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Hungarian Spectrum features daily analyses of news from Hungary—political, economic, and cultural. Its editor and primary pundit is Eva S. Balogh, who formerly taught East European history at Yale University. Guest contributors include Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of sociology and international affairs at Princeton University; Charles Gati, senior research professor of European and Eurasian studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Randolph L. Braham, distinguished professor emeritus of political science and director of the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; and Janos Kornai, professor of economics emeritus at Harvard University and Corvinus University of Budapest.

The site, which is archived at the Library of Congress, is recognized by diplomats, journalists, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations as a source of thoughtful analysis and high-level discussion of contemporary Hungarian affairs.

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Member
June 17, 2012 8:30 am

This is just to express my profound admiration for Professor Balogh’s remarkably well-informed coverage, temperate but firm, of ongoing Hungarian developments from the standpoint of a professional historian: The benign and rational portion of the Hungarian populace (which, I am sure, despite the cacophony of xenophobic loathing, scape-goating and irredentist hubris currently prevailing in that sad little land, still exists) is greatly in Professor Balogh’s debt for her clear-headed and fair-minded surveillance. Her relentlessly exposing to the outside world the current Hungarian government’s unprincipled opportunism cannot but help hasten that nation’s return to sense and decency.

Guest
June 22, 2012 5:15 am

Hi,

I am writing from the Press Gazette, a journalism magazine in the UK, we are hoping to do a piece on press freedom in Hungary for our edition next week and I would love to be able to get Professor Balogh’s opinion on the matter, it would be great if she could get in touch with me at James.Michael.Read@gmail.com or let me know how I can contact her?

Regards,
James Read

Guest
June 29, 2012 6:10 am

Dear Eva,
may I draw your attention to my new book: Hungary between Democracy and Authoritarianism (Columbia University Press) – London edition at Hurst Publishing. A review would be welcome. PLease contact me also personally: Europ.Rundschau@aon.at

Guest
June 29, 2012 7:24 am

Paul Lendvai :
Dear Eva,
may I draw your attention to my new book: Hungary between Democracy and Authoritarianism (Columbia University Press) – London edition at Hurst Publishing. A review would be welcome. PLease contact me also personally: Europ.Rundschau@aon.at

London Calling!

Paul!

Am just reading yr “One Day That Shook the Communist World” – so interesting!

Maybe Eva could review that too?

Regards

Charlie

Guest
July 11, 2012 3:02 am

Dear Eva!
I highly respect all your efforts. Your daily blog and the Charta are both very important to our Country! After I subscribed, a few days ago, you always make my day! Thank you! K.Z.

Guest
July 20, 2012 11:12 pm

I have a blog : http://balintafatalista.blogspot.hu/ Do read it and criticize it please. S.B.

Guest
July 21, 2012 12:15 pm

A “Well balanced” mutual admiration society….This blog, the Nepszava in Hungary, the Amerikai (Magyar) Mepszava and the Galamus…is there anything to the left of these?

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Chris S.
July 21, 2012 3:12 pm

This blog provides incredible coverage and analysis of the Orban government. Others whom I have recommended the site to say the same.

I would be interested in reading something about the democratic, non-Socialist opposition (such as it is). Who are they, where did they come from, and (since they are such a small minority) what political tactics are they using/recommending? (I realize that Lehet Más a Politika is the only opposition party in Parliament that is democratic and non-Socialist, so we’d also have to include political forces outside Parliament.)

But I’m also curious which major figures of the democratic opposition of 1990-2010 – politicians like Fodor, Demszky and so on – have remained in politics (or at least in public life), and what they say today. How do they account for the utter implosion of SzDSz and its democratic, Western-oriented political line? What can democratic-minded Hungarians do to regain some sort of political influence?

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Some1
July 21, 2012 5:34 pm

Louis Kovach :
A “Well balanced” mutual admiration society….This blog, the Nepszava in Hungary, the Amerikai (Magyar) Mepszava and the Galamus…is there anything to the left of these?

Kovach, It is easy to publish things that support an anti-government in power. It is very easy to praise an authoritarian ruler. THe hard part is to go against injustice. It just happens that you are not a liberal, and from your post it is also clear that you are not fan of democracy that is the foundation of any western democracy, so it is clear that you find all and everyone who fights for the basic values objectionable. In your posts you defended neo-nazi efforts and nazi writers, you questioned basic democratic processes. Your opposing opinion to any publication should serve as an endorsement to said media.

Guest
July 21, 2012 8:55 pm

Dr. Balogh: “And one more things. The people who are involved in the publications you mention are the representatives of the conscience of the nation who risk their livelihood in defense of Hungarian democracy.”

Yes, like Bartus who could not see an intelligent face during his visit to Hungary. Good example of the “conscience of the nation”!

Guest
July 21, 2012 8:56 pm

To Chris S. : You may want to look into Pozsgay’s new publication also.

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gdfxx
July 22, 2012 12:36 am

Louis Kovach :
To Chris S. : You may want to look into Pozsgay’s new publication also.

Former member of the politburo and now adviser to Orban…

Member
July 22, 2012 12:39 am

Louis, would you mind explaining me what the “left” is? Because you seem to use it like a swearword. What is it? Critics of the FIDESZ government are en bloc left? And while you are at it also explain me please what’s wrong with “left”?

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danolner
September 11, 2012 10:54 am

Eva, apologies for jumping in on this thread. There are some stories doing the rounds where people are shouting “three cheers for Hungary kicking out Monsanto!” (e.g. here.)

My first reaction has been alarm that people so vociferously opposed to a company have failed to look past that to the politics behind it. But I’m not sure where this Monsanto policy comes from – is it something new as the government has started combining right wing and Hungary-only policies, or is it something more established that can’t be pinned on Fidesz or any other party?

Another link…

My initial response was: ” ‘Good for hungary’ over Monsanto? Trans: “good for the BNP/EDL for smashing up Tesco! Well done those blackshirts!”

I fear I may have over-reacted! But the blindness on some left / localism types in the UK to the political reality there worries me. I wonder if you have any thoughts?

Thanks,

dan

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[…] “They simply cannot run campaigns on that amount of money,” said Eva Balogh, a historian who writes the blog Hungarian Spectrum. […]

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J
September 20, 2012 1:52 am

Louis Kovach: To the left of this? How could anything be more extreme than a blog which praises communist criminals such as Kadar, Gurcsany and other animals? Have you people lost your brains? Wake up for God’s sake! You are supporting mass murderers here!

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Michael Shafir
October 9, 2012 12:11 pm

Dear Eva Balogh

I am looking for an old article of yours. It should have been on the Hungarian Spectrum, but it somehow disappeared from there. The link was http://esbalogh.typepad.com/hungarianspectrum/2008/09/extreme-right-new-right-radical-right-in-hungary.html

Could you be so kind as to mail it to me at the address shafirmchl@yahoo.com or michael.shafir@ubbcluj.ro.

Professor Michael Shafir, Emeritus
Doctoral School for International Relations and Security Studies
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Guest
October 17, 2012 4:14 pm

Eva, I greatly admire your blog.

Please contact me: kramer@american.edu

Thanks,
Robert Kramer
Web site: https://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/kramer.cfm

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CarlosD
October 17, 2012 10:38 pm

I am very impressed with this blog and grateful for the efforts of its’ creator. There is so little information and news relating to Hungary in English. I find much of the news about my family’s ancestral homeland depressing these days but I find myself turning to this site regularly and learning a great deal. I have to add that it is a little sad that there seems to be no source of English news coming from serious Hungarian sources or news organizations. It might benefit Hungary to do a better job of relating to the rest of the world if there were. In any case thanks!

Guest
October 18, 2012 3:30 am

I`m grateful for you regular comments on Hungarian politics. Could you be kind and also make some comments on the new land law which is debated in the parliament?

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Mark
October 19, 2012 12:01 pm

Eva, have you considered adding buttons to allow easy posting of your blog entries on Facebook and other social sites?

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