The Hungarian government’s refugee campaign in five points

1. Despite the fact that, based on the latest party preference survey, support for Fidesz has not increased since April, government politicians consider the government’s antiimmigrant campaign a resounding success. 2. The refugee campaign is not simply a diversionary tactic or the unusual tussle with Jobbik; instead, it is a rearrangement of the political arena  Read more

August 25, 2015 in Hungary, News

Scaling the Wall – Hungary’s Migration Debate

Hungary has not faced a refugee crisis this large since the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s, when Hungarian authorities had to handle close to 50,000 asylum seekers in 1991 alone. While right now the number of people coming to Hungary is much higher, most of them want only to travel through the country; during the  Read more

August 25, 2015 in Hungary, News

Desperate Search for the lost popularity – Governmental campaign against refugees and migrants in Hungary

As the Hungarian government is losing support while Jobbik is on the rise as its most important challenger, Viktor Orbán is trying to halt the popularity of the far-right party by putting two of Jobbik’s favourite issues on the political agenda: anti-immigrationism and death penalty. These efforts are rather signs of weakness then strength in  Read more

May 30, 2015 in Hungary, News

Jobbik’s policy proposals realized by Fidesz: A summary in 10 points

In the last five years, we undoubtedly saw that Fidesz implemented several measures that were originally part of Jobbik’s program. There are several fields where the rhetoric of Fidesz and Jobbik, as well as the policies they propose, have converged.  These parallels are so extensive that it would be foolish to regard them as accidental.  Read more

May 15, 2015 in Analyses, Hungary, News

“I am Eurasian” – The Kremlin connections of the Hungarian far-right

There have been many signs of Kremlin’s increasing efforts to influence both decision-makers and the general public in the EU and member states. One of the political tools to exert such influence is through coopting certain far-right (and far-left) parties and organizations within the European Union. Russian influence of this kind is considered a major  Read more

April 15, 2015 in Analyses, Hungary, News

Jobbik won its first individual constituency – reasons and consequences

On April 12, the far-right Jobbik candidate won a by-election in the individual constituency of Tapolca. The election took place due to the death of former Fidesz MP Jenő Lasztovicza in early January 2015. The electorate dissatisfied with the performance of the government turns to the political side it considers capable of defeating Fidesz. On  Read more

April 14, 2015 in Analyses, Hungary, News, Press

Jobbik extended its influence in the municipalities

At the municipal election, Jobbik managed to hold on to the majority of its mayoral seats; except in one county, it is the second largest party in county general assemblies, 14 of its mayoral candidates won and in 10 municipalities independent candidates, enjoying the party’s support, came in first. After the closing of the polls,  Read more

October 13, 2014 in Analyses, Hungary, News

Conspiracy Theories in Europe: a Compilation

Two and a half years ago, Political Capital, Counterpoint, the Center for Research on Prejudice, the Institute for Public Affairs, and the Zachor Foundation embarked on a project to develop an effective response to conspiracy theories in Europe. The aim of the project was both to build a stronger understanding of conspiracy theories and rival  Read more

September 11, 2014 in Anti-Semitism research, Europe, News, Research

The challenge of conspiracy theories – how to enhance critical thinking against the critical thinkers?

Conspiracy theories are extremely helpful for leaders provoking violent conflicts. They simplify the world, victimise the ingroup, diabolise the enemy, and give justification for violence. In an earlier post this year, Marley Morris and myself were writing about the importance of conspiracy theories in populist discourses and ideologies based on the French, Hungarian and Slovakian cases. This  Read more

September 4, 2014 in News, Press

Seven statements about the nature of anti-Semitism in Hungary

In recent years there has been a rise in domestic and international public discourse regarding anti-Semitism in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary. However, the conversation includes simultaneously both banal understatements and hysterical overstatements, neither helpful. The analysis that follows lays out the facts about Hungarian anti-Semitism in help inform the discussion. Our statements are  Read more

August 7, 2014 in Analyses, Anti-Semitism research, Hungary, News, Research

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