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  • EU’s Juncker takes aim at Hungary’s Orbán over fake news

    12/14/2018 3:19:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 9:57 AM | Alissa de Carbonnel, Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders on Friday backed a plan to tackle fake news on the internet and the bloc’s chief executive rounded on one of the EU chiefs, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, as one of the main culprits in spreading disinformation. The EU plan endorsed by the bloc’s 28 national leaders is largely aimed at guarding against what the United States, NATO and the EU say are Russian attempts to undermine Western democracies. But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc should also look within its own ranks in its fight against disinformation and he zeroed in on Orbán...
  • France and Germany tell EU states ‘to take refugees or pay’

    12/07/2018 7:51:11 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 7 December 2018 | none stated
    A new German-Franco document that was presented on Thursday, states that EU countries that refuse to take refugees should pay to escape their responsibility, Reuters reports.The measure is seen as a form of “alternative solidarity” in which EU member states pay into the EU’s budget for developmental projects in Africa.The document aims to prevent renewed conflicts over taking migrants. By paying off their responsibility to take migrants, EU rows with countries that don’t want to take migrants or refugees could be prevented. Among other things, the document does say that a situation should be avoided in which all countries prefer...
  • George Soros-Backed University Says It’s Been ‘Forced Out’ Of Hungary

    12/03/2018 11:15:14 AM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Dec. 3, 2018 | Marton Dunai
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The Central European University, founded by George Soros, said on Monday it had been forced out of Hungary in “an arbitrary eviction” that violated academic freedom, and it confirmed plans to enroll new students in neighboring Austria next year. CEU’s statement is the culmination of a years-long struggle between Hungarian-born but U.S.-based Soros, who promotes liberal causes through his charities, and the nationalist, anti-immigrant government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “CEU has been forced out,” said CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff in a statement.
  • Hungary's strongman leader has a new American friend: Chuck Norris

    11/28/2018 8:59:17 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov 28, 2018 | Adam Taylor
    Who does Hungary’s strongman leader Viktor Orban turn to when he wants to show off his country’s elite anti-terrorism training? Chuck Norris, that’s who. That isn’t a joke. The American martial artist and actor recently visited Budapest, where he was greeted by Orban. The Hungarian prime minister posted the interaction...
  • Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was...

    11/21/2018 6:15:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | November 16, 2018 | Joshua Kurlantzick
    FULL TITLE: Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was never the same. In April, aided by massive gerrymandering, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling coalition crushed opposition in Hungary’s national elections, claiming a supermajority in the parliament. The prime minister — who had used two prior terms in office to dominate media outlets, alter electoral rules so that urban areas were massively underrepresented and seize control of the top courts — moved to further consolidate his power. He is pushing Central European University, a leading academic institution backed by George Soros, whom Orban has demonized,...
  • Hungary Bans Gender Studies Since It’s ‘an Ideology, Not a Science’

    10/17/2018 6:57:56 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 17 Oct, 2018 | Mary Chastain
    Hungary has banned gender studies from universities due to low enrollment, which causes waste of tax payer money, and because there are no more than two sexes. From Fox News: Left-wing critics say it’s academically problematic, politically unheard of in a democratic society, and argue gender studies degrees do lead to jobs. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been called the Donald Trump of Europe, signed the decree, which went into effect Saturday, removing gender studies from a list of approved master’s programs, though students already enrolled will be grandfathered in. “The Hungarian government is of the clear view that...
  • Hungary ends funding for gender studies programs, calling them 'an ideology'

    10/17/2018 10:08:13 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | OWEN DAUGHERTY
    Hungary has ended funding for gender studies degrees at its universities, citing low enrollment and saying the field of study is an “ideology, not a science.” Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a decree that went into effect Saturday, effectively eliminating the degree program, according to Reuters. The decree removes gender studies from the list of approved master’s programs. Students already enrolled are allowed to remain in the program. “The Hungarian government is of the clear view that people are born either men or women,” Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas said in August. “They lead their lives the way they...
  • President Erdogan hails Turkey-Hungary cooperation

    10/14/2018 9:34:53 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Anodolu News Agency ^ | Oct 2018 | Aynur Ekiz
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 9 praised cooperation between Ankara and Budapest. “Our cooperation with Hungary within the scope of international organizations such as NATO, Council of Europe and European Union is exemplary..." “We will move forward with concrete steps to reach $5 billion trade volume." He also met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and addressed a business forum. After the business meeting, Erdogan officially inaugurated the restored Tomb of Gul Baba in the capital Budapest and paid a visit to the Budapest Turkish Memorial Cemetery. At the cemetery, Erdogan laid a wreath at the tomb of the...
  • Orbán: Hungarian Security, Turkish Stability Directly Linked (Erdogan Visits Hungary)

    10/09/2018 4:31:33 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | 2018.10.09.
    Hungarian security and Turkish stability are directly linked, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Budapest on Monday. Orbán said Hungarian foreign policy must look to three cities: Ankara, Moscow and Berlin, three great powers around which Hungary has revolved for many centuries. Orbán expressed appreciation to Turkey for accommodating several million refugees that arrived via neighbouring countries and thanked the Erdogan for “fully meeting” Turkey’s agreement with the European Union, which he said was another precondition for European security. On another subject, Orbán said that Hungary and Turkey would raise the level of...
  • Orbán: Europe Locked in ‘Culture War’, But ‘Cultural Peace’ Reigns in Hungary

    10/08/2018 1:29:21 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7 Oct 2018 | Victoria Friedman
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that the “culture war” is not being fought on Hungary, but it being fought in Europe which is succumbing to a “creeping” cultural surrender. Addressing the audience at a ceremony to celebrate the revamp of the Budai Vigadó, which houses the country’s heritage museum, Prime Minister Orbán remarked that though he “hear[d] that there’s a culture war going on in Hungary”, he believes the central European country is rather existing in a state of “culture peace”. The Hungarian leader warned of a “creeping pan-European cultural self-renunciation”, and argued that if the continent’s cultural...
  • Putin on the back burner as Orban flirts with Trump

    09/28/2018 12:40:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Moscow Carnegie ^ | September 24, 2018 | Maxim Samorukov
    Putin and Orban are increasingly conscious that their regular contacts have failed to bring the two countries closer together. In fact, despite its reputation as the EU’s most pro-Russian member-state, Hungary actually expelled a Russian diplomat in response to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, unlike fellow EU member-states Slovenia, Bulgaria, Austria, Slovakia, Greece. In the spring, Orban readily deployed anti-Russian rhetoric during Hungary’s parliamentary election campaign. Bela Kovacs, a member of the European Parliament from the Jobbik opposition party, was indicted for alleged spying on the eve of the vote, having faced accusations of being a Russian agent...
  • France: Marine Le Pen's niece, Marion Marechal opens 'Far Right' Training School for Future Leaders

    09/22/2018 12:10:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Politico Europe ^ | Sep 2018 | Maia De La Bume
    This month, the doors will open at the Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences (ISSEP) in Lyon, France’s third-biggest city. It will, its high-profile backers hope, become a breeding ground for the country’s next generation of conservative thinkers and leaders. It also marks the return to public life of Marion Maréchal, once the great hope of the French far right, who is the college’s director. She said the idea was to train a new crop of politicians and officials to replace the “visionless” Parisian elite. She was the youngest member of France’s parliament before stepping away from politics in...
  • 'Join the BREXIT CLUB!' Nigel Farage urges Hungary's Orban to follow Britain OUT of EU

    09/12/2018 9:23:57 AM PDT · by aspasia · 14 replies
    Express ^ | 8/11/2018 | Laura Mowat
    Mr Farage spoke highly about the country’s leader Viktor Orban and urged him to not stand to be lectured by the EU but instead follow the UK’s lead and simply leave the bloc. The comments come a day before MEPs are set to vote on whether to trigger Article 7, which is an EU law drafted to ensure respect for democracy and the rule of law as they are worried Hungary is becoming a dictatorship. Mr Orban has said that triggering Article 7 would be an “abuse of power” of the EU. Brussels is concerned with Mr Orban's attitude towards...
  • EU parliament votes to punish Hungary over 'breaches' of core values

    09/12/2018 9:19:04 AM PDT · by aspasia · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/12/2018 | BBC
    The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU's core values. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law - charges which he denies.
  • Hungary PM Viktor Orban defiant as EU debates action

    09/11/2018 5:19:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept. 11, 2018 | BBC
    Hungary's PM Viktor Orban has accused the EU of "insulting" his country, as its parliament began considering disciplinary action against Hungary. MEPs are debating whether his right-wing government's policies on issues like migrants pose a threat to the EU. It comes just months after the European Commission took the step of launching similar proceedings against Poland.
  • Europe's Identity At Stake in upcoming European Parliament elections

    09/07/2018 9:30:54 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | Sep 6, 2018
    In Magyar Idők, Zoltán Kottász contends that the 2019 European Parliament election campaign will be the first EP election in which real European issues will dominate. While in the past, EP elections in all member states were determined by domestic issues, in 2019, EU voters will decide about the future and identity of Europe, the pro-government commentator suspects. Kottász predicts that the campaign will be fought between what he calls ‘globalist multculturalist parties’ led by French President Macron, and ‘forces which champion national sovereignty’ that oppose migration. Kottász thinks that PM Orbán’s anti-multiculturalist and anti-immigration vision are becoming increasingly popular...
  • A portrait of Viktor Orbán’s son as a healer and Pentecostal preacher

    09/01/2018 2:35:00 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Hungarian Free Press ^ | Nov 2017 | Christopher Adam
    Gáspár Orbán, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s 25 year old son, used to be known most for mirroring his father’s deep affinity for football and for being a professional football player...When Gáspár was born in 1992, (his father) Mr. Orbán was, by all accounts, not religious at all. Those days are over...Gaspar Orban is making a new name for himself as the leader of a Pentecostal church community, where he speaks in tongues, asserts that Jesus heals people through him during intensely emotional worship services and he proselytizes. Journalists of the 24.hu news site spent six weeks with Gáspár Orbán in...
  • Hungary’s Pro-Christianity Prime Minister Defends ‘Traditional Family’ in Epic Speech

    08/07/2018 4:40:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/2/18 | Austin Ruse
    August 2, 2018 (C-Fam) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appears to relish giving indigestion to elites of Western Europe and the European Union. He did it again on July 29 in the Romanian spa town of Băile Tuşnad at an annual event called the Bálványos Summer Open University and Student Camp. His speech was nothing short of a call to political arms for center-right Europeans to rise up and take over the European Parliament in the coming elections. Orbán is particularly pleased to have been given another term with a clear mandate for his vision of a stronger Hungary,...
  • Hungary and New US Ambassador Find Common Ground on Defense and Energy Issues

    08/05/2018 11:25:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | July 2018
    A four-party delegation of parliament’s foreign affairs committee met with David B. Cornstein, the new United States ambassador to Hungary. Hungary has started a programme to raise its defense spending to an annual 2 percent of GDP. Zsolt Németh referred to frequent complaints from Donald Trump. The president supposes that Washington pays too much into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military alliance between a host of European countries, the US and Canada. Parties at the talks agreed that Hungary’s “unilateral dependence” on Russian energy supplies was “not healthy” and agreed on the need of diversifying energy sources, Nemeth...
  • Orban Stands up to Merkel, Refuses to Take Migrants from Germany

    07/06/2018 7:35:08 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Breitbart (London) ^ | 6 Jul 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stood firm on mass migration during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday, saying that his country would refuse to allow Germany to send migrants back to Hungary. Chancellor Merkel described the meeting saying that Mr Orbán claimed Hungary felt, “not at all responsible for the processing of asylum applications”, and looked to countries like Greece to take responsibility for processing asylum claims instead, Der Spiegel reports. The German leader added that the federal government could not see Europe “decouple” itself from asylum seekers and legitimate refugees but noted that the two leaders did find common...