Hungary

How will Europe respond to a wave of Afghan refugees?

27 August 2021 11:25 pm

On Tuesday, Franek Sterczewski made a break for the border. Wearing a long trench coat and carrying a blue plastic…

Fortress Europe is dreading the Afghan migrant crisis

25 August 2021 6:03 pm

Fortress Europe is pulling up the drawbridge. The takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban is likely to being about a…

Hungary, Poland and the EU’s ‘diversity’ problem

2 August 2021 11:59 pm

It is quite something when the self-proclaimed ‘illiberal’ prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, reminds Brussels of its liberal principles.…

The strangest landscapes are close to home

3 July 2021 9:00 am

This pleasant volume, the author announces in the introduction, is ‘not a nature book, or even a travel book, so…

Viktor Orbán goes to war on the European parliament

23 June 2021 7:42 pm

‘Times have changed, and whereas thirty years ago we believed Europe was our future, today we understand that we are…

Euros 2021: England are easily the most boring side in the tournament

20 June 2021 3:32 am

England 0 Scotland 0 Hungary 1 (Fiola) France 1 (Griezmann) The wonderful Hungarians almost took my mind off England’s lamentable…

Is the EU breaching its UK treaty by failing to protect LGBT rights?

18 June 2021 12:52 am

Has the EU Commission lost any sense of moral value? This week, Hungary, an EU member state, voted to impose…

Spellbinding: Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time reviewed

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The premise for the unsnappily titled Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is this: a Hungarian…

The growing alliance between Central Europe and Israel

20 March 2021 1:19 am

In 2018, the Czech President Miloš Zeman promised in a speech on the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel…

Vaccines are testing Central Europe’s loyalties to the EU

10 March 2021 5:00 pm

In a fresh embarrassment for the EU in its vaccine rollout, breakaway member Hungary is now at the top of…

Hungary’s vaccine strategy risks showing up the EU

10 February 2021 12:27 am

You have to admire Hungary’s chutzpah. Not only has it bypassed Brussels to pursue its own vaccine procurement strategy, it…

Orban and Macron, Europe’s new power couple

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The unlikely alliance of Orban and Macron

The Visegrád bloc are threatening to tear apart the EU

28 November 2020 7:00 pm

The bad boys of Europe are at it again. The EU has been attempting to tie budget funds to members…

Bleak humour, resourcefulness and wit: Budapest Festival Orchestra’s Quarantine Soirées reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

There’s a certain merit in bluntness. ‘Quarantine Soirées’ was what the Budapest Festival Orchestra called its response to the crisis,…

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming is a long, hard slog

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai, who sounds like a sneeze and reads like a fever, is on a mission to…

The Gyorgy and Marta show: the nonagenarian couple have been an unlikely hit on YouTube

One of the last living avant-gardists speaks – Gyorgy Kurtag on his new Beckett opera

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Arriving in Budapest, I receive a summons I cannot refuse. Gyorgy Kurtag wants to see me. Famously elusive, the last…

Put your trust in Hungarian wine (yes, really)

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The wines of Tokaji run like a golden thread through Hungarian history. There are references to their nectar-like quality in…

In the face of strongmen, conservatives are letting their principles vanish

3 February 2018 9:00 am

In 1989, the year Soviet communism collapsed, John O’Sullivan, Margaret Thatcher’s former speechwriter, gave the world O’Sullivan’s First Law of…

Everything comes down to one man’s suffering: Geza Rohrig as Saul

Should the Final Solution ever be made into entertainment?

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Amid the abundant cinema of Nazi atrocity, Son of Saul is exemplary. Ian Thomson explains why

A child freedom fighter in Budapest, 1956

1956: the year of living dangerously

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The book of the year has long been a favoured genre in popular history, and is a commonplace today. While…

Monumental change: the overthrow of the statue of Napoleon I, which was on top of the Vendôme Column. The painter Gustave Courbet is ninth from the right

A short history of statue-toppling

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Sculptural topplings provide an index of changing times, says Martin Gayford

Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths

Portrait generally thought to be of Ghenghis Khan

Was Genghis Khan the cruellest man who ever lived?

27 June 2015 9:00 am

From the unpromising and desperately unforgiving background that forged his iron will and boundless ambition, Temujin (as Genghis Khan was…

Béla Bartók recording folk songs with villagers in Hungary, 1907

Bartók would have made history even if he’d never composed a note

6 June 2015 9:00 am

‘All my life, always and in every way, I shall have one objective: the good of Hungary and the Hungarian…

Why Viktor Orban could be David Cameron’s new best friend

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Hungary’s Viktor Orban could be the PM’s most influential ally in EU renegotiations. So what does he want – and what can he get?