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Gulyas: We support the neighbouring states

Hungary’s interest lies in having strong and successful neighbours, Gergely Gulyas, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a roundtable in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) in Transylvania…

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Ader: Hungary must stick to ‘St Stephen’s Western culture’

Hungary must insist on “the Western culture King Saint Stephen tied our future to”, President Janos Ader said in his address marking Hungary’s August 20…

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OSF office closed in Budapest

According to their decision in May, the Open Society Foundations (OSF) closed its office in Budapest on Friday and moves operations to Berlin. The head…

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Szajer: Migration issue to dominate 2019 EP elections

Those parties will be successful at next spring’s European Parliamentary elections that represent the public’s opinion about migration, MEP Jozsef Szajer said in an interview…

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Gulyas: No agreement on migration possible

“In the light of the Swedish government’s interventions to Hungarian affairs, I’m looking forward to the elections in Sweden”, Hungarian Minister Heading the PM’s Office,…

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Migration Aid to found a party

Hungarian NGO Migration Aid announced on its Facebook pagethat they are going to found a party on April 20. According to Migration Aid, this way…

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NYT: Trump befriends Orban

It was a huge victory for the Hungarian government when the US State Department cancelled its grant to fund independent rural media in Hungary, former…

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Officials express sympathy over Genoa bridge collapse

Hungarian President Janos Ader has expressed his condolences to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella over the collapse of a motorway bridge near the port city…

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Gulyas: Stable ties with Germany

The factory German car manufacturer BMW will build in Debrecen demonstrates the long-term stability and strength of Hungarian-German relations, Gergely Gulyas, head of the Prime…

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Hollik: Gender studies not compatible with Christian values

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance supports the government’s step to abolish gender studies courses in Hungary, the group’s spokesman Istvan Hollik told Hir Tv. According to…

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Iraqi fugitive murder suspect arrested on Hungary border

An Iraqi fugitive wanted internationally for murder has been arrested on Hungary’s southern border, the Bacs-Kiskun County police department said on the police.hu website on…

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Deputy PM: Gender is nonsense

The issue of gender studies was not on the agenda of the government’s meeting, because there are much more important topics, a government source told…

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“The psyche of the Hungarian people originates in the East”

Twenty-seven ethnic groups from twelve countries are participating in the Kurultaj Tribal Assembly of the Hun-Turkic Peoples, a biannual meeting of peoples of nomadic origin…

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“Liberal EU forces uniformity”

Hungary’s State Secretary for EU Relations Judit Varga attended a panel discussion at the Sziget Festival on Friday. According to her Facebook page, Varga joined the EU…

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Orban govt abolishes gender studies in Hungary

At the beginning of the week Hungarian universities received 24 hours from the Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) and the Ministry of Justice (IM) to…

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Fidesz unchallenged – polls

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has maintained its stable lead, opposition Socialists (MSZP) and left-liberal DK have minimally strengthened, while conservative Jobbik’s and green LMP’s popularity…

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Bakondi: Migration will be one of the most crucial issues of EP campaign

According to the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, uncontrolled mass immigration and its impact will perhaps be the most important topics of next…

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US foundation praises Hungary efforts to preserve Jewish cemeteries

The New York-based Heritage Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries has expressed appreciation for the Hungarian government’s efforts to renew Hungary’s Jewish cemeteries, in a…

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Orban meets Flemish right-wing youth leader

Dries Van Langenhove, the leader of the Flemish Schild und Vrienden right-wing students’ organisation had the opportunity to hold a conversation with Hungarian Prime Minister…

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Volner: Sweden’s leaders ‘on the side of migrants’

A government official, responding to Sweden’s intervention in the European Court of Justice case concerning Hungarian law on civil organisations, has said that it was…

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Semjen attends inauguration of Timisoara bishop

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen on Monday attended the inauguration ceremony of Jozsef Csaba Pal, the new Roman Catholic bishop of Timisoara (Temesvar), in Romania….

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Atkinson: We must secure the borders

If we import the third world we get third world problems,” British independent MEP Janice Atkinson told Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap, adding that “rapes, gang…

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Eastern Ukraine children on holiday in Hungary

A group of children affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine were greeted at the border town of (Chop) Csap before travelling to Hungary…

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Fidesz: Another ‘Soros org’ tries to interfere in Hungarian media

Another “Soros organisation” has attempted to interfere in Hungary’s media affairs, the parliamentary group of ruling Fidesz said on Saturday, in reaction to a recent…

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Corazza Bildt: The EPP has done everything to keep Orban in the family

Hungarian news site Azonnali.hu interviewed Swedish EPP MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt after she warned Hungary’s ruling Fidesz that PM Viktor Orban has gone too…

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Historic visit to Israel

Viktor Orban’s recent visit to Jerusalem was indeed historic because he was the first incumbent Hungarian prime minister to pay an official visit to the…

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Swedish EPP member slams Orban

The prime minister’s press chief on Friday reacted to an article by Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, an MEP who is a member of the European…

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Ukraine’s entry ban for Hungarian commissioner

The Prime Minister’s Office has voiced shock over remarks by Vasil Bodnar, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister, who told Ukrainian online media that his government was…

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Ukraine summons Hungary’s ambassador

Ukraine has failed to get ahead in respect of its European Union and NATO aspirations, not because of Hungary, but due to its own mistakes,…

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The EPP is not welcoming Jobbik

Hungary’s strongest opposition party Jobbik wants to take ruling Fidesz’s place in the European People’s Party (EPP), but apparently their chances are not too high….

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One of the most watched Hungarian news channels shifted to the pro-govt side

Three years after businessman Lajos Simicska – who among other things owns a media empire – had an argument with his former ally and friend,…

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Orban can become a major European leader – press

Viktor Orban is a provocateur who dances on the edge of the knife, Martin Ehl, journalist of Czech daily Hospodarske Noviny writes, according to the…

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“The mistakes of the Western liberal intellectuals should be battled by the real Europe, not by Eastern despotism”

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been introducing the main goals of his policy at the Balvanyos Summer Open University and Student Camp (Tusvanyos) for years….

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Leaving the periphery – Orban and the Zeitgeist

Festival-goers and politicians of the 29th Balvanyos Summer Open University and Student Camp (also known as Tusvanyos) listened to a very confident Viktor Orban on…

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Opposition slams Orban’s speech

Hungary’s opposition parties on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s keynote speech at the Baile Tusnad Summer University, saying it was a “declaration of war…

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Orban: We build a new era

In a keynote speech, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that every European country has the right to protect its Christian culture and the traditional…

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Jobbik’s ex-president admits: Orban knows the Hungarian society better

Gabor Vona, the former chairman of the right-wing, conservative opposition party Jobbik held a public lecture at the event of his party’s youth organisation in…

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Orban: Hungary one of the world’s most stable countries

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in his regular Friday interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio, said the European Commission’s days are numbered, noting that its mandate…

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Hungary and Indiana sign education agreement

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and Eric Holcomb, the governor of the US state of Indiana, signed an inter-state agreement allowing courses of the state’s…

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Hungarian officials expresse sympathies over Greece forest fire victims

Hungarian House Speaker Laszlo Kover has expressed his sympathies to the families of victims of the forest fires ravaging Greece since Monday, in a letter…

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Domotor: Europe facing identity crisis

Europe is struggling with an identity crisis, Csaba Domotor, the state secretary of the Cabinet Office, said at the Balvanyos Summer University in Baile Tusnad…

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“The government will not accept political blackmail”

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has completed “a record-breaking diplomatic schedule” in the past month and met some of the most important world leaders, the state…

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“The fight against poverty is no success story in the EU”

In an interview with Hungarian news site HVG.hu, Andriana Sukova, Deputy-Director General of the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission stressed…

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Tusvanyos summer university opens

The Hungarian policy for ethnic Hungarians has fulfilled its purpose and essentially completed the legal unification of Hungarians across the globe, the state secretary for…

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Gulyas: Infringement procedure attack against Hungary

The infringement procedure initiated by the European Commission against Hungary due to its “Stop Soros” laws is “unacceptable” and “constitutes an attack against Hungary”, the…

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Orban: Balkans migration route must remain closed

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has offered Hungary’s help to Montenegro in connection with difficulties arising from handling migration. Montenegro, by protecting its borders, also protects…

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Hungary officially quits UN Global Compact for Migration approval process

Hungary officially notified the United Nations on Tuesday that it is quitting the approval process of the Global Compact for Migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto…

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Hidveghi: Hungary sticks to its anti-migration policy

Fidesz communications director Balazs Hidveghi spoke about the ruling party’s migration policy and campaign for the European elections in an interview with daily Magyar Hirlap….

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Orban’s vision has no challenger

Hungarian political conditions and the lack of real opponents made it possible for Viktor Orban to outgrow the stage of domestic affairs and concentrate on…

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Orban visits Montenegro

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will leave for an official visit to Montenegro on Monday afternoon, his press chief has said. The prime minister is scheduled…

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State Department scraps fund for Hungarian media

Last November the US State Department launched a 700,000 USD program to support media outlets operating outside the capital in Hungary to produce fact-based reporting…

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Strongest opposition party worried for academic freedom and university autonomy

Triggering serious debates in Hungary, the government has transferred the state funding for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) to the newly established Innovation and…

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Can Fidesz join Salvini’s group?

It’s possible that Hungary’s ruling party will be expelled from the European People’s Party (EPP), but then there will be consequences, Fidesz MEP Gyorgy Schopflin…

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Slovenian MEP: Orban is very strong in the EPP

The Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) is grateful to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban who was campaigning for them before the general elections, MEP Milan Zver…

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“We have found an ally”

Italy is a very significant factor in European politics and after a short break there is one again common ground for Rome and Budapest, Hungarian…

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US Ambassador praises Orban

According to the new American Ambassador, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is a “strong and wonderful leader”. Speaking to Hungarian channel RTL Klub, David Cornstein…

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EC launches infringement procedure against Hungary

The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Hungary over its recently passed “Stop Soros” package of laws. EC spokesperson Mina Andreeva told a…

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Orban meets Netanyahu

In Jerusalem on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that he has the same views as the PM of Israel with regard to several 21st-century…

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16+1 is „not Santa Claus”

China is showing signs of being exhausted by the cooperation with its sixteen Central and Eastern European partners. As tension grows globally, Beijing is more…

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Fidesz blames Soros for the infringement procedure

The European Commission is likely to initiate an infringement procedure against Hungary on Thursday concerning its recently passed “Stop Soros” package of laws, MTI learnt…

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Szijjarto: UN migration compact extremist and biased

Hungary is quitting the approval process of the United Nations Global Compact on Migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting….

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Slovakian ambassador criticises Orban

According to Slovakia’s outgoing ambassador, a Russian model is functioning in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban decides who can become an oligarch and who can’t….

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Orban starts 2-day official visit to Israel tomorrow

Prime Minister Viktor Orban is travelling to Israel on Wednesday afternoon and will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s President. Orban will…

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Szijjarto criticises the migration compact

The UN global compact for migration is “an unbalanced and dangerous document” as it will galvanise migratory processes that already pose a threat to Europe,…

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Szijjarto: Ukraine breaches law on protecting minorities

Ukraine has gravely breached one of Europe’s most guarded values and laws when it comes to the protection of minorities, Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s foreign minister,…

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Orban welcomes Italy migration policy in letter to Conte

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban expressed “respect” to Italy’s new government, which “protects the EU’s borders with its new migration policy”, in a letter sent…

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Orban holds talks with Putin

Prime Minister Viktor Orban discussed the organisation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, economic cooperation and international energy projects with Russian President Vladimir Putin at…

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Ambassador: Israel is grateful to Hungary

Hungarian channel ATV made an interview with Israeli Ambassador Yossi Amrani before Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Israel. According to the ambassador, huge steps…

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Szijjarto: Security is our nr1 priority

Hungary and its citizens’ security continues to be the Hungarian government’s “number one priority”, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said in New York on Friday….

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Orban meets Putin on Sunday

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to hold talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow on Sunday, Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told…

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Erdogan to visit Budapest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Budapest within a few months, returning Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s gesture, who attended his inauguration in Ankara this…

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Hungary rejects the UN migration package

The UN migration package in its current form looks like an “African migration package” and fails to represent Europe’s interests, a foreign ministry official said…

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Szijjarto: Hungary committed to increasing defence budget

Hungary will honour its pledge to increase its defence spending to 2 percent of GDP by no later than 2024, the foreign minister said after…

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“Hungary is being blackmailed”

The Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Group, we managed to strengthen the unity of the group within the EU and increase its influence, State Secretary…

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Orban: Hungary one of the safest countries

Hungary is “one of the safest countries” in the world and “we must be careful not to lose what we have achieved”, Prime Minister Viktor…

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Hungary to increase contributions to NATO

Due to the constant challenges facing the international security system, Hungary will contribute more to NATO’s defence efforts, the foreign minister said at a NATO…

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US ambassador: US-Hungary relations have changed

Relations between the United States and Hungary “have not been how they should have” recently, David B. Cornstein, the United States’ ambassador to Hungary, said…

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Hungary position on Ukraine unchanged

Hungary’s position concerning Ukraine has not changed, the foreign ministry’s spokesman said on Tuesday, ahead of a two-day NATO summit beginning in Brussels on Wednesday….

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Szijjarto urges comprehensive free trade agreement with the UK

Hungary has a vested interest in a comprehensive free trade agreement between the EU and the UK after the latter’s exit from the bloc, Foreign…

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Weigel: Enough of the church’s withdrawal

Catholicism cannot respond with a white flag to the rainbow flag, but has to come up with its own way of modernity in today’s moral…

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Orban dictated to Merkel – press

The Hungarian MFA’s confidential evaluation of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Germany is ready, revealing some topics from Orban’s and Angela Merkel’s meetings that…

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Orban visits Putin in September

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s first official meeting with Russia’s president takes place in September in Moscow, foreign and Hungarian diplomatic sources confirmed to Index….

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Szijjarto: ‘Strong voice’ of Visegrad Group EU interest

It is also in the European Union’s interest that the Visegrad Group voices its opinion on the future of the bloc forcefully, Foreign Minister Peter…

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Gulyas slams Romanian court decision

Gergely Gulyas, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, has slammed a ruling handed down by a Romanian court earlier this week to renationalise forests previously…

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“Soros network still pulling EU’s strings”

Migration and Brussels’ “pro-migration policy” continue to be a threat to member states, despite the growing number of states, heads of government and citizens voicing…

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Orban attends Erdogan’s inauguration

A total of 22 heads of states will attend the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Complex on Monday, the Anadolu news…

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Szijjarto: China-CEE co-operation also in EU’s interest

Boosting cooperation between China and central Europe is also in the interest of the whole of the European Union, Hungary’s foreign minister said after a…

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“Situation in Ukraine test of strength for Hungary diplomacy”

The current situation in Ukraine is a test of strength for Hungarian diplomacy, as it is “entering unknown territory” in connection with promoting the interests…

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Outgoing French ambassador awarded high state honour

Outgoing French ambassador Eric Fournier has received Hungary’s Order of Merit, Commander Cross. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who handed over the award, said at the…

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Hungarians like Germans, but it’s not mutual – poll

Sympathy is rather one-sided between Germans and Hungarians, a recent poll shows. According to Nezopont Institute, 59% of Hungarians have a positive opinion about Germany,…

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Orban and Merkel clash

Hungary is taking a big burden off Germany’s shoulders by preventing anyone who enters Hungary from sidestepping the law, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a…

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Holvenyi: Stop lecturing Poland!

“As a Hungarian MEP I’m very glad to we are discussing our common future together with the prime minister of Poland. When Europe’s future is…

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EPP vice-chair: NGOs help smugglers

Smuggling migrants has become a global level crime, which calls for serious response, Fidesz MEP Kinga Gal wrote in a statement on Wednesday regarding the…

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Orban: Hungary doesn’t want to take back migrants

Hungary is unable and unwilling to take back any migrants, but is ready to help with moving illegal migrants back to Greece, Prime Minister Viktor…

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Orban discusses migration with Kurz

Hungary will only conclude a bilateral agreement with Germany concerning migration if such an agreement is reached between Germany and Austria, Prime Minister Viktor Orban…

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“America first, regardless of Soros”

It is not a stretch to say that bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States could be expected to undergo a genuine revival in…

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Hungary to increase military presence in crisis zones

Hungary will increase its military contribution to missions in countries “crucial in terms of migration and terrorism”, Istvan Szabo, state secretary of defence, told military…

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Szijjarto: Hot spots must be external

The European Union’s external borders can only be protected completely if migrant reception and collection centers known as hot spots are located outside of the…

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Fournier is not leaving because of Orban

The replacement of French Ambassador to Hungary Éric Fournier is not related to the leaked memo in which he praised Viktor Orban’s policies, France expert…

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Novak: We protect the values of marriage

The government will continue to stand up for the values of marriage, Secretary of State for Family and Youth Affairs Katalin Novak said at an…

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Szijjarto discusses migration in Montenegro

Migration pressure in the Western Balkans has reached and “at times exceeded” the level seen in 2015, and Hungary is ready to stand by Montenegro…

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Szijjarto: Big success for V4

Under the prime minister of Hungary’s leadership, the Visegrad Group has notched up a big success with the resolution adopted at the European Union summit…

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French ambassador in trouble after standing up for Orban

French President Emmanuel Macron distanced himself from his own ambassador to Hungary. On June 18, France ambassador in Budapest, Éric Fournier send a diplomatic memo…

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“The order that you are defending is born of freedom”

The Hungarian public expects the government and the police to protect the country, families and common values from external and internal threats, Prime Minister Viktor…

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Orban: No deal with Germany

Hungary’s prime minister has dismissed a report that Hungary was part of a group of 14 countries which were ready to sign a deal with…

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Szijjarto gives exclusive interview to Breitbart

“Hungary is focusing on primarily helping persecuted Christians over other groups,” Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto told Breitbart. “We are a…

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US ambassador promises fresh start

“Before arriving in Budapest, I advised my old friend Donald Trump to call Viktor Orban and congratulate him on his election victory. The call was…

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Merkel to host Orban in Berlin on July 5

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for talks in Berlin on July 5, a deputy spokesman for the German…

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Szijjarto: Hungary and Poland share same standpoint on migration

Hungary and Poland share exactly the same standpoint on migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday after talks with Poland’s minister for humanitarian aid,…

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Majority in CEE opposes migration

The majority of people in the central, eastern and southern European countries are against migration and think preserving Christian culture important, a new survey Nezopont…

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Ader signs ‘Stop Soros’ law, constitutional amendment

President Janos Ader has signed the seventh amendment of the constitution and the package of laws dubbed “Stop Soros” that penalise activities in support of…

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Orban: We want to restore democracy

European democracy has floundered, “so we want to restore democracy in Europe”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told reporters in Brussels on Thursday. Arriving at a…

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Orban meets Israel’s national security advisor

Prime Minister Viktor Orban held talks with Israel’s National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat in Parliament on Wednesday, the prime minister’s press chief said. Ben Shabbat…

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What to expect from Orban at the EU summit?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will represent the Hungarian standpoint on migration at the Europan Council summit which starts on Thursday. The main pillars of…

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Fidesz popularity decreased – poll

The popularity of the ruling parties has slightly decreased since the elections, according to the Public Institute’s latest poll. Compared to may, among all voters…

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V4-France summit in Brussels

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will represent Hungary at a Visegrad Group-France summit to be held in Brussels on Thursday, and the prime ministers of the…

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Visegrad interior ministers meet in Budapest

Interior ministers of the four Visegrad countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – and their Austrian counterpart met for talks in Budapest…

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Japanese professor warns of siding with China

Ryo Sahashi, Professor of International Politics, and Director at Center for Asian Studies, Kanagawa University is sceptical about the Trump-Kim summit. In an interview with…

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Nicolas Bay: Brussels’s war against Hungary

A French shadow rapporteur of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) told Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap that he doesn’t support the…

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U.S. Ambassador presents credentials to Ader

David B. Cornstein, the United States’ new ambassador to Hungary, presented his credentials to President Janos Ader on Monday. Cornstein previously worked as the chairman…

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