Interview with Péter Krekó, director of Political Capital, appearing in the August 20th online edition of Hungarian print weekly Vasarnapi Hirek.
“Viktor Orbán, who is no longer proud that his origins place him among us, has not only spit in the face of the gypsy community, but also in that of several million Hungarians who have been forced into poverty.”
Csaba Csetényi, known to the public as the neighbour of Antal Rogán, has been winning one state advertising contract after another for years, and the government counts his firm as its number one agency. It handled the advertising for the “forced settlement”referendum and anti-migrant campaign, government reforms, the expansion of the Paks nuclear plant, and the sale of government bonds, among other things. It looked like he would win 2017’s 25 billion-forint “gigatender” for government communications, but in the end his company took only two of 18 contracts, worth 0.7% of the budget, amid competition from another two other firms with close ties to the government. The word is that he may have fallen from grace because he was late with his payments, but he says he was being used to send a message to Antal Rogán.
Translation of “The Transit Zones Are Prisons Where Pregnant Women Are Handcuffed” published on June 12, 2017, by Hungarian online daily Index.hu. The Hungarian government set up transit zones along the border as a place for those fleeing war to request international protection. These transit zones operate as though they are located in a “no man’s land”. […]
Translation of interview with former National Radio and Television Board (ORTT) head and author István Kerékgyártó appearing in 168 óra on June 6th, 2017 under the title “The country is being run by people without any system of values.” “Fidesz very professionally used the loopholes which allowed them to easily deconstruct the democratic institutional system. We can already see […]
San Diego State University’s Dávid Jancsics says today’s Hungary resembles an eastern autocracy thanks in no small part to its “flowering straw man system”.
The Hungarian model dominated by Fidesz is termed crony capitalism by the expert literature. It’s characteristic form is the straw man controlled by politicians initiating the corruption.
“I mourn for Viktor Orbán.” – Gábor Iványi, founder and head, Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood Translation of Péter Cseri’s interview with Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood (MET) leader Gábor Iványi appearing in Hungarian print weekly 168 óra on May 4th, 2017, pp. 22-24) under the title “Impregnable church.” This is not monetary compensation but the price of staying alive, […]
“It is unacceptable for those in power to use state money to foment a mood of civil war. . . . This administration sets off passions which it then must calm through internal and external opposition . . . Since 2002 politics has been about control over EU funds and their distribution, and about which power group […]
Translation of Ágnes Lampé’s article “There is nothing better than a little Soros-ing. How to feed your government media” appearing in the May 4th, 2017 edition of print weekly 168 óra (pp. 11-14). A simple central message, methodical distribution and repetition, repetition, repetition people meaning, with the help of “experts” and “political scientists”. The Habony […]