National security committee meeting on Pegasus lacks quorum

A meeting of parliament’s national security committee, scheduled to be held behind closed doors to discuss issues around the Pegasus spyware on Monday, failed to reach quorum as deputies of the ruling parties stayed away. Janos Stummer, the head of the committee for opposition Jobbik, Socialist MP Zsolt Molnar and LMP’s Peter Ungar had talks with Interior Minister Sandor Pinter, who was to have participated … Continue reading National security committee meeting on Pegasus lacks quorum

Govt submits child protection referendum bid

The government has decided to initiate a referendum on child protection, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. “Brussels has attacked Hungary” over the country’s child protection law banning “sexual propaganda” in schools and the media, he said. Brussels now “demands changes to the education law and child protection regulations”, the prime minister said in a video posted on Facebook, adding that “they complain that we do … Continue reading Govt submits child protection referendum bid

Varga slams rule of law report

Hungary’s justice minister has slammed the European Commission’s latest rule of law report, calling it a tool used to blackmail the country over its child protection law. “We are not surprised: the latest report of the European Commission focuses on the Hungarian Law on Child Protection,” Judit Varga said in an English-language post on Facebook. “According to them, in Hungary right now, there is no … Continue reading Varga slams rule of law report

Commission launches infringement procedures

The European Commission is launching infringement procedures against Hungary „related to the equality and the protection of fundamental rights,” the Commission announced on Wednesday. On Hungary, the cases include the recently adopted law, which in particular prohibits or limits access to content that promotes or portrays the so-called ‘divergence from self-identity corresponding to sex at birth, sex change or homosexuality’ for individuals under 18; and … Continue reading Commission launches infringement procedures

Kover: EU about to be destroyed by its protectors

The European Union is on course to be destroyed by the very people currently trying to protect it from Hungary, Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio. Regarding the current state of affairs in the EU, Kover said that “after Nazis and Communists, a new totalitarian ambition is about to destroy Europe, sometimes called Liberalism, post-Humanism or whatever… green folly.” Commenting on … Continue reading Kover: EU about to be destroyed by its protectors

Hungary supports Slovenia’s EU presidency

The European Union will have to address a number of serious issues over the next six months, but it is fortunate that the European Council will be headed by Slovenia during this period, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after a summit of the Visegrad Group countries and Slovenia in Ljubljana on Friday. Addressing a news conference, Orban identified the relaunch of the economy as the … Continue reading Hungary supports Slovenia’s EU presidency

Pope to attend closing of eucharistic congress

Pope Francis announced plans to concelebrate the closing mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest on September 12. The pope said that he would pay a pastoral visit to Slovakia between September 12 and 15. The Hungarian Catholic community is looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit “with great joy and love”, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, said in … Continue reading Pope to attend closing of eucharistic congress

Fidesz joins right-wing declaration on the future of Europe

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister and the president of the ruling Fidesz party signed the joint declaration on the future of the EU. “A few months ago, the president of France launched a pan-European debate on the future of the European Union. Today, following long weeks, even months of preparatory work, the President of Poland’s largest governing party, President Kaczyński signed a declaration and called … Continue reading Fidesz joins right-wing declaration on the future of Europe

Hungarian V4 presidency start

The Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Group will promote the member countries’ efforts to become winners of global economic changes, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Katowice on Wednesday. Orban told a press conference marking the end of the Polish presidency of the V4 that the Hungarian presidency, to start on July 1, will help the Visegrad Group members (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) restart … Continue reading Hungarian V4 presidency start

Conference on anti-Semitism in Budapest

Hungarian governance is rooted in Judeo-Christian values, a government official told a conference on anti-Semitism in Budapest, organised by the Danube Institute. Tristan Azbej, the state secretary responsible for aiding persecuted Christians, addressed the conference Anti-Semitism: Appearance and Reality, held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Yacov-David Hadas Handelsman, Israel’s ambassador to Budapest, noted Hungary has the largest Jewish community in central Europe, “and its … Continue reading Conference on anti-Semitism in Budapest