Category Archives: General

The Slovak dilemma

One of the great aspects of being on the right is the unrestrained ability (or even obligation) to talk about Hungarians living abroad. The first such article will be about the ones living in Slovakia. Slovakia is a relatively young … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

The editors of Hungarian Digest would like to wish all of its readers a Happy Easter! Kellemes húsvéti ünnepeket!

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The Pál Schmitt saga II: The big finale

An awfully lot has changed in Hungary in the past week, ever since a SOTE committee has published its findings about Pál Schmitt’s doctoral dissertation. In fact this article has originally meant to have a somewhat different form. Little did … Continue reading

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Péter Róna: Peace Walk saved Hungarian government from being toppled

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and “Western politicians supporting her” have considered the option of toppling the government of Hungary. This claim was made by self-described leftist economist Péter Róna in an interview for the radical leftist publication “168 Óra”. Róna … Continue reading

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OBH powers getting reduced following Venice Com. recommendations

Hungary’s new National Court Office (OBH) will provide services, exert control and have managerial functions, its head, Tunde Hando, said at a conference on legislation and public administration reform in Kaposvar (SW Hungary) on Friday. In her lecture on Hungary’s … Continue reading

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German Minister of State: Press distortions are deliberate, to undermine the government of Hungary

MTI reports that the Minister of State at the German Chancellery Eckart von Klaeden had an interesting comment a few days ago. The German official claimed that some in the press were undermining the Hungarian government by spreading deliberate misunderstandings … Continue reading

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Can you spot the difference?

Three pictures used to illustrate Kossuth Square, March 15, 2012. Can you spot the difference The single picture used by the Economist to illustrate March 15 Kossuth Square, Budapest, Hungary The the single picture used by the New York Times … Continue reading

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EU sanctions criticized from the Hungarian left as well

An interesting article has appeared about a Hungarian (currently) leftist turncoat Gáspár Miklós Tamás on Budapost. Apparently the left has realized too that the sanctions hurt all Hungarians’ interest equally. A left-wing philosopher believes that the European Commission’s proposal to … Continue reading

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Election fraud at the leftist mock election: the case of László Pityinger (Dopeman)

The parliamentary opposition, of MSZP, Jobbik and LMP are not the only opposition in Hungary nowadays. Several leftist and liberal opposition groups were formed that are not even political parties. One of these groups, the so-called Milla or EMS decided … Continue reading

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Crusade against Hungary

„In stark contrast to the Left’s timidity in the face of actual authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia, the liberal media’s treatment of Hungary has aggressively crossed the line. Paul Krugman of the New York Times sounded the alarm … Continue reading

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Even the socialist MEP objects against the EU sanctions (Mandiner)

According to Csaba Tabajdi the measures aimed at punishing the Hungarian people would be unfair. The leader of MSZP’s EP delegation has called attention in a statement to the fact that the suspension of subsidies from the EU cohesion fund could … Continue reading

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The Hunvald case: MSZP and SZDSZ politicians receive a total of 10 years in prison

The municipal court of Budapest sentenced György Hunvald, former MSZP MP and Socialist mayor of District VII, to 1.5 years imprisonment for his involvement in large-scale fraud, in an appealable ruling on Friday. The sentence left many wondering whether Hunvald … Continue reading

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Hungarian press more free than US or Israeli press, international study finds

Reporters Without Borders, an independent international organization has compiled a ranking of countries according to press freedom. They call it the World Press Freedom Index 2012. According to the World Press Freedom Index, 2012, Hungary has a “grade 10”, essentially … Continue reading

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EP resolution on Hungary: commentators divided (Budapost)

Left and right wing columnists are sharply divided on the resolution the European Parliament adopted on Hungary earlier this week. While conservative commentators condemn Hungarian Socialist MEPs for actively taking part, their left wing counterparts call on the government to … Continue reading

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Hungary’s debt 2000-2011

In early 2012 the reduction of the debt continued mostly due to the positive shift in the exchange rate, index.hu reports. According to index, in 2012 January alone the debt decreased by HUF 429 billion (about 1.6% of GDP). This … Continue reading

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Statement by Hungarian Writers, Artists and Scientists

We, Hungarian citizens – writers, artists and scientists by profession – who live in the everyday life of our country and sense and bear the consequences of government decisions, have read and heard with increasing indignation the libellous statements made … Continue reading

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Hungarian Communists form opposition roundatble with MSZP

Index.hu reports about some interesting developments in Hungary. A Hungarian opposition roundtable was formed on February 16th in Budapest, with the participation of Hungarian Communist parties and MSZP. Yes its hard to believe so before going any further I will … Continue reading

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Hungarian Socialist Party shoots itself in the foot on the issue of EP resolution

On the 14th of February, Népszabadság published an article titled EP Resolution: The condemnation of Hungary depends on the divided Left (EP-határozat: a megosztott baloldalon múlhat Magyarország elítélése), referring to the proposed resolutions in the European Parliament. Népszabadság is the paper … Continue reading

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Joseph Daul writes a strongly worded letter to Neelie Kroes

Joseph Daul the leader of the Parliamentary group of the European People’s Party, wrote a letter to Commissioner Kroes, questioning her recent performance at the LIBE committee hearing. According to press reports, Daul asked if Kroes is undermining the Commission … Continue reading

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Germany gets some bad press in Greece – Memorandum macht frei

The Financial Times reports about the Greek situation: Rioters burn the German flag in street protests. A demonstrator defaces the façade of the Bank of Greece, the central bank, so that it reads “Bank of Berlin”. Most shockingly, a rightwing … Continue reading

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Curse of the undead: Malév

We’ve already talked about the fact that Hungary’s pride, namely Malév, went bankrupt about a week ago and that all of Hungary’s governments since 1989 contributed to this. Personally though I hoped that within a week or two the Orbán … Continue reading

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Midwifery verdict criticised (Budapost)

February 13th, 2012 Left-liberal observers are extremely critical of the verdict of the Budapest Appeal Court sentencing “the apostle of midwifery in Hungary” to two years in prison. The editorial of Magyar Narancs remarks that the public still regards “peaceful … Continue reading

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Open letter to Neelie Kroes by a Hungarian member of the EP

Dear Vice-President, I listened with great interest to your presentation at the European Parliament Committee meeting dedicated to the issue of Hungary. For us as Hungarians what is said and thought about us abroad is probably more important than is … Continue reading

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Oszkó admits: He is with Wizz Air

According to breaking news reports from ecoline.hu, Péter Oszkó, the former Hungarian finance minister, has admitted that he is sitting on the board of Wizz Air since last April. The news came from Ryanair, as the company distributed copies of … Continue reading

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Jávor Benedek, LMP leader replies to Gyurcsány

Benedek Jávor of LMP replied to an open letter by Ferenc Gyurcsány, in which the former PM suggested a closed session of talks between their two parties. According to the new leader of LMP, his party is not considering cooperation … Continue reading

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We need an anti-Jewish party! (Heti Válasz)

(The following was originally published in Heti Válasz, by András Stumpf) There will be no peace, no freedom and no order until the Jews are excluded from all positions of power in Hungary. The future of Hungary depends on whether … Continue reading

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Malév: Hungarian pride with a bitter end

The news itself have probably gotten to everyone already: last Friday the company went bankrupt (even though technically it didn’t, more on that later). As it’s customary in Hungary, the whole political spectrum went on to blame each other plus … Continue reading

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István Csurka, Hungarian playwright and former politician dies at the age of 78

István Csurka, a Hungarian anti-Soviet dissident playwright turned politician died on 2012 February 4. Csurka took part in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, he was the leader  of the National Guard (Nemzetőrség) at the college where he was studying. For his … Continue reading

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KDNP: Kinga Göncz must be recalled from the European Parliament

According to KDNP, the Hungarian Socialist Party should recall Kinga Göncz from the European Parliament, because she became unworthy to represent Hungary after her recent comments amounting to treason.

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The debate about Bokros continues

Some Hungarian conservatives sent the following letter to the leader of the “European Conservatives and Reformists Group” about Lajos Bokros. Dear Mr Callanan, We are writing to you on behalf of Jobbklikk. We are a community of young bloggers, writers … Continue reading

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A word about Mr. Schmitt and his doctorate

Over two weeks have passed since HVG has first reported on the alleged plagiarism in Pál Schmitt’s doctorate and tensions around it are still unabated. Index was the first to caricature him with a series of pictures, which was followed … Continue reading

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Benedek Jávor becomes LMP’s new leader

After András Schiffer resigned from all his positions within the party, intense speculation began about LMP’s future. On the left, many have hoped that the departure of anti-Gyurcsany Schiffer would lead to closer cooperation with MSZP and DK, two parties … Continue reading

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Colonial status for Greece openly proposed

“We will not be a colony” –  “Nem leszünk gyarmat” – read the main banner of the January 21 Budapest rally. Many commentators and journalists started scratching their heads, wondering what was that message really all about. We have also … Continue reading

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How the press reports on demonstrations in Hungary?

The huge change in the attitude of the press about demonstrations in Hungary was impossible to miss. The reasons are not entirely clear but anyone who looked at the recent coverage of various demonstrations in Hungary could not miss the … Continue reading

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Gyurcsany’s media offensive 2

Visiting poorer neighborhoods of MSZP electorate wasn’t Gyurcsany’s only shift in his approach. Apart from moving into Avas for a day, Gyurcsany has also introduced a notable change into his own rhetoric. In a comment to MTI Gyurcsany said that for … Continue reading

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György Bolgár of Klubrádió on awarding radio frequencies

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Gyurcsany’s media offensive

Hungarian ex-prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány has launched a major media offensive this week.  The parliamentary faction of his new liberal-socialist party Demokratikus Koalíció hasn’t even been registered and yet he’s at it again: he visited the infamous Avas estate in … Continue reading

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French paper claims Orban is Jewish

The french paper Les Echos printed the following quote in a recent article, saying it is from Orban: L’antisémitisme est antidémocratique et inacceptable. Je suis un Hongrois d’origine juive. Mais je n’ai pas de double identité. Mon identité est hongroise et … Continue reading

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Forint gains further, breaks 300 threshold

Previous posts dealing with the forint are found here and here. The forint had its biggest five-day gain against the euro since April 2009. CDS costs, the insurance against default on Hungary’s debt fell to 597 basis points from 610 on … Continue reading

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LewRockwell.com on Hungary

Lew Rockwell, is an American political commentator, his website, lewrockwell.com published a quite detailed analyis on Hungary. The following are excerpts from the whole article, which can be found here. As if to underscore the warning that Fidesz had better … Continue reading

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Hungary vs. IMF: definitely not a David and Goliath fight

There’s something inexplicable to the West about Hungarian right-wing politicians’ attitude towards them: they always seem to be wary of the West, especially the US (which has predominantly right-wing governments, policies and general attitude). Extremist parties tend to take this … Continue reading

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The peace walk for Hungary rally, the role of foreign press

Apart from the stated goals of the rally about showing support for self-determination, sovereignty and the ability to participate in meaningful elections there was another interesting aspect of the demonstration. Participants were protesting about the way the foreign press was treating … Continue reading

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Press goes with minimum estimate on rally, slow to report on event

The New York Times published two separate articles on it’s site the day of the peace walk, neither of them make a word of mention about the event. Earlier they reported at length about a much smaller opposition protest. The … Continue reading

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Peace walk for Hungary gallery

Professional pictures of the event, these are probably copyrighted, so please click over if you want to see them: Gallery 1 Gallery 2 Gallery 3 Gallery 4 (by clicking on the picture in the middle) The following few pictures about the … Continue reading

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Peace walk for Hungary number of participants

So how many people have actually participated in the “Peace walk for Hungary” event? Different sources disagree on the numbers let’s see: Index.hu estimates 100 000 participants noting, “There wasn’t a demonstration this big for a long time” mno.hu estimates several … Continue reading

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Peace walk for Hungary, January 21

An event dubbed “Peace Walk for Hungary” (Békemenet Magyarországért) was organized in Budapest for January 21 by some members of Hungarian civil society.  This event type is pretty much unknown in Hungary, according to a definition peace walks or peace … Continue reading

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Troubling (Mandiner)

The original of the following appeared on Mandiner in Hungarian. I may not know any of the details, but Hungary is a dictatorship for sure. Just about this feeling spread trough the communes of Brussels. The beliefs about the country … Continue reading

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Lajos Bokros claims that he is a “right-winger”

Lajos Bokros sent an email to all members of the European Parlaiment as discussed here to call attention to his remarks in yesterday’s debate. Bokros, who refused to speak in Hungarian on the floor, noted that his remarks were “factual … Continue reading

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The debate in the European Parliament

The parliamentary debate in the European Parliament was eagerly awaited by many in the Hungarian media.  Viktor Orbán participated in a very similar debate about a year ago, on the topic of the media law. Some of the same people, … Continue reading

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