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Tired of the left and right-wing tribal reporting on Viktor Orbán? Read this essay by a centrist Hungarian student

  • By: Levi Varga
  • In my honest opinion, Hungary is not ready for capitalism and civil society. Every attempt beforehand to establish these was more or less amateurish and resulting in more of a feudal outcome where we copied a Western nation without harmonizing any differences between the two states. Those who voted for Orbán did not vote because of hate and fear, although the campaign to demonize immigrants worked like a charm, they voted for FIDESZ because they wanted to receive a familiar sense of safety that they did not get from Gyurcsány or the previous cabinets since 1989.
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    Belgian Army ridiculed for plan catering to ‘homesick’ recruits by abolishing obligatory stay at barracks

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Belgian Ministry of Defence is considering to drop the obligation to stay at barracks during military training. It calls it a “meeting the needs of the modern soldier halfway”, because one in six recruits doesn’t finish training. Allegedly because they miss the free life, family and friends too much.
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    French President Macron says he has “proof that chemical weapons were used by Assad regime”, declines to comment on details

  • By: Timon Dias
  • “We have proof that last week, now 10 days ago, that chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of (President) Bashar al-Assad. (…) Our teams have been working on this all week and we will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective.”
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    Report: Denmark’s Social Democrats make a U-Turn on immigration and integration. Will European colleagues follow suit?

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • -‘That was your mistake?’

    ‘Yeah. Fully. That was our core voters. It was working class, middle class voters who were saying to us, we have a problem with integration. And what our leadership in the social democratic party, basically told them was: you don’t have a problem. O.K., you have one problem, that you are racist if you are raising your voice in any way.”

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    Slovak journalist murdered after exposing political corruption, so the European Parliament sent six MP’s on a two-day symbolic investigation

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The delegation went to Slovakia for two days, which is not long for what is a complicated investigation. It then took time to go and visit the place where the bodies were found. Which just sounds like some sort of tourist-trip: hardly a place to go for a delegation investigating the political implications of the murder, especially when there isn’t much time.
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    Slovak Prime Minister refutes claims he has mafia ties by posing next to a €1 million cash reward, following murder of investigative journalist and fiancée

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Editors-in-chief of major Slovak newspapers and news broadcasters have issued a joint statement:

    “The murder of a journalist is a serious sign that the crime is turning against one of the most important pillars of freedom: the freedom of speech and the right of the public to control the powerful and those violating the law.”

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    Rather racist and bigoted transgender Munroe Bergdorf now part of UK Labour’s LGBT+ advisory board

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism.”
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    Dutch government abolishes right to ‘advisory referenda’. Opposition compares “dictatorial” move to communist practices 

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Dutch referendum is KIA. In a vote on 22 February, the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) voted to abolish the possibility to organise a so-called ‘advisory referendum’, by a one-vote Parliamentary majority. The decision by the government to abolish the referendum has been questioned by the opposition. The opposition is especially critical of government manoeuvres intended to make sure no referendum can be called on the abolishment of the referendum.
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    Dutch Police Union report: Country turning into ‘narco-state’, less than 20% of victims file complaints, only 20% of crimes are examined

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Only 1 in 9 criminal groups can be confronted with the present available manpower and means.”

    “‘The last 25 years, I have seen small-time dealers grow into large contractors who have good contacts in politics, and into so-called respected investors,’ (Bert, detective)”

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    Dutch Foreign Minister in hot water after lying about meeting Putin for four years

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • What follows is a rather embarrassing interview, where Zijlstra tries to argue that he didn’t intend to either glorify himself, or get the story to circulate widely. That he tried to distance himself from it, when it was used to suggest he had foreign experience. But as De Volkskrant points out, he never, until now, outright said he wasn’t there with Putin.
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