The Budapest Beacon exit interview

The severe erosion of media plurality in Hungary makes it impossible to continue publishing a newspaper of record about Hungary,…

Ádám Lestyánszky

Electoral rules rig results of Hungarian elections, warns Princeton’s Kim Lane Scheppele

Rules that "rig the results of the election" preclude the divided political opposition from mounting a serious challenge to Viktor…


Orbán promises to exact vengeance after general election

Same old tiresome speech.

Benjamin Novak

“Individual judges are still not independent or accountable for their decisions,” says former judge László Ravasz

He says the courts are a lot like they were during the Kádár system.

Benjamin Novak

Lőrinc Mészáros’s media empire was the main beneficiary of anti-Soros campaigns of 2017

As much as half of the USD 28 million spent on anti-Soros ads in 2017 wound up in the pockets…


Luxembourg’s foreign minister responds to Szíjjártó’s intemperate comments

"Such attitudes towards those in need do not reflect the Christian values that Viktor Orbán so proudly claims to defend.”

Benjamin Novak

“Stop Soros” bill main points

"Stop Soros" bill targeting NGOs helping refugees requires such organizations obtain a permit and pay a special tax on funds…

Benjamin Novak

Mészáros and Tiborcz become barons of Balaton as government pumps money into region

Businessmen closely linked to prime minister Viktor Orbán use profits from EU-funded mega-projects to buy up large swaths of Lake…

Benjamin Novak

Gov’t lackeys to celebrate Horthy on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Because political anti-Semitism is alive in Hungary.

Benjamin Novak

Administrative and Labour Court: nationalization of council schools was unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court has 90 days to decide whether to annul the law that allowed the mass nationalization of formerly…

Balázs Pivarnyik

Hungary secretly accepted 1,300 refugees in 2017

Fidesz politicians argue that these people were accepted based on the Geneva Conventions and not the EU's quota system that…

Balázs Pivarnyik

Hungary wasted $8-$12 billion on public procurement in 2009-2016 according to CRC Budapest

Study concludes EU funding has had a perverse effect in Hungary.


State Audit Office (ÁSZ) to fine Együtt HUF 20 million for “prohibited campaign finance”

State auditors find that the party rents a 246 sqm attic flat on fourth floor of a walk up for…


EC files three lawsuits against Hungary at the EU Court of Justice

European Commission delivers a three punch combination to the Hungarian government.

Benjamin Novak

Former German finance minister, European commissioners ask EC to “suspend all EU funds to Hungary”

In a letter to EC president, the signatories say funds should be cut off until "basic democratic freedoms are reinstated…

Justin Spike

Interior Minister can’t find evidence to support gov’t claims of “Soros network”

No Soros network. No Soros plan. National security agencies looked into it, and found nothing to support the government's claims.

Justin Spike

George Soros releases statement refuting Hungarian gov’t claims of “Soros plan”

Soros said the Hungarian government is attempting to stay in power through "hate-mongering and misleading the population."

Justin Spike

Pro-gov’t media’s Middle East “expert” has long history of plagiarism, bribery and perjury

Magda Nasrin Katona faces charges for deliberately falsifying the statement of a Syrian asylum seeker in court.

Justin Spike

Fear and loathing in Hungary’s judiciary

Judges say judiciary operates just like it did under communism: judges are not guaranteed independence and rulings are subject to…

Benjamin Novak

József Szájer admits to comparing refugees to zombies in town hall speech

He literally accused hvg.hu of slander and then admitted to making those remarks.

Benjamin Novak

Democratic Coalition starts campaign to strip dual-citizens of their right to vote

DK spokesperson Csaba Molnár called it “unfair and immoral” that dual-citizens who have never lived in Hungary can have a…

Balázs Pivarnyik

Gov’t to stuff churches with cash in run-up to election

It's a good thing these groups kept their mouths during the refugee crisis!

Benjamin Novak

A web of corruption enmeshes Budapest’s 9th district

Council property is given to politicians and their affiliates in Budapest's 9th district as some 1,500 needy families wait for…

Balázs Pivarnyik

Figyelo: EU funds embezzled in Hungary

Winners with interesting backgrounds are found among the top 100 Hungarian owned companies. The Hungarian press has already written about…

Budapest Sentinel

Nationalization of Hungarian credit union Takarekbank

On 27 June 2013 the Hungarian parliament passed a “special law”  effectively nationalizing the credit union Takarekbank over the objections…

Benjamin Novak

Confessions of a Gyurcsány Supporter

“Hungary must be returned to the path of Democracy . . . the highest level of responsible behavior is required…

Zoltán Kovács

Oxford professor Peter Rona bemoans unethical state of Hungarian politics

“Hungarian political, social, and economic life has reached rock bottom morally.” Hungarian Oxford Economics professor and Ökopolis Foundation co-chairman Peter…

Richard Field

Felcsuti quits Together 2014

"Disappointed” over failure to put “personal ambitions” aside Former Raiffeisen Bank CEO and Hungarian Banking Association President Peter Felcsuti stunned…

Richard Field

Habitat for Humanity speaks out on Hungary’s housing situation

In an interview on ATV’s Egyenes Beszéd (Straight Talk) broadcasted on 7 October 2013, Habitat for Humanity CEO Andras Szeker…

Richard Field