11 May 2015
In the coming days, the European Commission is preparing to table a proposal that will see a shake-up of the Union’s immigration rules and lead to a requirement that refugees reaching Europe should be spread more equally amongst Member States and not – as the current rules state – in the country in which they first arrive in the Union.
12 March 2015
This week, Lajos Simicska, a former friend and political ally of the Hungarian Prime Minister, gave an interview on mandiner.hu in which he raised his suspicion that Viktor Orbán might have been recruited as an informer of the old regime. This recruitment, suggested Simicska, most likely took place when Orbán and many of his Fidesz colleagues were conscripts in the early 1980s. The inference was that this was having a detrimental effect on the country.
11 April 2014
The reaction of the Financial Times to Viktor Orbán’s decisive victory in last week’s Hungarian election was something to behold. An editorial steeped in invective set the tone; a leading commentator produced a hatchet job on the victors (no pun intended) and the FT’s resident journalist in Budapest found that the OSCE monitors had sullied the election victory with an observation that the rules gave an advantage to the incumbent.
Now the question I frequently ask myself is why? What is it about Hungary that so enrages the paragons of virtue at the Financial Times?
10 April 2013
For the past two years, Hungary’s government, prime minister and governing party have been the subject of largely unprecedented attacks by both internal and external critics. These critics have assailed everything from the size of their parliamentary majority, their drafting of a new constitution, freedom of the press and the judiciary and their ‘unorthodox’ economic policy.
18 March 2013
Days ago, an editorial in the Financial Times (FT) called on Hungary to be sanctioned by the European Union. Hungary’s ‘crime’ was to continue to remodel its constitution in ways which liberal opinion in Europe felt to be inappropriate. The FT claimed that such moves were an ‘assault on European values’.