Merkel’s Children: Living Legacies Called Angela, Angie and Sometimes Merkel

For some refugee families who traveled to Germany during the migrant crisis of 2015 and 2016, gratitude for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome them comes via a namesake.

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Pope Francis Criticizes Political Use of Christianity

On a four-day visit to Slovakia and Hungary, Francis had strong words for those who wield Christian symbols for personal gain.

#christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #slovakia

In Orban’s Hungary, Pope Urges Bishops to Embrace Diversity

On a quick trip to the country, Francis met with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Hungary’s hard-right leader, before celebrating a public Mass.

#budapest-hungary, #europe, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

George Soros Is Making Changes at His Foundation While He Still Can

The result is a painful restructuring to focus on the fight against rising authoritarianism around the world.

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Meeting Hungary’s Strongman, Pope Treads a Fine Line With an Embattled Leader

Pope Francis’ meeting with Viktor Orban could help, or hurt, the prime minister’s efforts to curry favor with voters ahead of coming elections in Hungary, which is predominantly Catholic.

#budapest-hungary, #christians-and-christianity, #europe, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #spadaro-antonio

Tucker Carlson Has a New Hero

The right wing’s peculiar fascination with authoritarians has deep roots.

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Campus in Hungary is Flagship of Orban’s Bid to Create a Conservative Elite

A residential college was granted about $1.7 billion by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, part of his plan to create a more nationalistic society. Critics say it is legalized theft of public funds.

#budapest-hungary, #colleges-and-universities, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

Europe’s Divisions on Vivid Display Over Hungary and Russia

In a summit of European Union leaders, there were fierce, emotional arguments about Hungary’s new law on sex education and about how and when to meet Russia’s president.

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Hungary Adopts Child Sex Abuse Law That Also Targets LGBT Community

Legislation increasing sentences for pedophiles was changed to include restrictions on portrayals of homosexuality and transgender people that young people might see.

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Hungary Transfers 11 Universities to Foundations Led by Orban Allies

The transfer, accompanied by billions of euros in state assets, will enable the prime minister and his supporters to exert long-term influence.

#colleges-and-universities, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

Viktor Orban Pulls Hungary’s Ruling Party From Conservative E.U. Alliance

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary withdrew his party from the center-right grouping in the European Parliament, heading off a move to expel them over democratic backsliding at home.

#brussels-belgium, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-peoples-party, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

With the Economy on the Ropes, Hungary Goes All In on Mass Vaccination

Hungary became the first European Union country to administer Russia’s Sputnik vaccine, and will soon start with one from China — posing a challenge to the bloc’s joint vaccination strategy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

E.U. Border Agency Pulls Out of Hungary Over Rights Abuses

The decision by Frontex comes after Hungary disregarded a ruling by the E.U.’s top court that the way the country handles asylum seekers violated the bloc’s law.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #frontex, #hungary, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

European Populists Who Looked to Trump Now Look Away

The riot at the U.S. Capitol and bogus claims of election fraud have led former allies of President Trump to distance themselves.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #le-pen-marine, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #salvini-matteo, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilders-geert

How Le Pen, Baudet and More in Europe Are Looking Away From Trump

The riot at the U.S. Capitol and bogus claims of election fraud have led former allies of President Trump to distance themselves.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #le-pen-marine, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #salvini-matteo, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilders-geert

The Capitol Attack Shocks the World

How the world reacted to the Trumpist mob that sacked the heart of American democracy.

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Was Merkel Right to Compromise With the Populists?

Liberal critics see compromise with the leaders of Hungary and Poland as betraying pro-European forces in those countries.

#budapest-hungary, #budgets-and-budgeting, #europe, #european-council, #european-union, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #warsaw-poland

Hungary Effectively Bans Gay Adoption and Expands Executive Power

The legislation allows Prime Minister Viktor Orban to further consolidate power while eroding civil liberties. It also makes it harder to scrutinize how the government spends public funds.

#budapest-hungary, #europe, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

Hungary Passes Laws Curtailing Gay Rights and Expanding Executive Power

The legislation allows Prime Minister Viktor Orban to further consolidate power while eroding civil liberties. It also makes it harder to scrutinize how the government spends public funds.

#budapest-hungary, #europe, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

E.U. Insists on Rule of Law in Emerging Deal With Hungary and Poland

Leaders will meet Thursday to work out a compromise with the two holdouts, who have vetoed the bloc’s budget and stimulus plans over threats that they will lose access to funds.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #european-commission, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic

The E.U. Puts Its Foot Down on the Rule of Law

While the leaders of Hungary and Poland resist.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government

Hungary, Poland Threaten E.U. Stimulus Over Rule of Law Links

The two illiberal governments, having been enabled by the bloc’s leaders and evaded punishment, now hold a 1.8 trillion euro package hostage.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-commission, #european-parliament, #european-union, #hungary, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #merkel-angela, #morawiecki-mateusz, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic

The Apocalyptic Politics of the Populist Right

By refusing to concede, Trump has sent a message to his fellow strongmen that this is a fight for survival.

#duda-andrzej-1972, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #poland, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Does Trump’s Defeat Signal the Start of Populism’s Decline Globally?

Populist leaders may have lost their most prominent champion, but their economic, social and political grievances remain potent.

#alternative-for-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #conspiracy-theories, #johnson-boris, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #orban-viktor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Does Trump’s Defeat Signal the Start of Populism’s Decline?

Populist leaders may have lost their most prominent champion, but their economic, social and political grievances remain potent.

#alternative-for-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #orban-viktor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Authoritarians From Mussolini to Trump

Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s “Strongmen” examines a long list of tyrants in the modern era.

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When It Comes to Democracy, the U. S. Is Showing Its Age

Our election systems were not built for the modern era. Looking abroad might help.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #india, #latvia, #mexico, #orban-viktor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

Central Europe Suffers as Coronavirus Surges

The Czech Republic, with the highest transmission rate in Europe, closed schools, bars and restaurants. In some countries in Central Europe, there is a critical shortage of doctors and nurses.

#bucharest-romania, #budapest-hungary, #bulgaria, #central-europe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #czech-republic, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #gazeta-wyborcza, #gdansk-poland, #hospitals, #hungary, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #orban-viktor, #oxford-university, #pew-research-center, #politics-and-government, #prague-czech-republic, #romania, #shutdowns-institutional

E.U. Court Rules Against Hungary Law Targeting Soros-Funded University

The ruling comes as the bloc pushes back against a growing authoritarianism by the government of Viktor Orban, but is unlikely to have much effect on the ground.

#central-european-university, #colleges-and-universities, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #soros-george

Even as Coronavirus Surges, Hungary Plans Super Cup Soccer Game

Bayern Munich and Sevilla will be battling for the European trophy in Budapest despite growing concerns over fan safety in a stadium that is prepared to host 20,000 people.

#bayern-munich-soccer-team, #budapest-hungary, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #sevilla-soccer-team, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa

Student Blockade Protests Viktor Orban’s Reach at a Top Arts University

A demonstration at the University for Theater and Film Arts in Budapest has received support from theater groups, students and faculties in Hungary and around Europe.

#colleges-and-universities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #university-for-theater-and-film-arts-in-budapest

When Conservatives Fall for Demagogues

A debate with “Twilight of Democracy” author Anne Applebaum.

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Hungary’s Independent Press Takes Another Blow and Reporters Quit

The concentration of control of the media in Hungary by the government is part of a troubling pattern in Central Europe, where Poland’s press also faces pressure following a presidential election.

#central-europe, #european-union, #freedom-of-the-press, #hungary, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #media, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #poland, #propaganda

Angela Merkel Guides the E.U. to a Stimulus Deal, However Imperfect

With her long experience as German chancellor, she shapes a necessary compromise on virus aid for the battered European south. But it’s consensus at a cost.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #eurozone, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #rutte-mark, #stimulus-economic

Hungary Moves to End Rule by Decree, but Orban’s Powers May Stay

A bill to drop the state of emergency prompted by the coronavirus was seen by some as effectively codifying Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s extended authority.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #law-and-legislation, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

Trump Tests a Role He’s Long Admired: A Strongman Imposing Order

The president’s unapologetic calls for force, and his efforts to bring the military into his political line, follow a strongman’s playbook. It’s a risky move for him, and for democracy.

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Trump, On George Floyd Protests, Tests a Role He’s Long Admired: A Strongman

The president’s unapologetic calls for force, and his efforts to bring the military into his political line, follow a strongman’s playbook. It’s a risky move for him, and for democracy.

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Hungary Outlaws Changing Gender on Documents After Birth

A new law, the first of its kind in Europe, is a blow against transgender rights and the latest skirmish in a continuing culture war.

#gender, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hungary, #law-and-legislation, #orban-viktor, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Donald Trump Doesn’t Want Authority

The coronavirus crisis offered the president an opportunity to consolidate power. It turns out he only wants attention.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Despotism, Democracy and the Coronavirus

The battle for humanity and solidarity in the post-American world.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #der-spiegel, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump: Why Waste a Crisis?

The global pandemic is his latest rationale for enacting longstanding conservative goals.

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Coronavirus Has Lifted Leaders Everywhere. Don’t Expect That to Last.

Popular support for nearly every head of government has risen during this crisis. History suggests harsh reckonings as the panic eases.

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The Wisconsin Primary Shows That Democracy Is in Trouble

Authoritarian rule may be just around the corner.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

For Autocrats, and Others, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power

Leaders around the world have passed emergency decrees and legislation expanding their reach during the pandemic. Will they ever relinquish them?

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #great-britain, #hungary, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

Corona-Krise – 13 Themen, über die jetzt keiner mehr spricht

Coronavirus: 13 Themen, über die wegen Corona plötzlich keiner mehr spricht 2020 ist noch jung, und es ist schon so viel passiert! Erinnern Sie sich daran, welche Nachrichten Sie vor wenigen Wochen bewegten?
Foto: Johanna Geron / Reuters, / AP Photo / dpa, JENS SCHLUETER / AFP

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Closed Borders Within Europe Unleash Congestion and Chaos

Hungary became a bottleneck as angry travelers staged sit-ins on a major road, backing up truckers carrying goods and other traffic for miles.

#austria, #bulgaria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #germany, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #poland, #roads-and-traffic, #romania, #serbia, #trucks-and-trucking