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?
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 up 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"
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ben Novak speaks to Blanka Zöldi and András Pethő of the investigative journalism NGO Direkt36.hu about their article "How EU-funded projects secretly contributed to the Orbán family’s enrichment". To read the article, follow this link: http://www.direkt36.hu/en/2017/05/09/rejtett-allami-munkakbol-is-jott-penz-az-orban-csalad-gyorsan-szerzett-milliardjaihoz/
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.
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.