Washington, DC – The “Hungarian Review”, the English-language affiliate of the bi-monthly journal Magyar Szemle, edited by Gyula Kodolányi and John O’Sullivan, has published its fifth issue for 2019.
As John O’ Sullivan in his editorial note entitled “In Times of Transition and Stability” writes, the relative stability of the Cold War throws into sharp contrast the instability of two other periods covered in this issue: the first such period is that from the late 1930s to the end of the Second World War, particularly the time from March to October 1944; and the second one is the present.
John O’Sullivan recommends: “The “Current” section of Hungarian Review in this issue consists of four analyses of our present discontents by distinguished contributors who predict that major political and cultural changes are coming to Europe: Australia’s former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, on the spectre of demographic decline in Europe, weakening the continent in world politics; Die Welt’s correspondent in Central Europe, Boris Kálnoky, on the changes in German politics that are replacing its post-war stable bipartisan government of Centre-Left and Right with a new politics of shifting coalitions between four or five new parties with stronger ideological identities such as the Greens and nationalists (and, not incidentally, pointing in a direction different from the emerging politics of Central Europe); Szabolcs Takács on how the Hungarian government in its approach to Brexit must solve a complex Rubik’s Cube political problem by reconciling its loyalty to the EU with its currently good relations with the United Kingdom whose right to depart it respects as a democratic matter, regrets as a matter of immediate Hungarian national interest, but sees as possessing certain longer-term advantages for smaller EU members if a successful Brexit encourages Brussels to restrain its itch to interfere in everything – an itch that Balázs Orbán independently identifies as the factor that threatens to overturn Europe’s basic political compromise that keeps the rule of law, human rights, and democracy in a kind of harmonious balance and thus keeps the whole show on the road.”
The articles in the ‘Current’ section are the following: Tony Abbott (“A Real Extinction Rebellion – Address at the Third Budapest Demographic Summit”); Boris Kálnoky (“Germany: The End of Stability? – Regional Elections in Brandenburg and Saxony Herald What May Be the Future of Germany”); Balázs Orbán (“Can We Have It All? The Trilemma of the Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy”); and Szabolcs Takács (“BREXIT and Its Aftermath – A Hungarian Government View”).
The periodical then continues with an ‘Essay’ section that contains an article by Ryszard Legutko (“On Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism”).
The ‘Essay’ section is followed by the ‘History’ section with contributions by Orsolya Németh (“Fighting Dictatorships: The Congress for Cultural Freedom”); A Real-Life Story – Roselyne Chenu talks to Nicolas Stenger about the Congress for Cultural Freedom in Eastern Europe; David A. J. Reynolds (“Not by Earthly Wisdom – Billy Graham’s 1977 Visit to Hungary in the Context of Church-State – Part III”); and Géza Jeszenszky (“The Controversy about July 1944”).
The ‘History’ section is followed by a section entitled ‘Hungarians Beyond the Borders’ that contains articles by Gabor Bethlenfalvay (“In Search of America – PartI”); and Charles Fenyvesi (“Three Directions for the Hungarian Diaspora”).
Finally, the ‘Culture and the Arts’ section features articles by Miklós Kásler (“Parallels and Connections – Hungary and England in the Time of Thomas Becket – Part II”); and Mária Prokopp (“Pál Szinyei Merse: European Spirit – Hungarian Soul – On Impressions of Pál Szinyei Merse”).