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No common ground with Sweden’s govt on migration

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto called it unacceptable to draw parallels between the Nazi dictatorship and Hungary’s family policy. Szijjarto was speaking…

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Orban vows to expose the plans of Brussels bureaucrats

People have the right to information about “what Brussels is up to”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told public radio in an interview on Friday. The…

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Orban faces backlash over billboard campaign

The Hungarian government’s ad hoardings campaign on “Brussels’ plans” contains accurate, true and tenable statements, Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told…

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Press uncovers “secret” refugees from Venezuela

Several independent sources confirmed that Hungary accepted approximately 300 refugees from Venezuela after the country’s descent into political and economic turmoil, Index.hu wrote on Thursday….

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Message to Swedish minister Annika Strandhall from Hungary’s strongest opposition party

“With such different backgrounds, I believe it’s only natural that we cannot agree on everything and we don’t need to,” Jobbik’s group leader and deputy…

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Swedish MFA summons Hungary’s ambassador after deputy PM’s remark

Hungary’s ambassador to Stockholm, Adrien Muller was summoned to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen called Sweden’s Minister of…

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Hungary and the Commission accuse each other of spreading fake news

The European Commission on Tuesday rebuked a media campaign by the Hungarian government aimed at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. businessman George Soros,…

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Hungary opens trade representation on Jerusalem

The Hungarian government will open a foreign trade representation in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday, adding that the move is “another step…

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New allies would welcome Orban

French MEP Nicolas Bay talked about the status quo changes he expect in the European Parliament after the elections to Hungarian news site Azonnali. According…

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EP2019: Fidesz to have more mandates

The European Parliament published its first seat projections for the European elections, according to which “the next hemicycle would reflect a more fragmented political landscape…

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Szijjarto: Budapest Process to become symbol for stopping pro-migration forces

The Budapest Process interregional forum on migration will become a symbol for stopping pro-migration forces, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Saturday, commenting on the…

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Timmermans calls for fair wages in EU – Socialist congress

Frans Timmermans, addressing a Hungarian Socialist Party congress in Budapest on Saturday, called for fair wages in the European Union and closing the wage gap…

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Novak demands an apology from Swedish minister

Hungarian Secretary of State for Family and Youth Affairs, Katalin Novak wrote a letter to Swedish Minister for Social Affairs Annika Strandhall, after the left-wing…

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State secretary supports Trump’s state of emergency declaration

“Go Trump!” – Szilard Nemeth, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence wrote on his Facebook page on Friday, after US President Donald Trump decided…

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Successful campaign against the Migration Compact

Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap interviewed Austrian identitarian leader Martin Sellner about his campaign against the UN Global Compact for Migration. According to the right-wing activist,…

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MFA summons Swedish ambassador

Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned the Swedish ambassador over critical remarks by a Swedish minister concerning the Hungarian government’s recent family assistance measures, the foreign…

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Timmermans attends Socialists’ congress

The Spitzenkandidat of the European Socialists (PES), Frans Timmermans attends the party congress of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) on Saturday, Hungarian media reported. According…

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Szijjarto dismisses Swedish minister’s criticism

Sweden’s minister for social affairs compared Hungary’s new family assistance measures to Nazism. Foreign Minister Szijjarto hit back by criticising the Scandinavian country’s migration policy….

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China refutes US pressure, applauds Szijjarto

One day after the joint press conference of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto in…

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Lamberts: No alliance with Jobbik

The European Green Party would expel Hungary’s Politics Can Be Different (LMP) party, if they start cooperating with the right-wing conservative Jobbik party, Philippe Lamberts…

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Protest for the Academy of Sciences

Government plans to reorganise the structure and funding of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) have triggered protests from opposition parties on Tuesday. The leftist…

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Hungarian govt rejects Soros’s article

Hungarian-born American billionaire George Soros published an article on Monday entitled “Europe, please wake up!”. He urged “pro-European” forces to protect Europe from its external…

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Szijjarto: Hungary-US political ties on the mend

Hungary and the United States have started to rebuild their political ties, the Hungarian foreign minister said after meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…

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Orban announces major family protection package

Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced a seven-point family protection action plan in his state-of-the nation address in Budapest on Sunday. “This is Hungary’s answer to…

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Pompeo to give Orban a hard time

The United States State Department held a telephonic press briefing about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels and Reykjavik….

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Orban: No decisions should be made before the European elections

No major decisions should be made before the European parliamentary elections “when European citizens will make their choice”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a…

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Pompeo visits Hungary on Monday

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Hungary next week, National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Twitter, according to news portal Origo. The…

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Lauren Southern slams pro-migration NGOs

Canadian right-wing YouTuber, author and filmmaker Lauren Southern spoke to Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap about her upcoming documentary, Borderless. According to Southern, when they started…

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Gulyas calls for Timmermans to be withdrawn

The Hungarian government has called on the European Commission president to withdraw EC vice president Frans Timmermans, who is the spitzenkandidat of the Party of…

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Freedom House deems Hungary “partly free”

According to the latest yearly report of the Freedom House, Hungary’s rank changed from “free” to “partly free”. The government dismissed the report. “Fidesz regained…

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Govt won’t receive Dutch parlt delegation

The Hungarian government will not receive the Dutch parliamentary delegation visiting Budapest to investigate the state of the rule of law in the country, a…

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Gulyas: Hungary attacked for its migration policy

The European Parliament election campaign is not the forum to chew over the politically motivated Article 7 procedure launched against Hungary, a government official said…

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All of our policies follow anti-migration stance – govt spox

Every element of Hungarian government policymaking follows from its anti-migration standpoint, Zoltan Kovacs, the state secretary for international communications and relations, said on Monday. The…

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Szijjarto: Hungary maintains zero tolerance stance on migration

Hungary has a policy of zero tolerance for migration and will never back any document that uses the UN’s global migration compact as a point…

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Jobbik leader vows to ‘fight to the end’ for change

Jobbik leader Tamas Sneider, at the conservative party’s season opening event on Saturday, vowed to “fight to the end” to “eliminate the current regime” and…

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Szajer calls EP Hungary debate cheapest auto-da-fe ever

The recent debate held in the European Parliament about the rule of law in Hungary can be regarded as “the most pointless and cheapest auto-da-fe…

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“The real fascists are in Brussels”

The European elites are worried that anti-immigration parties will take over, as the polls are predicting, Lega MEP Marco Zanni tells Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap,…

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Jobbik convenes congress over Audit Office fine

Right-wing opposition Jobbik will convene an emergency congress to discuss the situation in light of fines levied on the party by the State Audit Office…

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Szijjarto: EU policy on China hypocritical

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Friday called the European Union’s policy on China “hypocritical” and said cooperation between the bloc and Beijing was in the…

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Slovenian MEP slams EU’s double standards

The debate about Hungary in the European Parliament on Wednesday was unnecessary, EU institutions should rather focus on how Slovenia’s left-wing government brings back censorship…

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Orban agrees that Maduro should leave Venezuela

Pablo Casado, President of the Spanish People’s Party, phoned Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday to discuss the situation in Venezuela, the prime minister’s communication’s…

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MEPs speak out in the EP’s Hungary debate

The issue of Hungary has been returned to the agenda of the European Parliament plenary session on Wednesday as a result of the EP election…

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Defence minister: Migration most serious threat to Europe

Migration is the biggest threat to the safety of Europeans, the defence minister said ahead of a two-day meeting with his European Union counterparts in…

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Szijjarto: Treating migration as given is dangerous to Europe

The policies of Brussels that handle migration as a given fact, and even encourage it, present a danger to Europe and they are harmful to…

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Orban: Hungary an ally of the U.S.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban told MTI on Tuesday that in Hungary there have been false international and Hungarian media reports regarding Hungary. The purpose of…

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Kovacs: Pro-migration forces hijacked EU institutions

A top Hungarian government official said on Monday that “left-wing and liberal migration policy advocates” had “hijacked” European institutions and were using them to promote…

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WSJ: Concerns over Orban’s Russian and Chinese ties

According to the Wall Street Journal, in a meeting with US Ambassador David B. Cornstein, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the American diplomats that…

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Hungary marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Commemorations were held in Budapest on Sunday, to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1945. Gergely…

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Szijjarto slams EU institutions for pro-migration decisions

International institutions that make decisions and adopt documents that encourage migration “are making a huge mistake”, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Friday. Peter Szijjarto spoke…

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Orban calls EP’s Hungary debate a campaign event

The European Parliament’s debate on the rule of law in Hungary will be a “George Soros-type seance, an election rally, a campaign event”, Prime Minister…

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Hungary’s honorary consul in Norway resigns

In a letter to Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s honorary consul in Trondheim, Eszter Vanky wrote that she’s been worried…

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“Stop Soros” infringement procedure stepped up

The European Commission has entered its infringement procedure against Hungary concerning Hungary’s “Stop Soros” laws in the next phase, the body announced on Thursday. The…

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The government won’t attend the EP’s debate on Hungary

The Hungarian government will not participate in next week’s European Parliamentary debate concerning observance of the rule of law in Hungary, Gergely Gulyas, the head…

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Orban holds talks with to apostolic nuncio to Syria

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday met Archbishop Mario Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, in his office, the PM’s press chief said. Orban handed…

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Orban congratulates Soeder

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has congratulated Markus Soeder on his election as chairman of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), in a letter, Orban’s press…

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Szijjarto: Brussels to bring back its failed migration policy

Brussels is making a stealth attempt to reinstate its failed migration policy, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said during a break in a meeting with his…

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Film mogul Vajna dies

Andrew G. Vajna, a Hungarian-American film producer behind blockbuster movies such as Terminator 3 who went on to head the Hungarian National Film Fund which…

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Anti-govt protesters call for unity

Speakers at a Saturday demonstration held in Budapest against the labour code amendments emphasised the importance of unity and they also spoke up for the…

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“Syrian terrorist” Ahmed H. remains in custody

Ahmed H, the Syrian migrant who spent 40 months in prison for inciting a riot in 2015 on the Hungary-Serbia border, will remain in detention…

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“EP vote on NGO funding to increase migration”

“The European Parliament’s fresh decision to increase funding for ‘Soros groups’ once again makes it clear that George Soros is practically dictating Brussels’ migration policy,” ruling…

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Poll: Most Hungarians against massive, uncontrolled migration

Two-thirds of respondents in a recent poll see illegal migration to Hungary as a worrying issue, while some 40 percent said that the problem was…

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Gal: Europe must protect its borders

The European Union “must protect its borders at sea and on land as expected by its voters,” Kinga Gal, MEP of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, said…

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Szijjarto urges cooperation with Belarus

Cooperation between East and West is in Hungary’s interest in terms of security as well as for political and economic reasons, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto…

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Hungary initiates infringement procedure against Austria

Hungary’s government has turned to the European commissioner for employment and social affairs with a view to initiating an infringement procedure against Austria over the…

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“Soros pulls the strings in Brussels”

Fidesz believes George Soros’s people “are pulling the strings of the European Commission’s leading politicians” and demands an explanation, Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch said at…

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Ahmed H. to be expelled

Ahmed H., earlier sentenced for his participation in illegal migrants’ crashing with police at the Roszke border station in 2015, will be put on probation…

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“The most important European election is coming”

Never have the stakes of European Parliamentary elections been as high as they will be this May, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday. As…

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Orban: Migration to be Europe’s defining issue in next 15-20 years

Addressing an international press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Hungary’s goal is to have “anti-immigration forces” in the majority in every European…

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Sargentini demonstrated with Hungary’s opposition against Orban

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

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Jobbik opposes all-opposition cooperation

Conservative opposition Jobbik is against the cooperation of all opposition parties before the European Parliamentary elections because votes would be cast for party lists and…

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Anti-Orban demo with Sargentini

The left-wing RED movement – founded by Socialist MEP Istvan Ujhelyi – holds a protest on Tuesday in Brussels’ Schuman Square. The Hungarian speakers –…

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Opposition calls for nationwide demos

Hungary’s opposition parties on Saturday called for further protests, another change of regime and building a new republic, while trade unions announced nationwide demonstrations to…

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Weber: Orban is a difficult partner

“Viktor Orban is a difficult partner,” according to Manfred Weber, the EPP’s Spitzenkandidat for the next European elections. The Bavarian politician was asked by Austria’s…

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Orban held talks with Bolsonaro

Prime Minister Viktor Orban held bilateral talks with new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his working visit to Brazil on Wednesday, Orban’s press chief said….

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Szijjarto: Juncker ‘no longer’ Christian Democrat

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s “lecturing” others about Christian Democracy “is a bad joke”, the Hungarian foreign minister said on Sunday. Peter Szijjarto insisted that…

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According to opposition party Jobbik, Orban wants to drive Hungary out of the EU

The outcome of next year’s European Parliamentary elections will determine “whether we can build a free, liveable and predictable Hungary in a safe Europe”, the…

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Retvari: Immigration is dangerous, integration failed

Mass migration is dangerous not only regarding terrorism, public security, culture and social security, but also the whole healthcare system, State Secretary Bence Retvari told…

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Szijjarto rejects Swedish foreign minister’s criticism of Hungary

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Friday rejected remarks by his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom criticising Hungary for being “problematic” when it comes to European unity….

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Pro-government businessman richest Hungarian

According to the last Top50 list published by Hungarian weekly Forbes, currently, the richest person in Hungary is businessman Lorinc Meszaros, a former pipe-fitter, who…

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Orban attends Bolsonaro’s inauguration

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban confirmed that he will attend the inauguration of Brazil’s next president, Jair Bolsonaro on the 1st of January, according to…

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Orban: Europe successful only if it remains European

Europe will be stable and successful only if it remains European, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview with Austrian news portal oe24.at published…

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Poll: Support for Fidesz up, opposition down since the elections

The ruling Fidesz-led alliance’s base has strengthened while support for the opposition has waned since the spring general election, according to the latest poll released…

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Orban: No one can be allowed to engage in violence

No one can be allowed to engage in violence, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio on Friday, referring…

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Trocsanyi ruling parties’ top candidate for EP election

The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance has selected Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi to head their list for next year’s European Parliamentary elections, Fidesz announced on Thursday….

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Ader signs amendment to labour code

President Janos Ader has signed an amendment to the labour code, the president’s office said on its website on Thursday. Opposition parties and trade unions…

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Govt rejects Amnesty’s accusations of police violence

The interior ministry on Tuesday rejected Amnesty International’s accusations that Hungarian police have used excessive force against anti-government protesters in recent days, saying that police…

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Anti-govt demonstration held in Budapest under opposition initiative

Opposition politicians attended a demonstration in front of the public media headquarters in Budapest on Monday, calling for a “free and independent public media” as…

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Benoist, Klaus speak about national sovereignty in Budapest

French philosopher Alain de Benoist, who attended the “A new world order was born” international conference in Budapest, talked about European politics, the yellow vests…

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“Witch trial in the European Parliament”

The status quo is going to change after the European elections in May 2019, MEP of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), Georg Mayer told Hungarian…

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Orban: Stormy debate on migration at the EU summit

An attack has been thwarted “amidst stormy conditions” at Friday’s Brussels summit of European Union heads of state and government “convened to give more money…

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Criticism of “Stop Soros”, admin courts law

The CoE’s commissioner for human rights urged Hungary’s president to return the law about administrative courts, while the Venice Commission wants the “Stop Soros” package…

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Protests continue in Budapest against “slave law”

Protesters again took to the streets in Budapest to demonstrate against the “slave law” on Thursday evening. The demonstration started peacefully but police later responded…

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Gulyas: Migrant visa increases threat of terrorist attacks

The migrant visa increases the threat of terrorist attacks; it increases the risk of acts of terrorism being perpetrated by people coming from migrant backgrounds…

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Szijjarto: Brussels, UN share goal to legalise illegal migration

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

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Orban congratulates Kramp-Karrenbauer

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

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Deutsch: EP’s pro-migration majority haywire

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

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Hungary rejects the UN refugee pact too

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

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Hungry rejects the UN refugee pact too

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

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Orban: Fresh blood needed in the EP

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

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Jobbik launches EP election manifesto

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

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CEU partially moves to Vienna

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

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Novak: EU to launch probe into Austrian family benefits

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

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Orban: Migration compact a flawed document

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

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Republican congressmen voice support for Hungary govt

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

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Orban expects complicated EU budget talks

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

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Gulyas: EP vote on migrant visas unacceptable

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

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“Help should be taken to where needed”

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

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Fidesz: Soros ‘seeking to influence’ EP elections

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

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Szijjarto: Hungary govt monitoring Ukraine situation

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

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

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

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Kover hopes EU of nation states will prevail in EP election

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

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Orban: It’s a Black Sunday

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

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Orban blames Soros for Gruevski’s case

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

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

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

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Govt spokesman slams EU’s attack on Italy

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

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Government defends Gruevski’s asylum

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

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Jobbik: Gruevski case raises countless questions

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

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Gruevski granted asylum

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

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Government pressed for answers about Gruevski

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

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Fidesz demands UNHCR’s answer about “migrant cards”

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

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