Editorial

The Reformation is ‘a delicate mixture of local and global thought’

In the Reformation, Martin Luther did not want to create a new church but sought far-reaching reforms. What began as a reform movement 500 years ago would eventually influence the entire western world, according to Gergely Prőhle, the national superintendent of the Hungarian Evangelical Church, and played a significant role in bringing about translations of the Bible and contributing foundations to the Enlightenment and the capitalist work ethic.

Speaking at the opening of the “Soli Deo Gloria,” an exhibition sponsored by the Balassi Institute in Brussels to feature the five-century history of the Reformation, Prőhle said that the economic and…

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Editorial November 16, 2017

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Hungary invites the world to build ‘bridge between the deaf and the hearing’

Addressing the third International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf in Budapest last week, Prime Minister Orbán drew a parallel between the right of the deaf to use sign language and language rights of ethnic minorities in the Carpathian Basin, declaring November 9th the day of Hungarian sign language.

Everyone has the right to use their own language without limits, the prime minister said, emphasizing that Hungary’s Fundamental Law identifies Hungarian sign language as part of Hungarian culture. In response to a joint initiative put forward by the first deaf member of the Hungarian Parliament, Gergely Tapolcai, and…

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Ádám Kósa November 15, 2017

Editorial

The Sargentini report gives us a sense of déjà vu but this time there’s a twist

Under the leadership of Green MEP Judith Sargentini, yet another committee is set to review the “systemic threats to the rule of law” in Hungary as a result of the European Parliament’s decision in May. The civil liberties committee’s work is conspicuous in its timing, appearing just months before the country’s parliamentary elections. We saw a similarly politically charged EP review four years ago in the Tavares Report, but this time, there is a significant and dangerous difference: the document that serves as a basis for the report pushes the pro-migration agenda of billionaire financier George Soros.

This is disturbing…

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Editorial October 19, 2017

European People's Party

Professor Steve Lukes’ letter to MEPs of the European People’s Party

I am gravely concerned about Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s assault on Hungarian democracy, an attack taking place in the heart of the European Community – and within the ranks of your own parliamentary group, the European People’s Party. (Read MEP József Szájer’s response here)

The European People’s Party claims to stand for responsibility, respect, solidarity and justice, and your group’s position paper on the ideal European social model rightly maintains that “populism must be eliminated within the EU.” The EPP’s continued toleration, from within, of a member of the European People’s Party who openly disdains the values the group…

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October 11, 2017

European People's Party

Response to Professor Steven Lukes’ letter to the MEPs of the European People’s Party (Part II)

In short, populism encompasses all those questions that certain people don’t want to talk about. It should come as no surprise then that, in our western world, politics, the press and media are suffering a sharp decline in popular trust. I am a democrat. The EPP is a democratic party, and the key to the decades of political success of its member parties – like CDU-CSU, Forza Italia, Les Republicains, Partido Popular or Fidesz – is that they always listen to the people. We haven’t pursued abstract doctrines but represented our voters, designed our policies in a pragmatic manner…

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József Szájer October 9, 2017

European People's Party

Response to Professor Steven Lukes’ letter to the MEPs of the European People’s Party (Part I)

Honorable Professor!

I read with a mixture of enthusiasm and wonder your letter to my colleagues about Hungary and the Central European University of Budapest, in which you state your concern for the integrity and values of the European People’s Party. I was enthusiastic because I am pleased that one of the key figures of the scientific world considered it important enough to issue a statement about us and offer us useful advice. After all, the EPP is the biggest and most influential actor in the European Parliament and European politics, so public attention is important to us. It is…

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József Szájer October 9, 2017

Migration

Hungary acknowledges ECJ decision on migrant quotas but will keep up the struggle to defend national competences

Past Wednesday, the European Court of Justice rejected Hungary’s and Slovakia’s challenge to the European Council’s decision on a compulsory migrant resettlement quota. While the ruling was not a total surprise it represents a dangerous precedent, goes against the will of European citizens and exemplifies the way in which EU institutions usurp powers that rightfully belong to the Member States. While Hungary acknowledges the decision, we will continue to oppose efforts to take away from the Member States what is a national competence, the authority to decide on immigration matters.

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and…

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Editorial September 13, 2017

Culture

2,000 years of culture and history in Rosia Montana is in danger again

Last week, Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said that the state is looking for ways to withdraw its nomination of Rosia Montana – known in Hungarian as Verespatak – to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, raising serious concerns about the continued preservation of an ancient town that has been inhabited since the Bronze Age.

The settlement, currently home to historic communities of ethnic Hungarian and German minorities, is famous for its 2,000 year-old mining complex built during the Roman Empire that has been preserved and is today still accessible to visitors. The town also boasts the ruins of…

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György Hölvényi September 5, 2017

Europe

Fidesz MEP leads the Parliament in supporting bees and the beekeeping sector

The beekeeping sector remains an integral part of European agriculture and has become a source of income for over 500,000 EU citizens. While the value of honey production makes a modest contribution to GDP, the real importance of the sector far exceeds that output. Considering that 84 percent of plant species and 76 percent of Europe’s food production depend on pollination by bees, a more realistic estimate of the sector’s value puts it at 14.2 million EUR annually. Honey also plays a significant role in maintaining ecological balance and biological diversity. According to MEP Norbert Erdős (Fidesz) the importance…

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Norbert Erdős August 30, 2017

Editorial

LIBE hits a new low with media “study”

Media freedom and balance in today’s world inundated with questionable news sources and biased reporting is something worthy of discussion in European lawmaking circles. Unfortunately, the European Parliament’s LIBE committee’s poor handling of the issue has hindered sensible debate on the subject, and the recent hearing on “media freedom and pluralism in the EU” is a perfect example.

Despite the fact the hearing was to be about media freedom in the EU, and the LIBE Committee presented a case study entitled “A comparative analysis of media freedom and pluralism in the EU Member States,” the real substance was hardly…

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Editorial July 17, 2017