The man's phone and laptop were confiscated after he shared a post by a member of Parliament. Also this week, new Special Economic Zones could come to Hungary, and the EP debates the emergency powers law.
Hungary dropped two categories in six years, leaving the group of democracies entirely. Also this week: the EC predicts a 7% drop in GDP in 2020, and Parliament rejects the Istanbul Convention on violence against women.
Budapest has created its own emergency task force, and claims the government refuses to coordinate pandemic response and has not provided adequate tests or protective equipment. This and other important stories from this week.
Viktor Orbán was at first reluctant to allow the coronavirus to interrupt his political plans, until he learned how to use the crisis to his advantage.
The passage of the emergency powers law, and the introduction of an omnibus draft bill that would give the government even more control over public life, caused chaos as Fidesz opponents in Hungary and abroad scambled to find a response.
The law, which is expected to pass on Tuesday, would subvert parliamentary democracy and could have serious consequences for independent media.
"The pandemic has entered its second phase" - Gov't implements economic relief measures, military task force as coronavirus spreads
The Minister of Defence announced military task forces will monitor and coordinate the operations of 140 companies, and said soldiers would be on the streets beginning Friday morning.
Universities close, events are cancelled, and tourists stay home as Covid-19 fears ramp up in Hungary. This and other important stories from this week.
After years of failed attempts and political setbacks, the Hungarian government is trying a novel method for expanding its influence over the judiciary and eroding public trust in the courts. Europe-wide judicial solidarity and pressure from within the EU seem to be the only ways to limit the ambitions of the country’s ruling party.
State media censors stories on Greta Thunberg, stricter rules come to the Party District, and more important stories from this week.
The coronavirus spreads, police investigate a TikTok video, Budapest takes over financing of four theatres, and other stories from this week.
Total unity in Dunaújváros brought the opposition its first ever victory in a national election, and could light the path toward defeating Fidesz in 2022.
Right-wing extremists march in Borsod county, the opposition wins a key by-election, Trump and Orbán have a chat, and other stories from this week.
The last National Consultations were in 2018 on "Family Protection" and in 2017 on the "Soros Plan".
"We need to replace them" - How a burgeoning grassroots culture changed the rules in the 8th District
A diverse movement of left-wing organizers in Budapest is working on two fronts to make social - and political - change.
Around 2,000 people gathered in the 7th District to oppose anti-white racism and anti-Christian bigotry.
The competition authority did not investigate media mega-conglomerate KESMA after Prime Minister Orbán declared it to be "of national strategic importance"
Hungary's top defense lawyer called for the government to pay court-ordered compensation to prisoners and to Roma victims of school segregation.
After the opposition showed unity could result in election wins, Fidesz faces a tough choice: compromise or domination.
The EPP's support for the resolution deepened the fault lines between the group and Fidesz, making it even more likely that Hungary's ruling party will leave EPP and seek other allies in the European Parliament.
In the independent media's only chance of the year to pose questions to the prime minister, Orbán said it was unfair that Roma children that faced school segregation received monetary damages. The first 2020 edition of the weekly English-language newsletter from Insight Hungary.
A joint investigation by 444.hu, Direkt36 and the Russian Novaya Gazeta.
A suspected international criminal and the Syrian dictator’s money man also bought Hungarian residency bonds
He moved his headquarters from Aleppo to Pesterzsébet, then purchased a Hungarian residency bond before being taken away by commandos. A Syrian businessman, who the Americans say committed human rights violations, was let into Hungary.
A piece of computer code embeded in a website of the Hungarian government sent personal information to servers registered in Moscow.