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Hungary in the News, Week of 23/11/18

2018.11.23. 15:15

In this series published every Friday, Index in English presents you with a selection of the week's most relevant articles concerning Hungary from the world's leading news sites.

This week,

  • Ongoing coverage of the asylum granted to Nikola Gruevski, Macedonia's convicted former prime minister still dominate international headlines about Hungary. Reuters and Deutsche Welle wrote about EU Commissioner Johannes Hanh demanding a sound explanation on the grounds of Gruevski's asylum, ABC News reported on Macedonia's extradition request, and the Wall Street Journal worries this might signal Hungary's further slide towards the East.
  • Politico published an analysis written by Tomáš Valášek, director of research institute Carnegie Europe. Valášek urges Europeans not to become susceptible to the stereotypes and not to blame the East for populism since that only widens the rift between the two sides of the continent.
  • Paul Gavan, Irish politician was part of the delegation Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe sent to Hungary to visit the detention center/transit zone set up for migrants by the Hungarian border. He summarized his experiences for Irish news website TheJournal.ie in his piece titled "Children in cages is the new normal in Hungary". He quotes Lajos Kósa, head of the Parliamentary Defence Committee, who bragged about border security saying

"If someone climbs our fence, we let the dog deal with that."

  • Financial Times assessed the gap in the Hungarian labour market caused by emigration and declining birth rates.
  • The Guardian gave a report of the press conference Jair Bolsonaro held following his phone call with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, where he said "Brazilian people still do not know what dictatorship is," comparing Brazil's military dictatorship to the Soviet occupation Hungary endured for the major part of the 20th century. The Guardian quotes the Americas director of Human Rights Watch, who said he finds it "troubling and revealing that Bolsonaro is taking advice from a well-known populist autocrat like Orbán."
  • Al Jazeera debuted a 25-minute video report on the emergence of the far-right in Hungary. Al Jazeera's crew interviewed members of the infamous far-right organization Highwaymen's Army (Betyársereg) in order to find out their motivations, attitudes, and ways of thinking that lead them to their radical conclusions.
  • PBS Newshour noticed the common trait between Die Hard 5, World War Z, The Martian, and Schwarzenegger's latest Terminator movie; They were all shot in Hungary. Watch the segment to find out why Hollywood productions are increasingly choosing Hungary as a filming location.