Hungarian Elections: What Orbán's Third Win Could Mean for Europe

Hungarian Elections: What Orbán's Third Win Could Mean for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2018

With his strong election victory on Sunday, Hungary's Viktor Orbán exceeded all expectations. What will the party's third win mean for Europe? By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Wrangling over Warsaw: EU Considers Funding Cuts for Eastern Europe

Wrangling over Warsaw: EU Considers Funding Cuts for Eastern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2018

The European Commission is considering linking member-state subsidies to adherence to the rule of law, a step aimed at bringing a handful of Eastern European countries back into line. But the proposal also threatens to deepen the current rift in Europe. By Markus Becker, Peter Müller, Christoph Schult and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Rule of Law: Merkel Risks Deepening EU Rifts

Rule of Law: Merkel Risks Deepening EU Rifts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2017

Violations of EU agreements have become more the rule than the exception and now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to put a stop to the practice. But the move seems predestined to deepen Brussel's dispute with Poland and Hungary. By Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2017

In order to consolidate his power, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is creating a corrupt oligarchy in Hungary. He's also letting his family and friends in on the lucrative action. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fortress Hungary: Orbán Profits from the Refugees

Fortress Hungary: Orbán Profits from the Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2015

In many respects, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has emerged as the political victor in the refugee crisis. Voters support his hardline stance and other Eastern European countries are following his suit. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


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 ]