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The Countryside Strikes Back

John Feffer | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Gabor Harangozo is one of the new young leaders of the Hungarian Socialist Party. He started out, as many of his generation did, working with Fidesz, which in the early 1990 was a liberal youth party. Gradually, however, he grew disenchanted with market liberalism and moved toward social democracy.

Rebuilding Hungary's Green Politics

John Feffer | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has a rich tradition of environmental activism, from the anti-dam campaigns of the 1980s to the nature conservation efforts of the post-Communist period. It has also seen the rise and fall of a number of Green parties, including the most recent, Politics Can Be Different (LMP).

Starting Out With Fidesz

John Feffer | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Attila Ledenyi was one of the early shapers of Fidesz. He was in charge of international relations in the organization's early years. He's quick to remind me, when we met last May after 23 years, that Fidesz wasn't a political party in those early years.

Protesting Media Control in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

On the surface, Hungary enjoys freedom of the press. The Internet is a veritable free-for-all displaying a full range of opinions. But if you look a little deeper, this freedom of the press is actually quite limited.

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

It is the tension between the aggressively political competition at the polls and the aggressively non-political rhetoric of the heartland that characterizes the Populist Reformation. What drops out is the middle: the back-and-forth politics of liberal democracy.

On Red Mud and Other Messes

John Feffer | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

In 2010, in Hungary, a reservoir wall containing the industrial sludge pond of an alumina plant collapsed and more than a million cubic meters of toxic red mud swept across the countryside, through several villages, and into the rivers feeding the Danube. Accidents happen. But this was not a complete surprise.

Hungary's Economic Leap

John Feffer | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Given its position at the head of the pack of countries in the region, Hungary was expected to be the first to make the successful transition to capitalism. But today, Hungary has fallen behind many of the other countries in the region in terms of growth, employment, debt, and other economic indicators.

The Disappearance of the Political Middle in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has long been divided between its liberal and cosmopolitan capital and the more conservative countryside. During the Communist era, a small de...

Hungary's U-Turn

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
John Feffer

How could the world be heading inexorably in the direction of market democracy when even the country long considered next in line for membership in the European Community was collapsing into war, nationalist extremism, and ethnic cleansing?

Can Politics Be Different in Hungary?

John Feffer | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian environmentalists had been trying to create an authentic Green Party ever since the end of Communism. When they pulled together a new initiative on 2009, they didn't call it a Green Party. Instead, they wanted to transform the entire process of doing politics in the country. The name of the party said it all: Politics Can Be Different.

The Hungarian Horseradish

John Feffer | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

The most sensitive issue is the very identity of Hungarians. The far-right party Jobbik has made the identity issue central to its program.

Workers Fight Back in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

It was October 1990, and the economic changes were starting to bite. After the Soviet Union cut back oil shipments to Hungary, the government in Budapest dramatically raised the price of gas. In response, taxi drivers and teamsters essentially shut down the country over a three-day period. It was just a taste of what was to come in terms of austerity measures.

Hungarian Students Resist

John Feffer | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Student Network in Hungary has been one of the most vocal and visible opponents of the current government. When I was in Budapest last May, I sat down for coffee with Csaba Jelinek, a student activist

Focusing on Inequality in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
John Feffer

I talked with Robert Braun, who is is running for parliament, about the rising nationalism and anti-Semitism in Hungarian society, the failures of liberalism, the challenges of running a business, and why he decided to throw his hat into the political ring.

Regime Change in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
John Feffer

As Hungary expert Charles Gati points out, the Orban government has promoted not simply a particular agenda but an entire system change. We talked about the geopolitical implications of Hungary's turn to the Right.

Hungary: The Cancer in the Middle of Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
John Feffer

Something is dreadfully wrong with Hungary. Worse, what's wrong with Hungary is not unique in Europe. What's eating away at a free society in Hungary has metastasized.

What Ever Happened to Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 12.29.2012 | World
John Feffer

It's not just the European economy that is in crisis. The very idea of Europe has lost its shine. "Europe" once meant a more egalitarian and more tolerant model than the free market orthodoxy reigning in the United States.

Eastern Europe's Conservative Crackdown on Reproductive Freedom

Jake Blumgart | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Jake Blumgart

Across Eastern and Central Europe, emboldened right-wing leaders are resurrecting debates around abortion and other reproductive services, even in largely secular nations like Hungary.

Churches Divided On Hungary's New Religion Law

Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion

By Jonathan Luxmoore Religion News Service (RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders in Hungary are divided over a restrictive new law on religion, with lar...

Notes of an Ex-Pat 1: View From the Bridge

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

From my window I see sheets of ice floating down the Danube. It's mid-winter, and I am finally here in Budapest. Last week I went with a Hungarian law...

Hungary Elections Sign Of Central Europe's Slide To The Right

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Paul Hockenos BUDAPEST, Hungary -- In the quirky political landscapes of central Europe, Hungary isn't the first post-communist country to lurch...

Hungary Elections: Fidesz, Center-Right Party, Wins Majority, Socialists Stunned

AP | PABLO GORONDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary's center-right party reclaimed the right to govern on Sunday, winning over 50 percent of the vote and handing the ru...

Xenophobic Nationalism Clouds Hungary's Elections

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Poised to win as much as 20% of Parliament's seats, Jobbik -- the increasingly popular far right party known for its militaristic rhetoric and hate speech -- is sending a shock through minority communities in Hungary.