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  • Hungary to finish Serbia border fence by August 31: PM Orban

    07/25/2015 3:50:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | July 25, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    BUDAPEST (AFP) - Hungary will finish building its anti-migrant fence on its southern border with Serbia by August 31, ahead of a previous November deadline, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday. "The fence will be built by August 31, any schedules different from that are invalid," Orban told an audience at a Hungarian-language summer university in Baile Tusnad in Romania, according to Hungarian state news agency MTI. Work began last week on a short test section of the four-metre-high (12 feet) fence, a bid to stem a surge in 2015 in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers crossing into Hungary...
  • Hungary building anti-migration fence despite international protests

    07/23/2015 2:23:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/23/15
    Despite international protests, Hungary has begun building a huge anti-migration fence along its 175-kilometer (109 miles) border with Serbia. Some 900 soldiers are involved in the project using materials provided by inmates. Hungary's government says it is crucial to stem the flow of migrants choosing the Balkans route to reach Europe as an alternative to the dangerous boat trips that have killed many. In tropical temperatures, troops managed to erect the first part of the four-meter-high (13 feet) fence. They arrived in armored vehicles turning the area into a war zone. Several police officers are also in the neighborhood, adding...
  • Hungary Starts to Build the Damn Fence

    07/13/2015 10:24:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/13/2015 | Michael Walsh
    The Hungarians have had it with the invaders known in the media as “migrants” and are doing something about it: Hungary has begun building a fence on the country’s southern border with Serbia, meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants, the government said Monday. Military personnel began working on a 150-meter (490-foot) “sample section” Monday morning on the outskirts of the town of Morahalom, where a bulldozer and other heavy machinery were preparing the ground for construction, according to a joint statement from the interior and defense ministries. “A daily average of 1,000 illegal border crossers are arriving in...
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Orban: Hungary's Fence Will Protect Europe's Borders

    06/20/2015 6:06:22 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | June 19, 2015 | no author listed
    Hungary's prime minister says his government's plan to build a 4-meter-high fence on the border with Serbia to stop the flow of migrants will also protect Europe "from every illegal entry."
  • Hungarian Pilot Punches Out Of His Saab Gripen During Emergency Landing

    06/13/2015 7:44:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Hungarian Air Force had its second Saab JAS 39 Gripen crash in less than a month. The latest accident three days ago was caused by the malfunctioning landing gear, which led the pilot to make an emergency landing. He stayed with the jet as long as possible, only ejecting as the stricken fighter tipped on its side, careening down the runway. During ejection, the pilot’s malfunctioning seat put him in hospital with a vertebral fracture. Squadron leader Sándor Kádár had hit the ground pretty hard since his seat didn’t detach after leaving the cockpit, weighing down his parachute by...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • And it's gone...Greek Banks in Macedonia can't withdraw cash - Central Bank's Bogov

    06/12/2015 7:42:44 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 39 replies
    https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/609341858045497344 https://twitter.com/TraderStef/status/609355146842275840 https://twitter.com/JAFF3/status/609343992803774464 https://twitter.com/russian_market/status/609341880623591424 The bank runs (and capital controls) begin. Macedonia Central Bank Governor Bogov states: *GREEK BANKS IN MACEDONIA CAN’T WITHDRAW CASH: BOGOV*MACEDONIAN BANKS PROTECTED IN CASE OF GREXIT: BOGOV How long before the rest of Europe follows suit and a bank holiday is declared Monday to "Cyprus" depositors? He further added: *MACEDONIAN CENTRAL BANK SEES MAJOR RISKS FROM POLITICAL CRISIS http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/macedonia-central-bank-blocks-greek-bank-withdrawals-case-grexit Macedonia Central Bank blocks Greek bank withdrawals FXStreet (Córdoba) - Macedonian Central Bank's Governor Dimitar Bogov has stated that Greek banks are not able to withdraw cash. According to Bogov, this withdrawal halt is protection against...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • Potential Origins of Europeans Found

    11/11/2005 1:09:32 AM PST · by AlaskaErik · 109 replies · 3,276+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 10, 2005 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    A study of DNA from ancient farmers in Europe shows sharp differences from that of modern Europeans — results that are likely to add fuel to the debate over European origins. Researchers led by Wolfgang Haak of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, argue that their finding supports the belief that modern residents of central Europe descended from Stone Age hunter-gatherers who were present 40,000 years ago, and not the early farmers who arrived thousands of years later. But other anthropologists questioned that conclusion, arguing that the available information isn't sufficient to support it. Haak's team used DNA from 24...
  • Hungary Holocaust Museum Gives Collaborators a Free Pass

    05/25/2015 10:02:25 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 5 replies
    Forward ^ | March 5, 2015 | JTA
    Hungarian Jewish leaders are criticizing a new Holocaust museum under construction in Budapest for omitting the culpability of Hungarians in the attempted genocide of the Jews. The museum in Budapest, called House of Fates, is nearly complete, but the planned exhibition focuses only on the last period of the Holocaust in Hungary, starting in 1944, when the ghettoization and deportation of over 500,000 Hungarian Jews was already complete. It fails to deal with the earlier persecution against Hungarian Jews, starting with the passage of anti-Jewish laws in the 1920s, local Jewish community leaders and historians complained. Community leaders said they...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • China.org - Hungary marks anniversary of 1848 uprising against Habsburg rule

    03/15/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by wtd · 9 replies
    China.org ^ | 03/16/2015
    China.org: Hungary marks anniversary of 1848 uprising against Habsburg rule Hungarians commemorated the 167th anniversary of their revolution and failed war of independence against the Habsburg Monarchy in 1848 by holding a series of social and political events on Sunday. A major event was the awarding of the nation's highest cultural and scientific awards, the Kossuth and Szechenyi Prizes. President Janos Ader awarded the prizes in arts, sciences, and humanities, to thirty two people in areas ranging from veterinary science to nuclear physics and photography to opera. Acknowledging the significance of the red letter days of celebration, Ader noted that...
  • New Budapest Holocaust museum omits culpability of Hungarians

    03/08/2015 10:47:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | March 5, 2015 11:56am
    Hungarian Jewish leaders are criticizing a new Holocaust museum under construction in Budapest for omitting the culpability of Hungarians in the attempted genocide of the Jews. The museum in Budapest, called House of Fates, is nearly complete, but the planned exhibition focuses only on the last period of the Holocaust in Hungary, starting in 1944, when the ghettoization and deportation of over 500,000 Hungarian Jews was already complete. It fails to deal with the earlier persecution against Hungarian Jews, starting with the passage of anti-Jewish laws in the 1920s, local Jewish community leaders and historians complained. Community leaders said they...
  • Hungary’s premier rejects immigration, multicultural society

    02/27/2015 10:30:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2015 1:19 PM EST | Pablo Gorondi
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán denounced multiculturalism and liberalism Friday and vowed to fight a rising wave of migration that he said is threatening to turn his country into a “refugee camp.” In his annual state of the nation speech, Orbán called a multicultural society “a delusion” and defended his conservative government’s attempts to abandon “liberal social policies” that he accused of rejecting Christian culture. […] He was referring to the torrent of migrants who have entered European Union-member Hungary this year, many of them fleeing poverty in Kosovo and seeking to reach Germany and other western nations. …
  • Romanian spy chief warns of ‘threat for EU from Hungary’

    02/20/2015 12:53:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20/02/2015 - 15:39 | Georgi Gotev
    Eduard Hellvig, currently a conservative MEP who has been chosen by President Klaus Iohannis to be the next chief of the Romanian foreign intelligence service, has published an article in which he warns of the “threat for the EU” from the rapprochement of Hungary with Moscow. In an article published in his blog and republished by Hotnews, Hellvig, who is a politician from Romania’s German minority, writes that Romania and the EU face an unprecedented case—“the blatant prejudice against liberal democratic values by the regime of Victor Orbán”, the Hungarian Prime Minister. “Hungary tends to be a threat to European...
  • Putin lays wreath to honor Soviet Oppression in 1956 Hungary

    02/18/2015 10:48:06 AM PST · by GeronL · 36 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 2/18/2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has stirred controversy after paying tribute to a monument complex to Soviet soldiers killed in Hungary during the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising. Hungary's law states that the present day freedom ‘blossomed' out of that uprising also known as the ‘1956 revolution' and anyone ‘justifying the crimes committed by the communist system is to be punished'. This means that Putin's commemoration of the soldiers violates Hungarian law. Despite government officials denying that Putin laid a wreath at the monument specifically commemorating Soviet invaders, an advance of the itinerary of Putin's visit said that he would...
  • UKRAINE: Hungarians protest against Putin's visit and speak in support of Ukraine

    The head of Russian Federation visits February 17 may be overshadowed by mass protests in the capitol of the Hungarian state . Budapest has witnessed great anti-Kremlin protest. Demonstrators chant anti-Russian slogans. Putin is not Europe, Putin is Rasputin, Russians go home. Also, people chanting Ukraine is Europe. According to recent reports from several hundred protestors increased to 5000. The activists have in their hands flags of European Union and Ukraine. Local opposition does not believe the promise of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to introduce "two levels of politics" addressed to both the East and the West. As the head...
  • Hungarians Protest Against Premier's Dealings With Putin

    02/01/2015 9:40:31 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 1 Feb 15 | AP
    BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thousands of protesters in Budapest are demanding the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the rally Sunday, which organizer Balazs Gulyas said was meant to show "that the majority of the country does not support (Orban's) policies going closer to Vladimir Putin." Orban's dealings with Moscow, including an agreement for Russia to build new reactors at Hungary's nuclear power plant and a loan of 10 billion euros ($11.3 billion) to help finance the project, are expected to be on the agenda...
  • Sir Ben Kingsley: Europe Did Not Grieve the Holocaust

    01/26/2015 2:01:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    INN ^ | 1/26/2015, 5:59 PM | Yoni Kempinski and Ari Soffer
    Award-winning veteran actor and storyteller Sir Ben Kingsley was among the dignitaries at the first day of the Let My People Live Forum in Prague, and used the opportunity to explain why in his view Europe has failed to fully come to terms with the crimes of the holocaust. […] One of the greatest tragedies, he insisted, was the fact that in his view, “Europe did not grieve in 1945. It moved on. It found another enemy; it found other issues. The first step in healing is for us to collectively grieve—we have missed that crucial step.” As a result,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Venus and Mercury at Sunset

    01/15/2015 4:23:51 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | January 15, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Inner planets Venus and Mercury can never wander far from the Sun in Earth's sky. This week you've probably seen them both gathered near the western horizon just after sunset, a close conjunction of bright celestial beacons in the fading twilight. The pair are framed in this early evening skyview captured on January 13 from the ruins of Szarvasko Castle in northwestern Hungary. Above the silhouette of the landscape's prominent volcanic hill Venus is much the brighter, separated from Mercury by little more than the width of two Full Moons. On Friday, planet Earth's early morning risers will also...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.theatlantic.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • Putin Is Infiltrating European Politics With Shocking Effectiveness

    12/14/2014 12:26:28 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Jeremy Bender
    Putin has become shockingly effective at influencing European politics through a host of far-right parties. The following chart from the Center for Eurasian Strategic Intelligence (CESI) shows Russia's growing influence within six different European Union countries. The parties, located in the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, and Hungary, are increasingly popular—and staunchly against giving more power to the EU. Each of the parties has also fostered a closer relationship with Russia, and has protested against sanctions on Moscow following its annexation of Ukraine.
  • Hungary: How to Overthrow a Government Voted by the People

    12/08/2014 4:46:33 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 11 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The policies enacted by the Orban administration, in defense of national interests against the world's great capitalists, are being fought by underhanded means and by resorting to street protests organized and financed by foreigneres. By Kovács Andras - Translated by Alessandra Nucci from Riscossa Cristiana. The street demonstrations against the Orban administration which are taking place in these days are useful to the European Union and the United States who aim to carry out a coup d'état. Why? Because Viktor Orbán isn't doing their bidding. It isn't the Hungarian people who want to topple the government. Last April the...
  • Blame Reid's 'nuclear option' for unqualified ambassadors

    12/05/2014 7:56:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-4-14 | Editorial
    If you're looking for a good laugh this week, you probably can't do better than Tuesday's White House press conference. Reporters asked spokesman Josh Earnest about the confirmation of two Obama-appointed ambassadors whose confirmation was only possible because Democrats manipulated Senate rules earlier this year to make it easier to approve executive-branch nominees. By the narrowest of margins, two people completely unqualified to represent U.S. interests abroad were confirmed to serve in relatively important countries they know nothing about. Colleen Bell, the new U.S. ambassador to Hungary, is a former soap opera producer who couldn't name a single strategic interest...
  • Senate Confirms Producer of Soap Opera as New Ambassador to Hungary

    12/03/2014 4:56:54 PM PST · by rightistight · 28 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/3/14 | Aurelius
    Yesterday, the Senate confirmed in a vote of 52-42 to make a producer of “The Bold and The Beautiful” the United States’ new ambassador to Hungary. Colleen Bell also contributed almost one million dollars to the President’s reelection campaign, a fact that Senator John McCain repeatedly brought up in a fiery speech on the Senate floor denouncing the President’s nominee. “We’re about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest,” he said. “Her qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera ‘The Bold and...
  • WH Can't Explain Why Soap Opera Producer Just Became Ambassador to Hungary

    12/02/2014 4:47:13 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12-2-14 | Daniel Halper
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest was unable to provide a cogent explanation for why Colleen Bell, a former soap opera producer, just became the U.S. ambassador to Hungary: "Josh, I wanted to ask you about something else that happened today in the Senate," said ABC's Jon Karl in today's White House press briefing. "You had some of your ambassadors confirmed after a long, long process. One of those is Colleen Bell, confirmed as ambassador to Hungary. If you can remind me, what are Colleen Bell's qualifications for ambassador? Was it that she was a soap opera producer, is it that...
  • Is Hungary The Next Ukraine? Protests Show Country Ripe For Conflict Between Russia And Europe

    11/19/2014 12:15:10 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | November 18 2014 4:40 PM | Dennis Lynch
    A protest movement in Hungary over corruption and an increasingly pro-Russian leadership broke out this week,raising questions about whether the former communist nation is on the verge of becoming the next Ukraine. Hungary is more stable than Ukraine, which has been besieged by sectarian conflict for months, and seems less likely to fall into violent conflict,but growing anti-government demonstrations could become another battleground between Europe and Russia. The wave of Hungarian protests is focused on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s increasingly pro-Russian governance. Many shouted “Europe,Europe!” at Monday’s “Public Outrage Day” protest and one protester told AFP demonstrators "don’t want...
  • [Hungarian] Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Speech

    11/07/2014 8:02:39 PM PST · by annalex · 20 replies
    Hungarian Government Website ^ | 26 July 2014 | Viktor Orbán
    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Speech at the 25th Bálványos Summer Free University and Student Camp July 30, 2014 9:24 AM26 July 2014, Tusnádfürdő (Băile Tuşnad), Romania Good afternoon, everyone! Greetings to all of you!When we last saw each other a year ago, I began my speech by saying that we are attending the last gathering here in Tusnádfürdő before the upcoming general elections in Hungary. Now, I can tell you that we are attending the first gathering here in Tusnádfürdő following the elections in Hungary, and I can tell you all the good news that we were victorious at those...
  • YUSHCHENKO SWEARS BY RUSSIAN GAS DEAL WHILE YEKHANUROV SPILLS THE BEANS

    01/13/2006 7:44:49 AM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | January 13, 2006 | Vladimir Socor
    Putin and Yushchenko met in Astana on January 11 Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is risking his political credibility by blindly defending the Russian-Ukrainian gas deal despite severe criticism of it by Western and Ukrainian experts and a majority of the Ukrainian parliament. Rather than addressing the agreement on its merits, Yushchenko ignores Western critics (some of the most prominent of whom are Orange sympathizers) and imputes political partisan motives to internal critics (whose affiliations range from the leftist opposition to the core pro-democracy community). Yushchenko's stance seems to reflect his quest for accommodation with a suddenly responsive Kremlin in the...
  • PUTIN'S GAS BLUNDER

    01/12/2006 7:57:12 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 119 replies · 1,263+ views
    Center for Defense Information ^ | Jan 11, 2006 | Peter Rutland
    The abortive interruption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine on January 1 was a humiliating diplomatic blunder. It was an unnecessary crisis, and one that Russia clumsily lost in the court of world public opinion. While Ukraine was threatened with a gas blockade, Russia was voluntarily submitting itself to a two-week information blockade. The entire country was given a holiday from January 1 to 10, with even the newspapers shuttered. The political class fled to their holidays in the sun, and none of the usual Kremlin spin-doctors were deployed to staunch the flood of Western criticism. The Russian case...
  • Russia Restores Gas Deliveries To Europe

    01/03/2006 7:41:39 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 10 replies · 374+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | January 3, 2006 | Radio Free Europe
    3 January 2006 -- Russian authorities say gas supplies to European countries have been fully restored after a disruption caused by a row with Ukraine over gas prices, while representatives of the Russian and Ukrainian monopoly gas monopolies are scheduled to meet today to discuss the standoff. Russia's state-run natural-gas monopoly Gazprom announced earlier today that it was increasing the amount of gas shipped through pipelines in Ukraine to assure full deliveries to customers in European countries. Gazprom has since said that supplies to European customers were back to normal. Austria and Hungary, which had suffered supply cuts of up...
  • Labour’s first Jewish leader is losing the Jewish vote (support "on the brink of collapse")

    10/31/2014 8:16:29 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 Oct 2014 | Dan Hodges
    It isn’t just Maureen Lipman. This morning the actress and comedienne has announced she will not be voting Labour at the next election. “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse” she writes in Standpoint magazine, “just when the anti-Semitism in France, Denmark, Norway, Hungary is mounting savagely, just when our cemeteries and synagogues and shops are once again under threat. Just when the virulence against a country defending itself, against 4,000 rockets and 32 tunnels inside its borders, as it has every right to do under the Geneva Convention, had been swept aside by the real pestilence of...
  • Hungary Waters Down Planned Tax on Internet Use

    10/27/2014 10:06:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 27, 2014 | Margit Feher
    BUDAPEST—Hungary’s government said Monday it will soften its stance on a proposed tax on Internet access after tens of thousands protested the plan that initially saw a steep levy on every gigabyte of online traffic. After protests in Budapest and other cities in Hungary over the weekend, the administration of Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it filed a new version of its tax proposal, capping the tax at 700 forints ($2.87) a month for each individual subscriber and 5,000 forints for businesses. Internet service providers rather than subscribers are to pay the tax, according to the bill.
  • A glorious match made in Russia

    09/29/2014 12:25:04 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 8 replies
    Index - Hungary ^ | Sept 28 | DEZSŐ ANDRÁS
    For months I investigated the past of Jobbik EP-representative and suspected spy, Béla Kovács, and his Russian wife, Svetlana Istoshina, and by the end I had the feeling of being part of a spy movie: I stumbled on parallel marriages, secret Japanese and Austrian husbands and mysterious trips, and I also managed to loosen the tongues of several former KGB-agents. Kovács and his wife concealed facts about their lives that eventually revealed that the Russian secret service was one of the bonds holding the family in one piece. While breaking the spy story in the middle of the election campaign...
  • Hungary suspends gas supplies to Ukraine

    09/26/2014 5:49:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 05:28 ET | BBC
    Hungary's gas pipeline operator, FGSZ, says it has suspended delivery of gas to neighbouring Ukraine "indefinitely". Ukraine has been receiving gas from Hungary, Poland and Slovakia since Russia cut off supplies to Ukraine in June in a dispute over unpaid bills. Ukraine's state-owned gas firm, Naftogaz, confirmed the stoppage. It called the move "unexpected and unexplained". FGSZ said it cut deliveries to Ukraine to raise the flow of gas to Hungary.
  • 'Freedom-loving' Hungary Irked by Obama Criticism

    09/24/2014 10:42:35 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 29 replies
    Naharnet ^ | 24 September 2014 | Naharnet Newsdesk
    Hungary reacted angrily Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama singled out the EU member state for trying to muzzle civil society groups. In a short statement, Hungary's foreign ministry said Obama's comments, made Tuesday in a speech in New York, were "not based on facts." "The Hungarian people are a freedom-loving people, and would not tolerate any restrictions on their freedom," it said. Speaking at the Clinton Foundation, Obama had said: "From Hungary to Egypt, endless regulations and overt intimidation increasingly target civil society." Obama also accused Russia, China, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, and Egypt of intimidating civil organizations. Since June, Hungarian...
  • 'Miss Hungary' (Universe) is Rebeka Kárpáti

    09/10/2014 9:41:53 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Hungary offers to send troops to Baltics

    09/02/2014 9:08:30 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Politics.hu ^ | September 2nd, 2014 | MTI
    Hungary is to make offers of military aid at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales in connection with the conflict in Ukraine, including sending troops to the Baltic states, the daily Magyar Nemzet said on Tuesday. Hugnary will also propose upgrading the airbase at Papa as well as increasing its own military spending, the paper said, citing unnamed sources.
  • Hungary eyes Russia's 'illiberal' model

    08/18/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 7 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 18 Aug 2014 12:41 | Kristina Jovanovski
    Hungary has increasingly courted and won favour with Russia, while rejecting the core values of the European Union. Budapest, Hungary - As the West holds its breath waiting to see if Russia will intervene in Ukraine, there is one country looking to Moscow for inspiration: Hungary. In a speech in late July, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he wanted to turn Hungary into an "illiberal state" and used Russia as a model example. "We want to build a workfare society ... which is willing to bear the odium to declare that it is not liberal in character," said Orban, adding...
  • Hungary: Fascists Stage Mock 'Hanging' of Israeli Leaders

    08/05/2014 3:59:04 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Israel's ambassador to Hungary demanded a government inquiry on Tuesday into a public hanging of effigies of Israeli leaders staged by a town mayor linked to the far-right Jobbik party. Mihaly Zoltan Orosz, mayor of Erpatak, was filmed ordering the hanging of effigies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres in protest against the Gaza conflict on Sunday. "Israel's leadership is in the service of the Antichrist," Orosz can be heard telling onlookers in a video available online. "The government of Hungary must act now in order to stop these very dangerous acts," Ilan Mor, Israel's...
  • Orban wants to build ‘illiberal state’ (Hungary)

    07/31/2014 2:02:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.07.14 @ 17:57 | Honor Mahony
    Hungary leader Viktor Orban has said he wants to build an illiberal state based on national foundations, citing Russia and China as examples.Speaking at a retreat of ethnic Hungarian leaders in Baile Tusnad, Romania, on Saturday (26 July) the right wing leader said that the 2008 financial crisis triggered changes as significant as the two world wars and as those in 1990, the year of transition in Eastern and Central Europe. The experience of the financial crisis showed that “liberal democratic states cannot remain globally competitive.” […] "Today, the world tries to understand systems which are not Western, not liberal,...
  • Controversial monument divides Hungarians, angers Jewish community

    07/24/2014 1:44:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23/07/2014 - 09:03
    Protests in central Budapest remain ongoing since Sunday (20 July), after a controversial monument dedicated to “all the victims” of Hungary’s German occupation was erected during the night of 20 to 21 July, the Hungarian press reports. The plan to set up the monument for the 70th anniversary of Hungary’s Nazi German occupation was announced at the end of last year and was heavily criticized by opposition parties and civil society ever since, contending that it was aimed at distorting the nation’s role in the Holocaust. Critics of the monument—which depicts Hungary as the Archangel Gabriel being attacked by a...
  • Jobbik vies for Russia’s support for autonomy in Eastern Ukraine

    06/19/2014 11:50:19 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    politics.hu ^ | June 19, 2014
    Hungary’s radical nationalist Jobbik party has held talks in Russia in hope of securing support for Hungarian-Ruthenian autonomy in Transcarpathia, the party’s leader Gabor Vona told a press conference on Wednesday. Vona said ethnic cleansing was taking place in eastern Ukraine and the same could happen in Transcarpathia, which has a Hungarian community. Vona held talks in Moscow on Wednesday, accompanied by Marton Gyongyos, deputy head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, and MEP Bela Kovacs, to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and Hungarian-Russian relations with local politicians. Gyongyos said not Russia but the West was the aggressive party in Ukraine and...
  • Orban urges autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine

    05/16/2014 8:17:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | May 17, 2014
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban renewed a controversial call for autonomy for his ethnic kin in western Ukraine, less than a week after sparking a diplomatic row with both Kiev and Warsaw. "The full weight of the Hungarian state is behind the autonomy demands of the Transcarpathian Hungarians," Orban said in an interview on the M1 public television channel late Friday. Around 200,000 ethnic Hungarians live in Ukraine, almost all in the Transcarpathia region which belonged to Hungary before World War I. "A stable and democratic Ukraine is in our interest, but Ukraine cannot be stable or democratic unless it...
  • PM Orban calls for autonomy for ethnic Hungarians beyond borders (including in Ukraine)

    05/13/2014 3:57:30 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2014 | Krisztina Than
    Hungary [...] wants autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living beyond its borders in central Europe, including Ukraine, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday. [...] "We regard the Hungarian issue a European issue," Orban said in his first speech to parliament since his reelection. "Hungarians living in the Carpathian basin are entitled to have dual citizenship, are entitled to community rights, and also autonomy." [...] "This is our clear expectation from the new Ukraine which is taking shape now," Orban said, adding the new administration enjoyed Hungary's support in its efforts to build a democratic Ukraine. [...] He said Hungary was...
  • Russia stops diesel shipments via pipeline to Ukraine, Hungary

    05/05/2014 11:36:31 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-5-2014 | Vladimir Soldatkin
    * Pipeline meets about a third of Ukraine diesel demand * Hungary received 815,000 t diesel via pipeline in 2013 (Adds detail) Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft stopped diesel shipments to Ukraine and Hungary last month due to uncertainties over the pipe's ownership, a company spokesman said on Monday. The pipeline crosses Belarus and Ukraine and is the only one carrying Russian oil products to Hungary. Flows via the pipeline, which was built in Soviet times and meets around a third of Ukraine's diesel demand, have been suspended as violence in Ukraine plunge East-West relations to their lowest since the Cold...
  • Europe: Jewish Life 'Unsustainable' Due to Rising Anti-Semitism While violent attacks a

    04/27/2014 4:05:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 4/27/14 | Yoni Kempinski
    President of the European Jewish Congress Dr. Moshe Kantor spoke Sunday about the fact that Jews feel less welcome and more insecure in large parts of Europe during the release of the findings regarding the situation of anti-Semitism worldwide in 2013. Kantor was speaking at a press conference where the annual findings for 2013 were released by The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry and the Moshe Kantor database for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress. Results from the 2013 survey show that anti-Semitic attacks...
  • Europe: Jewish Life ‘Unsustainable’ Due to Rising Anti-Semitism

    04/27/2014 3:28:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 4/27/2014, 10:22 AM | Yoni Kempinski
    President of the European Jewish Congress Dr. Moshe Kantor spoke Sunday about the fact that Jews feel less welcome and more insecure in large parts of Europe during the release of the findings regarding the situation of anti-Semitism worldwide in 2013. […] During 2013, there were 554 registered violent anti-Semitic acts, perpetrated with weapons or without, by arson, vandalism and direct threats, against persons, synagogues, community centers and schools, cemeteries, monuments and private property. The highest number of recorded incidents comes from France: 116, a rise in violent cases has also been noted in the UK, with 95 cases compared...