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Szijjarto: Brussels, UN share goal to legalise illegal migration

Brussels and the United Nations clearly share the goal of legalising illegal migration, Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s foreign minister, said after a meeting of European Union…

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Orban congratulates Kramp-Karrenbauer

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday congratulated Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who on Thursday was elected leader of Germany’s senior ruling party, the Christian Democratic Union…

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Deutsch: EP’s pro-migration majority haywire

Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch has said that the European Parliament’s “pro-migration majority has gone haywire” over the issue of migration visas. In an interview to…

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Hungary rejects the UN refugee pact too

As it has done with the United Nations’ migration pact, Hungary rejects the organisation’s global refugee pact as well, the foreign minister said on Friday,…

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Hungry rejects the UN refugee pact too

As it has done with the United Nations’ migration pact, Hungary rejects the organisation’s global refugee pact as well, the foreign minister said on Friday,…

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Orban: Fresh blood needed in the EP

“I see signs of exhaustion at the end of the parliamentary term”, but after next year’s elections to the European Parliament there will be new…

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Jobbik launches EP election manifesto

Finding the right balance between European Union and national competencies will be the number one goal for conservative opposition Jobbik after next May’s European parliamentary…

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CEU partially moves to Vienna

Budapest’s Central European University (CEU) will launch all US-accredited degree programs in Vienna in September 2019, the university said on Monday. CEU said in a…

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Novak: EU to launch probe into Austrian family benefits

Due to a joint action by the Visegrad Four member states, the European Union will launch a probe into rules adopted by Austria reducing family…

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Orban: Migration compact a flawed document

The United Nations Global Migration Compact is a flawed document, and whoever signs it presents a serious risk to their own citizens, Prime Minister Viktor…

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Republican congressmen voice support for Hungary govt

Twelve US Republican congressmen have expressed support for the “democratically elected” Hungarian government and its policies, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Viktor Orban….

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Orban expects complicated EU budget talks

Arriving at the summit of the Friends of Cohesion group in Bratislava, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that there will be complicated negotiations on the…

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Gulyas: EP vote on migrant visas unacceptable

The European Parliament’s holding another vote on “migrant visas” is “unacceptable”, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday, and called the procedure…

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“Help should be taken to where needed”

Hungary will not enforce “a single passage” in the United Nations’ global migration compact, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said during talks with Antonio Vitorino, head…

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Fidesz: Soros ‘seeking to influence’ EP elections

George Soros “is again seeking to influence the European Parliamentary elections”, the communications director of ruling Fidesz told Hungarian public media on Tuesday, adding that…

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Szijjarto: Hungary govt monitoring Ukraine situation

The Hungarian government is in “continuous communication” with Ukraine’s ethnic Hungarian KMKSZ party over recent developments in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday….

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Kovacs: The V4 speaks in its own voice, which strengthens Europe

The Visegrad Group “has its own voice” on a variety of issues, including immigration, and this could serve to strengthen rather than to divide Europe,…

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Kover hopes EU of nation states will prevail in EP election

The EP elections next May will hopefully be a victory for the Europe of nation states and not the federalist concept of the European Union,…

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Orban: It’s a Black Sunday

Prime Minister Viktor Orban bemoaned the endorsement on Sunday by EU leaders in Brussels of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, calling the day “a real Black…

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Orban blames Soros for Gruevski’s case

Referring to bank cards and visa for migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a public radio interview on Friday that pro-migration forces consider European…

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The Sargentini report “condemns Hungary for its anti-migration stance”

Hungarians are clearly concerned about national identity and security issues related to migration when it comes to the future of the European Union, an official…

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Govt spokesman slams EU’s attack on Italy

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs, in an interview to Thursday’s edition of conservative Italian daily Libero, said the European Union “passed political judgement” when it rejected…

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Government defends Gruevski’s asylum

The immigration and asylum office “did not make any mistake” and the information it provided concerning the asylum case of former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski…

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Jobbik: Gruevski case raises countless questions

Conservative opposition Jobbik is turning to the European Commission over the case of former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski, Jobbik deputy leader Marton Gyongyosi told a…

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Gruevski granted asylum

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski confirmed on Tuesday that he has been granted asylum in Hungary. The daily Magyar Idok reported earlier in the…

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Government pressed for answers about Gruevski

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto reiterated that former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski entered Hungary fully legally. The asylum…

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Fidesz demands UNHCR’s answer about “migrant cards”

Hungary’s Fidesz-led alliance expects the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to respond in connection with the issue of “migrant cards”, the ruling parties’ group…

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Gruevski in Budapest: Govt stresses security reasons

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and Nikola Dimitrov, his Macedonian counterpart, have had telephone talks requested by the latter party, the Hungarian foreign ministry told…

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Orban’s office: Gruevski’s asylum request solely a legal issue

Nikola Gruevski has submitted an asylum request to the competent Hungarian authority, the former prime minister of Macedonia has made a declaration of his intention…

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Gruevski seeks asylum in Hungary

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said on his Facebook site on Tuesday that he was staying in Budapest and had sought political asylum from…

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Duda: We are tough people

The Polish are traditionally free people who have their own set of values and the Catholic church has always supported them, Polish President Andrzej Duda…

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Ruling parties call on EC to explain prepaid debit cards for migrants

The ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrat (KDNP) parties call on the European Commission to answer some questions regarding prepaid debit cards reportedly issued for migrants,…

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Spox: Govt’s migration policy is based on rational arguments

“Hungary is putting forward rational arguments when it insists on restricting immigration” Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovacs wrote in a letter to British magazine, The Economist….

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Orban: The nation benefits from even stronger family policy

The government’s enhanced support for families will “benefit the whole nation, including young people” in the long run, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told public Kossuth…

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Szijjarto meets Strache in Vienna

The United Nations’ migration package equals to “betraying Europe” because the plan is “in conflict with the interests of the people”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto…

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Opposition calls for Hungary to join EPPO

The opposition Jobbik and Socialist parties on Wednesday called for Hungary to join the European Prosecutor’s Office, saying that dropping the investigation against Elios Innovativ…

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Orban attends the Shanghai expo

Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived in Shanghai on Sunday to attend a major import expo. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has opened a Hungarian trade house…

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Govt hits back at Stubb’s call on EPP to consider Fidesz expulsion

Hungary’s government has hit back at Former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb’s call on the European People’s Party to consider expelling Fidesz from its ranks,…

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Hungary rejects the migration pact

The Hungarian government rejects the United Nations’ comprehensive pact on migration; it has left the negotiating table and will not consider its implementation binding, should…

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Trocsanyi offers help to Turkey’s judicial reform

Hungary is ready to provide Turkey with all assistance to that country’s efforts to reform the rule of law and its judiciary, Justice Minister Laszlo…

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Gulyas: Hungarian outcome of EP elections will be crucial

The outcome in Hungary of the EP elections may have a crucial impact on the future of the European Union, the Minister heading the Prime…

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Orban: We must defend our cultural identity now

At an event marking the reopening of the refurbished Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that for Christian, Hungarian and…

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“Merkel weightless in German politics”

Hungarian experts reacted to Angela Merkel’s resignation from the CDU’s leadership. Angela Merkel’s decision to give up her party’s presidency leaves room for the establishment…

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Szijjarto: Juncker unfit to lead the Commission

“Over the past four and a half years, Jean-Claude Juncker has proven that he is unfit to head the European Commission”, Minister of Foreign Affairs…

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“Zero tolerance against anti-Semitism in Hungary”

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has sent a letter of “solidarity and support” to his US counterpart over a shooting on Saturday that claimed eleven lives…

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Fidesz and RMDSZ support Weber

Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Hunor Kelemen had talks today in the parliament about the tasks related to the congress of the European People’s Party…

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Ader sends message of condolence after Pittsburgh shooting

Hungarian President Janos Ader has expressed condolences to the families of victims in a shooting on Saturday that claimed eleven in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Ader,…

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70,000 migrants heading for western Europe, Fidesz warns

The government has stepped up the alert along Hungary’s southern border in the wake of a recent incident involving illegal migrants on the Bosnian-Croatian border,…

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Macron: I’m leading no personal campaign against Orban

Before visiting Slovakia and the Czech Republic this weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron provided written answers to the questions of selected outlets of the Visegrad…

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Balog: Hungarian state’s duty to protect Christianity

Europe is embroiled in intense debates on the reform of Christian democracy as well as the role of Christianity in society, and Germany is counting…

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Gulyas: Govt steps up southern border controls

The government has reinforced controls along Hungary’s southern borders due to reports of some 70,000 migrants in the Western Balkans heading north, the head of…

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CEU threatens to move to Vienna

The Central European University (CEU) has said that unless the university can emerge from its current legal limbo in Hungary by December 1, the new…

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V4 to help bolster Libyan coast guard

The Visegrad Group (V4) countries are spending 35 million euros in North Africa to strengthen the Libyan coast guard with a view to halting illegal…

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Azbej: Hungary recognised in US for helping persecuted Christians

Hungary is appreciated not only for its efforts to protect Christians but also for its zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, the state secretary for aiding persecuted…

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Kover stresses importance of national minority policies

Hungary-Croatia ties show that fair cooperation can be maintained with other countries in the European Union even when strong national identities are a part of…

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Szijjarto proposes agreement with Ukraine

Hungary proposes to Ukraine signing an accord on the protection of national minorities, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday. “Confidence between the two countries…

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Orban: Europe is the home of nations

Europe’s greatness, strength and prestige are to be found in nation states that compete and at the same time cooperate with one another, Prime Minister…

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Kover: EP elections could launch new phase in life of EU

Next year’s European parliamentary elections could bring about the start of a new phase in the life of the European Union, Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover…

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Expert: Weber has better chances

According to Hungarian political analyst Zoltan Kiszelly, it’s possible that Manfred Weber supported the Sargentini Report for tactical reasons, in order to increase his chances…

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Szijjarto: No agreement on quotas

“The issue of mandatory quotas has finally been removed from the agenda and everyone has understood that there will be no quotas,” Minister of Foreign…

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Orban urges closer cooperation within ASEM

Hungary will maintain its commitment to building closer cooperation within the Asia-Europe Meeting, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told an ASEM summit in Brussels on Friday,…

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Hungarian govt prefers Kurz’s proposal

The migration proposal by European Union presidency-holder Austria is “more realistic” but is still far from “having an acceptable outline”, government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said,…

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Fidesz accuses Verhofstadt of vicious attack

Fidesz has accused Guy Verhofstadt, the group leader of the Liberals in the European Parliament, of mounting “a vicious attack on Hungary due to its…

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Orban: The debate continues

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in a video posted on his Facebook page on Thursday, said Hungary had “successfully defended” its right to protect its borders…

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Orban: Our borders will be protected by our soldier

According to the Prime Minister, in contrast to the European Commission’s proposal, the borders of Hungary will be protected by Hungarian soldiers and police officers,…

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Parliament condemns the Sargentini Report

Hungarian lawmakers passed a resolution which urges the government “not to give in to blackmail” regarding the European Parliament’s report – written by Judith Sargentini…

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Szijjarto rejects the UN Migration compact

“There are no human rights linked to the illegal crossing of borders or the arbitrary choosing of target countries, and accordingly whenever the European Union…

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Kurz would keep Orban in the family

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz spoke about the Article 7 procedure against Hungary and Fidesz’s place in the European People’s Party (EPP) to Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung….

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Szijjarto: Central Europe expects Commission to conclude Brexit deal

Central European countries expect the European Commission and other relevant EU institutions to make every effort to reach an agreement on the terms of Brexit,…

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Parlt to vote on Sargentini report resolution this week

Lawmakers will hold a five-day session in the next two-week period of parliament’s autumn session with a resolution on the Sargentini report and last year’s…

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Hungary’s govt to “shake up Brussels”

The Hungarian government has released this English-language internet video “in response to the affronts to our country,” Government Spokesman Zoltan Kovacs announced on his blog, About…

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US ambassador warns Orban

David Cornstein, the US Ambassador to Hungary stressed the importance of the Central European University (CEU) at an event held in the university on Wednesday…

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Szijjarto accuses Ukraine of anti-Hungarian hate campaign

Claiming no link between the Ukrainian state and a list containing the names of Hungarian-Ukrainian dual citizens equals to lying, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told…

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Govt spox hits back at Clinton criticism

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs has hit back at Hillary Clinton’s criticism of British Prime Minister Theresa May over her Conservative Party’s rejection of the Sargentini…

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Erdogan calls for strengthening Turkish-Hungarian ties

Hungary’s government is “one of the most stable” cabinets in Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a Hungarian-Turkish business forum in Budapest on Tuesday. The…

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Erdogan visits Budapest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive in Hungary for a two-day visit on Monday at the invitation of his Hungarian counterpart Janos Ader. Ader…

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Hungary expels Ukrainian consul

Hungary is expelling a Ukrainian consul in retaliation against Ukraine’s expulsion of a Hungarian consul, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced on Thursday. Earlier in the…

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Gulyas: Hungary won’t change its migration policy

No dictum or indictment by the European Parliament will cause the Hungarian government to change its policy on migration, Gergely Gulyas, the head of the…

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Szijjarto: Success stories expected in Hungary-Russia ties

Hungarian-Russian relations will soon be characterised by success stories, having been in a downswing for many long years, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after talks…

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After Sargentini: Orbanism has no real obstacles in Hungary

Orban’s party has learned nothing and has forgotten nothing either. The European Parliament’s vote on the Sargentini report and the weakened position of Fidesz within…

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Fidesz slightly more popular than before – poll

The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance is more popular than the opposition parties combined, and would win more than 60 percent of Hungary’s European parliamentary seats…

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V4 express railway

The Visegrad Group countries have decided to jointly build a high-speed railway connecting Budapest, Bratislava, Brno and Warsaw, the Hungarian foreign minister said after talks…

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Menczer: Ukraine’s attack on Hungarians is unacceptable

Hungary’s foreign minister will not be intimidated when it comes to the dispute with Ukraine over dual citizenship, a ministry official said on Sunday. Tamas…

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Orban and Morawiecki didn’t sign Walesa’s birthday card

  Donald Tusk, the European Council’s president wanted to greet his country’s famous freedom fighter, Lech Walesa with a birthday card signed by all members…

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Fidesz: Avramopoulos violated the rules

The MEPs of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance are turning to the European Commission president over European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos’s latest call on EU member…

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Szijjarto: UN Migration Pact worst possible way to tackle migration

Adopting the current comprehensive migration pact currently under discussion in the United Nations would be the worst possible step when it comes to tackling the…

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Orban: European politics must be changed in May

Next year’s European Parliamentary elections should bring about a change in the community’s policy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a radio interview on Friday,…

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Szijjarto: Hungary continues to reject UN migration package

Hungary will not participate in the approval process of the United Nations’ global migration compact in any form and will not consider it binding at…

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“Brussels wants to speed up resettlement”

The Sargentini report is an act of political blackmail, and its goal is to strip Hungary of its sovereignty and to pressure it to change…

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Kover: EP elections decide about Europe’s future

The European Parliamentary elections next spring will decide about the continent’s future, Hungarian House Speaker Laszlo Kover told public news channel M1 on Wednesday evening….

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Gulyas slams Avramopoulos

Prime Minister’s Office chief Gergely Gulyas on Thursday criticised European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos for his recent remarks “promoting legal migration and the organised resettlement of…

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“Fake news media” to be punished?

Jobbik lawmaker Peter Jakab on Monday submitted to parliament a draft legislation proposing that media organisations convicted for providing false information should be stripped of…

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Szijjarto: Hungary will retaliate in kind if Ukraine expels consul

Hungary will retaliate in kind if Ukraine expels one of its consuls, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Sunday, but voiced hope that the two…

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Szijjarto: We are an anti-migration government

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto talked about the Sargentini-report, the Article 7 procedure against Hungary, migration, Russia and the V4 cooperation…

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FPÖ group leader supports Hungary’s government

Developments in Hungary should be recognised, the Austrian Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) group leader, Johann Gudenus told Hungarian public news channel M1. He stressed that his…

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Kovacs: Most EU countries reject proposal for enhanced Frontex role

The majority of European Union member states rejected the latest proposal to enhance the role of EU border agency Frontex in controlling the bloc’s external…

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Szijjarto accuses Ukraine of intimidation

The Hungarian government condemns in the strongest terms the Ukrainian leadership’s attempt to “intimidate” the ethnic Hungarian community in Transcarpathia, Hungary’s foreign minister said on…

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Orban: No need for Frontex to protect the border in our place

“There is no need for Frontex to protect the Hungarian border in our place,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Salzburg on Thursday. The cabinet…

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Article 7 procedure launched against Hungary

The Austrian presidency of the EU has received the letter of the European Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani about the result of the vote on the…

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Orban: Hungary insists on right to protect border

Hungary insists on its right to protect its borders, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told reporters ahead of an informal summit of EU leaders in Salzburg…

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The Stop Soros stays

Hungary will not withdraw its “Stop Soros” package of laws or its related constitutional amendment, according to the government’s response to the European Commission regarding…

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Hungary summons Spanish ambassador

Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned the Spanish ambassador over the Spanish foreign minister’s recent critical remarks concerning Hungary. Foreign ministry state secretary Levente Magyar told…

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Fidesz submits resolution proposal condemning the Sargentini report

Fidesz and the government have submitted a resolution proposal to lawmakers that calls on the government “not to give in to blackmail” when it comes…

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Orban praises good cooperation with Russia

Hungary appreciates its relations with Russia and both countries “have an interest in maximising shared achievements”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after talks with Russian…

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Orban: Hungary is neither a passageway nor refugee camp

The issue of migration is not a partisan matter but a priority for the nation, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told lawmakers on Monday, the first…

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Szijjarto snubs French minister for alleging Hungarians left out of debate on migration

Hungary is the only state in Europe to have asked the people’s opinion on illegal migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Sunday, responding to…

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“Orban was the only one to do the right thing”

The debate about Judith Sargentini’s report on the situation in Hungary was scary because everyone was bashing Viktor Orban, when he was the only head…

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“Christianity is currently the most persecuted religion”

The Washington-based Center for Security Policy has awarded the Hungarian nation for its efforts to help persecuted Christian communities. The award was received by Tristan…

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EP approves the Sargentini report

Members of the European Parliament in a vote on Wednesday approved the Sargentini report that finds the rule of law in Hungary wanting. The report…

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Orban: pro-migration forces, blackmail Hungary

Hungary is being condemned by the European Parliament because its people have decided „that we won’t become a country of immigrants”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban…

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Orban marks Rosh Hashanah in letter to Jewish leaders

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday marked Rosh Hashanah and sent his New Year’s wishes to leaders of Hungary’s Jewish communities. In the letter, the…

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Rogan: Sargentini report last, desperate attack

The European Parliament’s “pro-migration majority” is preparing to launch a “last and desperate attack on Hungary”, Antal Rogan, the head of the prime minister’s cabinet,…

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Bay: Sargentini wants to attack Hungary

Nicolas Bay, the shadow rapporteur of the LIBE report about Hungary, heavily criticised Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA) in an interview with the Hungarian public news channel,…

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Szijjarto slams “pro-migration forces”

French President Emmanuel Macron and EP President Jean-Claude Juncker are pro-migration politicians who criticise and “attack” Hungary because it rejected to accept migrants and defended…

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Sargentini: I want to protect the rights of Hungarians

In an interview with Hungarian news site HVG, Dutch green MEP, resposible for the report about Hungary, said that she presented her report deliberately after…

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Hungarian politicians slam Sargentini’s report

“The parliamentary investigation on which lawmakers have been asked to base their decision — known as the Sargentini report — is misleading and riddled with…

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Szijjarto calls for strong EU member states

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has called for “a strong European Union and a European community whose strength is founded on strong member states.” Speaking at…

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Prince Andrew visits Hungary

The Duke of York will pay an official visit to Hungary next Monday, the British Embassy in Budapest has told MTI. Prince Andrew’s two-day visit…

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Sargentini report: NGOs target MEPs

International civil groups have called on MEPs to vote for launching the EU’s Article 7 procedure against Hungary later this month. A Hungarian pro-government think…

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Szijjarto: Kyrgyzstan’s development in Hungary’s interest

The economies of Central Asian countries are developing at a fast rate and reaping the rewards of this boom is in Hungary’s interest, Peter Szijjarto,…

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