Hungarian Watch

National/International Watch

This is a collection of articles from international press and press within the United States on developments coming out of Hungary:

Letter from Budapest: Notes of Dissent by Alex Ross in The New Yorker, June 2, 2014

Hungary’s Central Bank Seizes Bold Strategies by Danny Hakim in The New York Times, April 16, 2014

Hungary’s Election Points To Dark Days Ahead by Máté Hajba on Forbes, April 14, 2014

Hungary’s election: solidifying the radical right by Erin Marie Saltman on Policy Network, April 8, 2014

Hungary’s Election: To Viktor the spoils by A.L.B. in The Economist, April 7, 2014

Viktor Orban Wins a Second Term in Hungary by Palko Karasz in The New York Times, April 7, 2014

Hungary signs EUR 10 billion Paks agreement with Russia by MTI on, April 1, 2014

A brief summary of the Russian-Hungarian agreement on the Paks nuclear power plant on Hungarian Spectrum, March 13, 2014

Power out(r)age: Hungary & Energy by E.L on The Economist, February 10, 2014

Rosatom Lands Nuclear Energy Project in Hungary by Western Default by Vladamir Socor from The Jamestown Foundation, February 6, 2014

Holocaust survivor and historian returns award to Hungary in protest via the AP on The Guardian, January 26, 2014

Putin $14 Billion Nuclear Deal Wins Orban Alliance by Zoltan Simon on, January 15, 2014

Russia to increase Hungary’s nuclear power on Reuters, January 14 ,2014

Why Kaddish? Why Now? on, January 3, 2014

Anti-Semite and Jew: The double life of a Hungarian politician by Anne Applebaum in The New Yorker, November 11, 2013

What Is a National Theatre: Róbert Alfökdu battles to invigorate Hungary’s Premier stage with visions of the here and now by Robert Avila in American Theatre Magazine, November 11, 2011

Who’s Winning Hungary’s Truth-to-Power Standoff? by Jim O’Quinn in American Theatre Mazagine, November 11, 2011

Hungarian Parliament Approves New Constitution by Judy Dempsey in The New York Times, April 18, 2011

Hungary Approves New Constitution by Chris Bryant in The Financial Times, April 17, 2011

New Constitution Nears Completion by Gergő Rácz in Budapest Business Journal, March 8, 2011

Socialists Accuse Fidesz of Turning District Newspapers into “Propaganda Pamphlets” on Politics.Hu, March 8, 2011

Hungarian EU Presidency Primer by Robin Marshall on, March 8, 2011

Hungary Amends Media Law, Defusing EU Criticism on Reuters, March 7, 2011

Hungary: Gabor Vona Strategic Speech Outlining Jabbik Plan of Action for Coming Years on Mathaba, March 7, 2011

Nationalist Party Stages “Pro-Hungarian” Demo on Politics.Hu, March 7, 2011

Historians Want Hungary Communist Files Protected by the Associated Press, March 4, 2011

Philosopher Sparks Hungarian Clash in European Parliament on, March 2, 2011

“There is No Crisis of Democracy” by Jan Mainka in The Budapest Times, March 2, 2011

Hungary Wants More Children, But Won’t Ban Abortion by Veronika Gulyas in The Wall Street Journal Blogs, February 25, 2011

Justice Still Awaits Victims of Anti-Roma Hate Crimes in Hungary by Paul LeGendre in The Huffington Post, February 23, 2011

Hungary to Quiz Citizens About New Constitution by Margit Feher in the Wall Street Journal Blogs, February 22, 2011

Hungary: Ruling on Gay March a Human Rights Victory by Human Rights Watch, February 18, 2011

Hungary Tones Down Media Law to End E.U. Conflict by Stephen Castle in the New York Times, February 16, 2011

Fortress Fidesz Repels All Invaders in The Budapest Times, February 15, 2011

Budapest Gay Pride Banned By Police: Protestors in The Associated Foreign Press, February 14, 2011

Decisions on Restructuring of Country Could Be Taken Within 6 Months in Budapest Business Journal, February 11, 2011

Hungary Ruling Party’s Support Declines, Nepszabadsag Reports by Balazs Penz in Bloomberg, February 11, 2011

Gov’t Busy with Fighting, No Talks of Reforms in Budapest Business Journal, February 11, 2011

A Bomb Goes Off in Hungary by John Barry in American Theatre Magazine, February 2011

Jobbik Joins Socialists in Seeking Referendum on Hungary’s New Constitution on Hungary.Hu, February 9, 2011

Hungarian Diplomats in Custody in Fraud Case by the Associated Press on The Washington Post, February 8, 2011

Hungary Sludge Plant ‘Still a Threat’, Says Greenpeace on BBC News, February 8, 2011

Orbán’s Speech Lacked Substance, Say Opposition Parties by MTI on Hungary.Hu, February 8, 2011

Orbán Proclaims Hungary’s Renewal in State-of-Nation Address by MTI on Hungary.Hu, February 8, 2011

Orbán Drags Hungary Through Rapid Change by Neil Buckley, Chris Bryant and Kester Eddy in the Financial Times, February 7, 2011

EU-Hungary Row:  Changes to Media Law Agreed on BBC News, February 7, 2011

Dual Citizenship at its Logical Conclusion in The Budapest Times, February 7, 2011

“The State of the Union” Hungarian Style by Eva S. Balogh on Hungarian Spectrum, February 7, 2011

Hungary’s Premier Wants Lower Interest Rates by Pablo Gorondi on Bloomberg Businessweek, February 5, 2011

Hungarian Academicians Blast Government Over Inquiry Into Research Funds by John Bohannon in Science Mag by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, February 4, 2011

Jobbik Leads Protest Against “Gypsy Crime” by Hungary Around the Clock on Politics.Hu, February 4, 2011

Hungary’s Agenda for Europe by Janos Csak in The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2011

Orbán Says Pension Reversal Won’t Happen in Budapest Business Journal, February 3, 2011

Anti-Orbán Protest Held at Fidesz HQ; Organizer Detained by Police by Hungary Around the Clock on Politics.Hu, February 2, 2011

Hungarian PM: Don’t Call Me a Thug by Eldad Beck in Yedioth Ahronoth (YnetNews), February 2, 2011

Viktor Orbán, a Latter Day Kuruc by Edit Inotai in Népszabadság (posted on PressEurop), February 1, 2011

Fidesz Sees Socialist Plot to Denigrate Hungary in The Budapest Times, February 1, 2011

Vona Lashes Out at Fidesz by Hungary Around the Clock on Politics.Hu, January 31, 2011

A Fidesz Retreat in The Economist, January 27, 2011

Hungary Plays Down EU Fears on Media Law by Peter Spiegel in Financial Times, January 26, 2011

Hungary Sent an Ultimatum Over Media Law by Peter Spiegel and Chris Bryant in Financial Times, January 25, 2011

Hungarian Presidency of the EU Plans on Ignoring Homophobia on The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, January 25, 2011

EU Threatens Hungary with Legal Action Over Media Law by Justyna Pawlak in Reuters, January 22, 2011

Hungary’s Orbán Gets Frosty Reception in European Parliament by Christoph Schult on Spiegel Online, January 19, 2011

Gov’t Moves to Increase Control of Central Bank Appointments in The Budapest Times, January 18, 2011

Hungary Media Law Falls Foul of Brussels by Stanley Pignal in The Financial Times, January 17, 2011

The Beginning of the End for Press Freedom? by Gulliver Cragg on France24, January 17, 2011

EU Says Hungary Media-Law Probe Will Extend to Other Member Countries by Zoltan Simon on Bloomberg, January 17, 2011

Hungary’s New Law a Threat to Democracy on Index on Censorship blog, January 17, 2011

A Leader’s Gamble in Hungary by Judy Dempsey in The New York Times, January 17, 2011

Orbán and His Men:  Possible Cabinet Changes on Hungarian Spectrum blog, January 16, 2011

Hungary in EU Presidency ‘Carpet’ Row on BBC News, January 14, 2011

Thousands Demonstrate Against Hungary’s Media Law on Voice of America, January 14, 2011

Thousands Attend Media Law Protest in Hungary on USA Today, January 14, 2011

Online Protest Taking to Streets in Hungary by Fanny Facsar on CNN, January 14, 2011

EP Attacks Hungary on Controversial Citizenship Law in Novnite, January 13, 2011

Liberal MEPs Initiate Hungarian Presidency Boycott on EurActiv, January 13, 2011

Hungary’s Artists Take Fury at Media Law to Brussels by Vanessa Mock in The Independent, January 12, 2011

Commission Waiting for Details of Media Law by Constant Brand on, January 11, 2011

EU Presidency: Rocky Start for Hungary in The Budapest Times, January 10, 2011

What the Hungarian Minister Said in The Economist, January 8, 2011

Hungary’s New Media Law Shows Contempt for Democracy, the Separation of Powers and Core European Ideals by Constanze Stelzenmüller on openDemocracy, January 8, 2011

European politics: Orbán’s obsession with order in The Economist, January 7, 2011

Under Pressure, Hungary Softens Tone on Its Media Law by Stephen Castle in The New York Times, January 7, 2011

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on ‘Sensitive’ Media Law on BBC News, January 7, 2011 (video)

Barroso vs. Orbán in The Economist, January 7, 2011

Hungary: Media Law Row Overshadows EU Presidency by Jonathan Marcus in BBC News, January 7, 2011

Hungary: Media Law Endangers Press Freedom by Human Rights Watch, January 7, 2011

Havel Signs Letter Criticising Hungarian Media Law in Prague Daily Monitor, January 7, 2011

Hungary’s critics are too quick to judge by Viktor Orbán in The Financial Times, January 6, 2011

Hungary’s Democratic ‘Dictator in the Making’ Takes Centre Stage in Europe by Ian Traynor in The Guardian, January 6, 2011

Taking Stock (SZÁMVETÉS) by János Kornai in NÉPSZABADSÁG, January 6, 2011

Hungarian Leader Takes On Foreign Critics by Stephen Castle in The New York Times, January 6, 2011

Subversion On Stage: can Theatre Change the World? in by Andrew Haydon in The Guardian’s Theatre Blog, January 6, 2011

Hungarian Gov’t May Change Media Law by Nick Holdsworth in Variety, January 6, 2011

Hungary Willing to Consider Changes to Media Law by Pablo Gorondi of the Associated Press, January 6, 2011

See also: Hungary May Reconsider Media Law in Al Jazeera, January 6, 2011

Hungary Pushes Back Against Critics by Margit Feher on the Wall Street Journal online, January 5, 2011

Hungary: One-Party Rule, editorial in The Guardian, January 5, 2011

France Blasts Hungarian Media Law on, January 5, 2011

Mr. Orbán Forgets in The New York Times, January 4, 2011

Hungary’s EU Presidency Starts on Wrong Foot in Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review, January 4, 2011

A Slow Poison Attacking Democracy: Facebook Generation Fights Hungarian Media Law by Walter Mayr in Spiegel Online, January 4, 2011

Front-page Protests at Hungary’s New Media Law Which Threatens Fines for ‘Unbalanced Coverage’ in Daily Mail Online, January 4, 2011

Hungary Facing Possible EU Sanctions Over Policies by Stefan Bos in Voice of America News, January 3rd, 2011

Who will confront the hatred in Hungary? by Nick Cohen for The Guardian, January 2, 2011

Under Fire Hungary Media Watchdog Raises Concerns in BBC News, January 2, 2011

Blackout for Hungary on Blackout4Hungary, January 2, 2011

Hungary: Ice-T and the New Hungarian Media Law on Global Voices, January 2, 2011

Clampdown in Hungary by Alisa Solomon for The Nation, December 30, 2010

Hungary’s tough new laws worry other EU countries by George Jahn for The Washington Post, December 29, 2010

Jeopardizing Democracy in Hungary by Anne Applepaum for The Washington Post, December 28, 2010

Hungary’s ‘Orbánization’ is Worrying Europe by Erich Follath and Christoph Schult for Der Spiegel, December 28, 2010

Is Hungary becoming Putinised? in The Economist, December 28, 2010

The Putinization of Hungary in The Washington Post, December 26, 2010

Hungary Waves Off Criticism Over Media Law by Judy Dempsey for The New York Times, December 25, 2010

Hungary passes contentious new media law by Balazs Szladek for Bloomberg, December 21, 2010

Hungary for power: The government takes over Hungary’s independent institutions, one by one in The Economist, December 16, 2010

Hungary’s New Nationalism by Abby Martin on nthWORD Magazine,December 5, 2010

Hungary sees blank page protest over media bill in the BBC News Online, December 2, 2010

A distress call by the independent theatres in The Budapest Times, November 30, 2010

Has Orbán over-reached? in The Economist, November 25, 2010

Europe needs to send Hungary a signal by Jan-Werner Mueller for The Guardian, November 23, 2010

Constituting a problem: The government clashes with the courts in The Economist, November 18, 2010

Canary in the coal mine: Theatermaking gets scary in Hungary by Helen Shaw for Time Out New York, November 10, 2010

Der Spiegel gets it wrong in The Economist, October 22, 2010

Read the large print in The Economist, July 4th, 2010


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