Happy New Year to all the readers of Hungarian Spectrum

happy new year 2015

It was seven and a half years ago that I wrote my first post for Hungarian Spectrum. Since then I have recorded momentous, horrific, uplifting, and occasionally amusing events on these pages. The 2,600 posts that have appeared read like a timeline of recent Hungarian history.

From its modest beginnings the readership of Hungarian Spectrum had been increasing slowly but steadily until this past year when, with Hungary frequently in the headlines, it experienced a growth spurt. A year ago about 1,000 people subscribed. Today we have almost 3,000 subscribers and about the same number of daily non-subscriber visitors.

I want to thank all those people who with their valuable and learned comments have contributed to the reputation of Hungarian Spectrum as a reliable, civilized blog where serious political discussions take place.

And finally, I thank all of you who in recent days expressed your appreciation of my work. Your kind words mean a lot to me.

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Stephan Ozsváth

Dear Eva, thanks for your comments, always an inspiring source….


Dear mrs Balogh, I wish that 2015 brings you good health and true happiness!


Thanks for all your work doing this site, Éva. We really appreciate your tireless efforts. Happy new year and best of health in 2015!


Dear Éva, I also wish you, all the commenters here (and their families) and everybody in Hungary a Happy and Healthy New Year!


Dear Eva, I also would like to wish you and your extended family a Happy, Healthy (and hopefully non-violance) New Year.


Happy New Year to you, too, Éva. Boldog Új Évet kívánok. Keep up the good work in 2015. Truth will out! Andrew.

Josie Mortimer

Happy New Year Eva and all the commentators, keep p the good work


Thanks for the Hungarian Spectrum and BUÉK!


(I am a bit selfish, I love your blog and I hope it lasts forever!)


Wishing You a Happy and healthy New year and thanking you for your valuable insight into what is happening in Hungary riht now. Looking forward with interrest to your 2015 posts.


Dear Eva, may the new year treat you well, health, happiness and peace!


Dear Eva, thank you for your tireless work throughout all these years! I wish you all the best for the new year!


Dear Eva, A very happy New Year to you!! Thank you so much for your posts. They are a great combination of information and humor!

When I looked into my crystal ball to see what will transpire in 2015 the ball exhibited a sign saying “Weak or no signal”. Therefore I had to rely on my (informed) fantasy to come up with a few prophecies which are listed below. Because of the lack of signal from the future I cannot tell if something completely different will happen. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: The Szell Kalman tér in Budapest shall be renamed Moszkva tér as soon as the first installment of the Paks loan has been received. -ooOoo- The Forint shall be linked to the Rubel by a fixed exchange rate. -ooOoo- Areas outside Hungary where Hungarians constitute more than two thirds of the population shall be given status as extraterritorial Hungarian territories where all Hungarian laws and privileges shall be valid including the right to elect local governments, settle disputes and criminal cases in Hungarian courts and issue Hungarian passports. The Hungarian government shall prevail on the countries in which such territories are embedded to give the Hungarian administrative, legal and educational systems, including the authorized Hungarian schoolbooks, priority in the territories. -ooOoo- Members of the militias of the president, the prime minister and the chairman of the parliament… Read more »

Dear Éva, Györgyi joins me in wishing you a very happy New Year and in thanking you for your well researched work.

You probably know János Széky (http://www.parameter.sk/rovat). Györgyi found his analyses very interesting.


Thank you, Eva, for your tireless work and brilliant, thought-provoking articles. Without them a lot if us would be in the dark about what’s going on in Hungary. I look forward to another year of great, informative articles, and wish you, and all your readers, a very happy new year. BUEK!


I was no aware of the “anniversary,” (hell, I don’t even remember my own wedding anniversary ever), but the thanks are due all to you for providing this learned and thoughtful forum.
Let the world know!
Happy New Year!


Dear Éva and all the readers and commenters: I began reading HS a few years ago in my search to understand Hungary and it’s history. This is an amazing ride! –and I thank Éva and all of you for your thoughts, stories, and analyses. A Happy New Year to all.


BUÉK! Thanks for the great coverage of current Hungarian events and providing a relatively troll-free zone for discourse.

Marcel Dé (@MarcelD10)

An excellent new year to you Dr. Balogh, and thanks for the food for thought you’ve been putting on our screens day after day, and the way you interact with us.

BUÉK of course to all the regular commenters, thanks to them as well for maintaining, in spite of (or perhaps thanks to) the diversity of the links that tie us to Hungary, and our divergent opinions sometimes, the hope that this great country may actually do better. And yes, I’m extending the greetings to the trolls – for a short while.

Fné Nagy Zsuzsánna

Még sok-sok Új Évet kívánok


Thanks so much for your work Éva, your work is invaluable. A lifeline to the truth in dangerous seas! I never miss a single post. Happy New Year!

Instead of self-aggrandizement and useless pleasantries, we should focus on the issues. There is a real danger that Obama, the appeaser that he is, was secretly reaching out to Russia all along. This is not something made up, but the reality: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-12-31/inside-obamas-secret-outreach-to-russia “Leading the charge has been Secretary of State John Kerry. This fall, Kerry even proposed going to Moscow and meeting with Putin directly. The negotiations over Kerry’s trip got to the point of scheduling, but ultimately were scuttled because there was little prospect of demonstrable progress. In a separate attempt at outreach, the White House turned to an old friend of Putin’s for help. The White House called on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to discuss having him call Putin directly, according to two officials. ” So Obama is not only allowing Kerry to cozy up to Lavrov, he is “calling on Kissinger to call Putin”. What is this if not a clear sign that Obama wants to appease? What is Obama’s next move?? Throwing in the towel on Ukraine? If Obama is not prepared for any sacrifice, financial or military, then the Ukraine will collapse sooner or later. Only a strong US financial and military commitment… Read more »
Thomas, thanks. Obama and his people are complete amateurs (oh my, Kerry, he is a total amateur if ever there was one, even Lavrov’s poodle would eat him for breakfast). They know that they can’t have a deal with Iran, North-Korea, that they will lose out politically in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, China is getting more assertive by the day, so they look where they can always cut a deal. Russia is pragmatic, Putin will deal — which just like with Orban means that the other party has to accept his terms. The Russians are much smarter than Obama and his people are, who are gone in 2 years anyway. The Russian foreign service/siloviki guard is infinitely better organized, disciplined and experienced than this Democratic bunch. But just as it was said, most western people want compromise, they can’t stand pressure, they hate conflicts, they want resolution, because they really have no ideology and values which would give them comfort in such times (but remember W or Chaney who didn’t lose much sleep about their decisions). The Democrats just like the European left wing emptied out ideologically and they lack values to adhere to. I’m not surprised that Obama wants “to… Read more »
Robert Cogo-Fawcett

Happy New Year Eva! And thank you, thank you for your daily contribution to my understanding of my life here in Hungary.


Dear Eva, a happy new year to you too. Thanks for the your invaluable information on politics in Hungary


Happy new 2015 from Italy =))) http://blamod.wordpress.com


@thomas re Kissinger and Putin:
On 13 Nov 2014 Kissinger gave an interview (in English) to the German SPIEGEL – very interesting, but also disturbing (at least for me):

Erwin Biener

I have noticed that Google news brings mostly favourable comments about the present-day government of Hungary. Could they perhaps be in cahoots with Orbán & Co for purely financial reasons?


Erwin: yes, the government – through Friends of Hungary or Századvég or similar entities – could pay google to rank certain pages higher than others and in addition it is a legitimate job to massage the code of an internet home page so that it gets raked higher, so experts will do that too.

Savvy dictatorships will use all means available to them, including those provided by Google.