FROM OUR FORTHCOMING SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Tibor Fischer - The Travels of the Hungarian Revolution

"The 1956 Revolution was a rare, an almost unique event, a spontaneous, leaderless revolution: small groups of fighters battling the mighty Red Army to a standstill in the streets of Budapest. As a story, apart from the lack of a happy ending, it could not be better. And because the Revolution died young, its perfect complexion was unmarred."


FROM OUR FORTHCOMING SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Mihály Varga - Reclaiming National Sovereignty

"The detractors notwithstanding, many of the instant measures we adopted in 2010 seem rather bold in hindsight, but we made it. First of all, we stabilised the national budget, without increasing the burden on households. This was why we decided to levy a Robin Hood tax on the industries least affected by the meltdown. (Subsequently, these special taxes were phased out.) By mid-2013, the European Commission had no choice but to admit that Hungary was capable of meeting the sub-3.0 per cent deficit target as expected by the Union..."


Ilona Sármány-Parsons

The First Golden Age of the Műcsarnok

"The second part of the nineteenth century and the first fifteen years of the twentieth century (up to the First World War) constituted a golden age of painting in Central Europe. It was the age when the region encompassed by the Austro- Hungarian Empire consciously embarked on the process of modernisation."


István Orosz

Da Vinci and the Migrants

"In a study published in 1881, Richter did venture the assumption that Leonardo converted to the Prophet’s faith. (...) He believed every word the artist wrote about his visits to Cyprus, Egypt, Mesopotamia and Armenia, all the way to witnessing the sky-high peaks of the Caucasus and the Taurus."


Nicholas T. Parsons

Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia

"Many would question whether special legal accommodation should be available for Muslims on account of their “profound convictions”, unless we are sure that such convictions are compatible with our secular state. After all, the Inquisition acted from “profound convictions” which were not necessarily a guide to desirable behaviour."


David Morris

Rising in the East

"Today’s China contains many complexities, contradictions and the party state is every bit as nervous about losing control as in earlier generations, which sometimes creates an authoritarian feedback loop that may be less attractive to the new middle class in time. But every day China is changing and evolving and yesterday’s stereotypes are as out of date as last century’s. One thing is certain, China is the elephant in the room."


János Martonyi

Brexit. Brexit? – Part II

"Despite some voices coming both from the inside and from the outside, countries such as Poland or Hungary will neverleave the European Union. Contrary to what many try to suggest, the main reason is not money. There are, of course, economic, geopolitical and security policy considerations, but they are still not the most important factors. The root causes are much deeper: 'it is culture that matters'."


John O’Sullivan

Truth, Lies and 1956 – Editorial Note

"One senior apparatchik told János Kádár, hesitating on the brink of betrayal, that the Communists might win five per cent in a free election. At that time it was probably an over-estimate. It meant that even if Hungary was crushed, it would have to be governed by a blend of sedation and seduction rather than simple repression after 'normalcy' had been restored."


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