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Civil Unity Forum collecting signatures against Márki-Zay

Now that Péter Márki-Zay has become the leading face of the democratic opposition after winning the primary election, the Civil Unity Forum (CÖF), which organized the so-called “Peace March” on the Oct. 23 public holiday, is now collecting signatures for a “Stop Gyurcsány, Stop Márki-Zay” campaign against him.

Independent MP Szabolc Szabó claims that ruling party Fidesz is financing the campaign from public money, considering that CÖF receives hundreds of millions of forints in aid from the government. [HVG]

Coronavirus infections rising in Hungary

6,688 new Coronavirus infections were reported in Hungary over the weekend, resulting in 75 deaths. This represents double the number of infections compared to the previous weekend, and the highest number of weekend infections and deaths reported in Hungary since June.

Gergely Gulyás, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Prime Minister, announced that mask wearing is optional, and that no government restrictions will be forthcoming.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 850,000 Hungarians have been infected with Covid-19, and over 30,000 deaths have occurred as a result. [Index]

Head of Hungarian Central Bank warns of possible breakup of the Eurozone

György Matolcsy, governor of the Hungarian National Bank (MNB), warns in a Facebook post that “the looming next financial crisis might contribute to the Eurozone breaking into two blocks.” Reacting to an article in the Financial Times from June that suggests a possible end of the Euro as legal tender in the countries that use it, Matolcsy claims that there have already been five major crises over the last 20 years in the Eurozone.

The central bank president predicts that “[i]n the 2020s we can expect multiple crisis”[sic] to occur that “will have the same results than the last five shocks.” [via]

State television broadcaster has already shown Orbán’s Oct 23 speech five times

444 writes that public broadcaster M1, the government’s flagship television station, not only showed Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech for the October 23 public holiday live, but has since repeated it in full at least five times since then. According to the website, the speech focused more on the USA and Europe than Péter Márki-Zay, the opposition challenger in next year’s parliamentary elections.

Mother of Hungarian chess grandmaster running as far-right MP candidate

Telex reports that Julianna Lékó, mother of internationally-reknown chess grandmaster Péter Lékó, is running as the far-right Our Homeland party candidate in Csongrád-Csanád County’s first electoral district in next year’s elections.

The elder Lékó promises to “fight for the region’s inhabitants with the same ‘Mama Tiger’ vehemence” that she devoted to the education of her two sons as a single mother. The district encompasses part of the southern city of Szeged.

Hungarian Politics podcast – Benedek Jávor

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Benedek Jávor at the “Sustainable Energy Scenario for Hungary” Conference, 18 May 2016

Hungarian Politics welcomes Benedek Jávor, Member of the European Parliament from the Dialogue for Hungary opposition party (known by its Hungarian initials PM), for the inaugural edition of the program.

Jávor joins us for a discussion on the planned expansion of the nuclear power plant in Paks, Hungary by the Fidesz government, and tells us why he and his party are so adamantly opposed to these plans.

Among the topics discussed in this interview are:

  • the major problems and dangers he sees with the current agreement to expand Paks
  • how Hungary can maintain its energy needs without increasing nuclear power capacity
  • the four specific complaints that the European Union has lodged with the Hungarian government regarding Paks
  • how he plans to continue raising awareness of Paks within the EU and among the Hungarian public
  • the few areas where PM and the ruling Fidesz government are in agreement with each other

You can visit Benedek Jávor’s homepage, go to his official European Parliament page, or follow him on Twitter @javorbenedek

Listen to the interview above, or download the file to your local drive. Thanks for listening!