Category Archives: Hungary

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

Hungarian Opposition Group Harassed by Tax Authority

The freedom to peacefully assemble remains a constitutional right in Hungary. The protection from being harassed when engaged in such activity: not so much, at least not in the current government’s practice. The National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary has … Continue reading

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Hungarian Gov’t to Fund Scientific Society against Premarital Sex

Sexual relationships before marriage, cohabitation, and non-heterosexual relationships are harmful, according to a new initiative funded by the Hungarian government. The Hungarian Society for the Science of the Family (Magyar Családtudományi Társaság) was founded on Febr. 24. Among its members … Continue reading

Posted in Hungarian government, Hungarian youth, Hungary | Tagged , , , , | 15 Comments

Political Debate in the Homeland (#2): The Behavior of Colonialists

The unique style of political debate in Hungary was already given ample space on this blog in last week’s post about pro-government journalist Zsolt Bayer’s television show. Continuing what might end up an entire series, this post introduces another talk … Continue reading

Posted in András Bencsik, Békemenet (Peace March), Echo TV, European Parliament, Hungary, Imre Kerényi, Neelie Kroes, Western criticism of Hungary | 16 Comments

Political Debate in the Homeland: Hungarian Television Show Analyzes EP Hearing on Hungarian Democracy

The following are excerpts from a broadcast seen on a government-friendly television station in Hungary on February 10, 2012. “Korrektúra” (Editing Proof) provides political commentary during its regularly scheduled 30-minute slot on Echo TV. Last week, the show’s three panelists … Continue reading

Posted in Békemenet (Peace March), Echo TV, European Commission, European Union, Hungary, Neelie Kroes, Ulrike Lunacek, Western criticism of Hungary, Zsolt Bayer | Tagged , | 128 Comments

The Malév Story

March 1: update to the story (last section) Upon Malév’s announcement of its bankruptcy on February 3, it was hard not to feel like being caught in an emergency drill. The future holds other, much more challenging defaults for the Hungarian … Continue reading

Posted in Gyula Budai, Hungary, Malév, Németh Lászlóné | Tagged , , | 20 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 , , , | 5 Comments

Hungarian Guards’ Judicial Victory, Jobbik Chairman Considers Armed Conflict Unavoidable

Marching in uniform, as part of a paramilitary formation, is no longer illegal in Hungary. As far-right internet portals report with glee – in posts dated Jan 27, though the judgment is from December - the Budapest Court of Appeals issued a … Continue reading

Posted in Gábor Vona, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungary, Jobbik, New Hungarian Guard | 13 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

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EU Infringement Proceedings Against Hungary

On January 17, the European Commission launched accelerated infringement proceedings against Hungary over the independence of its central bank, the replacement of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection as well as over measures affecting the judiciary. The Commission first raised … Continue reading

Posted in András Baka, András Jóri, democracy watch, European Commission, European Parliament, Hungary, infringement proceedings, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Pál Schmitt’s Plagiarized Doctoral Thesis: The Evidence

Hungary’s President Pál Schmitt is engulfed in a major scandal resulting in vocal calls for his resignation. As the Hungarian news magazine HVG first reported, Schmitt’s doctoral thesis (“The Analysis of the Program of Modern Era Olympic Games” - Az újkori olimpiai … Continue reading

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To The Margins of An Early January Protest in Hungary

Hungarians themselves may have been too scared to realize that, following their protest against the country’s new constitution, they were cast into the limelight of international attention. While less than a thousand politicians gathered to celebrate the new “fundamental law” in … Continue reading

Posted in 4K!, Democratic Coalition, Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungarian government, Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Hungary, Hungary-protests, LMP, Pál Schmitt | Tagged , | 10 Comments

The Dear Leader To His People: A Christmas Interview with Viktor Orbán

The Christmas edition of the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reached the government’s eager supporters complete with a lengthy interview featuring Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán. Mr. Orbán is most interesting as a politician when he is speaking to his own, and since one could hardly … Continue reading

Posted in Hungarian government, Hungary, international politics, Viktor Orbán, Western criticism of Hungary | Tagged , , | 10 Comments