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The Destruction Of The ‘Kertész Icon’

Who is lying: Imre Kertész or the journalist of the New York Times? Only god knows, but possibly neither of them. It could be a case of Hungarian hysteria meets American pragmatism. (László Szily, cink.hu, November 13.) Cooper confirmed to us that Streitfeld said right after leaving the room of Kertész, that he did not recieve enough material. So it […]

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Speech At The Silver Jubilee Event Of The American Chamber Of Commerce In Hungary

Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Hosts and Guests. May I just use one of the few privileges of being Prime Minister and that is to speak in my native language. Allow me to welcome you all, Ladies and Gentlemen. I extend my warmest welcome to President Beccalli-Falco. Welcome to the building of the Hungarian parliament, and the Chamber of […]

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“EU Means The Same As Democracy” – Joint Interview in Munich

A joint interview with Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán and his Bavarian counterpart Horst Seehofer was published under the title „One Hungarian, One Bavarian – No Dispute” in the online edition of the German conservative newspaper Die Welt. The introduction of the interview highlighted that there are „surprising” similarities between the views of the Prime Ministers, and they only havevastly diverging views on […]

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Hungary In Focus – World Press Roundup

Despite not much unexpected happened last week, Hungary has still remained in the focus of the leading international newspapers. The most debated topics are prime minister Viktor Orbán’s role and the policies the Hungarian government has been pursuing recently. In today’s HT blog post we have collected some of those typical opinions which circulate among journalists about Hungary. RT.com – The […]

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André Goodfriend: The visa ban has nothing to do with politics

Hungarian news portal origo.hu published an interview with André Goodfriend, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Budapest. He spoke about the recent ban affair and Hungarian-American relations. We present a shortened version of the interview. Some think that the visa bans are sanctions levied because of Hungary’s current interior and foreign affairs. Mr. Goodfriend cleared the confusion: The visa […]

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Udo Ulfkotte – Interview

Udo Ulfkotte, author of Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought journalists) on the involvement of intelligence agencies in German media After more than a 15 year successful career at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a former editor of the paper revealed how governments and intelligence agencies use and abuse the German media for propaganda purposes. Udo Ulfkotte, the author of Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought Journalists) feels […]

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US Ban on Hungarian Officials – International Reactions

This week’s biggest story was the US ban of Hungarian officials, stirring great controversy in Hungary, and generating reactions all across the globe. The US embassy in Budapest confirmed on Monday that six Hungarian individuals are affected by the entry ban to the United States on suspicion of corruption. All six people are government employees or affiliated with the government, André Goodfriend, […]

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1956 October 23 – “There Are No Small Nations”

In 1945 Hungary was liberated and occupied at once by the Soviet Union’s Red Army. Backed by Joseph Stalin, Hungary’s fledging communists, led by Mátyás Rákosi, bullied their way into power. Having destroyed all political opponents, the communists consolidated their grip on power and in 1949, Hungary had officially become the People’s Republic of Hungary with Rákosi at its helm. In […]

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Labor migration: Hungarian misfortune or a globally accepted alternative by most nations?

It has been a popular communication gag regurgitated by opposition political parties in Hungary that cross-border labor migration, a modern-age brain drain and skilled labor loss can be attributed solely to mistaken economic policies, an elitist and socially insensitive government disposition and poor wage rates. Blaming the government for excess labor migration flocking out of the country has become a […]