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Out Of Sync And Out Of Touch: The Hungarian Left In Disarray, By Adam Topolansky

These days, we often wonder about the poor communication and policy strategies chosen by the Hungarian Left. Practically all national policy challenges that the leadership needs to tackle (illegal immigration, family-centric social policies, Roma issues, special taxation of banks and multinationals, utility fee reductions, etc.) the so-called Hungarian Left consistently pops up on the wrong side of these issues. By […]

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Red Bull Pilvaker: How Rap Music Is Helping Youngsters Connect To Classic Hungarian Poetry – Interview

Budapest’s Erkel Theatre, which coincidentally resembles the Hungarian Revolution with its exactly 1848 seats, was filled up to the brink twice this year as audiences poured in to listen to reinvented classic Hungarian poems. Even more importantly, rap musicians performing the timeless classics of Hungarian poetry take pupils to where many literature teachers only dream of: the youngsters actually grow […]

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Making Sziget Legendary Over The Whole World – Chief Organiser Károly Gerendai’s Sky-High Aspirations For Hungary’s Top Summer Festival

-Two years ago, many were saying that Sziget has irreparably taken the wrong path by beginning to appeal exclusively to foreigners. Nevertheless, this year it seems that the talk is not only around how high the prices are or how many boorish Brits or screaming Frenchmen are hanging around the place. Has Sziget been rediscovered by the Hungarian crowd? Photo: […]

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Protecting Europe: How The 21st-Century Great Migration Evokes Hungary’s Identity As Protector Of The West

Great nations all have their own distinct self-image to render their right of existence understandable to themselves and others. The Anglo-Saxons are the bulwark of the rule of law, while the Germans represent technology and precision, the French freedom and sophisticated taste and the Italians the love of life in the world. Hungarian self-understanding also has a similar, organic side […]

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Where Being Hungarian Is Cool – Former NY Governor Pataki’s Son Owen On Connecting With His Hungarian Roots

Thirty young North Americans of Hungarian descent are discovering their roots in these weeks, thanks to the ReConnect Hungary programme – among them is Owen Pataki, the son of former New York governor and current Republican presidential candidate George Pataki. The 27-year-old, newly demobilised army officer says that Budapest is among the world’s coolest cities and doesn’t rule out moving […]

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Hungarian World War II Hero Ferenc Koszorús’ Statue Unveiled

An extraordinary man, a soldier and a hero, Col. Ferenc Koszorús had his statue unveiled on July 7, 2015 in the Castle Hill district at the Tóth Árpád promenade. A distinguished and select group of government officials, friends and admirers joined the somber but dignified memorial event. President of the Parliament László Kövér and defense minister Csaba Hende were on […]

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“Anti-Anti-Immigration” Campaign: Joke Party’s Satirical Posters Attempt To Make Fun Of Immigration Debate

The Hungarian government’s anti-immigration billboard campaign has met with unexpected opposition after a joke party raised tens of millions of forints to dot the country with satirical messages making fun of the cabinet’s platform in what it calls an “anti-anti-immigration” campaign. Two different approaches: “If you come to Hungary, you have to keep to our laws” vs. “If you’re Prime […]

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Polish Journalist Igor Janke On Improving Relations Between Budapest and Warsaw

Following Ukraine, Russia could make an aggressive move against the Baltic states or Poland, Igor Janke said in an interview with Hungarian news portal napigazdasag.hu. The Polish journalist, who is known in Hungary for his biographical book about Viktor Orbán, said that the possibility of a future war had become part of the everyday conversations in Poland. According to Janke, the […]