“Today it is not the big fish that eat the small ones, but the fast ones who eat the slow ones.” — Viktor Orbán, prime minister, Hungary Translation of article “Money is no object” appearing in the April 27th, 2017 edition of print weekly hvg (pp. 15-16). There is no sacrifice we will not make […]
Translation of Szilárd Teczár’s interview with László Róbert, election specialist at Hungarian think-tank Political Capital, appearing in the May 4th, 2017 edition of print weekly Magyar Narancs under the title “From Minority to Majority: Election specialist Róbert László on the idea of a proportional representation electoral system”. The electoral rules play a part in the weakness […]
Roma councils in towns and villages are unable to promote the interests of their communities, while the country as a whole is preoccupied with other things. The system that is supposed to represent Roma citizens has failed, and what remains of it is exploited to fleece Hungary’s most disadvantaged citizens. How did it come to this?
Translation of Éva Várhegyi’s article appearing in the May 4th, 2017 edition of Magyar Narancs under the title “Matolcsy’s people among the new owners of MKB Bank: It became Hungarian in all respects” (pp. 14-15) Turning Hungarian in every way The ill-fated MKB Bank has two new owners, both of them Hungarian, and both of them from […]
In Hungary, Russians can operate freely, maintain contacts with the far right without interference, blithely build their secret service channels – and the government even gives them the occasional state contract. They can do what they want, except jeopardise Fidesz’s power in the short-term, writes Hungarian economist and foreign policy analyst, György András Deák.
Translation of Ferenc M. László’s article “Fidesz puts pressure on the airwaves: ‘His strident voice soared’,” appearing in the April 13th, 2017 edition of liberal print weekly Magyar Narancs (pp. 19-21) The Fidesz takeover of the radio market is in full swing. While Andy Vajna has netted half the country using a loophole in the law, […]
Translati0n of Jenő Böszörményi’s article “The Matolcsy family’s business affairs, part 3” published in the February 23rd, 2017 edition of Magyar Narancs (pp. 10-12) under the title “State-owned private foundation”. The foundation that played a key role in the business affairs and enrichment of the Matolcsy family would be closed down in a hurry. A good part […]
“If we place all the pieces we have of the mosaic of the network of foundations and companies around Matolcsy next to one another, a system unfolds. It involves a party foundation, a second, closely held, state-owned foundation, a privately owned firm, and front companies. It is operated by a close circle of confidantes, and […]
This article describes in detail how the current governor of the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) György Matolcsy used his previous position as Minister of Economy under the first Orbán government (1998-2002) to privatize a state-owned company for himself and ensure orders and revenue. “The model is simple: the foundation which is run by Matolcsy as director […]
“An ambassador can stand on her head and it would be of no significance since the experts here know precisely what the situation is in Hungary, how close the Hungarian government is to Putin, how much it tries to undermine the European Union, and how little it contributes to the cost of NATO.” – Charles […]