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Former PM Bajnai at the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istambul

The former Hungarian prime minister, who is also the founder of Patriotism and Progress Public Policy Foundation participated as a key note speaker in Istanbul at Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit on November 15-16.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Hungarian Member of Parliament calls for creating list of Jews sitting in Parliament and in government

On November 26th, 2012 a Hungarian MP, Márton Gyöngyösi called for the government to count the Jews and to make a list of those. He also stated that Jews pose a national security risk.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Democratic Coalition initiates dissolution of far-right Jobbik

MP Ágnes Vadai from the Democratic Coalition (DK) told in a morning TV show that the leftist DK led by former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány is going to initiate at the Chief Prosecutor the dissolution of far-right Jobbik.Referring to a Jobbik MP’s call for creating list of Jews in the Parliament, Vadai told that the moment has come right now when straithforward steps have to be done.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Flashmob against anti-Semitism in Hungary Parliament

A flashmob in front of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest is going to be today, at 3pm.

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Conference on hate speech in Budapest

The Council of Europe is holding a two-day conference on tackling hate speech in Budapest from Tuesday 27 November 2012.

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European Petition Committee should stand up for Hungarian victims of ex post facto jurisdiction

According to the Member of European Parliament (MEP) Mr. Csaba Tabajdi, also head of the Hungarian socialists delegation to the European Parliament (EP), the European Petition Committee (PETI) should stand up for the victims of ex post facto jurisdiction and he said that the EU should stand up for its own citizen's rights.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Socialist head calls on "democratic" oppositon groups to forge electoral pact

Attila Mesterházy chairman of main opposition Socialist Party (MSZP) called on "democratic opposition" forces to take part in talks with MSZP on forming an electoral alliance. 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Gábor Scheiring: Schiffer is a Dividing Politician

In his latest blog post entitled "The Price of the Inability to Make Compromises," LMP [Lehet Más a Politika – Politics Can Be Different] party politician Mr Gábor Scheiring stated the following: "After a long–lasting debate, the congress of LMP has decided to adopt a new strategy which clearly declares that it is a priority to build up an independent political force against the overturning of the Orbán government. A strategy that excludes possibilities for all kinds of electoral cooperation, technical coalitions as well as running jointly with others."

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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LMP elects András Schiffer party group leader

The small opposition party Politics Can Be Different (LMP) elected András Schiffer as its parliamentary group leader on Monday.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Pro-government groups seek to discredit potential 2014 challenger Bajnai

The anti-Bajnai and anti-Gyurcsány campaign has started, as FreeHungary had already reported. This notice slapped on the back end of a Budapest bus reads: "Together they ruined the country. Once was enough of that. We don't forget." Next to the portrait, for good measure, is the sinister text: "Gyurcsány-Bajnai Pact".

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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This is what they say - Hungary in the international press

Flat Tax Hungary: Born of Tension and Division
Some people are getting excited about paying tax. They’re salivating at the prospect of European Transaction Tax, which, though continuing to face opposition from the UK under both Labour and Conservative governments, is widely seen as a just way of increasing government revenue and enabling social justice.

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Executive summary of the study of the new electoral system in Hungary

It is impossible to win without a modified voter base and new electoral strategies

Our study examines the possibilities of parliamentarian majority gaining in the newly introduced, 199-representative based Hungarian electoral system, from the viewpoint of the parties of the democratic opposition.

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Hungary soccer fans disrupt Israeli anthem with anti-Semitic slurs

Hungarian authorities did not do anything at the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents that took place at an August 15 soccer match between the national teams of Israel and Hungary in Budapest.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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The Orbán regime can only end in failure

török  Change in the Orbán regime is only possible in the event of its downfall, so ruling Fidesz either becomes successful with its current set of policies or it goes to the wall in the same way – political scientist Gábor Török told Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet in an interview. Mr Török believes that the party's current generation – amongst whom, he mentioned Árpád Habony, Szilárd Németh, Andy Vajna and Cecília Rogán (!) as examples – will stick to the premier until he can distribute the prey amongst them. However, problems will arise if the regime wavers either during the time of the 2018 or the 2022 elections. But the biggest danger to the Prime Minister is that he might lose his personal charm.
There is no chance for a change that would see the ruling Fidesz party's strategies return to the earlier, values-based way of making politics (in which the concept of 'civic Hungary' was not merely a political product) – Mr Török opined. In his view, change is now only possible in the event of a downfall. "Let us compare András Wermer and Árpád Habony, for example. The former also knew a lot about the techniques of selling washing powder (maybe even more than the latter), but for him, the concept of 'civic Hungary' was not a product. In his case, personal commitment based upon principles was obvious. The same thing cannot be said about Árpád Habony. "According to the logic of Habony, there is no way back; what is more, the present way of making politics is very successful" – the analyst claimed, adding that the ruling "Fidesz either becomes successful like this for years to come or it goes to the wall in the same way".
In Török's opinion, it is possible that some may desert from the party; however, "Viktor Orbán built up a central political power structure from nothing that is completely unprecedented within a democratic political framework", and that "there is no way that either János Lázár or Antal Rogán could get in the way of it". And the regime will stay as it is today, even when Török believes that "it could be harmful for them that the ruling Fidesz party's societal image changed completely." Because whilst during the first Orbán government, the party was represented by politicians who were controversial, but were also respected by many, such as József Szájer, László Kövér or János Áder, by now, it is the names of Árpád Habony, Szilárd Németh, Andy Vajna or Cecília Rogán that are associated with Fidesz, and they convey a totally different image of the party" – Török argued.
In his opinion, the newcomers are indeed motivated by power and the privileges that come with it. "As long as Orbán can provide these to them – i.e., as long as he can win elections and distribute the prey amongst them –, they will back him. However, problems will arise if the regime wavers either during the time of the 2018 or the 2022 elections. But the biggest danger to Orbán is that he might lose his personal charm. It is not a coincidence that recently he has made it clear that he will continue to seek prime ministerial candidacy, and that he does not wish to retire from the top" – the political analyst stated, noting that the Orbán regime can only end in failure.
The analyst opined that at the time of the '98 electoral victory, the leadership of the ruling party did believe in the ideal of the 'civic Hungary', and that it was mainly the lesson learnt from the 2002 electoral defeat that made them change course. It is because of this that nowadays they are making politics in a much more cynical and realist way. "If there is something I would readily change in the political history of modern Hungary, it is the results of the 2002 general elections" – summed it up the analyst, because in his view, the ruling Fidesz party drew very bad conclusions from 2002, and it was also harmful to the then-Socialist Party that it could win with the kind of policies it had used back then.
At the end of the interview, Mr Török spoke about the ruling Fidesz party's loss in popularity. In his opinion, saying that there is no willingness to see a change in government may be true in the sense that it has no political manifestation. However, hostility is growing, that much is obvious. "Compared to 2010, the world has changed a lot, and even those who continue to favour Fidesz increasingly see such issues as problematic. Of course, they say that Fidesz did a lot more good to the country than those that had governed before, but nowadays not even them are uncritical anymore. Opinion polls are not able to show all forms of amortisation." – Gábor Török concluded.

Gábor Török, mno.hu

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:34

Gyurcsány's road movie in Felcsút achieved a hundred thousand views in a few days

The video produced and uploaded to the internet by former socialist Prime Minister (PM) Ferenc Gyurcsány achieved several hundred thousand views in only a few days time.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 07:42

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