Category Archives: Pál Schmitt

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. Advertisements

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“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

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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

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D-Day: Demonstrations in Hungary

A long weekend of protests began in the Hungarian capital: trade unions and civic organizations are taking to the street with their many grievances against their government. This post is continually updated with the news coming out of Hungary – … 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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Open Letter by The Hungarian Helsinki Committee Asks Viktor Orbán and Pál Schmitt to Condemn Hate

“The silent man is an accomplice,” starts out an open letter delivered by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee to three of the highest public dignitaries of the Hungarian state. The Hungarian branch of the international non-profit organization that monitors human rights … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Gyöngyöspata, Helsinki Committee, Hungarian far-right, Hungary, Jobbik, Magyar Sziget 2011, neo-nazis in Hungary, Pál Schmitt, Péter Polt, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

The Unbearable Weightlessness of Hungarian President Pál Schmitt

Sum up the story of what’s taking place in Hungary in one sentence and you are likely to implicate the power dynamics in the parliament for the worrisome changes. In 2010, Hungary’s governing party was able to obtain 2/3 of … Continue reading

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Hogy volt? – Obama’s Visit to Warsaw

This weekend, President Barack Obama participated in a summit of Eastern-European leaders in Warsaw, Poland, before he arrived back in the US to visit tornado devastation in his own country. The road that led to Warsaw, however, is much more … Continue reading

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