Missing the Point: Hungarian Leader Whitewashes Anti-Semitism

Missing the Point: Hungarian Leader Whitewashes Anti-Semitism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2013

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sought this weekend to convince some 500 Jewish leaders gathered in Budapest that his government is committed to combating a frightening increase in anti-Semitism. His speech, however, was notable more for what it left out than what it said. By James Kirchick in Budapest more... Comment ]

Growing Anti-Semitism: World Jewish Congress Takes on Hungary

Growing Anti-Semitism: World Jewish Congress Takes on Hungary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2013

In symbolic protest of growing anti-Semitism in Hungary, the World Jewish Congress will meet in Budapest this weekend. This has angered Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who plans to address the assembly about the criticism. But no amount of talk can erase the fact that right-wing extremism is on the rise there. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Harsh Criticism for Orbán: 'Take Away Hungary's European Council Vote'

Harsh Criticism for Orbán: 'Take Away Hungary's European Council Vote'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2013

After the Iron Curtain came down, István Hegedüs, 55, was a parliamentarian for Hungary's conservative Fidesz party, which was in the opposition at the time. But now he is fiercely critical of the party's leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and his move to consolidate power. Europe must react, he tells SPIEGEL. more... Comment ]

Democracy and Deficits: Hungary and Cyprus Hijack EU Summit

Democracy and Deficits: Hungary and Cyprus Hijack EU Summit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2013

Stalled economic growth and high unemployment were supposed to be the focus of this week's European Union summit in Brussels. But concerns about democracy in Hungary and debt in Cyprus have taken center stage. Both issues have generated considerable strife. By SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Half-Hearted European Reactions' Have Failed Hungary

World from Berlin: 'Half-Hearted European Reactions' Have Failed Hungary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2013

European leaders are outraged by the Hungarian right's most recent move to consolidate power, with some calling for a formal probe. German editorialists, too, say it's time for the EU to take a stand against increasingly defiant Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. more... Comment ]

Constitutional Reforms: Hungary Steps Away from European Democracy

Constitutional Reforms: Hungary Steps Away from European Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2013

As expected, the Hungarian parliament on Monday evening passed a package of constitutional amendments that legal experts say are an affront to democracy. Berlin, Brussels and Washington all voiced their concern in the run up to the vote. Leaders in Budapest, however, were unfazed. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Blurring Boundaries: Hungarian Leader Adopts Policies of Far-Right

Blurring Boundaries: Hungarian Leader Adopts Policies of Far-Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2013

Internationally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán likes to present himself as a champion of democracy. At home, though, he is implementing one policy after the other that is inspired by the right-wing extremist Jobbik party. Too often, Brussels downplays the problem. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Hungary's Racism Problem: Orbán Friend Says Roma 'Shouldn't Be Allowed to Exist'

Hungary's Racism Problem: Orbán Friend Says Roma 'Shouldn't Be Allowed to Exist'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 11, 2013

Zsolt Bayer, a prominent conservative commentator, has sparked outrage in Hungary and abroad for comparing Roma to animals and saying they "shouldn't be allowed to exist." Criticism of the remarks is growing, but Prime Minister Orbán will likely keep silent. By Keno Verseck more...

Anti-Semitism in Parliament: Hungary's Far-Right Rhetoric Reaches New Dimension

Anti-Semitism in Parliament: Hungary's Far-Right Rhetoric Reaches New Dimension

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2012

People of Jewish heritage are a "security risk" and should be registered on a nationwide list, according to right-wing extremist Hungarian politician Márton Gyöngyösi. His comments, made in the country's parliament, have sparked widespread outrage. But the government was slow to distance itself. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Amendment Alarms Opposition: Orbán Cements His Power With New Voting Law

Amendment Alarms Opposition: Orbán Cements His Power With New Voting Law

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2012

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has used his party's two-thirds majority in parliament to pass a constitutional change that will force voters to register before elections. Opposition parties fear the move will boost his power and pave the way for election fraud, but they see no hope of appealing against it. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]