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Sir Scruton receives Hungarian state decoration

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday presented author and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton with the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Middle…

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Bana: Sovereignty and common values must both be respected

“We cannot support countries where press freedom, the independence of the judiciary, the rights of national and other minorities are violated, and EU money is…

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Szijjarto: V4 expects new EC to speed up EU enlargement

The Visegrad Group (V4) expects the new European Commission to speed up European Union enlargement, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday. After meeting his…

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Fidesz anti-immigration cabinet convened

Due to the increasing migration pressure, state secretary at the ministry of defence Szilard Nemeth has convened the anti-immigration cabinet of the governing Fidesz party’s…

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Climate strike in Budapest

Thousands of pupils demonstrated today in Budapest, in the framework of the Fridays for Future movement. The young demonstrators gathered on Batthany square at noon…

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Szijjarto warns of growing migration pressure

Hungary can expect the pressure of illegal migration to grow “constantly”, the foreign minister said after his annual hearing in parliament’s national security committee on…

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Migrant presence on Hungary-Serbia border growing

The number of migrants looking to enter Hungary illegally from Serbia has risen significantly over the past month, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office…

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Hungarian MEPs react to the new EC’s election

The MEP group of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance on Wednesday called for opening a “new chapter” in the functioning of the European Union and…

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Deneen meets Orban

Liberalism has failed because liberalism has succeeded, US political scientist Patrick J. Deneen, the author of Why Liberalism Failed told Hungarian news site Mandiner.hu, after…

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Szijjarto: Hungary gets crucial portfolio

The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council has approved the new team of European commissioners, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Brussels on Monday. The council’s…

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Orban: Fidesz can’t belong to a pro-migration community

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview on Friday that protecting Hungarian economic achievements would be the topmost task in 2020, adding that it…

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Gulyas: EPP must return to fundamental values

The European People’s Party must regain its strength and return to its fundamental values, Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a…

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Varga: ECtHR makes momentous decision

The European Court of Human Rights, acting as a secondary court, has ruled that Hungarian authorities violated some rules in the case of two asylum…

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Judit Varga: Facts You Always Wanted to Know about Rule of Law but Never Dared

Hungary’s Minister of Justice Judit Varga wrote an op-ed for Euronews. Here’s the full text: Rule of law has become a buzzword in the European…

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Green light for Varhelyi

The European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee has approved Hungary’s candidate for European commissioner after coordinators of the legislative body’s political groups accepted Oliver Varhelyi’s answers…

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Orban: We are the future of Europe

Addressing a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague on Sunday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that thirty years ago central…

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Varhelyi doesn’t pass his hearing

Oliver Varhelyi, Hungary’s nominee for European commissioner, told a hearing in the European Parliament on Thursday that he will carry out his duties as commissioner…

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Commissioner-designate stresses his independence

Hungary’s commissioner-designate for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, Oliver Varhelyi has answered the written questions of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, ahead of his hearing…

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EP committee okays Hungary commissioner candidate Varhelyi

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee “has established no conflict of interest” in connection with the European commissioner nominees of France, Hungary, and Romania, MEP…

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Stoiber and CDU members express support

Ruling Fidesz said on Monday that German MPs believe Fidesz’s place is in the European People’s Party (EPP). Heads of the Hungarian-German friendly division of…

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Orban: Turkey instrumental in stopping ‘waves of migrants’

Turkey is instrumental is stopping the “wave of millions of migrants” on their way towards Hungary and Europe, although the Hungarian opposition cannot or will…

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Orban calls Turkey ‘strategic partner’ on security, migration

Turkey is Hungary’s strategic partner when it comes to security and the issue of migration, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after talks with Turkish President…

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Hungary to keep enlargement portfolio

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has approved European lawmaker Adina Valean as the commissioner-designate for Romania, a spokesperson for the transition team told…

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Szijjarto: Germany strategic ally, top economic partner

Germany is Hungary’s most important economic partner and a strategic ally in a number of areas, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after talks with his…

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Szijjarto: Hungary, Russia both committed to protecting Christian culture

Protecting Christian culture is a top priority for both Hungary and Russia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told public Kossuth Radio on Sunday. Hungary has built…

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Govt scraps plan to set up public administration courts

The government has decided not to set up a separate system of public administration courts but legislation currently under preparation will make public administration court…

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Yair Netanyahu slams Soros NGOs at Budapest lecture

Israeli political commentator and adviser Yair Netanyahu spoke to the Hungarian press after his lecture at the House of Terror Museum on Tuesday. The Israeli…

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Orban: West, Russia cooperation in Hungary’s interest

Hungary’s interest lies in the improvement of cooperation between the West and Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a joint press conference with Russian…

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USA, Hungary rebuilds Iraqi town together

“In furtherance of a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in December 2018, USAID and the Government of Hungary are proud to announce new coordinated…

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US ambassador praises Orban’s govt

In an interview with Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap, US Ambassador David Cornstein recalled that the Obama administration was openly criticising the Orban government in Hungary,…

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Hungarians celebrate national holiday

Hungarians in 1956 wanted a “free and independent” country for themselves in the “Europe of nations”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a state commemoration of…

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Orban: V4 partners ready to renew help to protect Hungarian border

In the event of an upsurge of migration pressure from Turkey to Europe, the Visegrad Group countries are ready to renew their help to protect…

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Karacsony assumes his post

Mayor-elect of Budapest Gergely Karacsony proposed on Thursday to grant the title of honorary citizen to predecessors Gabor Demszky and Istvan Tarlos next year when…

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Budapest’s new mayor seeks partnership with govt

Budapest’s new leadership is ready to develop a partnership with the government, mayor-elect Gergely Karacsony said on Wednesday. Karacsony told an international press conference that…

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Szijjarto supports Turkey’s strategy

It is in Hungary’s national interest that Turkey resolve the migration issue in the direction of Syria rather than in the direction of Europe, Foreign…

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Orban meets Erdogan

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban discussed bilateral and international affairs with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Baku on Monday, the PM’s press chief said….

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Opposition wins Budapest

Gergely Karacsony, the united opposition’s candidate won the seat of Budapest’s mayor at the local elections on Sunday. Opposition mayoral candidates won in most districts…

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Budapest mayor: Voters to choose between firm lead or chaos

Sunday’s mayoral election in Budapest will decide “whether the city stays in firm hands or falls into chaos”, incumbent mayor Istvan Tarlos told his campaign-closing…

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Karacsony: ‘Now it is our turn’

Gergely Karacsony, the opposition’s joint candidate for Budapest mayor, has promised to “turn Budapest into a common home of all of us”, once he wins…

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US-Hungarian business cooperation a success story

Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Eric Stewart, the head of the US-Hungarian Business Council, and the members of a US business delegation in Budapest on…

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Szijjarto meets Bolsonaro

Hungary wants to develop “the closest ever” ties with Brazil, since the two countries’ leaders share very similar approaches to global politics, and “this exceptional…

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Pollsters: Tarlos maintains lead

Incumbent Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos maintains his lead days ahead of Sunday’s local elections, holding 53 percent of the vote among decided voters, while joint…

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Gulyas urges conservative turnaround in EPP

There is a need for a conservative turnaround in the European People’s Party (EPP) as its further shift towards the Left would cost much in…

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Opposition mayoral candidate meets Timmermans

The new European Commission assuming office in November plans to increase direct funding for towns and villages, distributed not on a political basis but on…

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Szijjarto: Johnson works to fulfill will of British people

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s work to fulfill the people’s will as expressed in a referendum should command respect rather than attacks, Foreign Minister Peter…

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Orban: Rule of law in Hungary ‘matter of honour’

The issue of the state of the rule of law is not a legal one in Hungary, but rather one of honour, Prime Minister Viktor…

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Orban proposes Oliver Varhelyi for commissioner designate

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday that he would nominate ambassador Oliver Varhelyi, the head of Hungary’s permanent representative office in Brussels, as Hungary’s…

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Orban: Hungarians have right to live under laws of Christian freedom

Hungary’s prime minister stressed the need of compromise between two parts of Europe but added that Hungarians’ “right to live according to the laws of…

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Szijjarto: UN’s ‘false legal interpretation’ generating new migration waves

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Wednesday said the United Nations is “trying to create non-existing rights instead of enforcing basic human rights”, thereby “generating…

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Ader: Cheapest energy that which we don’t use

Addressing the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday, Hungarian President Janos Ader outlined Hungary’s achievements and future goals concerning climate policy…

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Szijjarto: Hungary builds on strong bilateral links with US

Hungary builds on the “very strong” links it maintains with the US, including the results of a meeting between Prime Minister Viktor Orban and US…

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Orban speaks in front of Italian supporters

Hungary has in recent years postulated a political and state model: it has constructed a Christian democratic state, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a…

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Orban attends right-wing event in Rome

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will give a speech at the right-wing Atreju event in Rome on Saturday, at the invitation of Giorgia Meloni, president…

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Turkic Council opens office in Budapest

Hungary has always worked towards cooperation between East and West, which is also demonstrated by the opening of the Turkic Council office in Budapest, Foreign…

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Opposition calls on govt for joint action on climate protection

The opposition parties criticised the ruling alliance for not having any representatives at a special session of parliament dedicated to climate protection on Wednesday and…

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House speaker receives Polish state award

Laszlo Kover, speaker of the Hungarian parliament, received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Republic of Poland, the highest Polish state award non-Polish…

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Szijjarto: Hungary will defend its borders despite Italy’s decision

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Sunday that all decisions that involved the opening of European borders to migrants were regrettable, including the Italian government’s,…

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Orban: Hungary has delegated ‘excellent man’ to EC

In Laszlo Trocsanyi, Hungary nominated an excellent man as its European commissioner, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview to public radio on Friday….

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Orban meets Norbert Hofer

Hungary has a vested interest in Austria’s continued rejection of “all forms of terrorism and political Islam”, and its help in defending Europe from migrants,…

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Hungary’s Trocsanyi commissioner-designate for enlargement

Laszlo Trocsanyi, Hungary’s former justice minister, has been selected as the European Union’s commissioner-designate for neighbourhood and enlargement, the executive arm of the European Union…

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Rogan: Govt to focus on boosting national independence

Over the coming period, Hungary’s government will turn its focus to boosting the country’s national independence, Cabinet Chief Antal Rogan said on Saturday. Addressing a…

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Orban congratulates Conte

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sent a letter of congratulations to Giuseppe Conte, following the renewal of his mandate as prime minister of Italy….

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Babis hopes the next Commission will be less political

“The European Council should have the most important role, it’s the coalition government of Europe, where all prime ministers and presidents are sitting, they should…

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Orban: Govt has duty to pursue strong demographic policy

Without families and children, a national community could end up disappearing, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a speech to the Budapest Demographic Summit III…

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Deutsch blames previous governments for OLAF findings

Graft under the previous, Socialist and Liberal governments, has “largely contributed” to findings in the latest annual report of the European Union’s anti-corruption office (OLAF),…

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Hungary leads OLAF’s fraud statistics

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) would make Hungary repay almost 4 % of the EU funds the country had received between 2014 and 2018, according…

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Finnish PM to visit Budapest

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga discussed issues concerning the next European Union budget with Finland’s minister for European affairs Tytti Tuppurainen in Brussels on Monday….

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Szijjarto: Migration must be kept outside Europe’s borders

The security of European people is paramount, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Sunday, commenting on the stabbings in Lyon the previous day. Migration, he…

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Szijjarto slams Juncker commission

The European Commission has “derailed” the European Union’s enlargement process, “hugely impacting the security and future of Europe”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told MTI from…

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Trocsanyi: Talks with Von der Leyen constructive

Hungary’s EU commissioner-designate Laszlo Trocsanyi has described his most recent talks with European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen as “constructive”. Constructive discussions at second…

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Szijjarto addresses Hungarian ambassadors

All future foreign policy decisions will continue to be determined by the Hungarian interest, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, told Hungarian diplomats at a meeting…

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Govt spox slams EC’s “disrespectful” offer

Government spokesman Istvan Hollik on Monday slammed what he called a “disrespectful” offer on the European Commission’s part to reimburse “barely more than one percent”…

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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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