Hungary

European Union launches disciplinary procedure against Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 18 September 2018

Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of a procedure that could lead to the withdrawal of Hungary's voting rights in the Council of Ministers.

1945: The horrors of the Holocaust in Hungary

By Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2018

It soon comes to light that certain townspeople had a hand in the deportation of Jews from the Hungarian village to concentration camps and benefited in the confiscation of their property.

Right-wing nationalist Orban wins Hungarian election

By Peter Schwarz, 10 April 2018

Expectations that the Fidesz Party would lose support due to corruption scandals and claims by pollsters that the mood in the country was shifting did not materialise.

Hungary on the eve of parliamentary elections

By Markus Salzmann, 6 April 2018

According to current opinion polls, the right-wing Fidesz Party will secure victory in Sunday’s vote.

Hungary builds internment camps for refugees

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2017

Hungary’s ultra-right government under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is intensifying its policy of walling off the country against refugees.

Hungary: Right-wing commemoration of 60th anniversary of workers’ uprising

By Markus Salzmann, 28 October 2016

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian uprising with a nationalist tirade against immigrants.

Hungary: Last newspaper critical of government shut down

By Markus Salzmann, 21 October 2016

The suddenness and political background of the closure indicates that the paper was put under pressure from the highest government circles.

Hungary’s anti-refugee referendum fails after low turnout

By Markus Salzmann, 3 October 2016

The refugee referendum marked the high point of a vicious anti-refugee campaign waged by the Hungarian government and the entire European Union.

Hungarian government cracks down on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 July 2016

The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is carrying out mass deportations of refugees to Serbia and Croatia without due process.

Hungary strengthens state security powers after Brussels attacks

By Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2016

The Hungarian government plans to expand surveillance of telephone and internet data.

Hungarian government declares “state of crisis” over refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2016

The Orban government has declared its state of crisis is a response to the influx of refugees, but it is actually a reaction to growing social tensions and protests within the country.

Citing influx of refugees, Hungary prepares authoritarian legislation

By Markus Salzmann, 9 February 2016

The Fidesz government wants to sharply curtail the right of assembly and press freedom, close down the border and grant itself the unilateral power to declare states of emergency.

Hungary expedites deportation of refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 10 October 2015

The government is treating asylum seekers like criminals, charging them in expedited proceedings with “illegal border crossing” and deporting them.

Hungary deploys army against refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 26 September 2015

The mobilization of the military at the border, while targeting refugees, is aimed at annulling fundamental democratic rights for the entire population.

Hungarian border police fire tear gas and water cannon at refugees

By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2015

Whatever official criticisms are levelled against Hungary, all of the major European powers are responding in a similarly brutal fashion.

Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.

Refugee crisis deepens across central Europe

By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2015

While the EU governments are intensifying repressive measures, many ordinary people have shown a healthy sympathy for the refugees fleeing war and repression.

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015

Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.

Hungarian government takes action against refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 25 July 2015

Hungary is building a four-meter high fence on its border with Serbia and driving refugees out of populated areas.

Hungarian government works closely with fascist Jobbik party

By Markus Salzmann, 28 March 2015

In the most recent polls by the Ipsos Social Research Institute, the neo-fascist party Jobbik trails the ruling Fidesz party by only 3 percent.

German chancellor seeks to push Hungary away from Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015

The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.”

New protests against Hungary’s Fidesz government

By Markus Salzmann, 23 December 2014

The trade unions and petty-bourgeois groups are trying to divert Hungarian protests in a rightward direction.

Protests against Hungarian government continue

By Markus Salzmann, 26 November 2014

Around 20,000 people demonstrated in front of the parliament against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Monday last week.

Hungarian government temporarily withdraws Internet tax after mass protests

By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2014

On Tuesday, 100,000 people demonstrated in Budapest and 10 other cities against the government’s planned Internet tax.

Hungarian government intensifies attack on press freedom

By Markus Salzmann, 17 June 2014

The advertising tax is aimed at driving critical media outlets out of business and eliminating the last remnants of press freedom.

Hungarian government moves further to the right

By Markus Salzmann, 30 April 2014

In the wake of Hungary’s parliamentary elections, not only Prime Minister Victor Orban’s Citizens’ Alliance (Fidesz), but also the opposition parties are shifting further to the right.

Hungarian fascists win over 20 percent of the vote

By Markus Salzmann, 8 April 2014

While the right-wing Fidesz won the Hungarian parliamentary elections on Sunday, the real winner is the neo-fascist party Jobbik.

Polls predict victory for right-wing Fidesz in Hungarian elections

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2014

Despite catastrophic social conditions, polls anticipate that right-wing Prime Minister Victor Orban will emerge victorious in parliamentary elections on April 6.

Hungarian government exploits Holocaust Memorial Year to revise history

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2014

The Hungarian government is collaborating with extreme right-wing forces to rehabilitate the pro-Hitler regime of Miklos Horthy.

Dramatic increase in poverty in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 11 January 2014

The social crisis in Hungary has dramatically worsened in the three years since the right-wing government of Viktor Orban came to power.

Hungarian government adopts law against homeless

By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2013

The right-wing Fidesz party is attacking the homeless to divert attention from the catastrophic social conditions that have emerged from the austerity policies of the Orban government.

Hungary: National award for notorious Anti-Semite

By Markus Salzmann, 23 March 2013

The right-wing TV host and notorious anti-Semite Ferenc Szaniszlo has received the Táncsics Award, the highest state award for journalists in Hungary.

Anti-Semitic outburst in the Hungarian parliament

By Markus Salzmann, 31 December 2012

The latest anti-Semitic outburst by the deputy chair of the far-right Jobbik party marks a further rightward turn in Hungarian politics.

Hungarian premier steps up nationalist rhetoric

By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2012

In early October the Hungarian premier Victor Orban delivered a bloodcurdling tirade placing himself firmly in the camp of the extreme right.

Hungarian government plans further austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 21 September 2012

The Hungarian government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban (Fidesz) is planning further austerity measures to meet demands made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Right-wing pogroms against Roma in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 5 September 2012

The right-wing government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban and the neo-fascist Jobbik party are deliberately provoking violent attacks against the Roma minority in Hungary.

Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary arrested in Budapest

By Markus Salzmann, 23 July 2012

The 97-year-old is accused of being involved in the murder of 16,000 Hungarian Jews during the Second World War.

Hungarian parliament to select new president

By Markus Salzmann, 25 April 2012

The probable election of Janos Ader in May as Hungarian president will advance the policies of the country’s right-wing government.

EU and IMF increase pressure on Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 2 March 2012

In Hungary Orban plays the nationalist card but the truth is that his government is completely dependent on the EU and IMF, and is intent on meeting their demands.

Social protests spread in Eastern Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 27 January 2012

The wave of social uprisings that rocked the Middle East, the US, Greece, Spain and other countries last year has now reached Eastern Europe.

Protests against new Hungarian constitution

By Markus Salzmann, 7 January 2012

The new constitution undermines basic democratic rights, curtailing the rights of opposition and the judiciary, and lays the seeds of armed conflict with neighbouring countries.

Hungarian government passes authoritarian new laws

By Markus Salzmann, 28 December 2011

Just before the Christmas break, the Hungarian parliament passed a number of authoritarian and nationalist laws.

Thousands protest austerity measures in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 7 December 2011

Thousands marched through the Hungarian capital Budapest on Saturday to protest against the austerity policies of the government led by Victor Orban.

Hungarian debt downgraded to junk status

By Markus Salzmann, 3 December 2011

The downgrading of Hungary’s creditworthiness to junk status by Moody’s rating agency means the debt crisis has now fully hit eastern Europe.

Poverty and hunger on the rise in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2011

A social catastrophe is looming in Hungary due to the latest austerity program adopted by the right-wing government of Viktor Orban and dictated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Hungary: Fidesz government presents draft of new labour law

By Markus Salzmann, 29 August 2011

Scrabbling to defend their privileges, Hungary’s trade union leaders warn of a social explosion following legislation to outlaw strikes.

Authoritarian regime takes shape in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 11 August 2011

Hungary’s right-wing government led by Victor Orban has used its 15 months in office to systematically establish an authoritarian regime.

Fascist war crime trial in Hungary ends in acquittal

By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2011

A Budapest district court has acquitted the 97-year-old Nazi war criminal, Sandor Kepiro.

Hungarian government agrees to forced labor for the unemployed

By Markus Salzmann, 21 July 2011

The Hungarian Parliament passed a law on 11 July introducing forced labor for the unemployed.

Hungarian trade unions line up behind Orban government

By Markus Salzmann, 21 May 2011

The Hungarian government, led by the ultra-nationalist Fidesz Party, is now looking to the trade unions to impose far-reaching social attacks.

Wave of violence against Roma in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 3 May 2011

Weeks of violence by neo-fascist groups against the Roma minority in the northern Hungarian town of Gyöngyöspata is a direct result of the right-wing nationalist policies of the ruling Fidesz party.

Hungarian parliament passes authoritarian constitution

By Markus Salzmann, 26 April 2011

Hungary’s right-wing government led by Viktor Orban has used its two-thirds majority to adopt a new constitution that will abandon democratic principles and establish the basis for authoritarian rule.

EU accepts attack on press freedom in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 2 March 2011

The EU has virtually accepted the abolition of press freedoms in Hungary, passed by the right-wing government of Victor Orban.

The European Union and freedom of the press

By Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2011

As Hungary assumes the EU presidency, a new media law gives the government in Budapest massive powers to curb the press.

The attack on press freedom in Hungary

By Peter Schwarz, 29 December 2010

A new media law gives the Hungarian government sweeping powers to regulate the press.

The demolition of press freedom in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 24 December 2010

Without any significant protest from the European Union or the European press, Hungary’s Fidesz party has won overwhelming parliamentary support to pass a new media law that will effectively deprive the country of freedom of the press.

Impact of Hungary’s toxic mud disaster

By Markus Salzmann, 1 December 2010

Nearly two months after Hungary’s worst environmental disaster, no one in the world of politics or business is prepared to take responsibility for the devastating consequences.

Hungary’s toxic sludge disaster and the case for socialism

By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2010

The six-foot-high tidal wave of caustic sludge that buried several Hungarian villages last week and swept away houses, cars and bridges claimed nine lives.

Far-right party wins Hungarian municipal elections

By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2010

Twenty years after the collapse of the Stalinist regime in Hungary, an extreme right-wing party is taking control of the state.

Toxic sludge catastrophe in Hungary

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 October 2010

The devastation following the release of a tidal wave of toxic sludge in Hungary is part of the high price the population is paying for the implementation of the free market economy.

Hungary—Fidesz now in power for over 100 days

By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2010

In its first 100 days in office, the Hungarian government headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has introduced a series of laws and initiatives aimed at building up authoritarian structures in political and social life.

IMF and EU step up the pressure on Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2010

The International Monetary Fund and the European Union have tightened the screws on Hungary following a government decision to introduce a levy on banks and insurance companies, and delay the introduction of some of its planned austerity measures.

Hungary: New government presents radical austerity package

By Markus Salzmann, 19 June 2010

Only one week after taking office, the new Hungarian government led by Victor Orban has put forward an unprecedented package of austerity measures.

New Hungarian citizenship law creates tensions with Slovakia

By Markus Salzmann, 2 June 2010

The Hungarian parliament passed a law last month conferring Hungarian citizenship on ethnic Hungarians who live in neighbouring countries.

Hungary: Right-wing Fidesz wins two-thirds majority

By Markus Salzmann, 27 April 2010

The right-wing conservative Fidesz (Federation of Young Democrats), led by Victor Orban, won a more than two-thirds majority in the second round of the Hungarian parliamentary election.

Right wing wins large majority in Hungarian election

By Markus Salzmann, 14 April 2010

The right-wing Federation of Young Democrats (Fidesz) won an absolute majority, while the neo-fascist Party for a Better Hungary took third place in parliamentary elections held in Hungary on Sunday.

Right wing expected to win election in Hungary this weekend

By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2010

Opinion polls are predicting a landslide victory for the right wing Federation of Young Democrats (Fidesz) in Sunday's election.

Hungary: Socialist Party establishes right-wing militias

By Markus Salzmann, 14 July 2009

The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) is introducing so-called “village guards” throughout the countryside. These will be armed and will carry out the functions of the police.

Hungary: What accounts for the success of the extreme right?

By Markus Salzmann, 17 June 2009

The election result for the neo-fascist Jobbik organization in Hungary demonstrates how extreme right organizations have been able to exploit the economic and political crisis in Eastern Europe.

Hungary: Change of government head augurs massive social attacks

By Markus Salzmann, 24 April 2009

Former “Young Manager of the Year” takes over as new head of Hungarian government in a coup organized by the outgoing prime minister.

World economic crisis provokes fall of Hungary’s government

By Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2009

The resignation of the Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany is a result of the rapidly deteriorating economic situation that has led to political turbulence throughout Eastern Europe.

Huge IMF bailout for emerging economies

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2008

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), backed by central banks in the US and Europe, has taken drastic steps over the past week to prop up so-called emerging economies around the world from Asia to Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Eastern European economies face bankruptcy

By Niall Green, 23 October 2008

The economies of central and eastern Europe are being rocked by the crisis of world capitalism, compounded by the corrupt and pro-big business policies of their local elites.