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A case of deadlier than the male

Occasionally, we follow Maigret out of Paris and into the countryside or onto the coast, when he has been called in to provide some big-city…

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Cooking, cleaning and fighting crime

Feminists, please look away, because Madame Maigret is a woman who knows her place. While half of Paris recognises her famous husband from the newspapers…

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Simenon lets it all hang out

Georges Simenon is ready to write another novel. He’s roughed out the first chapter in his head and is therefore set to go. He sharpens…

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Contract on Budapest-Belgrade railway upgrade to be signed by the end of May

A Chinese-Hungarian consortium that has won a tender to upgrade a rail line connecting Budapest and Belgrade will sign a contract by May 25, Foreign…

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Foreign ministry delegation discusses Hungarian poultry, pork exports to Thailand

A delegation of the Hungarian foreign ministry discussed the export of Hungarian poultry and pork to Thailand at talks with animal health authority leaders in…

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Slow travel is the antidote to our modern flying addiction

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Soviet empire blown apart

Front-cover accolades on books veer into hyperbole and thus become devalued (“The global bestseller to end all global bestsellers – honestly!”). This one carries a…

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A new season in the saddle

Hungary was the first mainland European country where polo was introduced, in 1875 by Count Elemér Batthyány, guests heard during the launch of the 2019…

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'Great strides' in South Africa but still a work in progress

This year South Africa is celebrating 25 years of freedom, for on April 27, 1994 for the first time in the country’s history South Africans…

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Community 'dedicated to democracy'

It was party heaven when Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands René van Hell hosted hundreds of guests in celebration of the birthday of…

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Scandal in Scandinavia

Swedish media shared in the widespread revulsion when multiple German women were sexually molested in public by men of “Arab or North African appearance” during…

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From the mind to the canvas

Morocco is often in Kata Németh’s dreams, and when it is, next day she will take out her paints and a fresh canvas and set…

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Georgian library benefits scholars at ELTE

April is an important month in Georgia, the country’s Ambassador to Hungary, Zaal Gogsadze, told his guests at a reception in Budapest’s ELTE university on…

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Ambassador confident Ukraine will overcome Russian hostility

Ukraine has no doubt that victory will prevail over the aggressor Russia and the country’s territorial integrity will be restored, thus Ukraine is working on…

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Out on the poetic boundaries

Possessed with the knowledge that the Hungarian poet you are about to read for the first time killed himself, it would be reasonable to expect…

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Polo 'three sports in one'

Hungary’s long, strong tradition of horsemanship has not yet fully embraced the equestrian sport of polo, which has a history of only some 15 years…

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Hungary's opening to Arab world a success Kövér

Fourteen Arabic countries accredited in Hungary brought the sights, smells and sounds of their homelands to Budapest’s Eötvös Loránd University when it hosted the third…

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Nature fights back from mankind’s failure

Would you let your curiosity overcome your caution and go to have a look at Chernobyl? Or is there still too great a risk of…

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Irish take a businesslike aproach

Ambassador of Ireland to Hungary Pat Kelly says trade betwen the two countries has been growing strongly in recent years and now exceeds EUR 1.5…

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Gourmet burger and grilled delights on the Castle Hill

With its eclectic style somewhere between Old Town Chicago and grandma’s Hungarian provincial kitchen, the Baltazár Grill Restaurant has always been an exceptional gastronomic phenomenon…

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The revival of a traditional café

Fine porcelain, slim glasses and a sophisticated flair – Zsolnay Kávéház reopened its doors a year ago on the ground floor of the Budapest Radisson…

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It’s snakes alive

Platinum-seller Whitesnake, the successful rock band founded by Deep Purple singer David Coverdale in 1978, is about to start the 2019 “Flesh & Blood” world…

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Knopfler circus hits the road

Mark Knopfler, both a critically and commercially successful artist, is starting a world tour with his band this spring. The “Down the Road Wherever” tour…

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Branded fashion for rent

Most ladies dream about wearing a dress by Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors or Gucci, if only once. However, famous designer clothing is always…

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Babies and good luck, by air mail

When storks rearrive on the scene, it’s a sure sign spring is here. These impressive birds bring much cheer to the remoter provinces, which they…

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Iggy Pop owes me 20 dollars

I lent Iggy Pop 20 Australian dollars in 1983 and the punk never paid it back. If at all possible, the bill will be presented…

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Immersed in India

For the first time in the history of the ancient Kumbh Mela pilgrimage festivals, the Indian Government decided to make this, the one in 2019,…

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Four new Corinthia hotels

The Corinthia Hotels Group, whose luxurious Budapest hotel is among the collection of nine five-star establishments founded by the Pisani family of Malta in 1962,…

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It’s love, not hate

I wanted Scotland to be an independent nation. But the majority of Scottish voters disagreed, and I respect the result of the 2014 referendum. I…

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Jumped or pushed?

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz has unilaterally suspended exercising its rights as a member of the European People’s Party, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at an international…

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Orbán's commandments

In a speech to launch the campaign of the European Parliament election, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán outlined his Fidesz party’s programme aimed at stopping immigration….

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When black lives mattered, for money

The trans-Atlantic slave trade, in which captured black Africans were forcibly transported to the Americas, existed from the 16th to the 19th centuries and still…

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The brief history of the month (April 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Chernobyl Diaries

Of all the questions expats ask of each other, what do you do is probably right up there as the most common. I’m in finance….

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We don’t hate you, we love you

I wanted Scotland to be an independent nation. But the majority of Scottish voters disagreed, and I respect the result of the 2014 referendum. I…

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Star of Italy

For Hungarians, the easiest part of Italy to drive to is the north-eastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, one of the country’s 20 administrative divisions. Friuli-Venezia…

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Tunisia building a 'modern social model'

“Long live free and independent Tunisia!” – with these emblematic words, Ambassador Samia Ilhem Ammar welcomed guests to a celebration of the 63rd anniversary of…

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Not a lot happens – but read on anyway

Almost all the action in this 1966 novel happens in the first chapter: Detective Chief Inspector Maigret, standing on the crowded open-air rear platform of…

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Russia 'capitalising on weak Western response to aggression'

The Embassies of Ukraine and Georgia in Hungary joined forces on 20 March 2019 to organise the conference “Ukraine and Georgia: way to de-occupation of…

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European Capital of Culture 2019 continues in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

LISTEN TO US – ARTISTIC INTELLIGENCE is an invitation to listen attentively to the exhibited works of art, precisely because their statement is not restricted…

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The greening of Budapest

St Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Sunday, which is perfect for the the Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade, the ninth yearly gathering of…

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Dine just like at home, only much better

The cosiness of your living room and the ambiance of an evening spent with friends, paired up with a culinary experience on a fine dining…

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'Hungarian cuisine should please the Hungarians most of all'

Enrico Crippa knows what fine dining is all about. The chef from Alba in Italy earned his third Michelin star for his restaurant Piazza Duomo…

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Stand and deliver

Hot on the heels of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Budapest also rolled out the red carpet. The stars of Hungarian gastronomy were awarded…

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Landing soonish at Brussels, Bucharest

Polish airline LOT continues to develop its services in Hungary. From September 2, one of its Embraer E195s will take off from Budapest and fly…

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Half a century at the top

Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five…

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Rock in peace

In January 2018 Slayer announced their final world tour. It began in North America and was followed by a European tour last autumn. In the…

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The city’s largest canvases

Street Art is practised in all kinds of dimensions in Budapest, from small stickers to huge wall paintings on previously ugly firewalls. This art form,…

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Expansion 'will continue'

Finance Minister Mihály Varga has said Fitch Ratings’ upgrade of Hungary can be added to the favourable feedback showing the economy is on the right…

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Trouble in the family

Fidesz prioritises protecting European Christian values and stopping migration over party discipline, the ruling party’s spokesman said in response to European People’s Party chief Manfred…

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No need for words

Silent film holds a vital, if sometimes unappreciated, place in the history of cinema, where nowadays dumbed-down audiences are too often fed “blockbuster” “super-heroes”, sequels…

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'Live like a local' in Vienna, Linz

A group of Viennese architects hatched a plan in 2011 for a different kind of tourist accommodation. Empty commercial premises in areas off the well-trodden…

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Guinness consumed in large quantities

There were no borders in sight – hard or otherwise – when friends from several nationalities mixed at a reception-cum-party hosted by Ambassador of Ireland…

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World 'full of new challenges to NATO'

United States Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein has commemorated the 20th anniversary of Hungary’s accession to NATO with a speech to the National Assembly…

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Over, under, through: anything to get away

On The Budapest Times bookshelves is “They Got Back”, with the tagline “Thrilling, authentic escape stories!” It was published in Britain in 1961 and contains…

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Prolific author in fine form

“75 novels are scarcely enough,” bemoans Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in reference to the “Maigret” novels that Belgian author Georges Simenon wrote between 1931 and 1972….

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The brief history of the month (March 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Fighting to save his career

As we near the end of Penguin’s six-year reissue of the 75 “Maigret” books – this is number 63 – there are increasing references to…

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Ukraine seeking return of territorial integrity

Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Liubov Nepop reminded attendees at a conference on “De-occupation of Crimea: the West’s non-recognition policy and the Baltic lessons learned”…

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'Brexit' just nine days later

British Ambassador to Hungary Iain Lindsay and Minister of State for EU Policies at the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary Szabolcs Takács will attend a…

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Centuries-old history 'should continue to unite' two nations

An exhibition of the archive photos of the documents of the Extraordinary Diplomatic Mission of Ukrainian People’s Republic (UNR) was opened at the Institute for…

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Mixing it with the best

Blue Fox The Bar at Budapest’s Kempinski Hotel Corvinus has been named 19th Best Cocktail Bar in Europe by global travel site Big 7 Media….

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'Our compliments to Grandma'

In Fortuna utca in the Castle District are two restaurants directly opposite each other. A third is just 100 paces away. It looks like a…

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The man who would not be held

Subtitled “A compelling story of courage and endurance in the Second World War”, the opening chapter features Operation Crusader (the British Eighth Army’s plan for…

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Some cases take longer than others

Budapest is often called the “Paris of the east”, a tag that is supposed to flatter but is in fact rather patronising; after all, no…

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'Wonderful achievements' of forefathers

A film being beamed on the wall is showing a grand and affluent modern city of curvy, shiny skyscrapers amid wide boulevards and palm trees…

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Celebrating with a message and music

February 16, 2019 marked the 101st anniversary of the foundation of the democratic Lithuania on that date in 1918, and the country’s Ambassador to Hungary,…

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Five years have passed, and Russia is still occupying territory in Ukraine

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Capital reading

Döblin’s novel of 1929 comes in a new edition in February 2019, having been translated anew from the German by Michael Hofmann, a German-born poet…

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Flashmob tribute to protestors killed in Kiev

A flashmob took place in Budapest of February 20, 2019 to honour the Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes of Maidan and to mark five…

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Master instructor shows art of flower arranging

Japan and Hungary are celebrating 150 years of bilateral relations in 2019, and celebrations began with a demonstration and lecture on ikebana by Ms Koka…

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Catch Budapest

I couldn’t tell you the number of times I’ve made a determined effort to learn Hungarian. I’ve gone to classes twice a week. I’ve taken…

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Number one with Bullet

After initially forming as Jeff Killed John in 1998 and eventually securing a five-album major-label deal, Bullet for My Valentine’s 2005 debut and follow-up releases…

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Discovery for some, revelation for others

As part of its season dedicated to Puccini’s Italy, the Hungarian State Opera will present “La Gioconda”, the most famous opera by Puccini’s master, Amilcare…

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Go the way of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs again roam international soil when the globally acclaimed production “Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular” returns to Hungary in April for the first…

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RIP Slayer, 1981-2019

Slayer holds an honourable place among the Big Four of thrash-metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. From October this year it will be the Big…

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On the plus side

Budapest Airport, the operator of Ferenc Liszt International Airport, will continuously develop its terminals over the next two years. The bud:plus development program will see…

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Laying down the law

For those who have surpassed the predestined museum scene in Budapest and are searching for something more contrary, I recommend a visit to the Rendőrmúzeum/Police…

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Squares will be better all round

Renovation has begun on two important city centre squares: both Vörösmarty and Podman-iczky squares will have a substantial facelift and “get fit for the 21st…

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Human blockbuster

He was one of the most dominant people in the Hungarian film industry, an internationally successful film producer, bon vivant and friend to numerous Hollywood…

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China 'vital' to Europe

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has called the European Union’s policy on China “hypocritical” and said cooperation between the bloc and Beijing is in the interest…

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Karácsony to carry mayoral flag

Párbeszéd’s Gergely Karácsony will be the left-wing opposition’s candidate for mayor of Budapest, defeating the Socialist Party’s Csaba Horváth by 27,598 votes to 6535 in…

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Hard work for rosy future

“Hungarians have faith in their future again, we have created a national consensus on the issue of family,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his…

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The brief history of the month (February 2019.)

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US 'committed to strong, united and capable transatlantic alliance'

United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was in Budapest on February 11, 2019 to meet Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó….

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'Important milestone' in history of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations

On February 8, 2019, the conference “100th anniversary of the Extraordinary Diplomatic Mission of UNR in Hungary as a landmark of the centuries-old history of…

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Saving Denmark’s Jews

While the occupied countries of Europe collaborated to various degrees in sending their Jewish citizens to Nazi death camps, in Denmark a brave attempt was…

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‘Positive feeling’ about Hungarian opportunities

Hungarian Time will tell if a visit to Budapest by a 10-man delegation from the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India on February 5, 2019,…

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Different men, different values

In his 60th “Maigret” book, Simenon wisely goes for something a little different, in that the Detective Chief Inspector isn’t trying to solve the usual…

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Double date, this Valentine’s Day

The taste of love will be spread over not one but two days this Valentine occasion at InterContinental Budapest’s Corso Restaurant and Terrace, with the…

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Überhitzung droht

Nach 4,6% im Vorjahr rechnet die OECD für Ungarn in diesem Jahr mit einem Wirtschaftswachstum von 3,9% und für 2020 mit 3,3%, sagte Direktor Álvaro…

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Home is where the heart is at 21 Hungarian Kitchen

International cuisine is easy to find in the big city: curries, tapas, mezze, pizza, pub food, kosher, Creole, halal, etc, etc. Fashions in taste come…

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Exhibition redeems forgotten women censored by Nazis

Vienna was an intellectual powerhouse in the early 20th century and two male artists are considered the giants of Viennese modernism: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and…

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The luxurious side of love

The spirit of Valentine’s Day is one of those annual occasions that lights up people’s lives, and Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is doing its part…

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China's lunar lander, rover 'wake up' after first lunar night

China’s Chang’e-4 lander woke up to continue the mission by receiving sunlight at 8:39 pm on Wednesday, according to the China National Space Administration. Powered…

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Special navigation map for 'motorcycle army' of migrant workers launched

As the Spring Festival approaches, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in China have started their journey home for the annual family reunions. The motorcycle…

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China widens market access for high-level opening-up

China is striving to enhance the level of opening-up at both multilateral and bilateral levels by offering market access in various sectors. Experts believe the…

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From Raj to republic

The number 70 had a double significance for India on January 26, 2019. It was the country’s 70th Republic Day, commemorating the coming into force…

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Azerbaijan: Not just oil anymore

If you are a fund manager based in one the EU member states you should open your eyes to investment opportunities in Azerbaijan. The energy-rich…

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China's central bank cuts mandatory reserves

The Chinese central bank’s recent decision to lower the level of cash that lenders must hold as reserves is not a floodwater-style stimulus, but a…

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Chinese government to run on tight budget amid downward economic pressure

China’s Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC) requested the country to enhance counter-cyclical adjustment in its macro policies, and make more powerful and effective fiscal policies….

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Classic eats, classic beats

After making the big decision to open a third Spíler restaurant in Budapest, Roy Zsidai turned his mind to thinking of a suitable theme for…

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A Sunday blessing, via New York

Outside there is light but steady snow and the temperature is single-digit. The Living Room is the place to take refuge: logs are alight in…

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18 arrested for Quanjian's pyramid scheme claims

Some 18 people, including Quanjian Company’s real controller, were arrested in Tianjin after claims surfaced that the group was running a pyramid scheme and exaggerated…

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A year in the spotlight

The European Capital of Culture 2019 is up and running at Plovdiv in Bulgaria after a lavish January 12 opening ceremony featuring a specially designed…

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On the up and up from Down Under

It shouldn’t take long before guests at Budapest’s Adina Apartment Hotel begin to notice that there is something distinctly Australian about the place. The two…

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Green cuisine, red tractor

Organic is in – and not only on the shelves of grocery markets. More and more guests are hop-ing that food from organic and sustainable…

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Five places where smooth temptation awaits

Christmastime is just over, and while different people prefer very different presents under the fes-tive tree, there is one that almost always finds its way…

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New year, new local

The lads have bought a bar. A neighbourhood joint in District IX. I was surprised. They’ve put in their time as punters in hostelries around…

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The 'best Abba since Abba'

The Show: A Tribute to Abba has two elements to make it one of the leading copycats of the world-topping but long-gone pop group –…

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From luxury to decay – a landmark’s fall

Citizens stood to watch as the Corvin department store’s aluminium cover was removed at Blaha Lujza Square in mid-2018. The historical façade, which once housed…

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How Austria-Hungary contributed to the dream factory

“It’s not enough to be Hungarian, you need to be talented too.” This quote decorated the walls of one of the most famous Hollywood studios…

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New terminal among plans

Double-digit passenger traffic growth in 2018 saw some 14.9 million passengers at Budapest Airport, making it the fastest-growing airport in the Central Eastern European region….

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City 'destruction would end'

The opposition Socialists’ candidate for Budapest mayor Csaba Horváth has announced his programme, promising to address the city’s main problem which he defined as a…

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Sargentini blasts Fidesz 'danger'

Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, author of a report critical of the state of the rule of law in Hungary approved by the European Parliament…

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Demonstrators make demands

Opposition MPs attended a demonstration outside Parliament and the public media headquarters in Budapest in mid-December, calling for a “free and independent public media” as…

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End migration once and for all: PM

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said Hungary’s goal is to have “anti-immigration forces” in the majority in every European Union institution. Hungary wants to see…

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The brief history of the month (2018. January)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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31 million Indians represent their country abroad

Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, was famously photographed using a charkha, a portable hand-cranked wheel ideal for spinning cotton and other fine short-staple fibres….

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Immerse yourself in one of the biggest religious gatherings ever

Kumbh Mela, also called Kumbha Mela, is a religious festival that is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years, with the site of…

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