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Roma in Hungary fear they’ll be a pawn for the ruling party

BUDAPEST — As part of controversial changes to the electoral system, Roma and other ethnic minorities will be allowed to vote as a special category whose creation the government has trumpeted as a victory in the fight for equal rights. But Roma are worried the policy is just as likely to isolate the persecuted community even more.

How to steal a constitution

KECSKEMET, Hungary — As Hungarians prepare to vote in parliamentary elections on Sunday, critics say gerrymandering has stacked the deck for the right-wing prime minister. They say Viktor Orban is nudging Hungary away from European democracy toward a Russian-style oligarchy.

Laszlo Csatary, accused Nazi war criminal, dies awaiting trial

Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary, has died awaiting trial in a hospital in Hungary.

Hungary indicts 98-year-old for Nazi war crimes

Laszlo Csatary had topped the most-wanted list of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Los Angles-based human rights organization named for the Holocaust survivor who spearheaded global efforts to hunt down Nazi fugitives after the war.

Google Street View adds Hungary and Lesotho

Basotho living abroad, returned Peace Corps volunteers and Prince Harry will no doubt enjoy being able to take the yellow Google Maps man for a stroll down Kingsway in downtown Maseru. And homesick Hungarians can now walk along the Danube virtually.

Hungary’s 'Viktator' stages a power grab

LONDON — Hungarian democracy has seen darker days: Memories of the brutal Soviet repression are still very much present, particularly from 1956, when tanks roared through Budapest’s streets to put down an anti-communist uprising. Although the country’s latest political upheavals have come about peacefully, however, critics of the right-wing government say it’s staging another assault on democracy with a drive to change the constitution that’s provoking anger in the European Union and riding roughshod over the economy.

Laszlo Csatary, Nazi war crimes suspect, arrested in Hungary

The Simon Weisenthal Center's head Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, described Csatary's arrest as "a great victory and very important one."

Hungary's president resigns over plagiarism scandal

Semmelweis University found that the president's thesis was "mostly copied."

Hungary's Orban takes on the EU

Hungarian Prime Minister discovers the joys of Brussels bashing
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivering his broadside against the EU yesterday in Budapest. (FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images)

As I said in a post last week, the EU has already created something akin to the United States of Europe. Certainly this is true culturally. In America there is Washington-bashing.  It's equivalent in Europe is Brussels-bashing.

Yesterday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hit out at Brussels with a rhetorical sledge-hammer.


Hungarian national airline Malev collapses

Malev’s folding comes just days after Spanair, Spain’s fourth-largest airline, suddenly collapsed, leaving more than 30,000 passengers stranded across Europe and Africa.
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