Hungary targets Soros-funded university in latest authoritarian push

“Soros had become a popular target for the government to attack to appeal to its supporters. …[Orbán] wants to say he stands for protection and security — protecting the people of Hungary against international actors who want to influence what is happening here”

Comments to by Réka Csaba on the bill that makes it possible to shut down the Central European University.

The article is available HERE.

Olimpiai hátraarc: Tanulságok és következmények

Csaba Réka az Ökopolisz Alapítvány kerekasztal-beszélgetésén elemezte az olimpiai népszavazási aláírásgyűjtés politikai tanulságait.

Réka Csaba discussed the political consequenses of the petition for the referendum against Hungary’s Olympic bid with the participants of a roundtable discussion organized by Ökopolisz Foundation.#

He for She

Magyarország ENSZ Ifjúsági Küldötte meghívására a magyarországi #heforshe kampány újraindításáról szóló megbeszélésen vettünk részt. Fontosnak tartjuk hangsúlyozni, hogy a nők politikai részvételének elősegítése hozzájárulhat a nemek közötti egyenlőtlenségek csökkentéséhez, és ehhez mind a nőkre, mind a férfiakra szükség van.

Meeting with stakeholders on re-launching campaign in Hungary hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in Budapest for the invitation of the UN Youth Delegate of Hungary.


The Attitude of Hungarian Society Towards Same-Sex Marriage

36% of Hungarians support same-sex marriage, while 56% are against it – according to the latest national representative opinion poll conducted by Budapest Pride and Integrity Lab. The support for legalizing the right is significantly higher: 46% of the respondents would not exclude same-sex couples from having such a possibility. Both results are better than in previous years, and the fact that the latter is even higher is an exception in the region: earlier researches showed that in Eastern-European countries the support for intoducing the right for same-sex couples is usually lower than for the right to marry. 60% of the population agrees with the principle that lesbian, gay and bisexual persons should have the same rights as anyone else.

The article is available on HERE.

Hungarian Parties and Same-Sex Marriage – Stances, Questions and Concerns

For years now, the Hungarian LGBTQ community has proven itself to be one of the best organized civil movements: the number of people attending the annual Pride parade is increasing each year; their interannual programs (from a film festival to the Coming Out Day) strengthen the notions of openness, awareness and acceptance both towards the community and the mainstream society. Compared to the rest of the civil organizations set out to defend human rights, Pride is less insistent on isolating itself from party politicians: politicians of left-wing and liberal parties typically attend the annual march with high-profile representation.

On the other hand, however, apparently this is the maximum level of support politicians are willing to show when it comes to the LGBTQ’s fight for the extension of rights: based on the opinions articulated at a conference held last week on same-sex marriage, it seems uncertain that Hungary would move closer to establishing same-sex marriage if a new government was elected.

On the jointly organized event of Budapest Pride and Integrity Lab, Hungarian left-wing and liberal opposition parties and Jobbik (the radical right-wing party) debated the topic. While the latter categorically denied the idea of same-sex marriage, the rest of the parties, in theory, were all in agreement with it. However, their positions greatly differed in terms of the question of timing and the path that has to be taken towards realization. After the debate the general impression was that the larger the party, the less adamant or daring it is to become engaged in the issue.

The full article is avalaible on HERE.

Female politicians in the public eye

Four out of ten Hungarians are more likely to vote for a party which considers it important to have more women as candidates, and 58% of left-liberal voters would agree that left-liberal opposition should have a woman as their prime minister candidate in the next elections in 2018.

Our research about the attitude of Hungarian society towards female politicians on HERE .


Participation and Political Activity of Young Generations

After the Brexit referendum more and more people started to realize how little we know and care about the political activity of the youth. The results made it clear: the youth have significantly different views on certain issues, but their absence from voting resulted in the victory for Brexit. In our analysis we looked at the statistics regarding the political activity and passivity of young voters in Hungary and the European Union to better understand the background of this phenomenon (18-29).

The absence of young voters in the UK is not unprecedented. Previous election results clearly show: young Brits are the least politically active – together with Polish youngsters, while Hungarians are in the mid-range in a European comparison.

Youngsters are a the most ambivalent voter group in general: some of them are purposely not interested in politics, but in the same time some of the are the most active supporters of new, anti-establishment parties – let them be greens, radical right-wing, new leftists or liberals. Low participation of young voters – and their openness towards new actors – are related to their overall rejection of traditional parties and politics.

The analysis is available on HERE .