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Jobbik: No Compromise with ‘Orbán Regime’

Conservative opposition Jobbik rejects all compromise with the “regime” of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and will continue its fight to overthrow it, party leader Tamás…

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Opposition Parties Call for Joining European Prosecutor’s Office at Budapest Demo

Opposition parties and civil groups staged a demonstration in Budapest’s Bem József Square on Tuesday calling for Hungary to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office…

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Orbán: ‘Choose Independence Over Global Governing and Control’

Orbán: Hungarians don’t gamble with their country Hungarians are not the type to gamble, they do not gamble with their country, but if necessary they…

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Opposition: Fight for Independent, Democratic State Still Needed

Socialists, Párbeszéd place wreath at Imre Nagy statue to mark 1956 anniversary The opposition Socialist and Párbeszéd parties laid a wreath at the statue of…

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Péter Szijjártó: Govt appreciates Czech PM standing up for Hungary

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday voiced the Hungarian government’s appreciation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis standing up for Hungary. In a statement, Szijjártó reacted to an…

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Torchlight march commemorating 1956 revolution held in Budapest

A torchlight march was held in Budapest on Monday to commemorate the Hungarian anti-Soviet revolution on October 23, 1956. The march started from the Budapest…

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Hungary commemorates 1956 uprising, flag hoisted at Parliament

Hungary’s national flag was hoisted in front of the Parliament building on Tuesday, in a state commemoration marking the 62nd anniversary of the anti-Soviet uprising…

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Best of Budapest: 6 Statues Commemorating the 1956 Revolution

We have compiled a list of statues and monuments commemorating the heroes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and freedom fight. On 23rd of October 1956,…

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Then And Now – Iconic Scenes Of The 1956 Revolution Revisited

On the 23rd of October in 1956, Hungarian students and young workers staged a peaceful demonstration in Budapest to protest against the ruthless Communist dictatorship…

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LMP Loses MEP as Meszerics Quits Party

Tamás Meszerics, MEP of opposition LMP, has decided to quit his party. LMP lawmaker Erzsébet Schmuck confirmed press reports on Sunday. Hungarian news portal Index…

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Demeter Elected as LMP Co-Leader

The congress of green opposition party LMP (Politics Can Be Different) elected Márta Demeter as the co-leader of the party in Budapest this past Saturday….

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Paks Plant 2nd Block Shut Down Due to Technical Problem

The Paks nuclear plant’s 2nd block was shut down on Sunday to fix a backup generator, the Atomic Energy Office (OAH) told on Sunday. According…

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Breathe A Breath Of Fresh Air Into Your Days

We Budapestians love this city for its endless offer of activities, events and parties to attend, but what do we do when we feel tired…

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Friends of Hungary Foundation’s Hungary at First ‘Site’ Conference: National Sovereignty is Key

Hungary is not inferior to any other country and wants to fight for its interests; the ruling parties will not change their politics, but do want…

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Szijjártó: Migrant Quota Issue Now Off the Agenda

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Friday called it “good news” that the question of mandatory migrant quotas was now off the European Union’s agenda…

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Where Are They Now: Inside the First Days of Hungary’s Homeless Ban

On Monday a law amendment prohibiting the use of public areas as living spaces came to pass. The original goal of the policymakers was to…

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Govt to Double Social Benefits for Transcarpathia Hungarians

Hungary’s government will double the amount of social benefits it provides to western Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region next year to almost 3 billion forints (EUR 9.3m),…

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Jobbik Complains Suffering ‘Biggest Smear Campaign of All Time’

Jobbik is suffering “the biggest smear campaign of all time”, the conservative opposition party’s communications director said on Friday. Ádám Mirkóczki told a news conference…

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Orbán Supports Weber After Everything

On the heels of Manfred Weber’s growing criticism and following “one night of deliberation,” Viktor Orbán has decided to support Weber as the lead candidate…

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Autumn in Budapest – Hungary in Pictures

In our weekly Instagram compilation, we are exploring a Hungarian city every Friday, to show you the most beautiful places in Hungary. This week, we…

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Socialists: EU Prosecutor’s Office Would Fight Orbán Regime’s Worst Excesses

If Hungary joined the European public prosecutor’s office, the worst excesses of the Orbán regime would be curbed, the opposition Socialists said on Friday. The…

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Gross Wage Growth Over 10 pc in August

The average gross monthly wage in Hungary stood at 321,200 forints (EUR 998) in August, up 10.1 percent compared with the same month in the…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Government Scraps Home Savings Subsidies Scheme

A left-wing columnist lambasts the government for phasing out home savings subsidies. A pro-government commentator welcomes the decision as, in his view, the programme has…

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1956: Hungary UN Envoy Thanks Ban Ki-moon for Release of UN Documents

Katalin Bogyay, Hungary’s permanent representative to the United Nations, on Thursday hosted a banquet lunch in honour of former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in…

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Govt: Budget deficit on target despite EU Worries

There is no need for any additional measures to meet this year’s deficit target of 2.4 percent of GDP, the government said in a report…

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Govt: Lázár Floats Banning Post-2020 Generation from Smoking

A recent proposal floated by János Lázár, the prime minister’s commissioner for protecting non-smokers, to prohibit anyone born after January 1, 2020 from smoking, has…

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Govt Launching Series of Forums on Europe’s Future

The government is launching a series of forums to discuss the future of Europe with the participation of ministers and state secretaries, the Government Information…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Ban on Living on the Streets Comes into Force

As the ban on habitual residence in public spaces comes into effect, left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of criminalizing homelessness. Pro-government pundits, on…

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Human Resources Minister: ‘Health Care is Not a Business’

The human resources minister has rejected suggestions that the government is intent on privatising health care, saying “the government’s position is clear: health care is…

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Hungary’s Geopilitical Situation and the Options in Foreign Policy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to Budapest last week. On this occasion, the Hungarian Prime Minister repeated the same principle he has…

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Fidesz: Verhofstadt’s ‘Vicious Attack’ Due to Hungary’s Stance on Migration

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

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LMP Responds After Demeter Comes Under Pressure to Quit

LMP has rebuffed a call on lawmaker Márta Demeter, who is running to co-lead the green opposition party, to resign after she claimed that Flóra…

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Danube Level at Record Low Again

The water level of the River Danube has continued to drop from a recent record low, dipping to 41 cm at Budapest, the water management…

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Vizi on Kossuth: Hungarian Reality and Success Stories Surprise Foreign Journalists

According to E. Sylvester Vizi, “Hungary has many friends around the world.” The Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Hungary Foundation…

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House of Terror Prison and Torture Cells Shock Foreign Journalists

This week, the Friends of Hungary Foundation, publisher of Hungary Today, hosted a three-day conference entitled “Hungary At First ‘Site’” for foreign journalists to get a…

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Orbán to Support Manfred Weber’s Candidacy in EPP

Ruling Fidesz and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will support the election of Manfred Weber as the lead candidate of the European People’s Party, of which…

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Gov’t to Cooperate with Cyprus on Energy

Cooperation between Hungary and Cyprus is increasingly important because as the disputes about the future of the European Union intensify, cooperation between countries that insist…

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Hungarian Border Police to Help in Macedonia, Serbia

Fifteen Hungarian police officers left for Serbia and thirty to Macedonia on Wednesday to participate in border protection operations in the receiving countries, the national…

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Fidesz Demands Demeter’s Removal from Parlt over Allegations Concerning PM’s Daughter

The parliamentary group of ruling Fidesz has called on LMP MP Márta Demeter to return her mandate for “disclosing classified information and slandering innocent people”,…

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Schmidt: Western Countries Want to ‘Civilize’ Central Europe in a Colonial Fashion

Hungary displays solidarity but cannot be forced by Western Countries to accept mass migration– this is the conclusion of the Hungary at First ‘Site’ conference’s…

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Central Govt to Reduce Headcount by 18 pc

Around 18 percent of central government jobs will be cut, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Wednesday. The job cull affects around…

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Szijjártó: Hungary-Slovakia Ties ‘at Their Best’

Ties between Hungary and Slovakia are “at their best” and based on mutual respect, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a press conference in Pozsony (Bratislava)…

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Gov’t Officials at “Hungary At First ‘Site'”: Hungary’s Economy is a Success Story

Despite the crisis of 2008 and the poor management skills of previous governments, Hungary’s economy is now in good hands and the last eight years…

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EMMI: Govt to Appeal against Strasbourg Court Ruling over Textbook

The government is appealing against a Strasbourg court ruling concerning the right of publishers to distribute textbooks to the country’s schools. According to the non-final…

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Orbán: Hungary Borders Protected by Hungarian Forces

Hungary’s borders will continue to be protected by Hungarian soldiers and police, and the country will continue to reject migrant settlement schemes, Prime Minister Viktor…

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Trócsányi: Hungary Turns to EU Court over Sargentini Report

The government has turned to the European Court of Justice with the complaint that the European Parliament violated voting rules when adopting the Sargentini report…

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Police Take 14 People into Custody after Drug Raid

Police on Wednesday took 14 people into custody on suspicion of drug trafficking and abuse of a new psychoactive substance, the police website said on…

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Support for EU at Record High

There is clear and growing support for the European Union in member states, with 68 percent of respondents considering their country’s membership to be worthwhile,…

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Danube Level at Record Low, Continues to Drop

The water level of the River Danube has continued to drop from a recent record low, dipping to 43-44cm at Budapest, a water-management official said…

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Three Lawmakers Quit Jobbik

János Volner, a former deputy head of conservative Jobbik, announced on Tuesday that he would leave the party, along with lawmakers Erik Fülöp and István…

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Hungary is No Black Sheep and Wants to Make Change

Hungary is not inferior to any other country and wants to fight for its interests; the ruling parties will not change their politics, but do…

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Govt Mulls Rejoining Moscow-based IBEC Bank

The government has started talks on Hungary rejoining the Moscow-based International Bank for Economic Cooperation (IBEC), Péter Szijjártó, minister of foreign affairs and trade, said…

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Feared Raid Against the Homeless Not yet Enforced by Police

Yesterday, a new amendment making living on the street illegal went into full effect. According to Attila Fülöp, the state secretary for social affairs and…

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National Bank: Tenfold Increase of Gold Reserves

The National Bank of Hungary (NBH) on Tuesday said its policymakers decided to raise the central bank’s gold reserves from 3.1 tonnes to 31.5 tonnes,…

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Corvinus to Retain Free Courses

Budapest’s Corvinus University will retain free places in its courses “in the thousand range in each year”, Lívia Pavlik, ministerial commissioner and chancellor of the…

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Szijjártó: Hungary Interested in ‘Good Neighbourly Relations’ with Ukraine

Hungary is interested in nurturing “good neighbourly relations” with Ukraine and wishes for its eastern neighbour to be a strong and democratic country that respects…

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Ildikó Horváth Appointed State Secretary for Health

Ildikó Horváth, a pulmonologist, has been appointed state secretary for health. Horváth has been medical director of Budapest’s Korányi Institute of Tb and Pulmonology. Her…

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“A Lying Opponent Never Wins” K.O. King László Papp Died 15 Years Ago

“A Lying Opponent Never Wins.” These were the words he uttered to those who worried he would be cheated out of a match in an…

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Strasbourg Court: Hungary Violates Rules Through Monopolising School Textbook Distribution

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled against Hungary in a suit initiated by Hungarian school textbook distributors and said that the Hungarian…

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Parlt votes to phase out subsidies on home savings bank deposits

Parliament on Tuesday voted to phase out the state subsidy on deposits with home savings banks. The motion was passed in an expedited procedure with a…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Lessons of the Bavarian State Election

A pro-government and a conservative pundit agree that the Bavarian election result provides evidence of a systemic shift in German politics. They offer diametrically opposing…

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Bill Proposes to Phase Out Subsidy on Home Savings Bank Deposits

A bill, submitted by a Fidesz MP yesterday, seeks to phase out the state subsidy on deposits with home savings banks. The bill may be approved…

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Szijjártó Talks Migration and Hungarian-Ukrainian Relations in Luxembourg

Migration is not a human right and people do not have a fundamental right to cross borders illegally or arbitrarily select countries in which to…

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Orbán’s Government Launches European Campaign Against Migration

According to a new video released by the Hungarian government, “It’s time to shake up Brussels.” The video, recorded in English, was first shared on…

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Construction Sector Output Up 24 pc in August

Output of Hungary’s construction sector climbed 24.4 percent year-on-year in August, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Monday show. Output of the…

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Govt: Homeless Ban Aimed at ‘Saving Lives’

Regulations banning rough sleepers from public areas, effective from Monday, are aimed at “saving lives”, a state secretary of the human resources ministry told public…

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Number of Blacklisted Retail Loans in Decrease

The number of retail loan contracts in a database of delinquent borrowers in Hungary reached 1,471,000 at the end of the third quarter, down 7…

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Ministry Reports Sufficient Gas Reserves for Winter

Hungary’s natural gas reserves amount to 4.6 billion cubic metres, enough to cover 60 percent of full demand in the heating season, the innovation and…

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Szijjártó: Hungary Not to Support Sanctions against Poland

Hungary will not vote for any EU sanctions against Poland, and can in return count on Polish support in the Article 7 procedure launched against…

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Hungary At First “Site” – Friends of Hungary Foundation Hosts Conference for Foreign Journalists

This week, the Friends of Hungary Foundation, publisher of Hungary Today, will host its second annual conference entitled “Hungary At First ‘Site’.” The organization, which aims…

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Demonstration Held Against New Law on Rough Living

A protest against a Hungarian law amendment that bans anyone from living and sleeping in a public space was held on Sunday. A few hundred…

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Orban Inaugurates Puskás Sports and Conference Centre

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Saturday inaugurated the Puskás Ferenc Football Academy’s new Sports and Conference Centre in Felcsút, near Budapest. In his address, the prime…

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DK Calls on Govt to Slash VAT, Suspend Welfare Cuts

The leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling on the government to take immediate steps to cut the VAT rate and to suspend cuts to…

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Rétvári: Special Preparations Made for Homeless Services in Winter

The state authorities are making special preparations for providing homeless services in the winter, including a national ambulance service team to help transport homeless to…

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African Swine Fever Reported in Fifty Villages in NE Hungary

The national chief veterinary officer has imposed restrictions in 50 villages in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County in the north-east after classifying them as infected with the African…

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Govt Spox: Juncker’s Comments on Orbán ‘Personal Revenge’

Government spokesman Zoltán Kovács on Friday dismissed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent remark that Hungary’s prime minister “no longer has a place” in the…

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The Highs and Lows of Last Year Captured: World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

In October, the Hungarian National Museum welcomes the annual collection of winning images from the 61st World Press Photo Contest. They were selected from 73,044…

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Juncker: No Place For Orbán In the EPP Anymore

In a new interview with French daily Le Monde, the President of the European Committee confirmed previous reports of him not wanting Hungarian PM Viktor…

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Párbeszéd Launches Referendum Bid on Free University Tuition

The opposition Párbeszéd party is submitting a referendum initiative with a view to ensuring that university tuition in Hungary is free of charge, party board…

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Szijjártó: Govt Grant for BMW Investment to Reap Dividends for Hungary

Hungarian government’s 12.3 billion forint (EUR 38.5m) support for BMW’s investment in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, will reap many times that amount in dividends for…

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Govt Official: Over 100 Kindergartens for Hungarian Children Abroad Revamped

Over 100 kindergartens for Hungarian minorities have been revamped as part of a government scheme aiming to provide mother-tongue education for all Hungarian children in…

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Orbán: Hungarian State Stands on National Foundations

A new era has begun in the life of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, the prime minister, said at a gala organised by the weekly Figyelő. Orbán…

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Fidesz’s Anti-Migration Cabinet Holds Inaugural Session

Ruling Fidesz has formed its anti-migration cabinet, Szilárd Németh, the head of the body, said after the cabinet held its inaugural session on Thursday. “The…

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Putin Lauds Potential of Russian-Hungarian Cooperation

Russia and Hungary have amassed “serious potential for cooperation”, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a ceremony on Thursday in the Kremlin, where Hungary’s new…

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Orbán: Brussels ‘Going Full Steam Ahead’ with Migration Schemes

Brussels is “going full steam ahead” with its migration schemes, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his regular Friday interview to public radio. Orbán said…

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The Evolution of the Transylvanian Economy over the Last One Hundred Years

Transylvania was annexed to the Romanian Kingdom in 1920. Studying its last 100 years, we can conclude that despite all of the various changes the…

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Law Change Affecting Homeless ‘Serves Interests of Society as a Whole’

The change of law enshrined in Hungary’s constitution, which effectively outlaws living on the street, “serves the interests of society as a whole”, a government…

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Govt: UK Hungarians’ Rights Safe Even If Brexit Deal Falls Through

The British government will guarantee the rights of Hungarians living in the United Kingdom even if the country fails to secure a deal with the…

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Parliament Hosts Hungarian-Polish Conference on John Paul II

A conference was held in Parliament on the late Catholic pontiff John Paul II organised by the National Commemorative Committee and its Polish counterpart, on…

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Govt Spox: US Values Hungarian Policies

The Hungarian government’s policies are increasingly understood and appreciated in the United States, Zoltán Kovács, the government spokesman, said at the end of a four-day…

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Govt Against VAT Cut

Reducing Hungary’s main VAT rate by two percentage points to 25 percent would result in “many hundreds of billions of forints” of lost budget revenue,…

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Ambassador David Cornstein is Cautiously Optimistic About CEU’s Fate

The diplomat who took office this summer was supposed to talk about the meaning of the American dream in the era of Donald Trump at…

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Following Protests and Controversies, Gov’t Raises Subsidy for Home Caregivers

The government has increased the subsidy for parents who care for terminally sick children. In addition, the subsidy for those staying at home to take…

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Hungarians Are Earning More, but Still Not as Much as They Would Like

The Average wage has grown exponentially in recent years. According to the Hungarian Statistical Bureau (KSH), the average Hungarian wage is around 217 thousand forints (700 EUR). The Menedzsment…

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Fidesz: EU Humanitarian Visa Aimed at Promoting Organised Migration

Brussels seeks to “introduce the organised transportation of migrants” into the EU “so they can avoid border control”, ruling Fidesz’s press chief said on Thursday,…

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More Students Working Than Ever: Half of 15-24-Year-Olds Worked This Year

The number of students working both in public and private sectors has significantly increased this year. According to Magyar Idők and the Ministry of Finance, more…

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Orban Inaugurates National Basketball Academy in Pécs

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday inaugurated the National Basketball Academy in Pécs, in southern Hungary. The complex is rightly named a national academy as…

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Foreign Minister Slams Ukraine Government Over Dual Citizens List

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

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Survey: Non-wage Benefits Go to 88 pc of Employees at Hungarian Companies

Non-wage benefits go to 88 percent of the employees at Hungarian companies at present, according to a survey by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and…

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Hungarian Press Roundup on House of Fates

A libertarian pundit finds it sad that the completion of the House of Fates, originally scheduled for inauguration four years ago, is taking so long….

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Kósa: Sargentini Report ‘Political Revenge’

The Sargentini report “is an act of political revenge” on Hungary because the country had the courage to reject mandatory migrant quotas and has proven…

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Chronically Long Wait Times for Treatment in Hungarian Hospitals

Healthcare in Hungary is always a topic of debate. While citizens are liable to pay sizeable health-care taxes each month, many say that in the…

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Young Vietnamese Tenor from Talent Show ‘Virtuosos’ Gets Hungarian Citizenship

Ninh Long, the young Viatnemese tenor who enchanted the audience and jury of Virtuosos, a Hungarian classical music-based reality competition television program, with his perfect Hungarian performance,…

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Pope Meets Young Christians Studying in Hungary Who Were Persecuted in Homeland

Pope Francis has praised the Hungarian government’s scheme to help persecuted Christians around the world, according to a Hungarian government official. During a general audience…

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The Eastern Opening Policy Doesn’t Appear to Be Profitable for Hungary

“We are sailing under a Western flag, though an Eastern wind is blowing in the world economy,” Viktor Orbán declared in 2010.  This statement then…

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Hungary Turns to Council of Europe to Defend Hungarian Minority in Ukraine

Hungary has initiated the adoption of a Council of Europe resolution concerning minority affairs in Ukraine, a ruling Fidesz lawmaker said on Wednesday. Hungary wants…

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In 2018 Alone, Hungary Received 354 Asylum-Seekers

Thus far in 2018, 565 applications for asylum have been filed and 354 people have been granted international protection in Hungary (refugee, protected or admitted…

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The Memorial Plaque of Hungarian-Transylvanian Mountaineer Zsolt Erőss Removed by Unknown Perpetrator

The memorial plaque of Hungarian-Transylvanian mountaineer Zsolt Erőss, the first Hungarian to have climbed Mount Everest, placed at the top of Oltár-kő in Békás-Szoros (Bicaz…

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Unions Call for Minimum Wage Hike

An umbrella trade union group (SZEF) has called for the minimum wage before tax to be raised to 190,000 forints (EUR 584) and the minimum…

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Foreign Ministry Summons Ukrainian Ambassador

Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to Budapest after “Ukraine’s anti-Hungarian policy reached a new level”. Parliamentary state secretary Levente Magyar told a press…

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Natural Gas Stores Sufficient to Cover Needs

Hungarian reservoirs for natural gas currently store 4.3 billion cubic meters, which comfortably covers the country’s annual needs, the daily Világgazdasag wrote on Wednesday. Two…

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Orbán Asks Tarlós to Run in Next Mayoral Election, Tarlós Accepts

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has asked the incumbent mayor of Budapest, István Tarlós, to run for a third consecutive term in the next local government…

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Orbán Asks Tarlós to Run in Next Mayoral Election, Tarlós Agrees

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has asked the incumbent mayor of Budapest, István Tarlós, to run for a third consecutive term in the next local government…

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LMP Demonstrates for Accessible Higher Education

Some 200 participants gathered in Budapest on Tuesday for a torch-lit demonstration organised by the youth arm of opposition LMP demanding access to higher education…

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Govt Official Lauds Hungary-Russia Cooperation on Military Grave Maintenance

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the defence ministry’s ministerial commissioner for remembrance diplomacy called cooperation between Hungary and Russia on mutual military grave maintenance…

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Govt Spox Hits Back at Clinton Criticism of British PM over Sargentini Vote

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

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Matolcsy: Low Base Rate Could Save HUF 800 Bn in Interest Expenditures

Last year the low base rate set by the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) helped save 610 billion forints (EUR 1.87bn) for the budget in interest…

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DK: Authorities’ Partiality for Pro-Erdogan Demos ‘Scandalous’

The Democratic Coalition (DK) considers it “scandalous” that the authorities allowed a demonstration staged by supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan but banned the one DK…

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LMP Demands Keeping State Oversight of Universities

Opposition LMP strongly rejects government plans to privatise state-run universities which would result in losing oversight of their operation, an official of the party said…

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Németh Elected EPP Group Deputy Leader in PACE

The European People’s Party group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has elected Zsolt Németh, the head of the foreign affairs…

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