confusing … Continue reading

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Photographers Banned from Hungarian Parliament

László Kövér, president of the legislature, banned photographers working for the online news portals origo.hu and index.hu from the Hungarian parliament. Kövér claims that the photographers violated a rule of the house which prohibits taking pictures on which the manuscript … Continue reading

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Paying Off Forex Loans, The Hungarian Way

It is hard to write anything new on the Hungarian government’s plan to fix the exchange rate for loans held by the Hungarian population in foreign currency at as much as 20% below the prevailing exchange rate. I am perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in Forex loans, Gábor Vona, Hungarian far-right, Hungary, Jobbik, országgyülés, parliament, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , | 14 Comments

Hungary: Fall 2011 Legislative Season Begins

Tomorrow is the opening day of the fall legislative season in the Hungarian parliament. What is to be expected? Here’s the run-down of the most important of the legislative agenda of Fall 2011.

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Is Hungary a Prejudiced Society?

Surprising if not incredible findings were the result of a survey probing into the racist feelings harbored by Hungarian youth in 2010. 1000 teenagers, between the ages 12-19, were asked to fill out a questionnaire designed to measure their propensity … Continue reading

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The Constitution’s Table – Az Alaptörvény Asztala

Some things matter. Starting on Thursday, September 1, 2011, every municipal council in Hungary must set up a table to display the country’s newly enacted constitution. The table must be covered by glass, and the constitution on the table must … Continue reading

Posted in Antal Rogán, by governmental decree, constitution, Hungary, László Kövér, The Table of the Constitution, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , | 30 Comments