In a letter to Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s honorary consul in Trondheim, Eszter Vanky wrote that she’s been worried about among other things the state of democracy in Hungary and she decided to resign from her post. Continue reading “Hungary’s honorary consul in Norway resigns”
The CoE’s commissioner for human rights urged Hungary’s president to return the law about administrative courts, while the Venice Commission wants the “Stop Soros” package to be repealed.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban will attend the European Parliament’s plenary session on September 11, when the EP is scheduled to discuss the civil liberties committee’s report on the rule of law in Hungary, daily Magyar Idok said on Friday. Continue reading “Orban attends the EP’s Hungary debate”
Once the stricter Stop Soros law has been passed, the organisation of illegal immigration will be written into the criminal code, head of the prime minister’s office Gergely Gulyas said on Thursday. Continue reading “Gulyas: Organising illegal migration to be punished under criminal code”
Three deputy prime ministers will be appointed to the new government, Viktor Orban, the prime minister, said in an interview to public radio on Friday. The prime minister also discussed the EU budget, the “Stop Soros” legislative package and the anti-migration constitutional amendment.
According to BBC’s Newsnight programme, Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party rejects the model of liberal democracy. The programme also reports about the amendment of the higher education law that concerns CEU, the state of the judiciary and the government’s “actions against NGOs”. Continue reading “BBC: Independence of courts in danger”
Former American Ambassador to Budapest, Eleni Kounalakis is running for Lieutenant Governor of California this year. In a Medium post the former diplomat harshly criticised Hungary’s government and warned that the “Orban model” can spread in the US. Continue reading “Former US ambassador attacks Orban”
In a letter published by Politico, intellectuals accuse German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “enabling Hungarian anti-Semitism and undermining EU values”. Continue reading “Open letter urges Merkel to condemn Orban”
The spread of illiberal policymaking that undermines democracy has become the norm in the post-Soviet region, Washington-based democracy watchdog Freedom House (FH) said in its annual report on Wednesday. Continue reading “FH: Hungary returns to goulash communism”
The European Commission is expected to intervene in the Hungarian election campaign, Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch said in Echo TV‘s evening programme on Monday. Continue reading “Fidesz MEP accuses the Commissions of intervention”