In 2016, Hungarian state agencies supported a controversial “sugar daddy”-webpage with a 14 million Euros grant. Andrea Petö, Professor at the Central European University in Budapest, on the current situation in Hungary, structural inequities and global discussions on state-financed sex work.
Hungary held a referendum about the country’s stance towards the refugee crisis and “Brussels”. The outcome turned out to be invalid, but Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared a victory. The government’s campaign was aggressive and full with negative stereotypes and hatred against migrants. The illiberal Hungarian political regime needs enemies: the relative failure of the referendum might push the top leader to blame and stigmatise new target groups and individuals.