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Archive for 'Hungary'

Hungarian mayor presides over “hanging” of Netanyahu and Peres

The Jobbik-affiliated mayor of the eastern Hungarian town of Érpatak (population 1,855), Mihály Zoltán Orosz, has presided over the hanging in effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres.
You can watch the grotesque ceremony here:

Note the replacement of the Star of David on the Israeli flag with the Freemason symbol, reminding [...]

Hungarian PM Orban: No more Mr. Liberal

Bloomberg News reports:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he wants to abandon liberal democracy in favor of an “illiberal state,” citing Russia and Turkey as examples.
The global financial crisis in 2008 showed that “liberal democratic states can’t remain globally competitive,” Orban said on July 26 at a retreat of ethnic Hungarian leaders in Baile Tusnad, [...]

Antisemitic ambassador quits

After blogger Eva S. Balogh and others called attention to the vicious antisemitism expressed by Hungary’s newly-appointed ambassador to Rome Péter Szentmihályi Szabó, he has told the foreign ministry that he “does not wish to fill any ambassadorial position.”

A raging antisemite will be Hungary’s ambassador to Rome

Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum
Late Sunday night the media learned that Péter Szentmihályi Szabó, a mediocre poet and political commentator of the far right, will be Hungary’s next ambassador to Rome. Two opposition parties, Democratic Coalition and Együtt-PM, immediately protested against the appointment, pointing out that over the last two decades the [...]

Antisemitism of Hungarian prime minister’s chief ideologist

Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum
In the June 26 issue of Válasz, formerly Heti Válasz, a fairly lengthy article entitled “In the captivity of the past” appeared. It was written by Mária Schmidt whom I earlier described as the “chief ideologist of the current government’s very controversial views on history.”
In this latest article [...]

Still about March 19, 1944: a call against the falsification of Hungarian history

Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum
The following letter was sent to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, the Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas in Berlin, and the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The signatories, as you can see, are from all over the world.
The [...]

Solved once and for all times?

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
The Communist regime of the People Republic of Hungary did not appreciate my articles. They were enough to get me expelled from the country four times between 1980 and 1987. I was accused of being a “political-ideological” saboteur.
Austrian diplomats defended my right to report from Hungary. So at the end [...]

Karl Pfeifer at the European Parliament

Time for Fidesz apologists to face reality

With an MP for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party delivering a speech commemorating the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1849 in which he claimed the revolution failed because of “the Rothschilds and international banks”…
And with Hungary’s ambassador to Lebanon visiting a Hezbollah monument and reportedly expressing his admiration for the organization’s “great achievement”…

…is it time for Fidesz’s conservative [...]

The Hungarian government supports school segregation for Roma

Cross-posted by Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum
A couple of days ago I noticed a short news item in Euraktiv.com entitled “Hungary criticizes EU Commission’s ‘lack of flexibility’ on Roma policies.” Zoltán Balog, minister of human resources, who represented Hungary at the meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), wants flexibility [...]