Marcell Rév is director of cinematography of the “Euphoria” series on HBO Max. He works by collecting photos and photo albums, searching online, and taking photos himself. He then builds the visual world of his films scene by scene using these collections. The visual concept of Euphoria was created the same way. Here’s a selection of his analogue photos.
The European Commission and Hungary have found themselves in a tough game theory situation. Who will be the first to swerve? There is much to gain and much to lose.
Many Hungarians have been housing Ukrainian refugees in their home, and while this is indeed a noble act, there are still utilities to pay, laundry to wash, shopping to do, and cleaning to keep up with. Some people have even started a collection to finance the housing of refugees. In other countries, state aid is available for those who take in refugees. Not in Hungary.
Viktor Orbán was today officially inaugurated as Hungary’s prime minister for the fifth time. Here’s a summary of his speech on the occasion.
According to the diplomats who spoke with Bloomberg, due to the Hungarian government’s determined refusal of their quick introduction, more and more member countries think that the 6th EU sanction package against Russia should be reconsidered.
The Russians were advancing towards a nuclear power plant in Southern Ukraine when they came upon an unexpected obstacle. One little town was not intimidated by their tanks: the mayor had the bridge blown up, and the locals built up the town’s defense together. We spoke with the angry local who became an internet celebrity after he and his wife chased the fully armed Russian soldiers out of their yard. Our video report from Voznesensk, Ukraine.
Without our supporters, Telex could not exist. Here is our latest report on what has happened with us and how we have grown, what we have accomplished in the last month.
According to protocol, as the husband of the head of state, István Veres is now entitled to be called "the first gentleman". He is unlikely to take advantage of this though and instead of the diligent charity work customary for the wives of presidents, he is likely to choose to remain in the background, as most of his European male colleagues do.
"No one will be left unprovided for" – Viktor Orbán promised the Ukrainian refugees at the beginning of the war. Since then, about 570 thousand refugees have entered the country, but only a bit more than 20 thousand have requested the "sheltered status". How is the Hungarian state assisting Ukrainians fleeing the war – if at all?
"Hungary would also have a sea if it had not been taken away" – Orbán said last Friday. His statement was not received with excitement in Zagreb.
On Monday evening, Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Budapest for what seemed to be a surprise visit. According to the President of the European Commission, some issues have been clarified at the meeting, but there is still work to be done.
Hungary's departing president signed almost every law they put in front of him. He never listened to the protesters, preferred to remain silent on sensitive issues, and liked fishing more than confrontation. A look at János Áder's ten years as president of Hungary.
Orbán will be sworn in as Prime Minister on 16 May and is expected to present the members of his new government 7-8 days later. The structure will be significantly reshuffled, but no names were given. Here is a brief, point-by-point summary of this morning's radio interview.
Why is Hungary hosting part of an Italian cycling race? Are there Hungarian competitors as well? Let us bring you up to speed on all you need to know about the next 3 days of one of the world’s most important cycling competitions set to take place amidst Hungarian scenery.
Plasma extracted from the blood of recovered Covid patients has been used with great promise in the treatment of the disease worldwide, but it now appears that its efficacy is not proven in most cases and that it may only be justified for certain groups of patients at most. The pioneer of Covid plasma therapy in Hungary told Telex that they are still looking at exactly how it should be used, but he believes the treatment is beginning to find its place.
He said that a ban on Russian oil imports would disrupt Hungary's energy supply.
According to Hungarian law, a state of danger authorizes the government to govern by decree. The state of danger previously declared during the Covid pandemic will end on May 31st. This new modification expands the definition of the “state of danger” to include war in a neighboring country or a humanitarian crisis.
The strong allegation was not supported by evidence and no source was quoted. The Hungarian government reacted by saying that they are not supplying weapons for the war in Ukraine.
In our video we collected instances when we wanted to report on important events of public interest, but we were not able to do so because state actors, public figures or their colleagues were restricting our work.
The election victory of Viktor Orbán and Fidesz in April could be followed by a further distortion of the already deformed Hungarian media environment, in which the remaining independent newsrooms are struggling to survive and preserve the original mission of journalism as it is understood in democratic societies. The International Press Institute's op/ed on World Press Freedom Day.
Just a few days ago they had set conditions for attending the inaugural meeting. They will not be accepting any parliamentary positions.
Telex’s photojournalist, János Bődey was awarded the André Kertész Grand Prize for the best people-centered documentary photography series, and our colleague Szabolcs Barakonyi (along with his co-authors) received the Mihály Gera Award for the most beautiful photo album of the last five years, entitled: Fortepan Masters. The Grand Prize of The Association of Hungarian Journalists was awarded to Simon Móricz-Sabján.
If possible, Orbán would prefer to keep the fixed utility costs, the single-rate tax and the price freezes, but he must also do something about the ballooning deficit and severe inflation. What is next for the economy and what can the Prime Minister do about it? Analysis.
The announcement was made at noon on Wednesday. This marks the beginning of a 6-9 month period. If it should be proven that the EU’s financial interests are directly affected in Hungary, then the European Council may penalise the country by suspending or blocking some EU funding.
Varga agrees with Musk that "free speech is essential to a functioning democracy". Right wing leader, László Torockai also welcomed the news about Elon Musk buying Twitter.
A survey done by the Czech media company Economia in the V4 countries shows that half of all Hungarians believe that the government should not be allowed to interfere in the work of the public media service (Fidesz voters do not share this opinion). However, this is a much lower percentage than in the other countries of the region: in the Czech Republic, for example, this number is 80 per cent.
One of the first journalists to report on the thrown out Hungarian election ballots found in Romania became the target of a smear campaign resulting in death threats.
We are witnessing the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since the 2nd World War. Hungary is the fourth most popular destination for Ukrainian refugees, with most of them having no idea where to go next. Most people set out to start a new life with just a few bags. In recent weeks, anyone in Budapest may have walked past the people whose portraits are presented here.
Stephen Sziarto (Sziártó István) was born in 1910 to Hungarian immigrants in the southern part of West Virginia. He was fluent in Hungarian, and despite never having visited Hungary, his dual Hungarian-American identity stuck with him throughout his adventurous life. He worked as a Hungarian Reformed pastor, a special agent for the FBI, and even an entrepreneur in forestry. How did a talented boy born into a coal-mining family become a prominent member of the Hungarian-American community?