Bálint Magyar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Bálint Magyar
Magyar Bálint.jpg
Minister of Education of Hungary
In office
27 May 2002 – 9 June 2006
Preceded byJózsef Pálinkás
Succeeded byIstván Hiller
(Education and Culture)
In office
1 January 1996 – 8 July 1998
Preceded byGábor Fodor
Succeeded byZoltán Pokorni
Personal details
Born (1952-11-15) 15 November 1952 (age 66)
Budapest, Hungary
Political partySZDSZ
Spouse(s)Róza Hodosán

Bálint Magyar (born as János Magyar; 15 November 1952) is a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of Education between 1996–1998 and between 2002–2006. He was a founding member of the Alliance of Free Democrats.

His book Magyar polip – A posztkommunista maffiaállam (2013) describes modern Hungary as a mafia state.[1] An English translation of the book, Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary, is due in the spring of 2016.[2]


His paternal grandparents were the journalist Elek Magyar and Berta Kürthy who was granddaughter of the late Hungarian Prime Minister Bertalan Szemere. His father is the writer and theatre manager Bálint Magyar, Sr. His mother, Olga Siklós (b. Schwarcz), was born to a Jewish family from Kolozsvár. Bálint has a sister, Fruzsina who is the wife of Imre Mécs. Bálint Magyar's wife is Róza Hodosán, a former member of the National Assembly of Hungary. They have a daughter, Annamária.


Since 2008, Bálint Magyar is a member of the governing board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.


  1. ^ Russia the mafia state Maria Snegovaya on how the ‘rule of the rulers’ supplants the ‘rule of law’, column by Maria Snegovaya (comparing Russia to the Hungarian case), an English translation published by Meduza, December 17, 2015, from the Russian original, Закон правящего вместо права закона, published by Vedomosti, December 16, 2015.
  2. ^ According to Amazon.com, viewed January 28, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gábor Fodor
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Zoltán Pokorni
Preceded by
József Pálinkás
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
István Hiller
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gábor Kuncze
President of the Alliance of Free Democrats
Succeeded by
Gábor Demszky