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

European People's Party

András Gyürk: Hungary continues to be public enemy number one

The present crisis only reassures us that the EU must find in national identities the resource that might strengthen its weakened legitimacy – said András Gyürk, MEP of Fidesz in an interview to Origo.

What do you expect from the upcoming European Council meeting?

I am not looking expecting miracles, but a change might begin in managing migration. My impression is that the effects of the referendum are about to unfold. What’s important is not EU leaders’ arrogant statements on the surface, but what is happening deep down. Brussels wants to avoid having referenda in other states at all costs….

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October 26, 2016

European People's Party

A time to confront Goliath: Photo exhibition commemorates the Hungarian heroes of 1956

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956, pictures capturing the times of Hungary’s young heroes adorn the Yehudi Menuhin Hall of the European Parliament. At the opening of the photo exhibition, October 18, President of the European People’s Party Joseph Daul and EPP Vice President József Szájer as well as Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament László Kövér praised the young freedom fighters of 1956, who, as teenagers, dared to take on the world’s largest army of the time in fight for Hungary’s freedom.

In his remarks, President Daul emphasized the importance of…

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Editorial October 22, 2016

Migration

Why the referendum in Hungary?

The Orbán government has openly campaigned for a No vote in the October 2 referendum on whether the EU should be able to “mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary” without approval of the national assembly. The government believes strongly that matters of migration and citizenship must remain the competence of individual member countries, not the Union.

Critics, as expected, have labeled the referendum as the first step in a Hungarian “Brexit.” On the contrary, Prime Minister Orbán has been unequivocal about the country’s support for the European Union. It was, in large part, Orbán’s government that…

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András Gyürk September 29, 2016

Economy

Fiscal discipline, job growth: Hungarian economy continues to exceed expectations

In today’s European Union, many Member States struggle to keep spending under control and hit the Maastricht targets, while producing economic growth and reducing unemployment. Once relegated to the back of the class in the remedial group of European economies that face perpetual excessive deficit procedure, the Hungarian economy has now moved to the front row.

The ambitious economic goals set by Prime Minister Orbán include demanding fiscal discipline to keep the budget deficit not only under the three-percent Maastricht threshold but low enough to reduce nominal state debt. It calls for GDP growth to increase from the current level…

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Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz September 14, 2016