Although Hungary’s next parliamentary election is more than a year off, you would be forgiven for thinking that election season was already well under way.
Already the ruling right-wing Fidesz party, led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the leading opposition party, the Hungarian Socialist Party, which was in power from 2002 to 2010, have begun to trade barbs in anticipation of next spring’s elections.
Het is lang geleden dat Nederland een premier had die aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen heeft gestudeerd. De laatste was de Groninger Schelto van Heemstra, kabinetsleider in 1861. Voor recenter politiek succes van RUG-alumni moet de blik naar het buitenland worden gericht. De oud-premier van de Nederlandse Antillen, Etienne Ys, en oud-premier van het Afrikaanse Burkina Faso, Paramanga Ernest Yonli, hebben Groningen op hun cv staan. En misschien komt Hongarije binnenkort ook op dat lijstje.
When the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee called last week for Europe to regularly investigate journalist freedom across the EU, it didn’t name any particular country to watch. But if there has been one European nation that has been criticized for changing its media laws in the past years, it’s Hungary.
BUDAPEST — Daniel Szabo and Gergo Birtalan are both optimistic about their job prospects in their native Hungary, which has a low unemployment rate for college and university graduates. But the two Hungarian students are in totally different situations.
When Mr. Szabo, 24, graduates soon from law school, he will be free to go wherever in the world he wants. But Mr. Birtalan, 18, was required to sign a contract at the beginning of his first year as a sociology major because of a new rule introduced in September. As a beneficiary of the state-funded university system, he will be obliged to work for two years in Hungary for every year of his subsidized studies.