A Hungarian politician from the far-right Jobbik party evoked the specter of the Holocaust when he urged authorities to “tally up” the number of Jews in the country, especially those in government, who he said could pose a “national security risk” amid the recent fighting in Gaza.
The red sludge that, in the words of one official, extinguished all life in Hungary’s Marcal River has now reached the blue Danube, the second longest river in Europe. The disaster began at a waste reservoir in western Hungary where 33 million cubic feet of toxic material began its long spill, reaching more than 6.5 feet high in places.
A new kind of specter is haunting Europe: debt. Hungary’s new prime minister is reported to have said that there is only a slim chance that his country will evade a Greek-style debt crisis, a comment that sent domestic markets into a tizzy and saw the Hungarian currency drop more than 2 percent.
Extreme weather is rolling across Europe, bringing suffering and death. While the north has had to cope with heavy rainfall and flooding, an estimated 500 people were killed in Hungary alone last week by a heat wave that has spread across the southeast.