Ralf Schuler, former chief political correspondent for Bild talked to Hungarian Conservative about why he left the paper, what he has been doing since, and how the future of journalism might look like.
Renowned British author, commentator, and head of MCC’s Literary Centre Tibor Fischer talked to Hungarian Conservative about his career as a novelist, why he defends Hungary, the dangers of AI and the publishing challenges writers face.
Rodrigo Ballester, head of the Centre of European Studies at MCC, talked to Hungarian Conservative about the dangers of echo chambers, big tech cannibalising content, and the risks of EU institutions overregulating the press.
‘I think that there is a huge interest in Germany but also in other European countries for that rediscovery of European ideals in real life.’
‘Many of the causes he promoted used to be thought of (by the ignorant) as “right-wing” and have now become almost, or entirely, mainstream.’
‘The Hungarian prime minister not only understands the people, but is also able to give direction and to synthesise. He can bring the people’s expectations in line with what is achievable.’
‘We need the United States and NATO to say to Russia, “Okay, we get it. NATO will not enlarge to Ukraine and to Georgia.” In my view, that is not a defeat of NATO. That is just common sense.’
Turkey’s relations with NATO have been contentious over the years, but this is not unique among the member states and the parties have always managed to resolve their differences.
‘The huge potential of the Hungarian defence industry can unfold at the best possible time, as one of the recurring themes of EU defence ministerial discussions is that stocks are being depleted and there is insufficient capacity for after-market production.’
‘There are some member states that have their own historical sensitivities, and they don’t want European legislation on minority rights because that would mean that they must put their own house in order. 50 million Europeans who belong to a national minority are not protected by anti-discrimination legislation.’
Modern Hungary is not just a model for conservative statecraft, but the model. Americans, Brits, Spaniards, Australians—everyone—can and should learn from it. And by the way, I think we will, as The Heritage Foundation will be a major advocate of it on both sides of the Atlantic.
‘We have started building a network of conservative think tanks and foundations all over Europe. The only way to go forward for conservatives is to establish a collaboration between think tanks, foundations, politics and the media.’
If you go to Israel and say that you’re from Hungary, most Israelis will smile at you, hug you and shake your hand. We perceive Hungary as a very close ally.
‘There are always fashions, there are always ideologies, there have always been, and always will be. Art managers and artists tend to ride the waves of fashion on a surfboard. But no matter how colourful a part of it is, the majority of society always wants to be somewhere in the middle.’
According to US geopolitical strategist George Friedman, who predicted Russia’s attack on Ukraine way before 2022, Moscow will be eventually forced to negotiate a peace settlement.
‘I expect that the Republicans will have a comfortable majority in the House, and will also take the Senate, with a two- to four-seat majority.’
‘The distinction between God and Caesar is in the DNA of Christianity. And many have not yet realized that it has fundamentally shaped the West.’
The translation of the Book of Books into Hungarian not only contributed to the establishment of the Reformation in Hungary, but also had a fundamentally important effect on the social and cultural development of the country.
‘1956 could teach us lessons in all these areas today. And I hope that wise Hungarian politicians, and we have always had them, will search this road.’
‘Universities nowadays also have a regional development function, in addition to maintaining and strengthening their high- quality core activities.’
‘Giorgia Meloni is clearly a woman of great ability who has risen from difficult circumstances to storm the corridors of power; but she is also a cultivated woman whose thinking does not run along ideological tramlines but adopts a humane and thoughtful attitude to challenges.’
‘Everyone thinks that the US is benefitting from the war. I simply would not say that. The US has higher budget expenditures, the US is sending munitions to Ukraine, which they are going to have to replenish. That’s going to be costly, this is all going to be costly.’
‘What we are seeing now is unprecedented, because of the relevance of these two key countries. Not just in terms of food, but also in terms of oil and fertiliser and energy production. So, it’s a very complex crisis that is affecting many essential commodities.’
The Islamic faith has five pillars, and jihad is not among them—yet it is spreading as a devastating ideology in the Muslim world and its border areas. An interview with jihad researcher Anthony Celso.
‘Christians in the Middle East are sacrificing their lives to preserve their faith and identity,’ Juliana Taimoorazy, an Assyrian Christian activist reminded us in the interview she granted to Mandiner.
Too many people today feel that their lives lack meaning. Yet historical generations rarely struggled with such existential questions, otherwise we would not even be here. How does the current masculinity crisis play into the decline of the West, and what could give a purpose in life to each and every one of us in our age? You can find out in the second part of our in-dept interview with Imre Bedő, the founder of Men’s Club.
Toxic masculinity is not the problem that’s plaguing the West—it is the lack of masculinity. Having recognised this crisis, a Hungarian movement is dedicated to restoring the dignity and purpose of men, in service to families and the nation. The first part of an interview with the founder of Men’s Club about patriarchy, timeless values and the unquestionable superiority of conservative culture.
Why are we not praying for Christians? Why are we not doing something? Why are we not moved by their plight? They must not be forgotten.
‘Tradition is a set of solutions for which we have forgotten the problems,’, said Ernst Roets, in his speech at CPAC Hungary. An interview about legacy, responsibility, and the survival of the white South African community.