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Minority SafePack

Minority SafePack: More than 700,000 signatures and only 300,000 to go

More than 100 million people live in Europe as national minorities. Many of them enjoy the necessary, basic rights in the country where they reside. But not all. Many ethnic minorities, like the ethnic Hungarians living outside of Hungary in the Carpathian Basin, do not enjoy the same rights. And we can find many such examples across Europe. That’s exactly what the Minority SafePack European Citizens’ Initiative is all about.

Introduced with the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) offers the opportunity for the citizens of Europe to call directly on the European Commission to…

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Editorial February 28, 2018


PM Orbán on the Visegrád Four: “Our goal is for Europe to be stronger”

“We – V4 countries – have become a group of countries with independent economic performance, the fastest developing region in Europe,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, adding that “that does not diminish the strength of Europe but adds to it.”

The prime minister was speaking at a gathering of heads of government of the Visegrad Four that took place late last month in Budapest under the banner, “The Future of Europe.”

A few years ago, not many would have predicted that the Visegrad countries would become the driving force behind Europe’s economic growth. Today, the four countries share much in common,…

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Editorial February 7, 2018


The Hungary debate is about sovereignty, not democracy, says human rights expert

European Parliament hearings on Hungary raise sharp questions about the undefined competencies between the Union and the Member States, according to the head of a leading Hungarian think tank.

The debate is not about democracy or the rule of law but rather about sovereignty, according to Miklós Szánthó, president of the Center for Fundamental Rights. Testifying before the LIBE Committee at a hearing in December, Szánthó said that the heated debate is taking place not only between Brussels and national governments or parliaments but also in the judicial realm, between national constitutional courts – such as the Czech, German and…

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Editorial January 2, 2018


MEP Schöpflin: the colonialist arrogance of the liberal elite makes them intolerant

The international liberal elite’s “colonialist arrogance,” said Fidesz MEP György Schöpflin in a recent interview with Hungarian daily Magyar Idők, attempts to stigmatize all other viewpoints as populism. The conservative MEP slammed the superficial approach of certain politicians who lecture their opponents instead of debating them and are intolerant of political views that differ from their own.

“I am certain that the outcome of the ongoing LIBE debates will be nothing more than a new version of the Tavares Report,” Schöpflin said, referring to the latest attempt to apply political pressure on the Orbán Government. “This once again reaffirms…

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December 19, 2017


Record numbers make their voices heard on migration in Hungary’s national consultation

More than 2.3 million questionnaires were submitted in Hungary’s latest national consultation on controversial plans to accept and resettle migrants in Europe and Hungary. This is the highest number so far in Hungary’s history of national consultations to give citizens a chance to have their voices heard.

This consultation asked citizens questions focused on the “Soros plan” – the liberal open border approach to migration hallmarked by the father of Open Society Foundations, George Soros. The approach, propagated by left-wing and liberal politicians and governments in Europe is at odds with the Hungarian government’s pro-security approach towards migration so…

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Editorial December 12, 2017


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


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


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


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


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