Viktor Orbán is not content merely to adopt the restrictive practices of authoritarian states. He has taken it to a level that even his own political family in the EU is starting to find uncomfortable.
“A fundamental condition for a successful mobilization is that there should be at least temporary coalitions between different social groups.” Translation of Péter Cseri’s interview with social psychologist Zsófia Nagy appearing in the April 27th, 2017 edition of print weekly 168 óra under the title “Hungarian frog in hot water: Zsófia Nagy on the active minority’s […]
“A normal power would defend democracy in this way, by bringing wrongdoing to light, and to exclude anyone who has become unworthy. If a member of parliament declares that he has saved more than 3 million a year, he must be suspended the following day, because he is lying – this cannot be done from […]
“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 […]
“It is unacceptable that NGOs we support should be classed as foreign agents.” – Olav Berstad, Norwegian ambassador to Hungary Translation of József Barát’s interview with Norwegian diplomat Olav Berstad appearing in the April 27th, 2017 edition of print weekly 168 óra under the title “This could be the end of the Norway program.” Oslo finds […]
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, […]