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Erdogan visits Hungary in November

One year after his last visit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to Budapest this autumn, daily Magyar Nemzet reports.Erdogan and Prime Minister Viktor Orban…

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Gulyas: Hungary strives for good relations with world powers

Hungary’s general foreign policy aim is to nurture good ties with the world’s leading powers, and the results of this year show that it has…

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Government rejects Swedish criticism

Swedish social democrat MEP Helene Fritzon heavily criticised Hungary’s government in an op-ed for Aftonbladet. She claimed that there are no women in the government,…

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Gulyas: Hungary given opportunity to rebuild alliances

The past 30 years provided the Hungarian nation with an opportunity to rebuild its alliances on a basis of mutual respect and shared values and…

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“Europe has always been one” – Orban meets Merkel

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday said that even at times when the continent was divided “we knew there was always only one Europe,” at…

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Authority demands Facebook guarantees to protect users’ privacy

Facebook must provide written guarantees that it would not disclose the transcripts of users’ voice calls to third parties, or else Hungary’s data protection authority…

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Hungary Gripens alerted over 40 times during Baltic airspace patrol

Hungary’s Gripen fighters patrolling the airspace over the Baltic states have been alerted more than 40 times since starting their mission in May, the commander…

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MSZP calls for parlt probe into Microsoft case

The opposition Socialist Party has called on parliament to set up an investigative committee to examine the purchase of Microsoft software by state companies. Addressing…

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Hungary to regulate tech giants

Finding ways to regulate the excessive power of multinational technology companies will be one of the biggest challenges of the coming decades, Justice Minister Judit…

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Kover: Demographic turnaround requires mentality change

Improving Hungary’s demographic situation will require a change in mentality in addition to removing obstacles to having children, Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover said in…

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Microsoft case: prosecution speaks about suspected fraud

Suspicions of fraud cannot be ruled out in the case of Microsoft Hungary, according to the latest statement by the Prosecution Service. An executive and…

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Orban’s popular in the Czech Republic

According to Czech pollster STEM, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is the 3rd most popular foreign politician in the Czech Republic. The most popular foreign…

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Trocsanyi meets Ursula von der Leyen

The Hungary’s government’s commissioner-designate, Laszlo Trocsanyi had a brief meeting with the European Commission’s next president, Ursula von der Leyen. Trocsanyi – who’s currently an…

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No country wants Ahmed H.

A court in Nyirbator has extended the detention of Ahmed H, a Syrian national convicted under terrorism laws, until “conditions are in place that allow…

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“Hungary and Poland suddenly find Brussels good”

  After years of disputes, Hungary’s and Poland’s government suddenly decided to switch to pragmatic relations with the European Commision, Thomas Gutschker writes in Frankfurter…

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Orban: Decision to back Von der Leyen was good

It was a good decision to “keep the ideological guerillas away” and vote for leaders who have a “pragmatic instinct for life”, Prime Minister Viktor…

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Merkel visits Hungary

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will mark together the 30th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic, one of a series of…

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Szijjarto: The EU should focus on border protection

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto spoke to Euractiv‘s Croation edition mainly about migration and EU affairs. Speaking of migration, Szijjarto reminded that “we have had…

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Orban at Tusvanyos: Yes to democracy, no to liberalism

The Hungarian nation today has the political and economic calibre to protect itself and preserve its independence, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday in…

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“Fidesz has the strongest support possible in a democracy”

Parties with a strong, right wing, Christian Democratic conservative agenda that had been most sharply “attacked” had cleared the ballot with the best results, Gergely…

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Orban meets Von der Leyen next week

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will meet Ursula von der Leyen, incoming president of the European Commission, for talks on August 1, his press chief said…

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President sets date of 2019 local elections

President Janos Ader has set the date of Hungary’s 2019 local elections for October 13, a statement published on the website of the Presidential Office…

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Fidesz MEP calls for repatriation of illegal migrants

Fidesz MEP Balazs Hidveghi on Wednesday said migrants who entered Europe illegally should be sent back to their home countries. “If we fail to do…

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Szijjarto warns of “most dangerous migration compact”

“It has once again been made clear that pro-migration forces want to make the United Nations’ global migration compact, the world’s most dangerous migration document,…

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Hidveghi: Von der Leyen’s remarks promising

  Ursula von der Leyen, president-elect of the European Commission, has made remarks that “give rise to hope”, ruling Fidesz MEP Balazs Hidveghi told public…

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State secretary urges Kiev to respect Hungarian minority

Ukrainian authorities should consider their country’s ethnic Hungarian community as a partner, not an enemy, the Hungarian foreign ministry’s state secretary said on Friday, two…

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Justice minister: Central Europe must be respected

We still have many battles to fight, Hungary’s new minister of justice, Judit Varga told Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap in a recent interview. According to…

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Fidesz “advanced its confidence” to Von der Leyen

Right wingers in the European Parliament supported Ursula von der Leyen’s winning the post of European Commission president, while the majority of the Left voted…

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Take help where it’s needed

Instead of bringing problems to Europe, the Hungarian government wants to take help to where it is needed, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in an…

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Orban: Govt ‘has enforced the will of Hungarian people’ in Europe

The government has managed to enforce the declared will of Hungarians who voted in the European Parliament elections by getting people into top European Union…

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Caputova in Budapest

Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Slovak President Zuzana Caputova for talks on bilateral ties, cooperation in the Visegrad Group as well as European Union issues…

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Scandal over Fidesz’s committee nominations

Hungarian MEPs Tamas Deutsch and Kinga Gal (ruling Fidesz) as well as Istvan Ujhelyi (Socialist) have been elected vice chairpersons of committees of the European…

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Will Hungarian MEPs support Von der Leyen?

It’s still unclear whether Hungarian MEPs will vote for Ursula von der Leyen’s candidacy for the European Commission’s presidency or not, because even if most…

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Orban: Hungary, US committed to same values

Hungary and the United States today support and protect the same values, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a reception hosted by the US Embassy…

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Orban meets Mart Helme in Budapest

Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Mart Helme, deputy prime minister and interior minister of Estonia, for talks in Budapest on Monday. Bertalan Havasi, the prime…

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Rogan: The voice of Central Europe has now been heard

The European Commission needs a leader who respects countries in Central Europe, cabinet chief Antal Rogan said on public radio on Sunday. Rogan said on…

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Szijjarto: Hungary and Italy are strategic allies

Hungary and Italy are strategic allies because they share a vision for a European Union of strong nation states that insist on preserving their national…

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Varga: EU summitt success for the V4

The recent summit of European Union leaders was a successful one for the Visegrad Group and central Europe, the incoming justice minister told a joint…

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Govt official slams The Guardian

In a letter addressed to the editor of The Guardian, Zoltan Kovacs, the state secretary for international communications and relations, said a recent article in…

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Gulyas voices support for new EU leaders

The new leaders of the European Union’s institutions should be “granted trust in advance”, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said at his weekly…

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Two Hungarian MEPs elected vice-president

Ruling Fidesz’s MEP Livia Jaroka and the opposition Democratic Coalition’s Klara Dobrev were both elected vice-presidents of the European Parliament on Wednesday. Jaroka, who has…

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Parlt votes to separate research institutions, Academy

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted to relocate research institutions of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) to the Eotvos Lorand Research Network, a new body with…

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Orban rejects Timmermans

The possible nomination of Frans Timmermans for European Commission president could be rejected solely because he is “George Soros’s man”, but the main reason for…

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Szijjarto accuses Romanian leaders of anti-Hungarian sentiments

Increasing anti-Hungarian sentiments in Romania could also affect Hungary’s position and decisions affecting Romania, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday. Maintaining relations based on…

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Orban meets V4 counterparts

The Hungarian prime minister has left for Prague to meet his Visegrad group counterparts on Friday evening, Orban’s press chief said.Viktor Orban will hold talks…

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Gulyas warns against haste in selecting EU leaders

Prime Minister’s Office chief Gergely Gulyas, at a regular press briefing on Thursday, underlined the importance of electing new European Union leaders as quickly as…

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Hungary refuses to extradite Gruevski

The court hearing of Nikola Gruevski’s extradition was held today at the Budapest-Capital Regional Court. The former prime minister of North Macedonia attended the hearing,…

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Karacsony wins opposition preselection for Budapest mayor

Gergely Karacsony, the Budapest mayoral candidate of the Socialist-Parbeszed alliance, has won the preselection process organised by some opposition parties ahead of the autumn local…

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Hungary supports EU enlargement

During a visit to Tirana on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto voiced regret that a recent meeting of his European counterparts had postponed the start…

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Hungary wants the European Council to accept the position that migration should be stopped rather than managed, Zoltan Kovacs, the state secretary for international communications…

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Szijjarto: Weber, Timmermans not up to Hungarians’ expectations

The government does not support either Manfred Weber or Frans Timmermans, the lead candidates of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the European Socialists, to…

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Orban met the EPP’s wise men

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban held a meeting with the “three wise men” of the European People’s Party who are supposed to investigate whether the…

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Orban marks anniversary of Soviet troops’ departure

Prime Minister Viktor Orban hosted a reception to mark the 28th anniversary of the last Soviet soldier leaving Hungary’s territory in his office on Wednesday,…

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Gulyas: Most attacked political groups EP election’s biggest winners

The biggest winners of last month’s European Parliament elections were the political groups that were subjected to the strongest attacks in recent years and the…

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Szijjarto: EU success dependent on migration policy U-turn

The European Union will not be successful on the global stage unless it makes a U-turn on its migration policy, Hungary’s foreign minister said in…

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Orban meets Estonian conservative politicians

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday met Jaak Madison and Siim Pohlak, politicians of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), in Budapest, the prime…

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Orban: Only Hungarians can say what’s good for Hungary

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in an interview to public radio on Friday, said that it was a secondary consideration which European grouping Fidesz belonged to…

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Next EU agenda must address migration, sovereignty and Christianity

Hungary’s government wants to see the European Union’s strategic agenda for the next five years address national competencies concerning the issue of migration, respect for…

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Academy chairman slams got proposals

The government’s proposals for the transformation of the network of research institutions including its separation from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) poses a threat…

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“Merkel has no vision”

“Angela Merkel is very good at keeping power, at outmaneuvering her rivals. But she has no ideas, no vision, no knowledge of history or the…

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Extraordinary V4 summit in Budapest

The prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries – Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – will hold an extraordinary, informal meetin in Budapest…

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Finnish presidency to increase pressure on Hungary

Finland – who wolds the the presidency of the Council of the EU from the 1st of July – wants to speed up the Article…

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Szijjarto urges Romania to respect its obligations

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and Teodor Melescanu, his Romanian counterpart, had further talks concerning the Valea Uzului (Uzvolgye) military cemetery, by phone on Monday. A…

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Ader slams Uzvolgye incident as blasphemous, unlawful and immoral

Hungarian President Janos Ader has slammed a Thursday incident in the Valea Uzului (Uzvolgye) military cemetery between Hungarians and Romanians as “blasphemous, in violation of…

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Romanian ambassador shuns Hungarian foreign ministry summons over WW1 cemetery events

Romania’s ambassador to Hungary has been summoned to the foreign ministry to account for Thursday’s events at a Hungarian WW1 memorial cemetery in Valea Uzului…

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Fidesz backs Weber, but not for EC president

MEPs of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party have also reelected Manfred Weber as the  leader of the European People’s Party group in the European Parliament. Fidesz…

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Aung San Suu Kyi visits Budapest

Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor, in Budapest on Wednesday, and they discussed illegal migration and bilateral ties in…

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Orban marks National Cohesion Day

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, addressing a commemoration of the Trianon Peace Treaty on Tuesday, said: “We can stand proud and declare that we have survived.”…

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Gulyas: Fidesz better off in EPP

Prime Minister’s Office chief Gergely Gulyas, in an interview to German conservative daily Die Welt published on Tuesday, said he believed Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party…

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Increase on the Balkan migration route

According to Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister Gyorgy Bakondi, the fact that military personnel will also be taking part in the defence of…

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Peterson warns of dangers of multiculturalism

Well-known Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson held lecture at the Brain Bar festival in Budapest on Thursday and gave several interviews to the Hungarian press. After…

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Nicolas Bay: We won a referendum against Macron

The traditional centrist parties have been disappointing the people for too long, and Emmanuel Macron’s policies have shown the real division in France: globalists, federalists…

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DK stays with the S&D

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), which has recently won four seats in the European Parliament, will again join the Socialists and Democrats group, executive vice…

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Orban: Fidesz victory commands respect

The result of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance at the recent European parliamentary election has been “a victory commanding respect”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told…

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Orban meets Peterson

On Thursday morning, in the Carmelite Monastery Prime Minister Viktor Orban received Canadian political scientist, Professor of Psychology Jordan Peterson who arrived in Budapest as…

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Govt backs neither Weber nor Timmermans

Hungary’s government is not backing either the European People’s Party’s Manfred Weber or the Social Democrats’ Frans Timmermans for the role of European Commission president,…

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V4 leaders meet Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron invited the prime ministers of the Visegrad Four group for lunch before today’s informal European Council meeting in Brussels. The meeting…

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Orban: Voters express clear wish for change in Brussels

Hungarian voters at Sunday’s European Parliament election “expressed clearly that they want a change in Brussels”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in parliament on Monday….

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Fidesz wins the European election

Fidesz alliance with the Christian Democrats won the European Parliament election with 52.14 percent amid a higher-than-projected turnout in Sunday’s vote. Results with 99.9 percent…

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Orban optimistic on election day

Prime Minister Viktor Orban cast his ballot in the European parliamentary election at a polling station in Budapest’s western District 12 on Sunday morning. The…

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Orban encourages anti-migration voters to participate

All “pro-migration” voters will turn up at the ballots for the European parliamentary election, “so let us be there, too”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told…

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Verhofstadt greeted with protests in Budapest

The head of the European Parliament’s liberal group (ALDE), Guy Verhofstadt visited Budapest on Thursday to hold campaign events and press conferences with the Momentum…

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Strache affair: Scandal in the national security committee

A national security committee meeting convened to discuss potential Hungarian ties to the Strache affair lacked a quorum on Friday because of a no-show by…

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Orban: I want the EPP to win

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in an interview to Germany’s Bild on Friday, said he would strive for the success of the European People’s Party. “I…

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Gulyas: Strache video unimaginable in Hungary

Austria’s ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government has been leading the country well, but it seems that an internal policy scandal can remove a government within a week,…

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Poll: Vast majority wants change in EU

Fully 81 percent of Hungarian respondents in a recent poll by the Szazadveg Foundation expressed “withering criticism” of the European Union’s leadership and dissatisfaction with…

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Orban: Promoting migration endangers Europe

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday met Marc Fromager, the director in France of the Aid to the Church in Need organisation, the prime minister’s…

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Support Hungary Journal on Patreon!

Hungary Journal was launched in August 2017, without any external funding. Now we have launched our profile on Patreon. Join us! Our goal has been…

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Ader has bilateral talks with Zelensky

Hungarian President Janos Ader met his new Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and discussed the problems facing Ukraine’s ethnic Hungarian community. After Zelensky’s inauguration in Kiev…

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Orban: Protecting identity a priority

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday opened a 265 hectar test track for self-driving vehicles near Zalaegerszeg, in southwest Hungary, which the government has funded…

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LMP congress calls for state of emergency due to climate change

The opposition LMP party is calling on the government to announce a state of emergency due to climate change in a political declaration approved at…

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Opposition reacts to Strache affair

The opposition Socialists’ candidate for the European Parliament called for the removal of the “far right financed from Russian money” and the construction of a…

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Szijjarto discusses protection of Christians in DC

Hungary’s policy of protecting Christian communities and insistence on preserving Christian values provides a stable basis for its relations with the United States, the foreign…

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Kover: Europe in civilisational struggle

Europe is locked in a “civilisational struggle” between those seeking to preserve the continent’s Christian and national principles and those who would rather see it…

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Timmermans campaigns in Hungary

Frans Timmermans, the European Socialists’ spitzenkandidat in the European Parliament elections, called for a strong, left-wing Europe at a Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) campaign rally…

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Orban doesn’t comment on Strache’s resignation

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban won’t comment on the recent resignation of Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, Orban’s press chief, Bertalan Havasi told Hungarian news site…

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Gyongyosi’s open letter to Weber

In an open letter to Manfred Weber, the executive vice-president of Jobbik asked the EPP’s Spitzenkandidat, whether he had “noticed the Hungarian government’s attempts to…

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Opposition pledges to fight for stronger Europe

Politicians heading the European Parliament party lists of the opposition Socialists-Parbeszed, LMP, DK and Momentum parties argued at a conference on Thursday for a stronger…

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Orban: Hungarians seek change in Europe

Hungarians should “send a strong message to Brussels” through the upcoming European parliamentary election that “we want change, we want a Europe which protects its…

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Government denounces Ukraine’s language law

Ukraine’s new language law goes against its international commitments and curbs the rights of ethnic minorities, the Hungarian foreign ministry said in a statement on…

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MFA summons Dutch ambassador

The foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Rene van Hell, the Dutch Ambassador to Hungary, to reject the “unacceptable allegations” of Prime Minister Mark Rutte regarding…

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Szijjarto: Trump and Orban share similar approaches in many issues

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Viktor Orban share very similar approaches to major global issues such as migration, terrorism, patriotism and support for…

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Trump told Orban it felt like they’re twins

At the end of Monday’s meeting with Viktor Orban, US President Donald Trump said the Hungarian prime minister and he “were like twins”, the US…

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Orban: Trump ‘strong, target-oriented’ leader

The strategic alliance between Hungary and the US has been successfully strengthened in every respect, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday after returning from…

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Trump: Orban did a good job

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, got under way on Monday afternoon local time. Trump praised the efforts…

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The EC rejects the government’s accusations

The European Commission, after criticising the Hungarian government’s prenatal subsidies, has decided to reject the scheme, the government spokesman said on Sunday. The Commission rejected…

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Statue of Pope John Paul II inaugurated

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen inaugurated a bronze statue of St. Pope John Paul II in Piliscsaba, near Budapest, on Saturday. In his address to…

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MFA: Sweden’s PM is lying

Foreign ministry state secretary Levente Magyar has summoned the Swedish ambassador to Hungary over recent critical remarks by the Swedish prime minister about Hungary, the…

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Orban can fall sooner than we think – economist

According to Oxford-based Hungarian economist Peter Rona the Hungarian opposition will pay a big price if it follows the “tradition” of expecting external help. He…

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Orban urges Europeans to vote for anti-migration leaders

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Facebook on Thursday that voters should tick the boxes of anti-migration leaders on European Parliament ballot papers so that…

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Orban: Migration top priority in EP elections

Migration is a top priority for all European countries in the European parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar), in north-western Romania,…

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Hungary Helps programme presented in Germany

The government’s Hungary Helps scheme, which coordinates humanitarian efforts in crisis areas, has attracted much respect in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state secretary in charge of…

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Hungarian opposition EP top candidate: We have to support Chancellor Kurz’s plans

According to the vice-president and EP top candidate of Jobbik, Hungarians should support Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, because he understands correctly the problems and challenges…

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Top opposition candidates campaign together

The opposition LMP, Momentum and Jobbik parties recently wrapped up campaigns in London, Munich and Vienna, respectively, calling on Hungarians living there to take part…

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Orban meets Strache in Budapest

By protecting its southern border, Hungary also protects Austria’s border, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday after talks with Vice-Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache,…

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Jerusalem park in Budapest

A green space next to Budapest’s Chain Bridge was named Jerusalem Park at a ceremony on Sunday. Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos said the park’s proximity…

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Fidesz launches new video campaign

Governing Fidesz has launched a campaign video that uses the case of a suspected terrorist leader recently arrested in Hungary as an argument for stopping…

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Orban stands by Salvini, blasts “EU elite”

Matteo Salvini has succeeded in stopping migration at sea while Hungary has stopped it on land, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a public radio…

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Orban, Salvini pledge to build a new Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini, meeting in Budapest Thursday, expressed agreement on the importance of strong nation states, preserving Europe’s Christian culture…

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Trump invited Orban to Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump invited Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to Washington DC for a working visit, the Hungarian foreign minister told Origo. According to…

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