Category Archives: Fidesz

Hungarian Government Names New President, While Disgraced Ex-President Schmitt Goes to … Heaven

It is almost certain now: János Áder, a founding member of the Fidesz party and a staunch loyalist of Viktor Orbán will replace disgraced former president Pál Schmitt in Hungary’s highest political office.

Posted in Áder János, Fidesz, Hungarian president, Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Katalin Szili, László Sólyom, Pál Schmitt, Zsolt Bayer | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

“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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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

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Fidesz, Hungarian president, Pál Schmitt | Tagged , , , | 17 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

Neo-Nazi Protesters Clash with Police and Anti-Fascist Protesters over Transfer of Theater to The Far-Right

The artists of Budapest’s New Theater bid farewell to their audience in proper style: their last collaboration was a stage adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain. Given the change of directors, the play will only be seen four … Continue reading

Posted in Fidesz, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungary, New Theater (Új Színház) | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Pro-Government Rally in Hungary, Jan. 21, 2012

At the urging of pro-government journalists and media owners whose ideological committment is well summarized here, on January 21 a mass demonstration was held in support of Viktor Orbán and his government. “Never has a crowd so sizable demonstrated in … Continue reading

Posted in demonstrations, Fidesz, Hungary, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments

Hungarian Guards at Flag-burning Protest – On Fidesz and the Hungarian Far-Right

Update to the post on Jan. 22, 2012: source and link to pictures added to ending paragraphs on previous marches of the New Hungarian Guard in the latter half of 2011. For the last few days, one of the most … Continue reading

Posted in European Parliament, Fidesz, Gábor Vona, Gyöngyöspata, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungarian Roma, Jobbik, public works, Viktor Orbán | 19 Comments

Far-Right Protests in Budapest, Jan. 14. 2012

One of them featured the burning of the EU’s flag, another focused on Hungary’s colonization and a third pointed out never before seen international aggression. This weekend, three far-right protests opened a series of pro-government rallies in Hungary.

Posted in Békemenet (Peace March), European Union, Fidesz, Hungarian far-right, Hungarian reception of Western criticism, Jobbik, New Hungarian Guard | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Hungarian Opposition Parties Resort to Civil Disobedience

In what kind of a country would an entire bloc of opposition parties find civil disobedience their only means to halt legislation in the country’s parliament? Yes, the question is rhetorical, and yes, we are talking about Hungary. On Dec. … Continue reading

Posted in Fidesz, Hungarian parliament, Hungary, Hungary-protests, LMP, Viktor Orbán | Tagged | 5 Comments

How The News Gets Edited on Hungarian State Television

Almost exactly a year after the enactment of Hungary’s restrictive media law, a scandal reveals editing techniques in use to manipulate the news reported on the country’s state-operated public television stations.  The scandal concerns the manipulation of a television report … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Ferenc Gyurcsány, Fidesz, Hungary, manipulation of the media, media freedom, media law, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Fidesz, Hungarian parliament, Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Hungary, János Lázár, labor code | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Posted in democracy watch, electoral law, electoral reform, Fidesz, Hungarian government, Hungary, választójogi törvény | Tagged , , , , , , | 24 Comments

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

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Fidesz, Gyöngyöspata, György Matolcsy, hate crimes in Hungary, Hungarian far-right, Hungarian government, Hungarian News Digest, Hungarian Roma, Hungary, Jobbik, Magyar Sziget 2011, neo-nazis in Hungary, New Theater (Új Színház) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment