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George Jonas

Anna Porter

"Hungarians used to love poetry. In Budapest there are well-known statues of Hungarian poets, such as Ady, Petőfi, Vörösmarty, Arany, József and Radnóti. But in 1950s Hungary, the most famous poet was the little-known 15th-century French vagabond poet François Villon. György Faludy had translated, or re-imagined, Villon’s poetry into 20th century Hungarian."


Viivi Luik

Various States of Lies

"Lies succeed where inner insecurity and doubts prevail, where people do not have faith in anything, do not accept the existence of the “basic values of life”, eternal values, and hence they believe everything, indiscriminately. It could also be said that lies succeed where a sense of sanctity has been lost. A sense of sanctity and awe are closely connected with truth, with recognising truth."


Nicholas T. Parsons

"Progressive Politics": The Alchemy of a Slogan

"Recently there was a report in a British newspaper that an RAF sergeant who attended hospital A&E in uniform was asked by staff to move out of sight of other patients waiting in casualty on the grounds that these were from “all kinds of different cultures” and his uniform 'might upset them'."


János Martonyi

Victims of Communism

"A famous Hungarian poet, Gyula Illyés, wrote a fantastic poem about tyranny in which he says, “Where there is tyranny, there is tyranny everywhere”. It is not just in the concentration camps, it is not just in the prisons, it is in the smile of the children, it is in your love, it is in your daily life. As Havel said, the basic problem here was a morally contaminated environment: moral relativism and moral corruption. That is to my mind the most important toxic legacy of communism."


Miklós Maróth

The Roots of Islamic Radicalism

"The situation became especially desperate after the discovery of oil in many Arab countries: the great powers had almost free access to the natural resources of the region, but did nothing to improve the continuously deteriorating economic conditions, and to help states take care of growing populations."


Géza Jeszenszky

The Visegrád Countries and the Migrants

"It might sound over-optimistic, but I think that the present apparently deep political divisions in Europe can be bridged with determination and goodwill. In the short run the decisions reached unanimously at the EU Summit on 19 February, strengthening the Schengen borders, flying bona fide refugees from Turkey to Europe and distributing them not by quotas but accepting them on a voluntary base, is a rational solution that could work."


Mikuláš Dzurinda

Ukraine’s Turbulent Path of Reforms

"At the end of the day, despite any type of Western support, it is the Ukrainians themselves who have to assert responsibility for their geopolitical choices and pro-reform agenda. Despite the uncertainty and the current instability in Ukraine, I am prone to see the positive change and some of the visible results. Ukraine is changing for the better and we just want this to happen faster."


John O’Sullivan

The Populism of the Elites

"Recent issues of Hungarian Review have been heavily preoccupied with the migrant crisis as it affects Hungary and Europe. We wish it had been otherwise. Some days the editors feel as if they were wrestling to escape its coils and move towards more inspiring and lighter topics, but as with the father and his two sons in the Laocoon statue, the coils wrap themselves around us and refuse to let us go."


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