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John “Rambo” McCain – the maverick Senator

It is not by chance that “Rambo” is used as a middle name for John McCain. One of Rambo’s famous lines from the movie Rambo (First Blood) went like this: “Trautman: Look John, we can’t have you running around out there wasting friendly civilians. Rambo: There are no friendly civilians!” John McCain’s recent irrational outburst calling the democratically elected prime […]

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John McCain And Viktor Orbán – International Reactions

This week’s biggest story has been US senator John McCain’s remarks on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and on the Hungarian-Russian relations. McCain’s words have been stirring great controversy in Hungary, and generating reactions all across the world press. In today’s HT blog post we have collected some of the international reactions. Most of the journals simply convey McCain’s criticism and […]

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Szilveszter E. Vizi: No Pressure On NGOs In Hungary

No political pressure of any kind on Hungarian civil society has been perceived by us, academic Szilveszter E. Vizi, chairman of both the Friends of Hungary Foundation and the Hungarian Atlantic Council, has said in reaction to a statement by US President Barack Obama. Mr. Vizi aded that while a large amount of misinformation on the country appears in the […]

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MOL-INA – The Madness Must End

Opinion piece by CEE Perspectives on the saga of the Hungarian and Croatian oil companies.  In the latest twist of a long and torturous saga, MOL appears to be ready to pull out all retained earnings from INA, most likely in preparation for selling its nearly 50% stake in the flagship Croatian company. The acrimony between the Croatian and Hungarian sides is […]

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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 […]