Category Archives: Hungarian parliament

Hungarian Parliament Passes Early Registration Requirement to Disenfranchise Apathetic Voters

On Oct. 29 the Hungarian Parliament accomplished long-standing plans of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his conservative-right government: starting in 2014, when a make-or-break election will take place which could cement into power the current regime regardless of voter … Continue reading

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Jobbik MP Advances Blood Libel Claim in Hungarian Parliament

An anti-semitic speech in the Hungarian parliament questioned whether a blood libel case from 1882 had been closed with sufficient finality. Zsolt Baráth, a representative of the Hungarian far-right party Jobbik had the floor of the Hungarian parliament for close to … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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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 – 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

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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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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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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