According to LMP, the article written by Zsolt Bayer is clearly an act of „incitement against an ethnic group” as laid out in the Hungarian penal code. Politics Can Be Different called on Fidesz to seriously consider if it can keep tolerating the journalist among its members. András Schiffer, chairman of the LMP group said [...]
LMP’s spokespersons Katalin Csiba and László Heltai announced that the party would not participate in the initiative started by the socialist party MSZP called “Alliance for change”, which includes the “Democratic Coalition” of former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, the “Together 2014″ alliance of former prime minister Gordon Bajnai (which includes the free speech NGO “Milla” and the [...]
On the 11th of July 2012 LMP activists and MP-s occupied the entrance of the central plant of the Hungarian construction giant, Közgép. Közgép belongs to Lajos Simicska, former college roommate and main confidant of Prime Minister Orbán. He is considered the most powerful Hungarian oligarch, who is able to convert his wealth into political influence, and vise-versa, use his considerable political weight, to gain full control over public tenders. Közgép has won virtually every single public tender it entered, and Simicska now rules the construction industry, without his consent and involvement no one has a chance to gain any state funding.
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Inspired by José Bové’s visit two weeks earlier, farmers from the village of Kajászó symbolically occupied and began to cultivate a piece of state-owned land last Wednesday, protesting against the decision to lease it to a non-resident, whose only qualification seems to be that he is the neighbour of a secretary of state in the Fidesz government. They were joined by LMP’s Rebeka Szabó, who demanded full transparency on all scandalous leasing decisions of the National Land Management Authority (NFA) that have caused József Ángyán, the former state secretary for agriculture to resign in protest from the Orbán-government. In the forum he held with Bové and Szabó on 3 October 2012, Ángyán pointed out that, in a striking contrast to what Fidesz had promised to the electorate, less than 20% of the public land across Hungary was leased to local farmers.
Today, Fidesz’s oligarchies, including Lakos Simicska and Zsolt Nyerges, are in control of the country’s economic and legislative decisions. This is why LMP’s activists and parliamentary delegates demonstrated in front of Közgép Inc.’s building. The essence of democracy is simple: the power should be given to the people. Governing power should not be in the [...]
As Benedek Jávor said at a press conference today, the Hungarian Green Party, Politics Can Be Different (LMP) is convinced that the proposal by the European Commission to suspend Cohesion Funds allocations for Hungary is a result of the policies of the Hungarian government. The Leader of the Parliamentary Group of the party said Hungarian [...]
Politics Can be Different (LMP) is standing up for internet freedom, and rejects the ACTA, an international agreement which would impede on freedom of information rights. LMP asks the Hungarian Parliament to join the Green party in voting down the highly controversial international agreement. Along with representatives from corporations of 39 countries, Hungary signed an [...]
PM Viktor Orbán rhetoric suggests he would give in to the European Union on any question. On Tuesday, Viktor Orbán practically waved a white flag in Brussels, as he says he is ready to give in to Union on any question – expressed, Benedek Jávor, the deputy head of LMP parliamentary group at a Wednesday [...]
LMP has turned to the Hungarian courts because of a restriction on Freedom of the Assembly. The Budapest Police Department has refused the request of the party to commemorate March 15th, a symbolic date for Hungarians, at Heroes Square–announced Tímea Szabó at her Tuesday press conference. Police alluded that the Municipality of Budapest had earlier [...]
Parliamentary representative, Gábor Vágó, gave a statement at a Friday press conference articulating that Tamás Fellegi’s statement in Brussels proved Fidesz lacks any consistency: their communication to the international sphere and their communication at home are polar opposites. According to Mr. Vágó, the Fidesz administration has to realize that their socially unjust flat tax system [...]
Viktor Orbán is playing a double-game in the international sphere, and is stating falsehoods; to put it point-blank, he is lying to the European Parliament. At a press conference held parallel to the EP debate on Hungary, LMP deputy head of the LMP parliamentary group, Benedek Jávor, reacted by saying that the prime minister “is [...]
The Hungarian government received a serious warning from the European Commission, LMP’s Lajos Mile, vice president of the Hungarian parliament’s EU committee, has indicated in a press conference. The administration cannot ignore this and has to reconsider its economic policy now, he pointed out.
According to LMP, only an economic shift that re-establishes the credibility and stability of the country can preserve the value of the Hungarian Forint in the long run. This was András Schiffer’s, the head of the LMP parliamentary group, reaction at a press conference in Budapest. Mr. András Schiffer spoke about the meeting Friday between Prime [...]
According to LMP, with Mr.Tamas Fellegi’s announcement the Hungarian government ridiculed itself again as they shifted away from their earlier position by showing willingness to sign up for a standby package with the IMF.
According to LMP, the Orban-administration will not cease in demolishing the democratic institutions of Hungary. Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Máté Szabó’s, first act was to eliminate the office of green ombudsman under the new law on ombudsman (which came into effect the 1st of January, 2012). Based on the new legislation, 14 members, including the [...]
LMP is preparing for street demonstrations similar to the one held on the 23rd of December, 2011, because the party “wants to bridge the gap between the streets and the parliament” – said Mr. András Schiffer in his interview reviewing the year 2011 to MTI (Hungarian News Agency). The Head of the Parliamentary faction of [...]
Recent developments in Hungarian politics are ringing the bell for the end of democracy in the country, requiring massive mobilisation by all those who believe in Hungarian democracy and the rule of law.
December 21st 2011 According to LMP (Politics Can be Different), the Media Council has taken a „shameful” decision when it retracted the frequency of a Budapest based radio station, Klubrádió, said MP Gergely Karácsony at a press conference Wednesday. The Deputy Chairman of the LMP faction added that it has become clear to all that [...]
This morning, we organised a protest manifestation in front of the Hungarian Parliament. Although MPs and sympathisants of LMP blocked the car park of the building and let through anyone approaching it on foot, the police has forcefully taken them into custody under the charge of limiting the personal freedom of other persons. Police behaviour [...]
On December 23, the majority of the Hungarian Parliament is set to adopt the Electoral Law, the Stability Law, the new Central Bank Law and the amendment of the House-rule. This day is the end of a long process and marks the beginning of a new era. In the new electoral law the constituency boundaries [...]
PRESS RELEASE – Brussels, 20 December 2011 Letter to Barroso, Greens warn against factual end of democracy and rule of law in Hungary Ahead of a crucial vote in the Hungarian Parliament on Friday 23 December, Greens/EFA Co-Presidents Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit warn in a letter to the EU Commission’s President José Barroso that [...]
20 December 2011 Yesterday the proposal to the doubling the number of women in Parliament, which is currently at a meager level of 9%, by accepting a female quota was dismissed by the MPs in a roll call vote. It is sad to see that even the epresentatives of the governing party who voted without [...]
According to Politics can be Different (LMP), the letter of José Manuel Barroso clearly proves that while Mr Orban speaks of war of independence and national sovereignty, he abashes Hungary in international forums. MP Gergely Karácsony gave a statement to MTI (Hungarian News Agency), which stated this on Tuesday (20.12.2012); Mr. Karácsonya added that the [...]