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

Orban: Unity in diversity

“If we want to keep the European Union together, liberals must respect the rights of non-liberals,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban writes in his 11th “Samisdat”. Here is the full text of the article, which was published on his website. At the last European Council meeting, the rainbow-flagged prime ministers paraded in a phalanx. They wanted to clarify matters: Does the unity of values still … Continue reading Orban: Unity in diversity

„EU hostage to ideological debates”

The European Union has become hostage to ideological debates, Hungary’s justice minister said. Judit Varga said on Facebook in an English-language post that on the agenda of a General Affairs Council meeting, “the last point is once again Europe’s sick, tired political stick, aka the Article 7 procedure”. “The series of blackmailing with the rule of law could not be more relevant now, at the … Continue reading „EU hostage to ideological debates”

Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

The procedure launched against Hungary under Article 7 of the EU Treaty has nothing to do with facts; it is rather meant to be applied as a means of political blackmail, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto said in a meeting of his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg. Szijjarto spoke before the hearings the EU General Affairs Council is set to hold on Tuesday, as part of … Continue reading Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

Govt rejects criticism of anti-paedophilia bill

This week, Hungary’s parliament passed a new law which will create a register of paedophile offenders while preventing them from working in contexts involving children, About Hungary reported. Politicians of the ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance and of opposition party Jobbik voted for the bill, while most of the opposition parties boycotted the vote. An electronic searchable database will contain names in the register for parents and … Continue reading Govt rejects criticism of anti-paedophilia bill

Pope Francis to meet Orban and Ader

It is foreseen that the Holy Father will be in Hungary this coming 12th September for the celebration of the closing Eucharist of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference wrote in a statement on Wednesday. “Before the Holy Mass, he is planned to meet in a reserved place with the heads of the Hungarian Government, Janos Ader President of the Republic, … Continue reading Pope Francis to meet Orban and Ader

Orban: We need cooperation, not boycotts

“When eight of our joint declarations have been swept aside, as has happened with China, the ninth will simply be greeted with more mockery. We look like pathetic paper tigers, and our ineffectual declarations are cues for laughter from the rest of the world, ” Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban writes in his new Samisdat article, reacting to the criticism of German Foreign Minister Heiko … Continue reading Orban: We need cooperation, not boycotts

Hungary marks National Cohesion Day

On June 4, Hungary marks the Day of National Cohesion, the anniversary of the Trianon peace treaty concluding WWI. Under the treaty Hungary lost two-thirds of its territory to neighbouring countries. The Hungarian nation has survived and “even those that have been torn away from us in body always stayed with us in spirit,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. He told public broadcaster … Continue reading Hungary marks National Cohesion Day

Varga slams CJEU ruling

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) dismissed Hungary’s action against the European Parliament resolution triggering the procedure for determining the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach, by a member state, of the values on which the European Union is founded (the Article 7 procedure). On 12 September 2018, the European Parliament adopted Judith Sargentini’s report which called on the Council of the … Continue reading Varga slams CJEU ruling