This is what they say – Hungary in the international press

Diary of Central Banker in Despair as Orban’s Hungary Defies EU
Andras Simor is Hungary’s last man standing.
The central bank president has held on as Premier Viktor Orban swept out the heads of independent state institutions during the past two years. Parliament cut Simor’s salary by 75 percent, stripped him of his right to name rate setters and filled the majority of the seats with ruling-party appointees.

 Hungarian Politics: Present in the Journalistic Mix
‘… it is not the journalists but politicians and the media owners with the circles of power behind them who decide the topics that can be covered and which stories can be published.’

In Hungary, a business elite thrives

Like many of the powerful people around Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Zsolt Nyerges is media shy. Nyerges is an important player in a business empire that has grown up over the past 15 years around Fidesz, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and interviews conducted for this story. Fidesz's hold on government was assured by winning a two-thirds parliamentary majority in 2010.

Hungarian NGOs Decry ‘Colonization through Capital’
An association of Hungarian civil groups Tuesday paid a visit to the Budapest office of the International Monetary Fund to deliver a letter to the bureau chief, Iryna Ivaschenko. It demands fair treatment for the country in its effort to secure financial backing from international lenders while also denouncing what the groups sees as foreign tampering with the country’s affairs through the use of capital.
In the nine bullet points of the letter, two groups declared their support of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government and its measures, and asked the IMF and the European Union for understanding, patience, solidarity and trust.
The two groups, COF and CET, were co-organizers of the pro-government “peace march” earlier this year. The event had a turnout of between 100,000 to a million, depending on the source of information, but regardless of the exact figure it was a major demonstration of popular support for the cabinet.

Budapest airport: an object lesson

If any business school wants a case study in how a government can mismanage an airport – here's one, courtesy of Hungary.

Schmitt quits

Hungary's most polarising political drama since riots in the autumn of 2006 is over. On April 2nd Pal Schmitt, the president, resigned after Budapest's Semmelweis University stripped him of his doctorate over plagiarism. "It is my duty to end my service," he told parliament.

Few Hungarian politicians resign over scandals, so Mr Schmitt may have rendered his country his biggest service by departing fairly swiftly. The affair started in January when a news website,, uncovered numerous similarities between Mr Schmitt's 1992 thesis on the modern Olympic Games and the work of a Bulgarian sports historian. The president's thesis was referred to an investigative committee at Semmelweis, which ruled in a 1,157-page report that Mr Schmitt had directly copied 17 pages and partially copied another 180.

Why you should care about Hungary's rabid right

The far-right Jobbik party is making waves across Europe as it continues to gain momentum in the polls with racist rhetoric and calls for Hungary to leave the EU.

The Hungary question could strengthen the EU

Debate over Hungary's new constitution will revitalise EU institutions – as long as it focuses on politics and law, not culture.

Hungary President Schmitt quits in plagiarism scandal

He was elected to the largely ceremonial role of president for a five-year term, with strong backing from the conservative ruling Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Hungary's president quits over alleged plagiarism

Schmitt insisted Monday that his conscience was clear, repeating an assertion he made in an interview aired Friday on public access television station M1.

He said Monday that he was prepared to go to court to prove that he was right.


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Hungarian President Schmitt Quits After Plagiarism Ruling

Schmitt bowed to pressure to quit after Semmelweis University in Budapest stripped him of his doctoral title in sports last week. Schmitt initially resisted resigning, saying on public television on March 30 that there was "no link" between his degree and his office. Lawmakers accepted the resignation today and Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover took over his duties until the legislature elects a successor.

His approval rating sank to 30 percent this month from 49 percent when he took office in June 2010, pollster Ipsos said on its website, without giving a margin of error.

Hungarian president quits after plagiarism row

Pal Schmitt became the first president in post-communist history to quit the largely symbolic post. The resignation poses no risk to the government and his rapid departure might benefit his ally, Hungary's conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Will the International Olympic Committee boot an academic cheat?

It is almost exactly 10 years since Sandra Baldwin was forced to resign as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee after an admission of having fraudulent resumé entries about her academic career.

Now another person with Olympic ties is under pressure to resign a much more important presidency after having been found to have committed a capital crime in academe: plagiarism.

A man of honour, greatly impugned

President Pál Schmitt has ended what must be the worst week of his career. He spent some of it in Seoul glad-handing world leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit. Mr Schmitt has not previously been known for his thoughts on atomic weaponry or nuclear fusion. His expertise was thought to have been in sports and sports history.

As for Mr Schmitt, he will now start work on a new degree, he says. Perhaps he could write about political pressure on Hungarian state television.

Plagiarism pressure mounts on Hungarian president

The country's most unpopular post-communist president insists the accusations that caused him to be stripped of his 1992 doctorate have nothing to do with his role as head of state.

The opposition says it will initiate the impeachment of Schmitt in parliament – a move that would force the government to defend the president and be dragged into the scandal too.

He copied, but he's not a plagiarist

In most countries Mr Schmitt would now be writing his resignation letter (or at least finding one to copy).


Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11