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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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October 19, 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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September 13, 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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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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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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June 28, 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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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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June 2, 2017

Political
What is George Soros up to in Brussels?

What is George Soros up to in Brussels?

George Soros is visiting Brussels this week to discuss with European leaders, including Jean-Claude Juncker, Frans Timmermans and others, the situation in Hungary, migration and his vision for Europe. Isn’t it strange that an American billionaire receives such an open and warmhearted reception from the leaders of the European Union?

This Thursday, Soros, a staunch opponent of border protection in the European Union, proponent of mass migration into the EU and an open critic of center-right governments like Viktor Orbán’s, will attend a number of meetings with the EU’s senior leadership.

It is not his first lobbying visit though. Many…

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April 27, 2017

Editorial

If we want Europe to remain the best place in the world, says PM Orbán, we must take up the fight to preserve it

Reflecting on the future of Europe, Prime Minister Orbán began his remarks at the European People’s Party Congress in Europe in Malta by thanking God that after suffering for decades under communist dictatorship and Soviet military occupation, Central Europe was finally able to rejoin the European family.

The journey home was a return to our rightful place, a return to a Europe that remains an ideal place – for the time being. “The way we see it,” the prime minister said, “Europe is the best place in the world for human life. For the time being. We can live in…

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April 5, 2017

Editorial

The European Court of Human Rights’ shocking ruling against Europe’s security

A recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights would make it practically impossible for Hungary to protect its share of the southern border of Europe’s Schengen Area. Hungary will appeal the decision, but at the same time, Europe should make it clear that the safety and rights of its own citizens come before the rights of illegals.

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Hungary should pay 18,705 EUR each to two Bangladeshi citizens, who were not allowed into the territory of the Schengen zone before a decision on their asylum request was finalized. The…

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March 28, 2017

Editorial

Commemorating 1848: freedom for Hungary, freedom for Europe

On March 15th, Hungary commemorates its role in Europe’s “Age of Revolution,” the movements that rose up in 1848 to call for national self-determination and independence from the Habsburg Empire. In today’s Europe, as Prime Minister Orbán pointed out in his national day speech, we once again see “signs, which signal there are problems in the empire.”

Hungary’s 1848 revolution played a significant part in the “national awakening” that swept over Europe in the 19th century, but the revolution and war for independence is also another chapter in a longer Hungarian story about revolution and fighting for freedom. With…

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March 20, 2017

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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February 13, 2017

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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October 22, 2016

Migration

Taboos are sinking Europe

The attacks against women that took place on New Year’s Eve at the Cologne Central Station – and, as it turned out, also in other cities around Europe – sent a shock through Europe in more than one way. Mass sexual harassment, arrogant migrant perpetrators, an arrogant mayor blaming the victims, a (self?) censoring media. These are symptoms of Europe failing because it refuses to face reality. Fixing Europe starts with dropping taboos. 

The scandal around the Cologne attacks is now familiar to many. As a Hungarian politician, it would be too easy to say: “We told you so.”…

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January 27, 2016

Editorial
Europe Receives Erdogan: Another Step in the Right Direction

Europe Receives Erdogan: Another Step in the Right Direction

At the end of September, the summit meeting of the European Council set a new agenda for Europe to find a more effective way to manage the migration crisis. The new agenda – as we wrote just after the summit – is much more about what Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been proposing since the beginning of the year: a set of measures that would allow Europe to get back on top of what is today an uncontrolled and unregulated migration flow.

Back then we wrote:
“Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán arrived at the summit with a six-point list of…

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October 14, 2015

Editorial

Hungary’s Economy: Time to Upgrade the Credit Rating

According to Pasquale Diana, head of CEEMEA Economics at Morgan Stanley, the Hungarian economy looks quite promising. While credit rating agencies have been overly cautious about upgrading the country’s rating, foreign markets already consider Hungary an attractive place for investment. 

“When you look at the market, it is fair to say that Hungary already trades like an Investment Grade (IG) country, sometimes even tighter,” said Diana in this interview with Portfolio. “More specifically, our strategists show that Hungary has historically traded between BBB and BB credits, and since 2015 Hungary has traded tighter than the average of BBB credits,…

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October 12, 2015

Editorial

Prime Minister Orbán to UN General Assembly: Step Up Cooperation on the Migration Crisis

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York on Wednesday to urge greater international cooperation to manage the current migration crisis. Europe will not be able to handle this burden alone, the prime minister emphasized, and if left alone, Europe will be destabilized. 

As PM Orbán pointed out, there is no general agreement on the nature and size of this challenge, but it’s currently out of control and unregulated. This enormous migration, according to statistics from Hungary’s borders, comprises “economic migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and also foreign fighters.” Not all the migrants come…

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October 8, 2015

Editorial

Europe Finally Confronting the Real Problems at the Root of the Migration Crisis

After months of heated debate in Europe, the question of how the European Union should handle the migration crisis came down to one simple clash of priorities.

What’s more important? The security and protection of the EU’s common borders to stop illegal, undocumented migrants from entering EU territory, or the method for taking in these migrants in a way that distributes the burden fairly among the Member States?

Finally last week, after representatives of EU institutions and several of the so-called core Member States identified the quota system as a necessary part of the response, Wednesday’s meeting of the European Council…

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September 30, 2015

Editorial
Protect the Border!

Protect the Border!

On Tuesday, September 15th, Hungary completed the protective border fence on its southern frontier with Serbia. Its completion closes the so-called ‘green’ border that has seen more than 170 thousand illegal crossings in 2015, making it the busiest migration route into the European Union and Schengen Area.

The green border refers to those stretches of the country’s international frontier that run through natural terrain and are not otherwise marked. The official border crossings to Serbia remain open.

A day earlier, Austria and Germany announced that they would temporarily restore passport control on their own borders. Many other EU and Schengen member…

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September 20, 2015

Editorial

Pure Farce

After Thursday’s debate in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), an obvious conclusion can be drawn: the left-wing parliamentary groups don’t even attempt to maintain the appearance of objectivity and equal standards in evaluating alleged threats to the rule of law.

We don’t have to call attention to their double standards anymore. They have provided ample proof themselves. Over the last five years, Hungary has been taken apart and subjected to shameful accusations of trampling on “European values” by the likes of the growling Tavares and other colorful characters. But in Romania, their biggest…

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June 29, 2015

Editorial

This Victor Enjoys the EU’s Special Treatment

Let us hope the EU will not continue to use double standards and will see that corruption, when based on serious allegations, poses a real threat to European values and stability. 

Responding recently to a question about the ongoing criminal investigation of the Romanian prime minister, Victor Ponta, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans had this to say:

“The European Commission never comments on specific cases in any member state of the European Union, Romania included.”

According to Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Agency, Prime Minister Ponta was involved in the forging of documents, tax evasion and money laundering as a lawyer during the…

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June 23, 2015

Editorial

PM Orbán to the EP: “Hungarians Talk Straight About Tough Things”

Responding to yet another request by the left and liberal political groups in the European Parliament, this week’s plenary session featured a debate on the “Situation in Hungary.”

The debate was called in response to the Hungarian government’s decision to undertake a public consultation on the subject of immigration and the prime minister’s remarks about the death penalty. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán himself traveled to Strasbourg to take part in the plenary debate where he challenged those MEPs who are trying to limit what a country can debate.

Prime Minister Orbán said: “We have not signed an agreement with the EU…

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May 22, 2015

Editorial

Commissioner Navracsics: Getting Rid of Lenin Statues at Home, Promoting Strong Coalitions in Brussels

Hungary’s EU Commissioner, Tibor Navracsics, was the latest guest earlier this week at the popular event series called “Hungarian Wave.” Commissioner Navracsics, who is responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, talked before a packed house about his former role as a minister in the Hungarian government, discussed the challenges of his new portfolio, and shared insights into the ideological vision that has guided his career.

Speaking candidly about the portfolio of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Commissioner Navracsics said that those who “consider it weak are the ones who believe in a united European state,” but for those who…

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February 5, 2015

Editorial

What is S&D Group President Pittella Trying to Say When He Congratulates Greece’s Syriza?

S&D Group President Gianni Pittella was among the first to congratulate Syriza, the populist, new-left winner of Greece’s parliamentary elections earlier this week. The S&D Group, it seems, has some interesting friends.

Other EU leaders were “slow to congratulate” Greece’s new governing party, reports the EU Observer. That should come as no surprise considering the positions of the Syriza leadership.

The recently named financial minister, Yanis Varoufakis (a self-declared “erratic Marxist”), said the EU is anti-democratic and operates like an irrational cartel. Newly elected prime minister and former leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left, Alexis Tsipras, is no…

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February 5, 2015