Monthly Archives: October 2011

“We or Nobody”: Hungarian Far-Right Party Holds Party Congress

It is hard to assess the most recent party congress of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party, where the emphasis was primarily on preparations to emerge as Hungary’s governing political force. In the part of the world where I live, we are celebrating … Continue reading

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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

LIVE BLOG: “Don’t Like the System? – Protest!” Demonstration; Budapest

They demonstrated in masses for the freedom of the press in March, and now they are back, with plenty more to protest against. This time, the Hungarian Facebook group One Million for the Freedom of Press in Hungary (EMS) expects … Continue reading

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Hungarian Government Just Won’t Stop PR Offensive Against Opposition Protest

The Hungarian government just won’t stop the PR offensive against the opposition protest being organized for October 23. This time, a government-paid PR employee’s sexist writing about it got tastelessly personal and nasty.

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Democracy and the Right to Vote: Disturbing Thoughts from Hungary

If we are to find only one detail of the new Hungarian electoral law which is being introduced solely for the sake of making it possible for the acting government to engage in electoral fraud, it is the requirement to … Continue reading

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Hungarian News Digest – Oct. 15, 2011

Hungarian far-right appointed to operate theater, György Matolcsy’s 750,000 HUF/month advisor, consequences of hate crimes and homelessness: covering the first half of October, here’s another edition of the short-format collection of Contrarian Hungarian news otherwise known as the Hungarian News … Continue reading

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New Details Announced of Hungary’s Electoral Reform

In a committee hearing on Tuesday, János Lázár, leader of the governing party’s parliamentary caucus presented the official proposal of the Hungarian government to reform the country’s electoral system. Fidesz had already rewritten the country’s constitution following their landslide electoral win … Continue reading

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Budapest Mayor’s Campaign Against the Homeless

After a failed referendum, the mayor of Budapest’s 8th district unleashed the force of the law on the homeless. Police units harass those who appear to live on the street, arresting them for violating municipal regulations. In a now-famous document, … Continue reading

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Hungarian Government to Block Opposition Protest on October 23 With Protest of Its Own

The Hungarian government called for a demonstration in support of the government’s policies, which would practically prevent those critical of the government to gather as planned for their biggest anti-government rally of this year on October 23.

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European Journalists’ Solidarity Petition to Support Journalists in Hungary

From the media release of EFJ, the European Federation of Journalists:

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