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Gábor Bojár: "They control the entire economy"
Graphisoft founder Gábor Bojár joins us in the studio to discuss Hungary's upcoming general election, how Fidesz came to power, and Lajos Bokros' decision to go at the elections alone. (photo: Ivola Bazánth, 168 óra)
Mar 07, 2018
Márta Pardavi, co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Márta Pardavi speaks to us about the government's "Starve and Strangle Bill." We discuss what NGOs like the Hungarian Helsinki Committee are going through and how the EU has responded to the crisis of negative trends in Hungary. Pardavi tells us the HHC would provide legal aid to the prime minister's son-in-law if...
Feb 19, 2018
Anton Shekhovtsov, author "Russia and the Western Far-Right: Tango Noir," joins us in the studio
Anton Shekhovtsov joins Ben Novak in the studio to discuss his new book, Russia and the Western Far-Right: Tango Noir. - How long has Russia been in contact with the western far-right? - Why is this good for Russia? - What can the west expect in the future? - How can the west protect itself from becoming Putinized?
Feb 08, 2018
5 important issues with Péter Krekó of Political Capital and Ben Novak
Péter Krekó of Political Capital joins Ben Novak in the studio to discuss five important topics: - Misleading polls in Hungary, - George Soros on Orbán having bought up MSZP, - Political anti-Semitism in Hungary, - Russian relations with Hungary — united in the fight against Ukraine, and - Krekó's new book, "The Hungarian Far Right: Social Demand, Political Supply, and International Context"
Feb 02, 2018
Lajos Bokros: This is what Gyurcsány told me
MoMA chairman Lajos Bokros swings by the studio to discuss the break-up between his party and Ferenc Gyurcsány's Democratic Coalition and other news.
Jan 25, 2018
Dean Starkman: "We are looking at the Golden Age of Public Corruption"
Dean Starkman is a fellow at Center for Media, Data and Society and a visiting lecturer at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, Budapest. He and Ben Novak discuss the challenges facing public interest journalism, the transformation of journalism as whole, and where things are going from here.
Dec 14, 2017
Kész: The only way to defeat Fidesz is with the "Highlander Plan"
Independent MP Zoltán Kész broke Fidesz's two-thirds supermajority in a by-election in 2015. He says the only way to defeat Fidesz in the 2018 national elections is with the "Highlander Plan." (The plan does not involve separating anyone's head from their body.)
Nov 29, 2017
Are European politicians being bought up with Azeri money?
Ben Novak speaks to Benedek Jávor MEP about efforts in the European Parliament to shine light on the Azerbaijani laundromat, a slush fund reportedly used to buy influence from European politicians and journalists.
Nov 17, 2017
Referendum on NGO-stigmatizing bill!
Momentum executive board member Anna Orosz joins Justin Spike and Ben Novak in the studio to discuss her party's push for a referendum on the NGO-stigmatizing bill adopted by Fidesz in June.
Nov 15, 2017
Will this Momentum be enough for the upcoming election?
Ben Novak is joined in the studio by Momentum politicians Márton Benedek and Daniel Berg to discuss the upcoming election, why they chose to run in their respective electoral districts, and whether it's worth it to coordinate the fielding of candidates with other opposition parties.
Nov 02, 2017
CEU in legal limbo and US criticism of media sector takeover
Ben Novak and Lili Bayer discuss the Central European University's legal limbo and US Embassy's position on Hungary's media takeover.
Oct 24, 2017
Hungary is now the ultimate defender of Christian Europe?
Join Lili Bayer and Ben Novak as they analyze how Hungary's ruling party is going "all in" on the claim that they are protecting the nation – and Europe – from forces seeking to destroy Christianity and nation-states. Brace yourselves, this one is a doozie!
Oct 13, 2017
Lajos Bokros on Orbán's fascist state
Former finance minister and chairman of Movement for a Modern Hungary Lajos Bokros joins us in the studio to talk about the Őcsény scandal, the moral hazard of Orbán's fascism, Hungary's upcoming national elections, and what it will take to rebuild Hungary.
Oct 05, 2017
Benedek Jávor MEP on the CONT visit to Hungary
Benedek Jávor MEP speaks to the Beacon about the European Parliament's Budget Oversight fact-finding mission to Hungary. They even rode the Felcsút mini-train!
Sep 20, 2017
Hot autumn? Soros plan? A guide to Fidesz's campaign terminology.
Fidesz is gearing up for election season. They envision violent street protests and a "Soros Plan" to flood Europe with millions of Muslim terrorists. Lili Bayer and Péter Erdélyi join Ben Novak in the studio to discuss where all this might be going.
Sep 18, 2017
NGOs affected by discriminatory law file constitutional complaint
Veronika Móra of the Ökotárs Foundation joins Ben Novak in the studio to discuss why two dozen NGOs filed a constitutional complaint with Hungary's Constitutional Court to challenge the recently-adopted NGO-stigmatizing law.
Sep 05, 2017
Vladimir Putin comes to Budapest
Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to Budapest for the second time in 2017. Hungary's opposition parties respond with low-turnout protests. In the studio: Ben Novak, Lili Bayer, and Justin Spike
Aug 29, 2017
Nick Griffin and Jim Dowson expelled from Hungary
Ben Novak speaks to's Péter Erdélyi about the expulsion of British far-right politicians Nick Griffin and Jim Dowson. What were these two British nationals doing in Hungary?
Jun 02, 2017
Two Activists, One Podcast
Ben Novak speaks to activists Gergő Varga and Márton Gulyás about the failed attempt to throw paint at Hungary's President Palace, whether Hungary's protests are dying out, the infamous meeting with Zsolt Bayer, and more!
May 22, 2017
How the EU funds the Orbán family businesses
Ben Novak speaks to Blanka Zöldi and András Pethő of the investigative journalism NGO about their article "How EU-funded projects secretly contributed to the Orbán family’s enrichment". To read the article, follow this link:
May 12, 2017
"Let's stop Moscow!"
Ben Novak sits down with Máté Varga and Dávid Bedő to discuss the "Let's Stop Moscow!" protest they organized in Budapest last week.
May 05, 2017
András Pethő of Direkt36 shares some juicy details about the Jeremie program
Ben Novak speaks to András Pethő of Direkt36 about the Jeremie program. It turns out Hungarian authorities had absolutely no problem with how EU subsidies designated for rural startups were used.
Apr 21, 2017
What is Momentum Movement?
Budapest Beacon senior correspondent Ben Novak sits down with Barnabás Kádár and Miklós Hajnal to talk their political party, Momentum Movement.
Apr 12, 2017
Interview with Goran Buldioski
Ben Novak interview with Goran Buldioski, director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe. The two discuss the Hungarian government's attacks on civil society and how Open Society aims to support democracy in Hungary.
Apr 05, 2017
Hungarian NGOs offer thoughts on latest government attacks
The Budapest Beacon sat down with members of Hungarian civil society to find out how they see the latest crackdown on civil society. Ben Novak speaks to Dalma Dojcsák of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Sándor Léderer of K-Monitor, Áron Demeter of Amnesty International, and András Kádár of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.
Feb 13, 2017
What happened in Hungary this week (December 12-16)
What happened in Hungary this week (December 12-16) by Budapest Beacon
Dec 19, 2016
Protests Podcast — corruption, free media, and October 23rd
Protests Podcast — corruption, free media, and October 23rd by Budapest Beacon
Oct 20, 2016
Népszabadság and Budapest 8th District public procurement fraud
Justin Spike and Ben Novak sit down András Pethő of investigative journalism NGO Direkt36 to talk about the sudden shutdown of Népszabadság and public procurement fraud in Budapest's 8th District.
Oct 11, 2016
Hungary's October 2nd Referendum
The Budapest Beacon staff discuss what the government is doing to drum up support for its October 2nd referendum.
Sep 25, 2016
Ben Novak and Peter Erdelyi talk about the MNB data dump
Ben Novak and Peter Erdelyi talk about the MNB data dump by Budapest Beacon
Apr 26, 2016
E14PM Demonstration for Referendum On Paks at Budavári Palota | Buda Castle
E14PM Demonstration for Referendum On Paks at Budavári Palota | Buda Castle by Budapest Beacon
Feb 10, 2014
Interview with MEP Reinhard Butikofer
Reinhard Butikofer is a German MEP and co-chair of the European 'Greens'. Mr Butikofer was in Budapest at a conference on dealing with 'green jobs'. We spoke with Mr Butikofer before the conference.
Jan 24, 2014
Interview with Lajos Bokros Part 1 of 3
In this first part of a three part interview we discuss taxes, poverty, economic policy, social policy, and improving Hungary’s current tax code.
Dec 17, 2013
Interview with Lajos Bokros Part 2 of 3
Interview with Lajos Bokros Part 2 of 3 by Budapest Beacon
Dec 17, 2013
Interview with Benedek Jávor of Párbeszéd Magyarországért
In this interview with Benedek Javor of Párbeszéd Magyarországért we discuss the controversies surrounding "Green Authority".
Nov 25, 2013