Eastern Europe

Tories accommodate soft-fascism

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 11:56 Author: Rosalind Robson

Even right-wing media outlets like the Spectator have denounced the Tory MEPs who recently voted against or abstained on the European Parliament initiating Article 7 proceedings against Hungary.

That procedure allows MEPs to refer a member-state to the Europe Council to determine if it does not respect human rights, democracy, rule of law and so on.

Add new comment

The development of antisemitism in Hungary

Submitted by SJW on 11 September, 2018 - 9:43 Author: John Cunningham
Fascist Arow Cross marching in Budapest

For part two click here

Bibó was not a Marxist but a member of the National Peasant Party (NPP) — a party of radical reformists who adhered to a political position which was loosely described as “the third road” (or “third way”): neither Communist (i.e. Stalinist) or capitalist.

It was, in effect, left-reformist and probably closer to the politics of Bennism (but with an agrarian orientation) than anything else to which it could be compared in the UK today.

Add new comment

Jenö Landler 1875-1928

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 3:04 Author: John Cunningham
Jenö Landler (left) on his way to Moscow for the Third Congress of the Communist International (Comintern) with György Lukács (right — hands in pockets).

It is 90 years since the death of the Hungarian Communist Jenö Landler.

His is not a name that will evoke much response today. He did not leave a written legacy but he was one of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes and never occupy the spotlight. Without him and countless thousands of other unsung activists where would we be today? They too should be remembered and honoured along with the “big names”.

Add new comment

LETTERS: Two states? & What next for the left in Hungary

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 9:22 Author: Andrew Northall, Martin Thomas and John Cunningham

For a single democratic Palestinian state

I would like to express some thoughts relating to the article ‘Gaza mobilising for an internationalist response’ by Martin Thomas and your editorial ‘For an independent Palestine alongside Israel’ (Solidarity 466)

Add new comment

Caesar marches on in Hungary

Submitted by martin on 10 April, 2018 - 6:58 Author: John Cunningham

On Sunday 8 April 2018, Viktor Orbán’s FIDESZ party (Hungarian Civic Alliance) and his partners, the Christian Democratic Party, won 134 seats out of the 199 in the Hungarian Parliament.

This is Orbán’s third victory. He has the two-thirds majority he needs to run roughshod over the Constitution.

Comments

Submitted by martin on Tue, 10/04/2018 - 19:03

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 15/04/2018 - 14:27

Add new comment

LETTERS: Pseudo-political Disneyland & Corbyn's International Friends

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:18 Author: John Cunningham & Dan Katz
Seumas Milne

Pseudo-political Disneyland

I really enjoyed reading Dan Katz’s article on pulling down statues. He makes a number of valid points.

Maybe I can add a few details. After it was pulled down, Stalin’s statue in Budapest was smashed up and one part of it was used as an improvised public urinal. Pretty soon after, all parts of the statue disappeared including the boots which initially remained stuck on their plinth. Rumour has it that everything was melted down.

Add new comment

Poland: women’s rights, not church law!

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 10:04 Author: Magdalena Zielinska

The ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party is backing a law to further restrict abortion in Poland. Polish feminist Magdalena Zielinska spoke to Solidarity.


Currently abortion is only legal in three cases: when it is the result of rape or incest; where it threatens a women’s life; or when the foetus is sick or damaged.

This set-up is described as a “compromise”. But it is not a compromise with women: it is a compromise between the church and the state. We have church law!

Add new comment

Lukács legacy suppressed

Submitted by Matthew on 8 March, 2017 - 12:01 Author: John Cunningham

On 25 January, the Metropolitan Council of Budapest decided (by 19 votes to 3) to remove the statue of the Marxist philosopher Georg Lukács from the 13th District and replace it with a statue of King Stephen, the founder of the Hungarian nation. The proposal was put by a member of the neo-fascist Jobbik Party, Marcell Tokody.

Add new comment

This website uses cookies, you can find out more and set your preferences here.
By continuing to use this website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.