The violent persecution of minorities and various disenfranchised groups should be challenged at international fora and on the level of public diplomacy, and not in the football field with embarrassing stunts.
Minority SafePack might be over, but the fight isn’t. Even if Europe lets its indigenous ethnic minorities down, the Hungarian government, for one, will never stop being responsible for those beyond its borders.
While early into the war in Ukraine most newspapers and politicians used World War II as an analogy to understand current events, 10 months into the war more and more writers begin to compare the invasion of Ukraine with World War I – here is why.
Sanctions that target a whole country instead of specific individuals always hurt the innocent, ordinary people the most. Be these people European citizens who cannot afford to pay their electricity bills, or Central Asians who now live in extreme poverty, generic sanctions punish those the most who are the least responsible.
The past will not be annulled by short-sighted and counterproductive acts like the removal of the turul statue. What those acts do, however, is demonstrate to Hungarians that despite all the good will, aid, and political support bestowed on their neighbours, there is not much good to expect from Ukraine when it comes to its ethnic minorities and friendly neighbourly relations.
While the Royal Air Force is busy filling up its ranks with diversity hires, Beijing is happy to employ British ex-pilots to train the next generation of Chinese fighters. As crisis looms over Taiwan, these pilots’ experience is vital for China.
While some believe that communism ‘fell’ in 1989, over one billion people still live under Communist dictatorship in China. The best way to understand the logic of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as well as the recent National Congress of the CCP, is to study Marxism-Leninism.
A scientist used mathematics to calculate the odds of global nuclear war. While the numbers paint a grim picture of the future, the assumptions they are based on are hypothetical. Nonetheless, world leaders should definitely take note.
Most Europeans have had enough of the shady, behind-the-scenes dealings in European politics and of needing to swallow every bitter pill they are served by unelected bureaucrats with too much power and too little competence.
War is as much about controlling information as controlling the battlefield. We may never learn who the culprit is behind the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines, but it is clear who benefits from it the most—and who does not.
While Russians are desperately trying to flee their country to escape mobilisation, their struggle for life and personal freedom receives little empathy from the West with the Baltic countries bordering Russia gradually closing their borders.
Making abortion a decisive issue when Republicans lead Democrats only by a thin margin is nothing short of a political gamble. As voters see this year’s midterm elections even more consequential than usual, a higher turnout and potential crossover voting might surprise us all this November.
Hungarians struggle with the question of whether they feel more oriented to the East or to the West. The tightening grip of the European Union may cause them to think their future is not with Brussels.
The bleeding out in the Ukraine war may be the beginning of the decline of Moscow’s global influence. With the EU also weakening economically due to the energy crisis, the current multipolar world order is expected to change, leaving the US and China as the leaders of a bipolar world.
Over the last couple of years the censorship of historical narratives has intensified in China. The assault on history is shared by all communist dictatorships and it goes against the conservative understanding of societies.
Autocracy is not only about a set of institutions—it is also about how people live their lives in a political sytem. As opposed to what the misguided vote in the European Parliament that classified Hungary as an ‘autocracy’ insinuates, Hungarians live freely, which is a testimony to the fact that Hungary is a democracy.
Hungary’s first ever shadow government was announced by Democratic Coalition (DK) MEP Klára Dobrev a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, there are quite a few problems with this promising initiative that spoil the picture.