By Markus Salzmann, 12 May 2020
Although similar to Hitler’s “Enabling Act,” which consolidated the Nazi dictatorship in Germany in 1933, Orbán’s Emergency Law enjoys the support of the European Union.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2020
Hungary’s parliament passed an emergency law on Monday that grants Orban unrestricted dictatorial powers.
By Markus Salzmann, 30 March 2020
Following the declaration of a state of emergency on March 11, the country’s parliament is to be effectively abolished with the introduction of an “Emergency Ordinance Act.”
By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2020
As throughout Europe, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 December 2019
Last week, the Hungarian parliament, dominated by the right-wing Fidesz party, passed bills that represent a further step towards dictatorial forms of rule.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 August 2019
On the 30th anniversary of the opening up of the Hungarian-Austrian border, Merkel and Orbán sang the praises of “freedom” while agreeing to closer military collaboration.
An exposure of “human rights” imperialism
By Peter Symonds, 12 June 2019
Aung San Suu Kyi’s meeting with Hungary’s far-right leader Viktor Orbán is an indictment of all those who promoted Suu Kyi as a defender of democratic rights.
By Clara Weiss, 14 May 2019
The Trump administration is sending a clear message of endorsement of the far-right in the upcoming European elections.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2019
Nearly 10,000 public sector employees went on strike in Hungary last Thursday, protesting poverty wages and government policy.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 February 2019
The one-week strike by 12,000 workers at the Hungarian Audi plant in Györ had a massive impact on production in several factories in Europe and shook the auto industry.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 January 2019
Thousands of auto workers began a one-week strike on Thursday at an Audi plant in Györ, western Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 January 2019
Thousands of auto workers began a one-week strike on Thursday at an Audi plant in Györ, western Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 January 2019
On Saturday, in freezing temperatures, about 10,000 people demonstrated again in Budapest against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Victor Orbán.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 December 2018
Last Sunday witnessed the largest demonstration so far, with 15,000 protesting against the Hungarian government’s “Slave Law.”
By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2018
Several thousand workers have taken to the streets of Budapest on a daily basis to protest against the tightening up of labour law by the Hungarian government.
By Jason Melanovski, 9 October 2018
Two of eastern Europe’s right-wing governments clash in a dispute over passports, language laws and military exercises.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 September 2018
Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of a procedure that could lead to the withdrawal of Hungary's voting rights in the Council of Ministers.
By Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2018
It soon comes to light that certain townspeople had a hand in the deportation of Jews from the Hungarian village to concentration camps and benefited in the confiscation of their property.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 April 2018
Expectations that the Fidesz Party would lose support due to corruption scandals and claims by pollsters that the mood in the country was shifting did not materialise.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 April 2018
According to current opinion polls, the right-wing Fidesz Party will secure victory in Sunday’s vote.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2017
Hungary’s ultra-right government under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is intensifying its policy of walling off the country against refugees.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 October 2016
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian uprising with a nationalist tirade against immigrants.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 October 2016
The suddenness and political background of the closure indicates that the paper was put under pressure from the highest government circles.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 October 2016
The refugee referendum marked the high point of a vicious anti-refugee campaign waged by the Hungarian government and the entire European Union.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 July 2016
The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is carrying out mass deportations of refugees to Serbia and Croatia without due process.
By Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2016
The Hungarian government plans to expand surveillance of telephone and internet data.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2016
The Orban government has declared its state of crisis is a response to the influx of refugees, but it is actually a reaction to growing social tensions and protests within the country.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 February 2016
The Fidesz government wants to sharply curtail the right of assembly and press freedom, close down the border and grant itself the unilateral power to declare states of emergency.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 October 2015
The government is treating asylum seekers like criminals, charging them in expedited proceedings with “illegal border crossing” and deporting them.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 September 2015
The mobilization of the military at the border, while targeting refugees, is aimed at annulling fundamental democratic rights for the entire population.
By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2015
Whatever official criticisms are levelled against Hungary, all of the major European powers are responding in a similarly brutal fashion.
By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015
The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.
By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2015
While the EU governments are intensifying repressive measures, many ordinary people have shown a healthy sympathy for the refugees fleeing war and repression.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015
Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 July 2015
Hungary is building a four-meter high fence on its border with Serbia and driving refugees out of populated areas.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 March 2015
In the most recent polls by the Ipsos Social Research Institute, the neo-fascist party Jobbik trails the ruling Fidesz party by only 3 percent.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015
The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.”
By Markus Salzmann, 23 December 2014
The trade unions and petty-bourgeois groups are trying to divert Hungarian protests in a rightward direction.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 November 2014
Around 20,000 people demonstrated in front of the parliament against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Monday last week.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2014
On Tuesday, 100,000 people demonstrated in Budapest and 10 other cities against the government’s planned Internet tax.
By Markus Salzmann, 17 June 2014
The advertising tax is aimed at driving critical media outlets out of business and eliminating the last remnants of press freedom.
By Markus Salzmann, 30 April 2014
In the wake of Hungary’s parliamentary elections, not only Prime Minister Victor Orban’s Citizens’ Alliance (Fidesz), but also the opposition parties are shifting further to the right.
By Markus Salzmann, 8 April 2014
While the right-wing Fidesz won the Hungarian parliamentary elections on Sunday, the real winner is the neo-fascist party Jobbik.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2014
Despite catastrophic social conditions, polls anticipate that right-wing Prime Minister Victor Orban will emerge victorious in parliamentary elections on April 6.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2014
The Hungarian government is collaborating with extreme right-wing forces to rehabilitate the pro-Hitler regime of Miklos Horthy.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 January 2014
The social crisis in Hungary has dramatically worsened in the three years since the right-wing government of Viktor Orban came to power.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2013
The right-wing Fidesz party is attacking the homeless to divert attention from the catastrophic social conditions that have emerged from the austerity policies of the Orban government.
By Markus Salzmann, 23 March 2013
The right-wing TV host and notorious anti-Semite Ferenc Szaniszlo has received the Táncsics Award, the highest state award for journalists in Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 31 December 2012
The latest anti-Semitic outburst by the deputy chair of the far-right Jobbik party marks a further rightward turn in Hungarian politics.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2012
In early October the Hungarian premier Victor Orban delivered a bloodcurdling tirade placing himself firmly in the camp of the extreme right.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 September 2012
The Hungarian government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban (Fidesz) is planning further austerity measures to meet demands made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
By Markus Salzmann, 5 September 2012
The right-wing government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban and the neo-fascist Jobbik party are deliberately provoking violent attacks against the Roma minority in Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 23 July 2012
The 97-year-old is accused of being involved in the murder of 16,000 Hungarian Jews during the Second World War.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 April 2012
The probable election of Janos Ader in May as Hungarian president will advance the policies of the country’s right-wing government.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 March 2012
In Hungary Orban plays the nationalist card but the truth is that his government is completely dependent on the EU and IMF, and is intent on meeting their demands.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 January 2012
The wave of social uprisings that rocked the Middle East, the US, Greece, Spain and other countries last year has now reached Eastern Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 January 2012
The new constitution undermines basic democratic rights, curtailing the rights of opposition and the judiciary, and lays the seeds of armed conflict with neighbouring countries.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 December 2011
Just before the Christmas break, the Hungarian parliament passed a number of authoritarian and nationalist laws.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 December 2011
Thousands marched through the Hungarian capital Budapest on Saturday to protest against the austerity policies of the government led by Victor Orban.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 December 2011
The downgrading of Hungary’s creditworthiness to junk status by Moody’s rating agency means the debt crisis has now fully hit eastern Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2011
A social catastrophe is looming in Hungary due to the latest austerity program adopted by the right-wing government of Viktor Orban and dictated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 August 2011
Scrabbling to defend their privileges, Hungary’s trade union leaders warn of a social explosion following legislation to outlaw strikes.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 August 2011
Hungary’s right-wing government led by Victor Orban has used its 15 months in office to systematically establish an authoritarian regime.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2011
A Budapest district court has acquitted the 97-year-old Nazi war criminal, Sandor Kepiro.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 July 2011
The Hungarian Parliament passed a law on 11 July introducing forced labor for the unemployed.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 May 2011
The Hungarian government, led by the ultra-nationalist Fidesz Party, is now looking to the trade unions to impose far-reaching social attacks.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 May 2011
Weeks of violence by neo-fascist groups against the Roma minority in the northern Hungarian town of Gyöngyöspata is a direct result of the right-wing nationalist policies of the ruling Fidesz party.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 April 2011
Hungary’s right-wing government led by Viktor Orban has used its two-thirds majority to adopt a new constitution that will abandon democratic principles and establish the basis for authoritarian rule.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 March 2011
The EU has virtually accepted the abolition of press freedoms in Hungary, passed by the right-wing government of Victor Orban.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2011
As Hungary assumes the EU presidency, a new media law gives the government in Budapest massive powers to curb the press.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 December 2010
A new media law gives the Hungarian government sweeping powers to regulate the press.
By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 24 December 2010
Without any significant protest from the European Union or the European press, Hungary’s Fidesz party has won overwhelming parliamentary support to pass a new media law that will effectively deprive the country of freedom of the press.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 December 2010
Nearly two months after Hungary’s worst environmental disaster, no one in the world of politics or business is prepared to take responsibility for the devastating consequences.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2010
The six-foot-high tidal wave of caustic sludge that buried several Hungarian villages last week and swept away houses, cars and bridges claimed nine lives.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2010
Twenty years after the collapse of the Stalinist regime in Hungary, an extreme right-wing party is taking control of the state.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 October 2010
The devastation following the release of a tidal wave of toxic sludge in Hungary is part of the high price the population is paying for the implementation of the free market economy.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2010
In its first 100 days in office, the Hungarian government headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has introduced a series of laws and initiatives aimed at building up authoritarian structures in political and social life.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2010
The International Monetary Fund and the European Union have tightened the screws on Hungary following a government decision to introduce a levy on banks and insurance companies, and delay the introduction of some of its planned austerity measures.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 June 2010
Only one week after taking office, the new Hungarian government led by Victor Orban has put forward an unprecedented package of austerity measures.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 June 2010
The Hungarian parliament passed a law last month conferring Hungarian citizenship on ethnic Hungarians who live in neighbouring countries.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 April 2010
The right-wing conservative Fidesz (Federation of Young Democrats), led by Victor Orban, won a more than two-thirds majority in the second round of the Hungarian parliamentary election.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 April 2010
The right-wing Federation of Young Democrats (Fidesz) won an absolute majority, while the neo-fascist Party for a Better Hungary took third place in parliamentary elections held in Hungary on Sunday.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2010
Opinion polls are predicting a landslide victory for the right wing Federation of Young Democrats (Fidesz) in Sunday's election.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 July 2009
The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) is introducing so-called “village guards” throughout the countryside. These will be armed and will carry out the functions of the police.
By Markus Salzmann, 17 June 2009
The election result for the neo-fascist Jobbik organization in Hungary demonstrates how extreme right organizations have been able to exploit the economic and political crisis in Eastern Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 April 2009
Former “Young Manager of the Year” takes over as new head of Hungarian government in a coup organized by the outgoing prime minister.
By Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2009
The resignation of the Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany is a result of the rapidly deteriorating economic situation that has led to political turbulence throughout Eastern Europe.
By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2008
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), backed by central banks in the US and Europe, has taken drastic steps over the past week to prop up so-called emerging economies around the world from Asia to Eastern Europe and Latin America.
By Niall Green, 23 October 2008
The economies of central and eastern Europe are being rocked by the crisis of world capitalism, compounded by the corrupt and pro-big business policies of their local elites.