Metamorphosis: A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots

Metamorphosis: A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2014

Csanád Szegedi was a prominent right-wing extremist in Hungary until he discovered his own Jewish roots in 2012. Since then, he has undergone a radical reinvention and is even learning Hebrew. His grandmother, though, continues to hide her Auschwitz tattoo. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome

EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

Hundreds of poverty-stricken refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean, while at the same time, many European Union member states issue residence permits to wealthy Chinese, Arabs and Russians. Anyone is welcome who can pay the asking price. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

'They Want Scapegoats': Hungary Cracks Down on Homelessness

'They Want Scapegoats': Hungary Cracks Down on Homelessness

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2013

The conservative Hungarian government has repeatedly targeted the homeless with its recent policies. Now a new ban on sleeping outdoors is drawing outrage and accusations of scapegoating. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Justice in Hungary: Neo-Nazis Get Life for Roma Murder Spree

Justice in Hungary: Neo-Nazis Get Life for Roma Murder Spree

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2013

A court in Budapest sentenced three neo-Nazis to life in prison on Tuesday for a murder spree directed against Hungary's Roma minority in 2008 and 2009. Although the victims' families praise the decision, they criticize official foot-dragging in the investigation. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

Adam Michnik is editor-in-chief of Poland's leading daily and its most prominent former dissident. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about the threat of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe, the decline of the region's political culture and feelings of being treated like second-class citizens in Europe. more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Terror: Hungary Silent over Roma Killing Spree

Right-Wing Terror: Hungary Silent over Roma Killing Spree

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 23, 2013

Five years ago, right-wing terrorists murdered six Roma in Hungary. Now the trial against them is coming to an end. But the political elite has expresed hardly any sympathy for the victims, and a large portion of the public is uninterested in the topic. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Hitler-Stalin Pact? Hungary Warns of German EU Leadership

Hitler-Stalin Pact? Hungary Warns of German EU Leadership

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2013

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told diplomats on Tuesday that closer ties between a Germany-led EU and Russia were enough to make people check to see if their "children are still in the yard" -- an oblique yet unmistakeable reference to the Hitler-Stalin pact. more... Comment ]

'No Longer Necessary': Hungary Wants to Throw Out IMF

'No Longer Necessary': Hungary Wants to Throw Out IMF

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2013

A long-running dispute between Hungary and the International Monetary Fund escalated on Monday when the head of the country's central bank called on the IMF to close its office in Budapest, saying it was no longer needed. more... Comment ]

The Orban Effect: EU Conservatives Have a Hungary Problem

The Orban Effect: EU Conservatives Have a Hungary Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2013

Much of Europe agrees that Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán has trampled on European Union values and infringed on constitutional democracy. His fellow European conservatives have largely kept quiet, but that could soon change. By James Kirchick more... Comment ]

Nazi Comparison: Berlin Calls Orbán Comment a 'Derailment'

Nazi Comparison: Berlin Calls Orbán Comment a 'Derailment'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2013

Hungary's controversial prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has angered Berlin by comparing its policies to those of the Nazis. On Monday, Foreign Minister Westerwelle rejected the comparison, saying it was "regrettable." more... Comment ]