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Extra powers for government

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900 pages of fame

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Music, sport join to battle coronavirus

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Debauchery 'too wonderful to deny'

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Get your green on

St Patrick’s Day 2020 falls on a Tuesday. In countries where it’s a national holiday,…

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Aiming for the stars

A galaxy of international entertainers is booked in for Budapest as 2020 unfolds. Carlos Santana,…

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Digging among the isotopes and radionuclides

Even to unscientific minds, the numbers just don’t add up: the worst disaster in nuclear…

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Every picture tells its story

The Budapest Photo Festival, running now at Műcsarnok until April 20, is an annual city-wide…

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Farewell to the family

Clannad derives from the word clan meaning “family” in Gaelic, and the three siblings and…

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Better late Lara than never

Lara Fabian’s shows originally planned for Eastern Europe last November but postponed due to other…

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Have storm, will travel

When Gyula Bondor says that his hobby is hunting, he does not mean shooting rabbits,…

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A credit to the country

Hungarians have the lowest amounts of debt relative to their incomes in a European comparison…

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Opposition unity conquers

Gergely Kálló, the joint candidate of the opposition Jobbik, Democratic Coalition, LMP, Socialist, Momentum and…

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Green house in order

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his state-of-the-nation address laid out in detail his government’s climate…

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The brief history of the month (March 2020)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they…

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Coronavirus curbs hit even harder

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced new, strict restrictions from midnight on Monday to try to…

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Serendipity on Sunset Strip

“Ten hours in a plane, England left behind. Here in LA, wonder what I’ll find”….

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Spiced up with music

“If music be the food of love, play on.” One of William Shakespeare’s most famous…

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From businessman to spy

The Budapest Times first came across author Henry Hemming in 2017 when we read his…

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Bulgaria celebrates 142 years of liberty

Bulgaria’s Ambassador to Hungary, Ulyana Bogdanska, has hosted a reception at the Residence in Buda…

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Important artists brought modernity to art

Many of the most important paintings of Miroslav Kraljević, a prime figure in the founding…

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Tourism ready to take off in Ukraine's east

It was a real pleasure to finally visit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, albeit at a…

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A life at the drawing board

Sprawling, packed, exciting, overwhelming, transitioning: London is all these and more, much more. Everyone’s been…

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Capturing the glory of somewhere special

How many weekends have we spent in Vienna now? How many day trips? It is…

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Leonard lets the light in

“Thanks for the dance.” It’s 2019, and my dancing partner is Leonard Cohen, dead for…

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Marriott restaurants benefit needy children

Four Marriott hotels in Hungary used their restaurants to raise HUF 11.3 million in October…

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Cups and character

It’s a famous quote by Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly but it doesn’t lose…

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Three occasions to celebrate

The Embassy of the State of Kuwait held a reception at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus…

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Curious ventures await in shadowy Istvántelek

No offence to those from Istvántelek, as life and daily routine in this District IV…

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'Beautiful harmony' reaches a highlight

This year’s celebration by Japan of the Emperor’s Birthday was the first in honour of…

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Second to none in its idiosyncratic way

Hands up if you have been to London but not Birmingham, to Istanbul but not…

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A momentous 12 months

Patrick Humphries is the author of numerous musical biographies including the life stories of Bob…

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The Celtic Barber

I’m having flashbacks to 1994 and the birth of the term “metrosexual”. The portmanteau of…

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The what and the where

Sometimes, it may not be so much what you eat and drink when you go…

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50 years treading the boards

Iconic guitarist Carlos Santana is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his album “Supernatural” and the…

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For the heart and head

Following his sixth studio album, “Once Upon A Mind”, released in October, James Blunt launches…

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A waltz around Esztergom

One of the most splendid and inspiring views in this region is Esztergom’s highly symbolic…

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Success move by move

Chess – also called the game of kings – is indeed one of the most…

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Coronavirus 'all clear so far'

Preventive measures implemented against the coronavirus by Hungary have proven effective to date, Interior Minister…

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Boarding now: easier

The first phase of the new passenger terminal, Pier 1, went into operation at Budapest…

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Time for (green) visions

The Prime Minister, among many others, has introduced Budapest as the world capital of culture…

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What drives Hungary forward

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, speaking during a podium discussion at the National Conservatism Conference in…

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The brief history of the month (February 2020)

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'Foreseeing' today's troubles

New biographies of already-much-written-about deceased notables usually come with a promise of “newly discovered information/research/interviews”…

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Literature's most brutal break-ups

From Margaret Mitchell to Haruki Murakami to Graham Greene, capturing the severity of a break-up…

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Classic football and food

One of the most important games of the 2019-20 European soccer season will be the…

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Tribute to Doors pioneer Ray Manzarek

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From the stage to the page

In December 2018, after 50 years of belly-laughs, energy and outrage, Sir William Connolly, CBE,…

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Why The Scientists thought The Angels' fans would kill them

It was 1993 when, at the end of a Sunday night shift on The Newcastle…

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Restaurant gets down to business

Hilton Garden Inn Budapest City Centre has that sparkling newness and cleanliness that come from…

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At last, better news from entangled UK

To those people not familiar, this briefing concerning a bunch of fluffy creatures called the…

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Indians fly the flag

The Embassy of India celebrated the 71st Republic Day of India on January 26, 2020…

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All you need is love

No one has pinpointed the exact origin of Valentine’s Day – dark days in ancient…

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Still passing on skills

Ferenc Kesztyűs is a man of many accomplishments – painter, graphic artist, caricaturist, designer of…

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Brexit is half-way here

Finally, after 47 years of membership and 1317 days – three and a half years…

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An ambassador’s time ends

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From graffiti to costly art

The “Art of Bansky: Without Limits” exhibition of the world’s most famous street artist has…

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Hungary, Kazakhstan 'strategic partners'

Hungary was in 1992 one of the first countries to recognise the independence of Kazakhstan,…

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Coasts are clear for big year

This year’s two European Capitals of Culture are both coastal towns: the Croatian port of…

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Why the 'iron curtain' descended

Historian Preston describes how “war-weary” British prime minister Winston Churchill, “seriously ill” United States president…

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Decade of Kempinski Ladies rolling out the red carpet

No gentleman – as all the world well knows – would ever ask a lady…

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Croatia now the tie that binds

The oversize red tie that appeared on the downtown Budapest “Fat Policeman” statue on January…

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7scents

I have a peculiarly impulsive sense of smell that has led me to stopping random…

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Slipknot tie up gig

In the wake of their return to the Number 1 position on the album charts…

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Back and forth in time, space

Said by its promoters to be second to none in Europe, a 2000-square-metre VR Theme…

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'I felt that it was the beginning of the end'

The Hungarian-American Piroska Nagy (born in 1962) started photographing at the time of the 1956…

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Operation bear rescue

Five bears that could no longer be cared for at a nature park-cum-zoo in southern…

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For a stronger, unified Europe

I’ve been an avowed European for decades. Emotionally as well as rationally. I wouldn’t want…

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Vulnerable landscapes need protection from the perils of lighting up

It’s always a heart-sinker when yet another forest fire, or a celebrated building, flares up…

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Weightlifting doping denied

Hungarian anti-doping body MACS has rejected claims in a documentary by German state broadcaster ARD…

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Fidesz 'stands on success'

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, says the Fidesz-Christian Democrat (KDNP) party…

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MOL boss corrupt: court

A Zagreb court has found Zsolt Hernádi, chief executive of Hungarian oil and gas company…

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PM turns up the heat

The price of climate protection must be paid by those doing the destroying, Prime Minister…

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The brief history of the month (January 2020)

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The denouement has finally arrived

It is a clever and satisfying piece of symmetry – when Penguin Random House began…

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'Momentous, historical' year for Kazakhstan

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Hungary Zhanibek Abdrashov noted at a reception to celebrate the 28th…

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Australian company expanding to Vienna, Geneva

Leading Australian hotel group TFE Hotels will debut its flagship Adina Hotels brand in Austria…

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No foreigners here

Christmas came early for many people in Budapest this year with the election of the…

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Just the place to do time

The whisky robber, the Hungarian version of Bonnie and Clyde, and a deer as a…

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Pedals to the metal

Five Finger Death Punch has announced their biggest European arena headlining tour yet, for January-February…

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Loss is a win anyway

The new Puskás Arena stadium sold out all 65,000 seats on November 15 when it…

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Bucharest in miniature

After achieving a move to Budapest, surpassing the main tourist trails and transient ex-pat scene,…

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A boat for every occation

If you want to see Budapest from the water, the internet offers a broad range…

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From A to Zacskó

Many expats manage to live at least in part in Hungary for many years and…

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Economy producing the goods

Hungary’s third-quarter GDP grew by an annual 5 percent, the Central Statistical Office has confirmed…

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Teachers deliver ultimatum

Teachers’ trade union PSZ has held a demonstration in Budapest, with support from other teachers’…

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Balkans addition 'priority'

The Visegrád Group (V4) expects the new European Commission to speed up European Union enlargement,…

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PM 'hopes' for tax cuts

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that protecting Hungarian economic achievements would be the topmost…

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The brief history of the month (December 2019)

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Top of the tree

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest’s current festive offering for Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2019 features…

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Thais celebrate three special occasions

Rarely can it have happened that a new ambassador presents his credentials to the President…

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Revolution sparked 'profound renewal' of Romania

Romania’s Ambassador to Hungary Marius Gabriel Lazurca hosted a reception to celebrate his country’s National…

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Projects up to $25,000 supported

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Mission in Budapest has announced funding availability…

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Historic landmark transforms into luxury hotel

When Hungarian architecture firm Archikon was tasked with transforming a monumental but faded Belle Epoque…

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Magical month has arrived

The really, really bad thing about Christmas is that basically it is only one day…

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An anonymous voice on the telephone …

We’re going to miss Detective Chief Inspector Jules Maigret when he’s gone. For the past…

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One book leads to 200,000 others

At The Budapest Times, Vienna’s Josefplatz has always been something a little more than one…

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A hard act to follow

Michelin stars aren’t the be-all and end-all at every decent restaurant in town – not…

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Half a century of diplomatic relations

An exhibition “Hungary-Malaysia: 50 Years of Friendship” has opened at the National Széchényi Library in…

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'International support needed' to solve impasse

The 36th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus on November…

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Specialist joins Kempinski Corvinus as Asian chef

When Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest catered for an Indian event a year ago, the Indians…

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Coming home

I have weakness. I have several weaknesses in fact, but more than any of the…

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The beginning of a success story

Anyone familiar with the Budapest gastronomy scene will surely know this name: the Zsidai family…

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Still making progress

Although they were originally formed as a progressive rock band, Deep Purple shifted to a…

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Outstanding artefacts on show

An extensive exhibition giving an insight into several cultures in Asia is being shown in…

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Take an extra step in education

Top-ranked international business schools will participate in Access MBA and Masters Education events in Budapest,…

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Anticlimax on gas, Paks 2

The Russian president’s visit to Budapest on October 30 was the seventh high-level bilateral meeting…

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Action on corruption, climate

Budapest’s new municipal assembly has unanimously supported the implementation of an anti-graft programme aimed at…

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The brief history of the month (November 2019)

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Have you heard the one about Princess Diana?

“The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a…

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Long journey for tree of friendship

Friendship between Belarus and Hungary has been celebrated by the planting of a silver birch…

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Birth of Latvia 'only the beginning of struggle'

Although last year Latvia had marked the centenary of the proclamation of its statehood on…

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House haunted by nobility from bygone time

It’s clear as one approaches the frontage, initially hidden by a line of wild unkept…

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A Viennese experience this Christmas

Budapest’s and Vienna’s Christmas markets are on a par with each other, both with their…

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Charity gala aids three charities

XpatLoop’s 19th anniversary celebration, “Feel Good + Do Good”, raised HUF 4.6 million for Hungarian…

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Benedek Maksa exhibition opens

Artist Benedek Maksa, who was born in Gyöngyös in 1979, has had a special passion…

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Artistic era came, went, returned

After living in this city for some considerable time and thinking – as well as…

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The solution is out there somewhere

Page by page, day by day, hour by hour, discovery by discovery, Maigret and his…

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Huawei to build 5G network in Hungary

China’s telecom giant Huawei is building a 5G network in Hungary, Peter Szijjártó, Hungary’s minister…

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No more beating his brains, with the liquor and drugs

In American director Jim Jarmusch’s laudatory 2016 documentary about Iggy Pop and the Stooges, “Gimme…

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