February 2012

Hungary’s Parliament expands list of recognized churches, but rejects many applicants:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarys-parliament-expands-list-of-recognized-churches-but-rejects-many-applicants/2012/02/27/gIQAM8NOeR_story.html

Canada considers visas for Hungary due to influx of Romani immigrants:

http://www.romea.cz/english/index.php?id=detail&detail=2007_3191

Palmer-Haraszti-Gati opinion piece in the Washington Post: “There are serious reasons for bringing back RFE’s Hungarian broadcasts”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/support-democracy-in-hungary-with-new-radio-free-europe-broadcasts/2012/02/17/gIQAI7KdcR_story.html

Video of Kim Lane Scheppele’s lecture “Unconstitutional Constitution”, delivered on January 31, 2012 at Budapest’s Central European University about the legality of the newly-enacted Hungarian constitution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_swtZNgjTc&

Febr. 22: European Commission recommends suspension of Hungary’s cohesion funds

BBB: EU to punish Hungary over debts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17127792

NYT: E.U. Threatens to Suspend Subsidies to Hungary

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/world/europe/eu-threatens-to-suspend-subsidies-to-hungary.html

Financial Times: Hungary hits at Brussels funds threat

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a1e08d5c-5d71-11e1-8bb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1nBDDsX29

Irish Times: Hungary feels wrath of Rehn as new economic order takes hold

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0223/1224312243430.html

Brussels Swats Its Buda-‘Pest’

http://blogs.news.sky.com/eurovision/Post:bf782a13-fb38-4455-bed8-d9dab24ebabb

Hungary gov’t queries legality of EU fund freeze

http://www.realdeal.hu/20120222/hungary-gov’t-queries-legality-of-eu-fund-freeze/

EU readies economic sanctions against Hungary

http://www.euractiv.com/euro-finance/eu-readies-economic-sanctions-hungary-news-510987

EP vs. Fidesz-Hungary: Not Lost in Translation (Summary of EP discussions of Bayer’s show on Echo TV)

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2012/2/18/85124/2698

Hungary responds to EU infringement procedure

http://euobserver.com/9/115300

Government Lets Movement Celebrate Hungary Revolution Anniversary

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/02/17/government-lets-movement-celebrate-hungary-revolution-anniversary/

Hungary Sees Political Witch Hunt In European Parliament Resolution

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/02/17/hungary-sees-political-witch-hunt-in-european-parliament-resolution/

Hungarian film shines light on Roma persecution

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/16/us-berlinale-roma-idUSTRE81F1IH20120216

EU action over Hungary’s constitution – The Irish Times – Fri, Feb 17, 2012:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0217/1224311917901.html

European Parliament resolution: Hungary should respect the EU’s basic values, say MEPs

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pressroom/content/20120216IPR38359/html/Hungary-should-respect-the-EU’s-basic-values-say-MEPs

UN experts speak out against Hungarian law criminalizing homelessness

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=41246&Cr=Rapporteur&Cr1

“The bullies of Budapest” – more on the Geréb case; The Economist

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/02/hungarian-home-births

The Strasbourger – Hungarian Journalist Loses It:

http://thestrasbourger.eu/article/Hungarian-Journalist-Loses-It/187

Febr. 13: Hungarian Parliament is back in session. Financial Times blog: “Hungary: crunch time with the EU/IMF” http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/02/13/hungary-crunch-time-with-the-euimf

The Guardian: Imre Kertész’s Hungary: a country on the wrong side of history (excerpts of the interview with Le Monde):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2012/feb/12/imre-kertesz-hungary-wrong-side-history

Adam Fisher’s open letter on racism in Hungary, addressed to members of the European Peoples Party in the European Parliament:

http://artistsagainstracism.eu/?p=336

The Irish Independent: Karen Coleman: Sinister path Hungary is taking should worry us all

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/karen-coleman-sinister-path-hungary-is-taking-should-worry-us-all-3016529.html

Febr. 10: Hungarian home birth advocate Ágnes Geréb is sentenced to two years in jail and banned from her profession for ten years:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungarian-doctor-home-birth-advocate-loses-appeal-of-2-year-prison-term-for-malpractice/2012/02/10/gIQAGF2F4Q_story.html

http://www.budapest-moms.com/2012/02/hungarian-midwife-agnes-gereb-receives-2-years-in-prison/

Hunger March wins PR battle

http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2012/2/9/82113/51421

Hungary Will Extend Foreign-Currency Loan Plan, Index Reports:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-08/hungary-will-extend-foreign-currency-loan-plan-index-reports.html

Febr. 9: The European Parliament holds a hearing on the situation on civil rights and media freedoms in Hungary:

The BBC’s summary and  full recording of the hearing:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/europe/newsid_9693000/9693944.stm

“EU Commissioner Kroes criticizes Hungarian laws as affecting democracy, media independence” – AP http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/eu-commissioner-kroes-criticizes-hungarian-media-laws-saying-they-promote-self-censorship/2012/02/09/gIQAgomD1Q_story.html

Open dispute between deputy prime minister Navracsics and Neelie Kroes during the hearing: http://euobserver.com/9/115209

EU Commissioner Kroes’ prepared remarks: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH%2F12%2F80&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Details of the mandates the European Union requires of the Hungarian government: http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/46571

Hungary’s churches in no-man’s land – The Financial Times

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/798c2f14-481d-11e1-b1b4-00144feabdc0.html

Febr. 7: Orbán’s “state of the country” speech:

Hungary PM Sees Tough Future Ahead, Blames Heritage

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2012/02/07/hungary-pm-sees-tough-future-ahead-blames-heritage/

New York Times: Leader of Hungary Defends New Constitution

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/world/europe/viktor-orban-defends-hungarys-new-constitution.html

Presseurop: Orbán makes an exhibition of himself –

http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1487771-orban-makes-exhibition-himself 

What’s Wrong with Hungary? – by Francis Fukuyama:

http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/fukuyama/2012/02/06/whats-wrong-with-hungary/

The Guardian: The readers’ editor on… a story of prejudice that hit a raw nerve in Hungary

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/05/story-of-prejudice-roma-hungary

Febr. 4: Pictures taken in the area impacted by the red sludge catastrophe. Officially the cleanup of the area is complete, but against the winter background, the red dust being blown around is alarming (pictures): http://magyarinfo.blog.hu/2012/02/04/a_vorosiszap_katasztrofa_16_honapos_evfordulojan_meg_mindig_tamad_a_vorosiszap

Radical party spokesman says Jews ‘colonizing’ Hungary – The Jerusalem Post:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=256481

Young, Wired and Angry: A Revised Portrait of Hungary’s Right-Wing Extremists – SPIEGEL ONLINE

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,813243,00.html

Democracy in Hungary Takes a Right Turn – Saim Saeed for the World Policy Institute:

http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2012/02/03/democracy-hungary-takes-right-turn

Death of I. Csurka, Febr. 4:

New York Times obituary –http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/world/europe/istvan-csurka-hungarian-politician-dies-at-77.html

MTI: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-04/hungarian-far-right-party-leader-istvan-csurka-dies-mti-reports.html

AP: http://hosted2.ap.org/ALDEC/TDWorld/Article_2012-02-04-EU-Hungary-Obit-Csurka/id-f1c88696dd2e4e2ca5fb510f11eaab16

George Szirtes: http://georgeszirtes.blogspot.com/2012/02/istvan-csurka-1934-2012.html

Febr. 3: Hungary airline Malev stops operating, flights grounded

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/03/malev-stoppage-idUSL5E8D30E920120203

Hungary’s new constitution sparks controversy – Global Journalist Radio’s full episode on media freedoms and political changes in Hungary with Origo’s editor Attila Mong and Radio Free Europe’s Prague correspondent Charles Recknagel:

http://globaljournalist.org/radio/2012/01/27/

Open letter on freedom to Hungary’s Viktor Orbán:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/a-letter-on-freedom-to-hungarys-viktor-orbn/article2315049/

Febr. 3: Two very different stories about Roma life in Hungary: one told after a visit to the countryside, the other from the office of a Hungarian state secretary:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/us-hungary-coal-poverty-idUSTRE8111MU20120202

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57370690/hungary-urges-eu-members-to-present-roma-plans/

SEEMO Says State Has Appropriated Hungary’s Media Landscape:

http://www.freemedia.at/index.php?id=288&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=5993&cHash=1e17eda0c7

The Washington Post: Extremists in Hungary try to disrupt protest against rightist theater director

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/extremists-in-hungary-try-to-disrupt-protest-against-rightist-theater-director/2012/02/01/gIQAGhH4hQ_story.html

Hungary’s Orban seeks to wipe out communist past:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/01/uk-hungary-communism-idUSLNE81001C20120201 

Orban Nationalism May Isolate Hungary in EU, Schwarzenberg Says:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-01/orban-nationalism-may-isolate-hungary-in-eu-schwarzenberg-says.html

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