Hungary Today and its sister-site Ungarn Heute had some excellent interviews this year, with topics ranging from community service to politics to history, countless areas of Hungarian society were covered. We have now compiled these interviews into a top five list to help provide you with some reading material over the Christmas season.
Christmas is an excellent time to relax and read a good book. For those interested in news about anything to do with Hungary, it’s also a great time to catch up on the many interesting insights that were shared around the Hungarian community.
Without further ado, here is our top five list of interviews we think you’ll find to be both relevant and thought-provoking.
Gábor Török and the State of Hungarian Politics
Dr. Gábor Török is Hungary’s most well-known political analyst. He is known for not taking sides, and his impartiality is a significant contributor to his reputation. A former local representative in Aszófő and associate professor at Corvinus University’s Institute of Political Science, Török has published a number of academic articles, and actively shares his opinions on his Facebook page.
In this interview Török discusses the politicization of vaccination, the perception of Hungary in the West, the structure and approach of the Orbán government, and his opinion on the upcoming election.
László Trócsányi and Fidesz’s future in the EU
László Trócsányi is a Fidesz Member of the European Parliament, former Minister of Justice, former member of Hungary’s Constitutional Court, and former ambassador. In this interview he discusses rule of law in Hungary, criticism from the European Union, as well as Fidesz’s future in the Union.
István Válóczy’s False Sentencing in 1956
István Válóczy is a retired aerospace engineer, former Deputy Head of Service for the Rákoscsaba National Guard, and former aide-de-camp to Árpád Göncz. Falsely accused and sentenced to life in prison after a firefight in 1956, Válóczy told us about his career path, his time in prison, and life in Hungary following the 1956 uprising.
Válóczy’s story is a must-read for fans of Hungarian history.
Botond Roska’s Incredible Treatment for the Blind
Dr. Botond Roska is a biomedical researcher and one of the foremost experts on vision, the retina, and treating diseases that cause blindness. Him and his team at the Institute for Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel have created a ground-breaking therapy with the potential to cure the blind.
In this interview, Roska explains the therapy, its effectiveness, and the potential impact it could have on society.
Ian Davies and the ‘Tisza Tidy Up’ Project
Ian Davies is a retired British firefighter who moved to the town of Csongrád, where he started the ‘Tisza Tidy Up’ Project; a group of volunteers dedicated to cleaning up the bank of the Tisza River, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hungary. The goal is to have a river free of plastic.
In this interview, Davies talks about the magnitude of the problem, his family’s efforts in cleaning up the Tisza, and his experience living in Hungary.
These interviews will provide you with some interesting perspectives and understandings of Hungarian politics, history, and community service. There will no doubt be many to follow after the holidays.
Featured photo illustration by Balázs Mohai/MTI