The growing power of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA) has been suppressing the art community, but it has has been fighting back.
Different sets of statistics show very different results about what Central Europeans think about the EU.
The protests for saving the Central European University get help from an unexpected ally – Trump.
This Sunday (2 October), Hungary will hold a referendum on whether to accept the European Union’s mandatory quota system for the resettlement of refugees. The result will put the EU’s values to the test.
Intercepted phone calls have revealed theft of EU funds designated for improving social mobility in Hungary.
Taking time out of the Greek crisis, Chancellor Merkel set off on a tour of the Western Balkans (8-9 July), reassuring the nations of Albania, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina of her support for their eventual joining the European Union. The three Balkan countries have long been campaigning to be part of the 28-nation bloc and see their candidature jeopardized by the EU’s preoccupation with what is happening with Greece.
The Hungarian Parliament has intensified the country’s anti-immigration drive by passing new legislation tightening asylum rules and giving the go-ahead for the construction of a fence on the Serbian border. This counts as the latest in a series of moves taken by Fidesz – the governing party – to curb immigration and limit the number of refugees.
On 28 April, Prime Minister Viktor Orban came out in favour of reinstating the death penalty. “The death penalty should be put on the agenda in Hungary,” the Hungarian leader boldly stated. “Hungary will stop at nothing when it comes to protecting its citizens.” The statement quickly drew criticism from both home and abroad with a harsh reproval from the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker. He called on the Hungarian leader to respect the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union which forbids the death penalty in all of its member states