Monthly Archives: November 2011

No Filibustering Goes Unpunished in Hungary

“The opposition took advantage of the governing parties’ gesture,” complained several members of the Hungarian parliament outraged. “If the opposition is not going to pull its punches, neither are we,” threatened one of them. This was no defeat at all, … Continue reading

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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

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Far-Right MEP Morvai Not Welcome in Gandhi High School

Krisztina Morvai, member of the European Parliament for Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party, was turned away from from a lecture in Eastern-Europe’s only school for students of Roma nationality. One of the most outspoken politicians of a party well-known for its … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Hungarian far-right, Hungarian Roma, Hungary, Jobbik, Krisztina Morvai | Tagged , | 11 Comments

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

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Controversial Educational Reform To Be Passed in Hungary

On November 15, with the deliberation of the reform of the public education system under way in the Hungarian legislature, a civil initiative showed up to hold “office hours” outside of the parliament. Their name is HAT: Hálózat a Tanszabadságért, … Continue reading

Posted in Fidesz, Hungarian parliament, Hungary, Rózsa Hoffman, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

28 Arrested in Sit-In Against Criminalization of Homelessness in Budapest, Hungary

28 protesters were arrested on November 11 after another attempt by activists to impede passage of a bill in the Hungarian parliament that would criminalize homelessness in Hungary. The bill currently under consideration would increase the fine for homelessness from … Continue reading

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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

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Hungarian News Digest – Nov. 7, 2011

Every once in a while, I pull together a number of issues, briefly reported, into the Hungarian News Digest – Contrarian Hungarian style. Environmental issues are prominent in this edition, but this week’s selection is also rich in bizarre claims … Continue reading

Posted in credit rating downgrade, English-language Hungarian news, Gyöngyöspata, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungarian News Digest, Hungary, László Kövér, Péter Szijjártó | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment