About: Hungary

Freedom of thought 26-04-2017

Hungary tells EPP it won’t repeat its mistakes

Hungarian centre-right MEPs sent a letter to the European People’s Party (EPP) saying that Budapest will do politics its own way and won't adopt the typically technocratic language that makes politicians lose elections in the West.

Problems with Hungary affect EU single market too

The Hungarian problem extends beyond civil liberties, human rights and the rule of law, it also encroaches on European jobs and growth, as well as the single market, writes MEP Lampert van Nistelrooij.

Economy & Jobs 24-04-2017

March for Science: Is the basis of the knowledge society being eroded?

After years of sluggish advance, the house of world economics looks generally strong. However, those who ensure the knowledge base for growth, the scientists and researchers, face threats to their system, writes Thomas Jorgensen.

Freedom of thought 24-04-2017

Petition launched to eject Orbán’s Fidesz from EPP

Change.org, a global platform for launching petitions, has initiated a call to the European Peoples’ Party to kick out Fidesz, the political force of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, from the EU’s largest political family which has sheltered him so far despite his authoritarian drift.

Chasing Donald Tusk

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) would like to destroy Donald Tusk, the personal enemy of its leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, according to Roman Imielski.

Politics 19-04-2017

Greens denounce ‘Hungary-style’ attack against EU-funded NGOs

Green Members of the European Parliament have urged the European People’s Party (EPP) to withdraw a “Hungary-style report” about EU-funded NGOs and stop attempts to silence them.

Elections 13-04-2017

Anti-government demo forms giant heart in Budapest

Thousands of Hungarians joined fresh protests in Budapest yesterday (12 April) denouncing the government's moves against NGOs and the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros.

Commission to consider minor penalties against ‘illiberal’ Hungary

The European Commission said today (12 April) it will decide by the end of the month on the possibility of launching infringement procedures against Hungary, stopping short of mentioning heavier punishments.

Elections 12-04-2017

László Andor: There is a systemic problem in Hungary

EXCLUSIVE/ EURACTIV spoke with the former Hungarian Commissioner László Andor this morning (12 April) just before the EU executive gathered to discuss the “illiberal drift” in his country.

Freedom of thought 11-04-2017

Hungarian education minister: University law protestors were ‘misled’

Hungarian Minister for Education László Palkovics told reporters in Brussels that tens of thousands of protestors who oppose the country's new university law were “misled” and media reports on the legal overhaul “do not reflect the truth”.

11-04-2017

The Brief: Orbán is the poor man’s Putin

Viktor Orbán has often been described as the enfant terrible of centre-right European politics.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

UN urges EU to stop sending migrants to Hungary

European countries must stop returning asylum seekers to Hungary because of deteriorating conditions there for new arrivals, including children, and allegations of abuse, the United Nations said yesterday (10 April).

Elections 11-04-2017

Hungarian president signs law threatening Soros university

Hungarian President János Áder yesterday (10 April) approved a controversial law seen as targeting the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros, despite protests at home and abroad.

Freedom of thought 10-04-2017

Jourová: EU action unlikely to change Hungarian university law

Restrictive legal changes in Poland and Hungary overshadowed EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová's announcement of new figures comparing EU countries' judicial systems today (10 April). The Commission will debate a newly passed Hungarian law targeting the Central European University on Wednesday (12 April).

Freedom of thought 10-04-2017

‘Fake news’ another weapon in Orban’s illiberal Hungary

Few outlets illustrate better the cosy relationship between Hungary's media and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán than Origo, once an independent news source, now seemingly another weapon in the government's armoury.

Central Europe 06-04-2017

Juncker speaks out on Hungary’s illiberal drift

Asked by EURACTIV to comment on the “illiberal” drift in Hungary, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today (6 April) that he did not like the push to close the Central European University, founded by George Soros, and commented on the “Let’s Stop Brussels” initiative.

Freedom of thought 05-04-2017

Commission to debate Hungary’s ‘illiberal’ drift on 12 April

The Juncker Commission will hold a “first debate” over the drift toward ‘illiberal democracy’ in Hungary at its next meeting on Wednesday (12 April), with First Vice-President Frans Timmermans making a presentation.

Freedom of thought 05-04-2017

Hungary was once a democracy: Now it is an ‘Orbanocracy’

If democracy was the buzzword of the first two decades following the end of the Cold War, illiberal democracy appears to be the buzzword of today, writes Daniel Penev.

Freedom of thought 05-04-2017

Hungary passes bill targeting Soros university, sparking protests

Hungarian lawmakers yesterday (4 April) approved legislation that could force the closure of a prestigious Budapest university founded by US billionaire investor George Soros, sparking fresh protests.

Politics 05-04-2017

How should the EU stand up to the recurring temptation of ‘national democracy’?

Over the last few years, support for right-wing national populists has increased substantially in more than half of EU member states. Adam Balcer asks how it undermines European identity and how this challenge can be overcome.

Freedom of thought 04-04-2017

Commission unmoved by Orbán’s ‘Stop Europe’ initiative

Hungary launched an initiative called “Let’s stop Brussels” shortly after its prime minister returned from the Rome summit. Asked about it today (4 April), the Commission highlighted the fact that Viktor Orbán had signed the strongly pro-European text only days before.

Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

Under-threat Soros university thrown lifeline by other European cities

A Budapest university founded by billionaire George Soros, which is threatened with closure by Hungarian government legislation fast tracked today (4 April), has already received a number of offers from other EU countries to host the seat of learning.

Freedom of thought 03-04-2017

Budapest march in support of Soros-founded university

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Budapest yesterday (2 April) in support of a university founded by Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros that says Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government wants to push it out of Hungary.

Enlargement 03-04-2017

Hungary warns about growing foreign influence in the Balkans

The growing influence of Moscow and Ankara in the Western Balkan region is raising concern among the leaders of European centre-right political parties, who have called for a revival of EU aspirations in the region. EURACTIV.com reports from Malta.