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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Editorial April 5, 2017

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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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Editorial March 28, 2017

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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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Editorial March 20, 2017

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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

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Hungary toughens anti-terror laws

In a proactive move to address the threat of terrorism, the Hungarian Parliament amended the Fundamental Law last Tuesday to allow the national assembly to declare a state of terrorism threat and grant temporary, extraordinary powers to the government.

When the discussion of these amendments began back in January, only a few weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán laid out the rationale, saying that “the government has resources that it would use in order to reduce the level of terror threat, but the laws do not allow that.”

“The most important thing in public…

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András Gyürk June 14, 2016

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Another Milestone on Hungary’s Impressive Road to Economic Recovery?

The forecasts for Hungary’s economy have been trending positive for the past couple of years, a demonstration that the Orbán Government’s reforms are working. 

“Hungary moved closer to regaining its investment grade status at Moody’s Investors Service after Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government helped reduce the country’s debt load and kept the budget deficit in check,” Bloomberg reported on the credit rating agency’s move late last Friday. The next business day, November 9, OECDreleased its forecast, predicting a healthy economic path for Hungary in the coming years: GDP growth higher than expected and debt on sharp decline. Recent…

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Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz November 19, 2015