4 September 2015
The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, was back in Brussels yesterday defending his country’s approach to the migrant crisis, which has fragmented any concept of European solidarity. European officials delight in casting the pugnacious leader as either a pantomime villain or a fool – he of the ‘illiberal views’. Some feel ashamed of him.
4 June 2015
Hungarian Prime Minister, Orbán Viktor, resumed his usual role as the ‘Bete Noir’ of the EU’s liberal elite. Once again, he appeared to have little or no sympathy with EU policy proposals – in this case, for the handling of the current refugee crisis impacting on the Union’s southern Members, particularly Italy and Greece.
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 August 2014
Viktor Orbán’s recent speech to ethnic Hungarians in Transylvania on 26 July 2014, in which he mentioned Hungary’s movement towards the creation of a ‘workfare’ state – not per se built on current western liberal models – but rather a pragmatic response to social and economic developments, has been met by a somewhat hysterical and ill-informed reaction by Hungary’s liberals and their foreign supporters.
3 April 2014
According to the latest opinion polls, Viktor Orbán and Fidesz will comfortably win another term in office. Of course such forecasts have been wrong in the past, although this time even the political opposition in Hungary have already conceded defeat.
How should we account for this success, should it materialise, on 6 April?