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

Editorial

The Chancellor who united Europe

His vision and achievements place him among the giants of modern European history. He championed the cause of Europe for 16 years as the chancellor of Germany and remained determined that in a Europe whole and free Germany must be united and the nations of Central and Eastern Europe free and independent.

“Kohl unified Germany and made the European ‘communists down, Soviets out’ policy irreversible,” said Viktor Orbán in a speech earlier this week.

“Tearing down the Berlin Wall began in Hungary,” Chancellor Kohl said, “it was during the Paneuropean Picnic …

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Editorial July 2, 2017

Europe

National Consultation proves Hungary is a strong and proud European country

A record breaking number of Hungarians expressed their will to defend “the European Union of the founding fathers” in the country’s latest national consultation.

In his speech closing the national consultation on Europe, Prime Minister Orbán emphasized that Hungarians defended the competency distribution between the Member States and the European Union as “specified in the original treaties, in the accession documents. Hungary defends the current European acquis: it does not want to destroy them, it does not want to give them up, and it does not want to put them at risk. As we can read on the posters: Hungary…

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Editorial June 28, 2017

Economy

Here’s how the EU plans to abuse cohesion funds

Adopted on Tuesday, the European Parliament’s report on the basic principles behind post-2020 cohesion policy comes just in time to counter the expressly un-European voices in Brussels that advocate the misuse of structural and investment (cohesion) funds. These voices see them as an opportunity to blackmail Member States into giving up their right to decide whom they wish to let into their own countries. Using cohesion funds to further a political agenda is fundamentally at odds with the purpose of the funds. Here are two concerns that need to be addressed.

On one hand, the EP’s overwhelming majority fortunately still…

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Tamás Deutsch June 16, 2017

Europe

The hard work of correcting Europe’s demographic course

A devastating demographic crisis is chipping away at the strength of European nations. An ageing population combined with low fertility rates raise daunting challenges, and many countries are struggling to find solutions.

“Europe is old, rich and weak,” Prime Minister Orbán said recently, “the world’s population is rapidly growing, while the population of Europe is declining.” While some argue that immigration must be part of the answer, Hungary has dared to propose an alternative “by relying on our own resources,” he said, speaking at the second annual Budapest Demographic Forum. As the lofty ideals of multiculturalism and Willkommenskultur tumble in…

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Ádám Kósa June 14, 2017

Europe

A recipe for overcoming Europe’s declining competitiveness

In 2017, “the European Union’s previously unquestioned competitiveness is at risk,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a recent speech, and recapturing that competitive edge begins with the EU realizing that “if the Member States are not successful, the European Union itself cannot be successful as a whole”.

The prime minister was addressing a general meeting of the management of Daimler AG in Hungary. Daimler is a major investor in the country, employing more than 4000 people and producing Mercedes-Benz B-Class and CLA models at their manufacturing facilities in Kecskemét.

More than a ceremonial address, the prime minister’s speech put forward…

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Editorial June 13, 2017

Editorial

How Hungary’s economy went from “unorthodox” to “wow”

Today’s mainstream economics is indoctrinated, according to a prominent Hungarian economist, and that is why 90 percent of economists did not foresee what was coming in 2008.

It is that kind of group think, says Dr. László György, chief economist at the Századvég Economic Research Institute, a think tank close to the Hungarian government, that condemned as “unorthodox” the economic recovery measures that the Orbán Government pursued in 2010. György’s comments were published in a recent interview (available in Hungarian here).

An important part of that story should not be forgotten. The accepted wisdom of mainstream economics led to the…

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Editorial June 2, 2017

Europe

The European Parliament’s resolution on Hungary is outrageous

Pressure is growing on the Hungarian government in connection with the migrant quota. The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning Hungary that was initiated by left-wing parties aiming to impose illegal immigration on Hungary, following the anti-nation state and pro-illegal immigration agenda of George Soros.

The Fidesz-Christian Democrat group rejects this latest political offense against Hungary. In Brussels, our job is to protect the interests of the Hungarian people and the citizens of Europe, and that’s why we continue to oppose illegal immigration.

The outlandish text of the resolution calls upon the LIBE Committee of the EP to prepare a report…

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András Gyürk June 1, 2017

Europe

Europe must rediscover its identity

The rise of radical political forces across Europe, the prolonged euro crisis and financial support of Greece, mass migration, sporadic terror attacks, and the unstable Balkans are all symptoms of today’s deepening political, economic and cultural crisis in the western world. Some of these threats may be aggravated by external factors, but their very root is the self-defeating nature of western civilization itself.

“It is a dangerous combination to be rich and appear weak at the same time,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, referring to Europe’s inability to protect her own borders and control an unprecedented wave of mass…

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András Gyürk May 21, 2017

Political

“The clearly articulated will of the people will reach Brussels”

Fidesz is a reform opposition, says MEP András Gyürk, Head of the Hungarian EPP Group delegation. Fidesz is pro-Europe but will not let true debates be overshadowed.

What is your opinion on the document published by the European Commission challenging the national consultation?

I am happy that the European Commission “takes part” in the national consultation because real debate tends to be overshadowed in EU decision-making. They do not address the really important questions. Also, I think it is right that the Hungarian government offers a rejoinder. This dialogue facilitates the common European cause.

According to Viktor Orbán, the government wants Brussels…

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András Gyürk May 11, 2017