Monthly Archives: March 2012

“It was honest, manly work”: Hungarian President Pál Schmitt Refuses to Resign

Hungary’s president Pál Schmitt has been embroiled in a plagiarism scandal. Accusations were brought in January that 180 out of his 215-page-long doctoral dissertation were lifted from another author, but close scrutiny following in the wake of the scandal has also … Continue reading

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Jobbik Stages Rural Guard Demonstrations to Attract Voters

The fresh months of the spring are upon us – traditionally these have been the best time for Hungarian far-right party Jobbik to recruit new members. According to Zoltán Balczó, vice-president of the party, Jobbik will focus its political energies … Continue reading

Posted in For a Better Future Civic Guard, Hungarian far-right, Hungarian Roma, Hungary, Jobbik | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Did Pál Schmitt Plagiarize His Dissertation? Expert Panel Publishes Its Report

(Update: on March 29, the president was stripped of his doctoral title by the academic senate of Semmelweis University – see list of developments since publication of this post below the photo). On March 27, an expert panel released the … Continue reading

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Political Discourse in Hungary (Part 3) – The Economic Theories of László Bogár

On March 15, many Hungarians found Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s speech overly combative – the Hungarian government’s international allies were without a doubt outraged. “We will not be a colony” was the official title of the speech, reflecting Mr. Orbán’s keen … Continue reading

Posted in Békemenet (Peace March), Hungary, IMF, László Bogár, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , | 30 Comments

The New Hungarian Guard Continues to Initiate New Members

Contrary to expectations, the New Hungarian Guard – a splinter-group of the paramilitary arm organized by Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party – did not hold a huge demonstration of force on March 17 on Budapest’s Heroes Square. Approximately a hundred new … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungary, IMF, New Hungarian Guard | Tagged | 28 Comments

Bus Wars: Protest Tourism At Hungary’s National Holiday

UPDATE 2: For an excellent report of the day complete and many, many photos, see Adrei Stavila’s blog at this link. UPDATE to the story: Since publishing this story, a group of French intellectuals have placed a statement in Liberation, urging … Continue reading

Posted in Békemenet (Peace March), demonstrations, Fidesz, Hungarian government, Hungary, Imre Kerényi, Zsolt Bayer | Tagged , , | 27 Comments

Neelie Kroes on Hungary: “Full compliance with fundamental rights norms should be evident to all EU Member States”

“Hungary is a member of the Council of Europe, a body that has been setting standards for the protection of fundamental rights in Europe for over half a century since adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights. Their recommendations … Continue reading

Posted in András Bencsik, Békemenet (Peace March), European Commission, József Szájer, Neelie Kroes, Péter Szijjártó, sovereignty, Western criticism of Hungary, Zsolt Bayer | 2 Comments