Orbán is resorting to something he had never done before.
Orbán’s spin doctor has only one trick: hatemongering. It might not be enough this time, especially if he creates so many enemies that we run out of bandwidth to hate all of them.
October 23, 2006 was a momentous day in Viktor Orbán’s life and political career – and he doesn’t let us forget it. For one thing he only talked about the 2006 riots and ignored the events of 1956 in his speech.
Czech PM Andrej Babiš received his Hungarian counterpart in September 2021, days before the elections. But Orbán’s political touch is a proven kiss of death.
There is not much to love about opposition politicians. But when you are robbed of even the illusion of a democracy you relearn to appreciate even the slightest displays of normalcy. Like public debates and a dumbass primary.
On September 14-15 the Hungarian government took on record debt, issuing an unprecedented amount of FX denominated bonds.
Orbán threw in homophobia to distract from the Pegasus-scandal – and learned two things: 1) The Pegasus scandal really hurts him (according to him). 2) The man is improvising. It may not lead to his downfall in 2022. But it is not a sign of an upward trajectory for someone like him.
Orbán keeps his words to Chinese communist autocrats, but to no one else. Maybe some lessons should be learned.
10000 people protested against the planned Chinese communist mega-university in Budapest on Saturday. The government appears to have backpedalled on the project. For now.
No, universities didn’t become private. They have just lost their autonomy to Orbán.