A common enemy unites the Hungarian liberals and the far-right
If someone told me a year ago that the Hungarian liberal opposition would join the far-right party, Jobbik, during a manifestation, I would not have believed it. But this is exactly what is going to happen today.
15 Dec 2017
Budapest Public Transport is near inacessible to the disabled
In an interview with Nepszava, Daniel Csango described all the difficulties he and other people with reduced mobility face due to the lack of accessible facilities -- e.g. elevators -- in the Budapest public transport system.
13 Dec 2017
The Hungarian Roma hero who has never received justice
After a long and undignified ordeal, Bela Puczi, the „Roma hero” who protected Hungarians during a pogrom was finally commemorated with a plaque. Although he is considered a hero, he has never been treated like one.
12 Dec 2017
Hungarian government's dashed hopes for approval from Trump
Thomas O. Melia made it clear that criticism coming from the highest ranked member of the US Embassy in Hungary, the Chargé d’Affaires, are not personal remarks -- they reflect Washington's official position.
8 Dec 2017
Hungary banishes disabled citizens to remote areas
Far away from the sight of people, preferably in remote villages -- that is the appropriate place for disabled citizens according to their government. The controversial move is being financed with EU funds.
5 Dec 2017
Soros breaks his silence
George Soros, the Hungarian-American financier, is tired of being portrayed as the devil himself by the Hungarian government. He launched an information campaign telling people the truth about his work and the NGOs affiliated with him.
4 Dec 2017
The woman who declared war on cancer
A career in science or a family? That is a choice Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot, scientist and professor of cell biology and oncology, had to make in Italy in the 1970s. After “Italy forced her” to make the tough decision, she chose science.
1 Dec 2017
NGOs denied permits to help the poor in public
According to NGOs, the Fidesz party is already planning for the next general election this spring and therefore does not want potential voters to see long queues of hungry people waiting for a plate of hot soup.
30 Nov 2017
Hungarian government unwilling to take a stand against gender violence
Hungary is led by an administration whose members imply, both in speech and actual policy, that the main duty of women is to give birth (to as many children as possible -- definitely more than one), and obey their husband.
28 Nov 2017
Dismantling civil war -- Why do neighbors start killing each other?
Writer Janne Teller warns that “either the moderates keep together [in Europe], or extremists will split us up.” As a scholar of the Balkan war believes that history is on the brink of repeating itself.
24 Nov 2017
Hungary's bravest educational activist is only 19 years old
Though Bendeguz Bradanovics is not yet 20 years old, he sends chills down the spine of the Minister of Human Capacities whenever he speaks in public. Despite his young age, he has long been a critic of the Hungarian education system.
22 Nov 2017
Thousands of homeless Hungarians face
winter without shelter
A few years ago, the biggest cities banned the homeless from living on the streets. Most citizens backed this initiative. Even though they know it is not a solution, they literally prefer not to face the problem each day.
21 Nov 2017
It is not easy to check out from Mama Hotel
There are some young adults who find it convenient to have “room service” and hot meals every day, but the majority of them are forced to live at home. Buying or even renting an apartment has become a fantasy for many young Hungarians.
17 Nov 2017
Putin's bid for an EU Trojan Horse
The outcome of Hungarian elections will be crucial to Vladimir Putin. Not only because he needs populist politicians that can be used as Trojan horses in the EU. His business interests also mean he needs to make sure the "right" candidate wins.
14 Nov 2017
Hungarian politician replaces pastor during mass
Although the close relationship between the Church and the Fidesz party is not a new phenomenon, the appearance of a politician at a pulpit is unprecedented. It implies that the Hungarian ruling party has the grace of God.
13 Nov 2017
When your father is accused of sexual harassment
Since the Weinstein case broke open the culture of abuse, what remains missing from public debate is the perspective of abuser's families. The children, wives and parents who now must reconstruct their image of the perpetrator.
10 Nov 2017
Study finds Hungarians have given up on their dreams
Dreaming is much more than just a vague idea: it is a source of motivation. Voicing our desires inspires us to plan for the future, and work hard so that our dreams come true. Losing this „ability” is an alarming sign.
8 Nov 2017
Fear and loathing in Kömlő
How did Hungary become a country where it is considered normal to notify the mayor and the police if a foreigner shows up? Via the government's anti-immigration campaign which successfully planted the seeds of fear.
7 Nov 2017
Will Budapest's Aurora return to life?
Aurora was a cultural center frequented by youngsters who wanted to attend hip concerts and give back to their community. When the far-right began describing it as the “Hungarian HQ of George Soros” it was equal to a death sentence.
3 Nov 2017
Hungarian government rethinks the Hippocratic Oath
A new law coming into force next year will require GPs to collect a lot more information about us than ever before. And guess what: the government will have access to that data.
2 Nov 2017