Heineken Could Be Banned in Hungary for Use of Red Star in Logo

The resurgence of fascism has been much in the news recently as governments the world over slide ever rightward, but in Hungary—whose own far-right president faces reelection in 2018—parliamentarians think they have struck upon a solution that will eradicate the scourge of nationalist totalitarianism once and for all: changing the labels on Heineken beer.

For lawmakers in the ex-Soviet republic, Heineken’s red star logo is a bit too reminiscent of the “branding” of their one-time communist overlords. Now, Prime Minister Viktor Orban is hoping to censure the company, telling it to change its logo or face millions of dollars in fines.

The move is just the latest and most high-profile in a recent push to eradicate Soviet symbols from Hungarian life—symbols which, thanks to Hungary’s tragic … Read the rest