Stories from Hungary

Doubly vulnerable: Being LGBTI and Seeking Asylum in Hungary.

18th April 2018

Despite constituting a small percentage of asylum seekers, this minority faces a plethora of challenges that threaten their physical and psychological well-being. Ramen left Iran, alone, two years ago. He embarked on a journey to align his physical gender with his psychological one. Ramen was destined for Italy but his fingerprint trapped him in Hungary […]

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A Prominent Use of Satire in Hungarian Politics

15th April 2018

The Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party’s logo sprayed onto a wall. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party has spreadheaded ironic political movements in response to Fidesz`s dominance.  Amongst the various official opposition parties present on the Hungarian ballot list this past election is the Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt, or the Hungarian Two-Tailed […]

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Despite record voter turnout: Devastating loss for Hungarian opposition

13th April 2018

A high voter turnout was expected to be an advantage for the opposition – but the ruling Fidesz party, with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, won by a landslide. To vote or not to vote. That was the question Hungarian voters had to ask themselves on Sunday when the national elections in the Eastern European Union […]

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The New Stadiums are the Symbol of Fidesz

12th April 2018

The Pancho Aréna in the village of Felscút, where Viktor Orbán spent much of his childhood. Photo Wikimedia Commons Hungarian government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács insists that healthcare and education that are thought to be dwindling are being funded “in parallel” with stadium infrastructure. Mere metres from, Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán’s holiday home in Felscút stands […]

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Corrupting, Not Campaigning

7th April 2018

Hungary’s Failure to Address Campaign Corruption Undermines the Country’s Democracy In the week leading up to the national elections, Budapest is buzzing with spring fever along with the anticipation of the electoral results due April 8th. It is impossible to walk more than a block in the country’s capital without spotting a campaign billboard, poster […]

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An Underdog’s Victory

6th April 2018

What Hódmezővásárhely Election Outcomes Means for Hungary Three hours south-east of Hungary’s capital, the small town of Hódmeszóvásárhely, more simply referred to as Vásárhely, flies under the radar most of the time. More recently, however, this town has been widely talked about and recognized for its latest political drama, when an independent candidate beat the […]

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Young Fidesz Supporters: There’s No Alternative

6th April 2018

Western Europe will be watching, concerned at the prospect of nationalistic Fidesz party winning a majority in the elections on Sunday. Young supporters they lack of a better alternative.  Strolling down the sunny streets of Budapest in the last week leading up to the election, an attentive observer would easily spot several posters of the […]

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Hungarians in Limbo: The Voting Rights of Romanians in Hungary.

6th April 2018

Many Ethnic-Hungarians residing in Romania connect to their homeland through citizenship and voting rights. But how do domestic Hungarians feel about ‘outsiders’ influencing  elections? “Hungarians remain Hungarians. Even living when in Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, and wherever they ended up after the Treaty. It is a community of about five million [alienated Hungarians overall]. Our hearts […]

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Scattered Hungarian Opposition is Optimistic Ahead of Elections

5th April 2018

The divisions between oppositions parties in Hungary will likely to play into a Fidesz victory. But the opposition remains optimistic about their chances.  “I don’t have a clue – just not Fidesz.” The determination in Norbert Huzsti’s eyes is unmistakable. The 24-year old student has a big wish for the Hungarian National elections on Sunday […]

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Hungary’s Civil Society Targeted

2nd April 2018

The Evolutionary Threat Orbán’s Anti-NGO Law Poses on Hungary In a letter addressed to the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) in April of last year, journalist Dániel Kacsoh requested a copy of very detailed information regarding this non-government organization (NGO)’s financial activities. Kacsoh, who at the time worked for a state media newspaper, Magyar Hírlap, […]

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