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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

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Nations Make Europe, Families Make Nations, Children Make Families

There is only one way out of this crisis: increasing the birth rate while also recognizing and aiding families who are raising children. This is the only way we can preserve Europe’s role in the world. 

from the Budapest Demographic Forum, November 5-7

“We Hungarians believe that children magnify the strength of their parents and the strength of the family,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, “and a generation of children magnify the strength of a nation, a whole country, and, finally, our entire civilisation.” The prime minister was addressing the

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Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz November 12, 2015

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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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Editorial October 14, 2015

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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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Editorial October 12, 2015

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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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Editorial October 8, 2015

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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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Editorial September 30, 2015