Editorial

PM Orbán’s wake up call to Europe

Today, Europe, is facing four different crises at the same time, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said recently. The “crises of economic competitiveness, demography, security and foreign policy” are going to put severe strain on the continent, unless Europe re-discovers its potential and its strength and musters the courage to defend its identity.

The prime minister laid out this picture of a Europe beset by crises in a speech he delivered at the end of January in Brussels and in a lengthy essay on the future of Europe published in the Hungarian Review and a shorter version of the same…

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Editorial February 13, 2017

Middle East

Persecuted Christians of the Middle East and Northern Africa need our help now

In December, two heinous terror attacks took place within a few days of each other. A jihadist drove a truck into the Christmas market in Berlin and a Coptic Christian church was blown up in Cairo, Egypt, during service. The perpetrators, in both cases, sought to harm the “infidel” Christians and attack Christian celebrations and symbols.

The attacks were acts of radical Islamic terror, ISIS claiming responsibility in both cases. Authorities reported that several other attempts were foiled in other European countries.

While we struggle to deal with this horrific violence here in Europe, the fear of this kind of terror…

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György Hölvényi February 7, 2017

Political

President Tajani’s election: a step in the right direction

Last week the European Parliament elected its new presidency. A seasoned European statesman and conservative, Antonio Tajani, was elected president with 351 votes. The following day, my colleague in the Fidesz MEP delegation, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, was re-elected as Vice-President.

The upcoming two and a half years look like they will be just as turbulent in the European Union as during the last EP presidency’s term, but President Tajani’s election is an encouraging sign. The deep structural problems in the European Union will not simply end overnight, but conservative leaders including the EU’s founding father, Robert Schuman, have rarely disappointed us….

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Tamás Deutsch January 27, 2017

Economy

With record-low unemployment, Hungary is getting back to work

When the Orbán Government took office in 2010, it set about building a new, labor-based economy that would replace welfare checks with work opportunities. Today, Hungary’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest in 27 years. At 4.5 percent, according to the latest data, the country’s jobless rate is less than half of the EU average of 9.8 percent and beats most other Member States.

“Hungarian reforms are working,” we say, referring to a package of government policy changes that have paid off state debt, cut taxes and spurred GDP growth. But the Hungarian economy is working, because Hungarians are…

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Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz January 23, 2017

Middle East

We need to do more to protect Christians in the Middle East and North Africa

As Christians around the world celebrated the third Sunday of Advent, a Coptic Christian cathedral was bombed in Cairo, Egypt during services. This is just one more example of Christians being targeted by radical Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa. The 25 martyrs, many of whom were women and children, died because of their religion. When will Europe finally realize that our Christian brothers and sisters in the region need our help and act accordingly?

Today, these communities in the Middle East and North Africa are being persecuted, victimized and slaughtered due to their religion. During my fact-finding…

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György Hölvényi January 12, 2017

Serbia

We should speed up Serbia’s accession process

The non-member states located south of the European Union not only do more for the protection of European borders than many Member States, but they have also made great strides forward on their path toward EU accession. It is time for Europe to recognize this and accelerate the accession process for these countries.

The Hungarian government is not alone in advocating for the accession of reliable partners like Serbia and Macedonia. Although I am an MEP who represents the historical Hungarian community of Serbia, my primary reasons for supporting these countries’ accessions are not emotional.

One simply has to look…

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Andor Deli January 12, 2017

Political

Why is it so hard to call Castro what he really was – a “brutal dictator”

The European Commission has stated that the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a “hero for many”, suggesting that labeling him a dictator did not reflect their views. It seems that whitewashing the record of communist dictators has become official policy in Europe.

Fidel Castro was vilified around the world, feared by many and played a complicit role in a missile crisis that brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war. Why then did Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker say that Castro was “one of the historic figures of the past century” and that “the world…

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András Gyürk December 5, 2016

Ukraine

Ukraine must respect minority education rights on the road to EU accession

Since joining the EU in 2004, Hungary has been an outspoken supporter of Ukraine’s path to joining the European community. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been calling for visa-free travel to the EU for the citizens of Ukraine – a symbolic step for Ukraine’s integration into the community. However, in the process, Ukraine also has to do its part, and respect for minority rights, including the right to education, is a part of that.

As I made clear in the Plenary Session recently, with their proposed education reform plan, Ukraine endangers this right. This new proposition would limit the…

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Andrea Bocskor December 1, 2016

Economy

With economic turnaround, Hungary aims to create ‘best business atmosphere’ in the region

It’s been a long time coming, but over the past six years Hungary has recovered from an economic disaster potentially worse than the one Greece has faced. Former critics, even some of the harshest detractors of the Orbán Government’s economic policies, have acknowledged the success, and with the turnaround gaining momentum, the government is setting out a more ambitious agenda. With the foundations of economic stability firmly in place, the government aims to create the most attractive business climate in the region, increasing competitiveness and the living standards of the people.

In recent days, Eurostat updated its Macroeconomic Imbalance…

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Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz November 29, 2016

Energy

Big step forward in European energy security

By an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament adopted on October 25th the EU Strategy on Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas Storage. As Rapporteur, I am pleased to see the adoption of the strategy, another milestone in creating energy security in Europe. It demonstrates important political support for what is needed to create a more competitive Europe: cheaper, sustainable and more diverse energy. It’s a big step forward, but we need to see more.

As an element of the proposed Energy Union of the highly import-dependent European Union, the strategy calls for diversification of the energy mix as well as further…

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András Gyürk October 31, 2016