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Budapest Christmas Market Among Most Popular in Europe

The Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest came in second place in a poll conducted by the European Best Destinations organization measuring readers’ favorite…

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Pew Research Center: Hungarians Want Fewer or No Immigrants to Move to Their Country

According to a new study, Hungary is one of the most xenophobic countries in the world, trailing behind only Greece and Israel. Pew Research Center…

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Jobbik to Turn to Top Court if Parlt Passes Fidesz Amendment on Overtime

The opposition Jobbik party on Tuesday said it would turn to the Constitutional Court if lawmakers approve amendments of the labour code. The related bill…

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Govt Confirms Hungary Commitment to UN Programme against Illicit Arms Trade

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday confirmed Hungary’s continued contribution to the United Nations’ programme aimed at stopping illicit trade in small arms and light…

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Budapest Continually Fails to Introduce an Automated Fare Collection System

The Budapest public traffic system (the BKV) still hasn’t introduced an automated fare collection system. However, over the last two decades, the city has spent nearly…

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MPs Ask top Court to Annul ‘Strategic National Significance’ Status of New Right-Wing Media Foundation

Two independent MPs, Bernadett Szél and Szabolcs Szabó, have asked the Constitutional Court to annul a government decision granting “strategic national significance” status to the…

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Orbán: Workers to Benefit from Labour Changes

Changes to the labour code now before parliament have been designed to serve the interests of employees, the prime minister told commercial television atv on…

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Orbán Commemorates First Freely Elected PM Antall

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed a conference marking the 25th death anniversary of József Antall, Hungary’s first freely elected prime minister after four decades of…

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Opposition Boycotts Parliamentary Session after Amendments Rejected

Opposition MPs boycotted Monday’s parliamentary session after their proposed amendments aimed at filibustering a final vote on a government bill on overtime rules have been…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Annagret Kramp Elected as CDU Leader

A pro-government and a left-wing pundit speculate whether and how Annagret Kramp-Karrenbauer might restore the unity and popularity of the CDU. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu…

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LMP to Back Independent Candidate for Budapest Mayor

The green opposition LMP party will support Róbert Puzsér, independent candidate for Budapest mayor in next year’s municipal elections, as he aims to form “a…

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Budapest Aims to Host ‘Best-Ever’ World Championships in Athletics

According to past predictions, Budapest will host the 19th IAAF World  Championships in Athletics in 2023, which, besides the Olympic Games and Football World Championships,…

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Foreign Minister: Brussels, UN Share Goal to Legalise Illegal Migration

Brussels and the United Nations clearly share the same goal: to legalise illegal migration, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after a meeting of European Union…

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Changing Overtime Rules: Opposition Whistles, Shouts and Leaves after Fidesz-KDNP Rejects All Amendments

Opposition MPs disrupted Monday’s plenary session of parliament with whistles and shouts after MPs voted down a package of 2,925 amendment proposals submitted by the…

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Interior Minister: Anti-Graft Fight Successful

Hungarian Interior Minister Sándor Pintér said on Monday that Hungary had made successful efforts to stifle corruption. Pintér addressed an event marking the seventh anniversary…

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Orbán Congratulates Kramp-Karrenbauer on Election as CDU Leader

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán 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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Opposition Parties to Filibuster Parlt Vote on ‘Slave Law’

Opposition parties announced on Monday that they will move to filibuster a final vote on a government bill submitted to parliament on overtime rules. The…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Case CEU – How Important is It?

Left-wing commentators consider the departure of the US-accredited degree modules of the Central European University a major defeat for democracy. A conservative analyst remarks that…

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HR minister: Govt to Launch Hospital Consolidation, Wage Hike

The government will raise trained hospital workers’ wages by 72 percent over a period of four years and launch a consolidation scheme to tackle hospitals’…

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Opposition Slams Govt’s ‘Anti-Homeless’ Measures

Referring to Human Rights Day to be marked on Monday, the opposition Párbeszéd party vowed to continue its protest against government measures outlawing sleeping rough….

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Kramp-Karrenbauer Elected: Fidesz Awaits the Outcome

Fidesz is all for a strong European People’s Party and the EPP needs a strong Fidesz, Katalin Novák, the ruling party’s deputy leader, said after…

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Fidesz MEP: EP’s ‘Pro-Migration Majority Haywire’ over Migrant Visas

Fidesz MEP Tamás 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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Inside Hungary’s Family Support System

Hungary usually cannot boast a first place spot among OECD countries, however, the GDP ratio it has allotted to its family benefits system is the…

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Trade Unions Protest over Proposed Overtime Regulations

Trade unions mounted a protest on Saturday in central Budapest against the planned change to the labour code that envisages increasing annual overtime from 250…

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Liget Project’s Pannon Park Biodome Awarded International Prize

The most significant development of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Pannon Park Biodome, was selected to win the award for best leisure facility…

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Demonstrations Near Amid Confusing Statements on Employment Bill

While government officials insist their aim is to dismantle bureaucratic barriers and promote flexible employment, trade unions and workers still regard the amendment as a…

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Budget Deficit Reaches 135 pc of Full-Year Target by November

Hungary’s cash flow-based budget, excluding local councils, ran a 1,842.4 billion forint (EUR 5.7m) deficit at the end of November, the Finance Ministry said in…

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LMP Wants Stricter Punishment for Environmental Pollution

The green opposition LMP will submit an amendment proposal in order to increase punishment on companies that pollute the environment, party MP Péter Ungár said….

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Hungary Voices Opposition to Establishment of European Labour Authority

Hungary, along with Sweden, continues to oppose the establishment of a European Labour Authority (ELA), state secretary Sándor Bodó said after a meeting of European…

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Parlt Deputy Speaker in Washington: Hungary Committed to NATO, EU

Csaba Hende, the deputy speaker of parliament, is on a three-day visit to Washington, DC to discuss primarily security policy issues with American officials. Hende…

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Orbán: ‘New Blood’ Needed in European Parliament

New blood is needed in the European Parliament, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday referring to the European parliamentary elections of 2019. “I can…

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Jobbik Calls on Govt to Confirm Reports of Household Utility Increases

Opposition Jobbik has called on the government to confirm the veracity of reports that centrally mandated cuts to household utility bills would be axed after…

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DK Demands more Hospital Funding

The opposition Democratic Coalition wants the government to declare a “state of emergency” in respect of national health care and to guarantee additional central funding…

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Govt Backs Right-Wing Media Firm

The government has declared the acquisition of the publisher of Echo Tv, Magyar Idők, Origo and Opus Press by the newly founded Central European Press…

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Foreign Minister: Signs of Positive Progress in Ukraine Relations

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Thursday welcomed positive signs of progress regarding Ukraine’s attitude to Hungarian communities in Transcarpathia and bilateral relations in general. Ukraine’s…

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Gulyás: Fight Waged with EU over Migration, for Sovereignty

Hungary’s fight with the European Union for sovereignty in the area of migration is under way, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office told a…

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Orbán to Lauder: ‘You’re Asking Me to Limit Press Freedom’

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in a letter to Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, expressed his “surprise” that the WJC leader had…

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Hungary’s The Devoted Fetches Main Prize at Monaco Film Festival

The historic drama The Devoted directed by Zsolt Pozsgai has won the main prize for the best feature film at this year’s Monaco International Film…

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Szijjártó: Transylvania Economic Development Scheme Serves Both Countries’ Interests

Hungary and Romania’s governments both aim to maintain the improvement in their countries’ relations, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on the sidelines of a meeting…

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LMP, Jobbik Back ‘Stop Fraud and Abuse of EU Funds’ Citizens’ Initiative

The opposition LMP and Jobbik parties on Wednesday declared their support for a European citizens’ initiative aimed at combatting the misuse of European Union funds….

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Kövér: ‘Pro-Migration’ Victory in EP Elections Would Be ‘Big Problem’

House Speaker László Kövér, in a radio interview on Wednesday, expressed optimism over the outcome of next year’s European parliamentary elections and said it would…

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State Secretary Slams NYT, The Guardian on Hungary Coverage

In an ironically worded entry on the website abouthungary.hu, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communication and relations at the Prime Minister’s Office, slammed…

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CEU Leaves, but Disappointment and Accusations Remain

On Monday, CEU Rector Michael Ignatieff announced that CEU would be leaving Budapest as no compromise was reached with the Hungarian government. Not surprisingly, many…

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Some 773,000 Participate in Natl Consultation on Family Policy in First Month

A total of 773,000 people returned their answers in the first month to a “national consultation” survey launched by the government to gauge Hungarians’ views…

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Disappointment, Mixed Feelings and Conflicts Followed the Events of the Romanian Centenary

Not every event in celebration of the Romanian Centenary has gone smoothly. The Orthodox Cathedral meant to represent the unity of Romania has yet to…

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Hungary to Boost Role in Afghanistan, Kosovo

Hungary will take a larger role in NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, in line with its pledge made to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the…

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Socialist-Párbeszéd Ready to Fight Bill on Overtime

The Socialist-Parbeszed alliance is ready to use all possible measures, including a referendum bid, to stop the Fidesz-sponsored bill on overtime which would raise the…

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Opposition DK Calls on Speaker not to Ban Journalists from Parliament

The opposition Democratic Coalition has initiated a law amendment proposing that the speaker of parliament should not be allowed to deny journalists entry to Parliament….

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KSH Revises up Q3 GDP to 4.9 pc

Hungary’s gross domestic product in the third quarter grew by an annual 4.9 percent, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a second reading of…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: CEU Moves 4 Courses out of 5 to Vienna

After the President of the Central European University announced that 49 of the CEU’s 59 courses will be transferred to Vienna, the debate continues in…

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Minister: Hungary Has ‘No Alternative’ to Building Nuclear Plant

Given the security of Hungary’s energy supply as well as economic and climate protection considerations, Hungary has “no alternative” to building a nuclear plant, the…

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Szijjártó: Gruevski Asylum Legal Matter, Hungary Backs Macedonia NATO Accession

The asylum request of former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski was a legal matter and the authorities acted independently from the government, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó…

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Szijjártó: Hungary Continue Blocking NATO-Ukraine Committee Meetings

Hungary takes a stand for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and independence but will keep monitoring its policies affecting minorities, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said on Tuesday….

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Russia-Based Bank’s Board Decides to Relocate Headquarters to Budapest

The board of governors of the International Investment Bank (IIB) has decided to relocate the lender’s headquarters to Budapest, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said in…

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CEU in Hungary- A Story Cut Short

On Monday, Michael Ignatieff rector of the Central European University (CEU) declared that since no compromise has been reached with the Hungarian government, CEU is moving…

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Chuck Norris and Prime Minister Orbán: ‘Friends Forever’

Chuck Norris, legendary actor, martial artist and internet meme-star wrote a lengthy article for WND about his “bromance with the Hungarian Prime Minister” following his…

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Chief Rabbi Slomó Köves: “Anti-Semitism is in Decline in Hungary”

In an interview with left-liberal weekly 168 Óra, Chief Rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH)—one of the leading organizations of the Hungarian Jewry—Slomó…

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Hungary Draws Hot Group in EC Qualifier But Still Has Hope

On Sunday, UEFA drew the qualifying groups for the upcoming EURO 2020. Hungary drew a hot group with World Cup runner-up Croatia, Gareth Bale’s Wales,…

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Hungary Draws Hot Group in EC Qualifier

On Sunday, UEFA drew the qualifying groups for the upcoming EURO 2020. Hungary drew a hot group with World Cup runner-up Croatia, Gareth Bale’s Wales,…

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Budapest to Host 2023 World Athletics Championships

Budapest will host the World Athletics Championships in 2023, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Tuesday in Monaco. Hungary will host the…

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Gulyás: Migration Decisive Campaign Theme in EP Elections

Never before has a single European issue defined a European parliamentary election campaign almost everywhere in the bloc, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the prime…

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Bosch Investing HUF 14 bn in Miskolc Base

Robert Bosch Power Tool, a Hungarian unit of German engineering giant Bosch, is investing 14 billion forints (EUR 43m) to set up a European battery…

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Bill to be Modified to Require Employees’ Consent to Raise Overtime Threshold

A bill that would raise the upper threshold for annual overtime from 250 to 400 hours will be modified to require employees’ consent, one of…

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2018 Set to be Hottest Year Ever in Hungary

2018 may end up being Hungary’s hottest year ever, the national meteorological office said, noting the country had witnessed its second hottest autumn since 1901….

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Hungary Opposes Separate Euro Zone Budget

Hungary does not support the proposal to create a separate eurozone budget, as such a concept would be against the country’s interests, Finance Minister Mihály…

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US State Department: CEU Departure A Loss

In a press statement released by the US State Department, a spokesperson said the US government was “disappointed” that the Hungarian government and CEU had…

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Banking Assoc Head: Current Growth Cycle ‘Huge Success Story’

Hungary’s current growth cycle “will be seen as a huge success story”, and the country is now better positioned than at any time in the…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: CEU Moves US Degrees to Vienna

A leftist commentator accuses the government of trying to annihilate those intellectuals whose opinions differ from its own. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand,…

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New Ethnographic Museum Design Receives Gong at International Property Awards

The design for Hungary’s new Ethnographic Museum, part of the Liget Project in Budapest, has been awarded the prize for the best public service architecture…

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Jobbik MP Szávay Resign Seat in Parliament After Anti-Semitic Recording Leak

Opposition Jobbik MP and former deputy group leader István Szávay announced on his official Facebook page on Monday that he would resign his seat in Parliament following…

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Official: CEU to Leave Budapest

Because Hungary’s Lex CEU forbids Central European University to accept new students after January 1, 2019, CEU is forced to announce today that it will…

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Orbán: “Hungarians Will Always Remember George HW Bush and Remain Thankful”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed sympathy over the death of President George HW Bush in a letter sent to his family, Orbán’s press chief…

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Debates on UN Migration Package

The debate surrounding the UN migration package has been a major event in world politics. As a possible solution to the migration crisis involving tens…

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State Secretary: Hungary Leads Europe in Decline of Tax-to-GDP Ratio

Hungary’s tax-to-GDP ratio – the sum of taxes and net social contributions as a percentage of GDP – fell 0.9 percentage point last year, the…

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EU to Launch Probe into Austrian Family Benefits Thanks to Joint Action by V4 Countries, State Secretary Says

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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Anti-Semitism Has No Real Base in Budapest, Mayor Says

Anti-Semitism has no real base in Budapest, István Tarlós, the city’s mayor, said on the first day of Hanukkah in Budapest’s Nyugati Square on Sunday…

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Hungarian Workforce 10 Thousand Short Yearly Due to Lack of Education

A new study conducted by KSH (Statistic Bureau of Hungary) examines the country’s workforce resources and includes a chapter about the situation of Roma minority…

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Govt to Spend over HUF 150 Bn on Hungarian Village Programme in 2019, Gulyás Says

The government will spend at least 150 billion forints (EUR 464m) on developments as part of the Hungarian Village programme in 2019 in order to…

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The Race for National Self-Determination at the End of 1918

In the fall of 1918, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire came to a dramatic end. In the last phases of the war, the Entente powers adopted the…

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Áder Sends Condolences over Bush’s Death

President János Áder has sent condolences over the death of former US President George H.W. Bush to his US counterpart Donald Trump, Áder’s office said…

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Atlantic Council Vice President for Strengthening US-Hungary Alliance

Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, emphasised the need to further strengthen Hungary’s alliance with the United States at a gala dinner…

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Dömötör: Over Half a Million Have Filled out the National Consultation on Family Benefits

According to Secretary of State of the PM’s Cabinet Office Csaba Dömötör, with only three weeks to go, over half a million people have filled…

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British Ambassador Informs UK Hungarians About Brexit

In a video posted to the embassy’s Facebook channel, Great Britain’s ambassador to Hungary Iain Lindsay details—in Hungarian—the basic information and to-dos for our compatriots…

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Orbán: UN Migration Compact ‘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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Winter Wonderland – Hungary in Pictures

Last week, the first snowfall hit the country and since then, in some parts of the country, especially in the Western region and the mountains, the…

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LMP: Foreign Ministry ‘Travel Bureau for Criminals’

According to opposition LMP, the Hungarian foreign ministry has “turned into a travel agency for criminals”, while Hungarian embassies “carry out the prime minister’s personal…

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Budapest Celebrates Holidays With Spectacular Christmas Trams Again

Budapest’s spectacular Christmas trams are back again for the holiday season. The so-called “light trams” (fényvillamos) are decorated with almost 40,000 lights and operate in the…

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Republican US 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 Orbán….

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State Secretary Blames Migration for Growing Anti-Semitism in West

Anti-Semitism has increased in several countries of western Europe due to migration, Szabolcs Takács, state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, told a plenary session…

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Hungary’s UN Amb Gives Harvard Lecture on 1956

Katalin Bogyay, Hungary’s Ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday at Harvard University gave a lecture on the 1956 revolution and uprising, and its impact…

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Gruevski Case: EP Says Hungary Intervened in Macedonia’s Internal Affairs

The European Parliament stated that Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro have met the requirements for accession to the European Union. The report includes a paragraph, proposed…

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Hungary Growth to Remain above EU Average until at Least 2021, Says Fiscal Council Head

Hungary’s GDP growth rate is set to remain above the European Union’s average growth rate of 2.5 percent until at least 2021, but some estimates…

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The New Stadler Trains Have Arrived in Hungary

By the end of 2019, 11 high-capacity trains will travel between the Vác and Cegléd railway lines. According to the MÁV-Start announcement (The Hungarian Railroad…

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Jobbik Deputy Leader to Step Down After Anti-Semitic Recording Surfaces

Jobbik deputy group leader and parliamentary notary István Szávay announced his immediate resignation on Thursday following the release of recordings containing anti-Semitic comments and details…

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Health-Care Wages to Grow by 72% over Next Four Years

The wages of health-care sector public workers, district nurses and health-care workers without higher education qualifications will rise by 72 percent over the next four…

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Govt Spox: Hungary to Answer in Kind to Political Attacks

Hungary will answer in kind to political attacks, Government Spokesman Zoltán Kovács said on Wednesday, presenting to the press a mobile billboard saying “Hundreds have…

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Hanon Systems to Invest HUF 36.7 Bn in Hungary

South Korean thermal and energy management solutions company Hanon Systems will invest 36.7 billion forints (EUR 113.6m) to expand its operations in Hungary, Foreign Minister…

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Government Steps Back Following Debates and Public Outcry

Following tedious debates and heated public outcry, the government has stepped back from its proposed “slave law.” Officials now insist that an increase in overtime…

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Slovak President Andrej Kiska Meets Hedvig Malina

Yesterday, President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska welcomed Hedvig Malina Zsák to his office and declared that her unfortunate story is an example of the state…

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Traditional Blueprint Dyeing Technique Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Blueprint dyeing, a traditional Hungarian cloth dyeing technique, has been admitted to the UNESCO intangible world heritage list, the UN educational, scientific and cultural body’s…

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Chain Bridge to be Lit in Scottish National Colours to Honour St Andrew’s Day

Budapest’s Chain Bridge will be lit in blue and white, the Scottish national colours, on Friday and Saturday, in honour of that country’s national holiday,…

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Deutsche Welle: Hungary Helped Gruevski Escape from Macedonia?

According to Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), Hungary may have not only aided former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski in his departure from Albania, but…

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Honvéd Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Close Only Temporarily

The neonatal intensive care unit of Budapest’s Honvéd hospital will not have to be closed, the defence ministry said on Wednesday, dismissing press reports. Weekly…

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Hungary Not to Recognise UN Migration Compact

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

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Dispute Over History Curriculum

A liberal and a left-wing columnist harshly criticize a conservative historian’s suggestion that history education should be used to strengthen national feeling. A pro-government commentator,…

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Implementation of “Slave Law” Accompanied by Demonstrations, Controversies and 4-Hour-Debate

Last week, Fidesz-KDNP submitted a bill which would raise the upper threshold for annual overtime from 250 to 400 hours. Also, employers would only have…

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Hungarian Army Stages Exercises at the Serbian Border

Migration still poses a threat, with reports by Hungarian and European secret services suggesting that more than 70,000 people in the Balkans are ready to…

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DK Calls on HR Minister to Review Hospitals

The leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) called on Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler to join DK members in visiting Budapest’s Honvéd hospital in the wake of…

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Employment in Hungary at Record High, Unemployment Rate at Historic Low

Hungary’s rolling average three-month jobless rate was 3.7 percent in August-October, down from 3.8 percent in the previous period, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said…

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Civilization VI Expansion Features Iconic Hungarian King Matthias ‘the Just’

The second expansion to the award-winning grand strategy game, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI., will be released on February 14, 2019. The expansion will feature new advanced…

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Israeli PM Praises Orbán for Fighting Anti-Semitism

CNN has surveyed seven countries about the level of anti-Semitism in Europe. According to the report, one in 20 Europeans have never heard of the…

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US State Department: Hungary’s Decision to Extradite Arms Dealers to Russia Makes the World “Less Safe”

The two suspects, Vladimir Lyubishin and Vladimir Lyubishin Jr., were apprehended by representatives from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Hungarian Counter-Terrorism Center…

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Timmermans: Europeans to Decide if They Choose Community of Values

European Union citizens will decide in six months if they want a community of values where they share their lives with each other and work…

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Szijjártó: Hungary Stands by Ukraine’s Territorial Integrity and Sovereignty

Hungary fully stands by Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and this will continue to be a part of Hungary’s foreign policy in the future, too,…

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Brexit Could Negatively Affect the Hungarian Economy

As the UK will soon leave the EU, many worry what consequences the move will bring. Hungary’s main concerns regarding Brexit are definitely the futures…

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Sziget Festival Announces New Names for 2019 Line-Up

Hungary’s most popular music event of the summer, Sziget Festival, has already announced British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran as the first headliner and opening performer of its 2019…

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Four Hungarian Parties Join CDI

Four Hungarian parties have become new members of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), a Christian democratic political international of which ruling Fidesz had already been…

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Opposition MPs Question Orbán About Gruevski Case

Yesterday in Parliament, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán faced uncomfortable questions from opposition MPs regarding the Gruevski case. Socialist Member of Parliament Tamás Harangozó began his…

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Could Hungary Be in Danger of Overtourism?

According to a report recently released by audit and advisory company KPMG, overtourism, which affects the quality of life of locals and endangers the natural…

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Govt: Superfast Internet Available in All Households

All Hungarian households can now have access to full broadband internet, the innovation minister told a conference on Tuesday, adding that “the government has delivered…

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