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Saint Margaret of Hungary Died 750 Years Ago Today

Saint Margaret of Hungary, the daughter of King Béla IV from Hungary’s first ruling dynasty, House of Árpád was offered to God upon her birth,…

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75th Anniversary of Budapest Ghetto Liberation Commemorated by Survivors, Jewish Leaders, Politicians

Hate should not be commemorated with more hatred but with dignity, Slomó Köves, the head rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), said on…

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Migration Not Needed for Successful Economic Policy, says Foreign Minister Szijjártó

The policies pursued by Hungary over the past ten years have demonstrated that migration is not a necessity for a successful economic policy, Foreign Minister…

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LMP Proposes Lifting Ban on Wind Farm Construction

The green opposition LMP party is submitting to parliament an amendment proposal seeking to lift restrictions on the construction of wind farms in Hungary, lawmaker…

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Hollóházi Porcelain Factory Sold to Unknown Buyer at Starting Price of 175 Million

The Hungarian National Asset Management Inc. (MNV) has sold the 240-year-old Hollóháza porcelain factory, responsible for the manufacturing of the illustrious Hungaricum, for 175 million forints,…

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Orbán’s Year-opening Press Conference: What the Int’l Press Asked

Viktor Orbán held a more than two-and-a-half-hour marathon-long international press conference last Thursday. After his briefing, in addition to some important domestic issues, foreign media…

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László Kondor Photography Exhibition Reflecting on Conflict Opens in Kolta Galeria

A master exhibition of Hungarian-born photographer, László Kondor, who was a photographer in both the Vietnam War, and of a legendary Mayor of Chicago, will…

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Orbán: Soros Network behind EP Censuring Hungary and Poland

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has called George Soros “the world’s number-one oligarch”, accusing the US financier of “influencing European politics via his mafia-style network”. Orbán…

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Norwegian on Murder Charge Arrested at Röszke Border

Hungarian police have taken into custody a Norwegian citizen who is wanted by the Norwegian authorities for murder, a police spokesperson said on Friday. The…

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Novák: Hungary’s Family Policy Respected in Washington

Hungary’s family policy generates interest and is thought of highly in Washington, Katalin Novák, the state secretary for youth and family affairs, said after meeting…

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British Ambassador: No Change for Hungarians Living in UK after Brexit

Nothing will change for Hungarians living in the United Kingdom after it leaves the European Union, the British ambassador to Hungary said on Thursday. After…

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Orbán: EPP Betrayed Fidesz, We Were an Inch Away from Quitting

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party was “an inch away” from leaving the European People’s Party (EPP) on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a radio interview….

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Socialists to Launch Public Debate on European Minimum Wage

The opposition Socialist Party (MSZP) is launching a social debate on the concept of a European minimum wage, the party’s deputy leader said on Thursday….

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Raoul Wallenberg Award Presented to Six People

Hungary’s Raoul Wallenberg Award was this year presented to six people in Budapest on Thursday. The award, named after the Swedish diplomat who saved the…

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DK Calls on EPP to Expel Fidesz

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has said it would be in the Hungarian national interest for the European People’s Party (EPP) to exclude the ruling…

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Orbán: Austria ‘Natural Partner’ of V4

Austria is a “natural partner” of Hungary and the Visegrad Group, and they can cooperate in many areas, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at…

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Gov’t to End ‘Prison Business’ by Suspending Payment of Compensations for Poor Living Conditions

The Hungarian government has suspended the payout of compensations for prisoners, due to the poor conditions in which they have been kept, the PM’s Office…

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Czóbel WANTED: Unique Exhibition of Missing Masterpieces

There are a lot of painters whose most important works are lost, have disappeared, or we don’t know exactly where they are. This is the…

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Hungarian Handball Team Lands in Euro 2020 Main Round With Sensational Victory

The Hungarian handball team advanced to the next, main round of the European Championship with a sensational victory over Iceland and pushed Denmark out of the group…

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Fidesz MEP: EPP Recommends Members to Support Rule of Law Probe against Hungary, Poland

The European People’s Party (EPP) has voted to recommend its members to back the Article 7 procedures the European Parliament had launched against Hungary and…

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Szijjártó Backs EU Visa-Free Status for Maldives

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó voiced his support for the Maldives to be granted visa-free status by the European Union at a meeting with his…

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Medical Chamber Aims to Raise Doctors’ Pay to 70 pc of Salaries in Austrian Health Care

The Hungarian doctors’ chamber (MOK) has worked out a proposal aimed at increasing the salaries of doctors to reach 70 percent of the salaries in…

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Gov’t Commissioner Blames Zoo Director for Risk of Biodome Incompletion

The government will not allocate more funds for the biodome to be completed, Minister of State for the development of Budapest and the metropolitan agglomeration…

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Hungarian Eurojackpot Billionaire Winner Continues to Play Lottery

The lucky winner of Hungary’s all-time-record lottery prize of 30 million Euros has submitted their claim, according to Szerencsejáték Zrt. It is very rare in…

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Democratic Norms ‘Function Well’ in Hungary, Fidesz MEP says ahead of Article 7 Debate

Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, speaking ahead of a debate in the European Parliament on the Article 7 procedure against Hungary, insisted that democratic norms in…

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New Terminal Building Handed Over at Budapest Airport Replacing Low Cost ‘Container Building’

A new addition opened at Budapest Airport to serve low-cost airline passengers. The new wing of the Liszt Ferenc Airport was handed over on Wednesday, where low-cost…

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Police Concludes Probe into Dutch Drug Suspects at Sziget Festival

Police have concluded an investigation into two Dutch citizens who were arrested for selling drugs at Sziget Festival in Budapest last summer, the head of…

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DK Blames Gov’t for Increasing Income Gap

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has blamed the government for a widening gap between Hungary’s poor and rich. Gergely Arató, deputy parliamentary leader of the…

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Párbeszéd: Budget Assumption of 2.8% Inflation ‘Untenable’

The government’s budget, based on an assumed inflation rate of 2.8 percent, is untenable, a lawmaker of the opposition Párbeszéd party said on Wednesday. Speaking…

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Hundreds of Thousands of Poultry to be Killed as Bird Flu Hits Hungary

Bird flu has appeared yet again in Hungary on a large turkey farm in Ács, and a duck farm in Létavértes. To prevent the spread of…

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Budapest Reluctant to Give Any Money for the Giro d’Italia

While both the central government and Budapest’s new opposition leadership are on the same page about the benefits of hosting Giro d’Italia’s ‘Grande Partenza,’ the…

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Hospital Stay Longest in Hungary among EU Members

Yearly, Hungarians spend almost ten days in the hospital per capita, making the Hungarian data the worst in the European Union, according to new statistics…

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Fidesz’s Novák Rejects Weber ‘Lecturing on Democracy’

Responding to Manfred Weber’s reaction to Viktor Orbán’s recent remarks on the Fidesz party’s EPP membership, the ruling party’s deputy leader said on Wednesday that…

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Record Hungarian Lottery Winner Submits Claim

The lucky winner of Hungary’s all-time-record lottery prize of 30 million euros has submitted their claim, state gambling company Szerencsejáték said on Wednesday. The prize…

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Highest-ever Number of Illegal Border Crossing Attempts Recorded for January, says PM’s Advisor

The Hungarian government expects the debates within the European Union on the issues of migration and the rule of law to continue, the prime minister’s…

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Fidesz Committed to Law on ‘Soros NGOs’ Despite EU Court Criticism

Hungary’s law on the financing of civil organisations from abroad infringes on the principle of free movement of capital and violates a number of fundamental…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Roger Scruton Remembered

Commentators on both sides of the political divide portray the deceased conservative British philosopher as an ally of Prime Minister Orbán. The Hungarian PM awarded…

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Weber to Orbán: EPP Not Changing Course

The European People’s Party (EPP) will not change course and has made clear that those wishing to belong to the party family are expected to…

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Hungary Oil Reserves Replenished

Hungarian oil and gas company MOL has refilled the Hungarian oil reserves which were used when contaminated oil was delivered through the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline…

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Government to Punish Budapest for Local Election Results?

After their local election defeat, the government wants to punish Budapest by not allocating money for the capital in the next EU funding period, leftist…

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Industrial Output Up 3.6% Yr/Yr

Industrial output in Hungary rose by an annual 3.6% in November, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Tuesday, confirming the preliminary estimate. In a…

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Párbeszéd Calls for Consultation on Housing

The opposition Párbeszéd party is calling on the government to launch extensive consultations on housing policy. Party lawmaker Olivio Kocsis-Cake noted at a press conference…

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Marvel’s Black Widow Drops Trailers With Budapest Locations

As we have reported, Marvel’s new origin movie, the Black Widow was shot in the Hungarian capital with the freshly two-time Oscar-nominated Scarlett Johansson. The new trailer for the film…

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Law Requiring NGOs to Disclose Foreign Funding Incompatible with EU Law, Says Court Adviser

Hungary’s law on the financing of civil organisations from abroad infringes on the principle of free movement of capital and violates a number of fundamental…

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Socialist Leader Moves to Expel Local Council Representative

The leader of the Socialist Party has moved to expel from the party a local council representative who has joined the ranks of the ruling…

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Szijjártó: Macau Shows Interest in Premium Hungarian Goods, Services

Hungarian premium quality products and services are in a good position to enter the market in Macau, the Hungarian foreign minister said on Tuesday, after…

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Novák: EPP Should Strengthen Dedication to Centre-right Politics

The European People’s Party should strengthen its dedication to centre-right politics, the deputy leader of ruling Fidesz said on Monday after meeting senior German politicians…

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Director with Hungarian Roots Snags Academy Award Nomination for ‘American Factory’

Although unfortunately the Hungarian film close to snagging an Academy Awards nomination in 2020, the post-Holocaust drama ‘Those Who Remained’, which has been included in the International…

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Matolcsy Criticizes and Calls for Sustainable Housing Policy

In an opinion piece published at novekedes.hu, central bank governor György Matolcsy calls housing a “weak point” in Hungary’s economic policy. The economist suggests that…

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The Story of Kossuth County in USA

There are a great number of Hungarian statues and memorials in the US, but one can easily find Hungarian settlement names, which can still be…

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Banks to Catalogue Client Fees in Coordinated Effort to Boost Transparency

Hungarian banks will provide their clients with a detailed list of service fees they have been charged by the end of January, as part of…

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Illegal Migration: Army Boat to Patrol Tisza

The 1st Explosive Ordinance Disposal and River Flotilla Regiment “Honvéd” of the Hungarian Defense Forces, are working together with the police as of Monday to continuously patrol…

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Former Socialist District Mayor Hunvald Sentenced for Graft

A Budapest court sentenced one-time Socialist district mayor György Hunvald to one year in prison for misappropriation of public funds in a non-binding ruling of…

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‘Loyal Friend of Freedom-Loving Hungarians’ Sir Roger Scruton Dies

Sir Roger Scruton, a conservative British writer and one of the most important philosophers of the last decades, died on Sunday January 12th, after a…

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Chain Bridge Refurbishment Still Doubtful

The high-scale and much-needed refurbishment of the Lánchíd (Chain Bridge) and Buda Castle Tunnel has long been on the agenda without any major progress. According…

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Record Number of Passengers Used Ferenc Liszt Airport in 2019

A record 16.2 million passengers used Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport last year, the airport’s operator said on Saturday. Passenger traffic grew by 8.8 percent…

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PM’s Office: 2020 Year of Hungarian Community Building Abroad

The government has designated 2020 the year of Hungarian community building, with the aim of helping Hungarian communities abroad prosper in their homeland, the Prime…

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Fidesz Eager to Win Back Support of Young Generation

In recent years, Fidesz has lost much of its popularity among young people. The political leadership sees the problem taking several steps in order to…

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14B HUF to Save Small Village Grocery Shops

A yearly amount of around 12-14 billion HUF (Eur 36-42 million) of state subsidies would save small grocery stores in the municipalities under 2,000 residents,…

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Green-light to European Citizens Initiative on Food Quality Assurance

Hungay’s National Election Committee (NVB) has verified and approved signatures gathered for a European Citizens’ Initiative on preventing food fraud. At its meeting on Thursday,…

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Párbeszéd Submits Proposals to Boost Solar, Wind Energy Use

The opposition Párbeszéd party is submitting proposals to support the use of solar and wind energy in Hungary, the party’s deputy group leader told a…

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EC Registers Minority SafePack Initiative Signatures

The European Commission said on Friday that it has registered the signatures collected in support of the Minority SafePack European Citizenship Initiative for Minorities in…

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OTP Acquires Slovenian SKB Bank

OTP Bank successfully completed the acquisition of Slovenian SKB Bank, Sándor Csányi, President and CEO of OTP Bank announced at a press conference in Ljubljana…

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Poor Air Quality Caused by Dust Particles in Several Cities

High concentration of dust particles causes poor air quality in several areas across Hungary, the national public health centre said on Friday. The air quality…

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Washington Times Opinion Piece: ‘Orbán, Trump, and Johnson are Courageous and Patriotic Leaders’

In an opinion piece published in the US daily Washington Times, Danube Institute senior fellow Lee Cohen wrote about a debated statement made last year by…

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Fertility Medications, Treatments Completely Free as of February

Fertility treatments and medications will be free of charge from February 1st, Viktor Orbán told journalists during his annual international press conference on Thursday. Regarding…

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Budget Deficit Runs 122% of 2019 Full-year Target

Hungary’s cash flow-based budget, excluding local councils, ran a 1,219 billion forint deficit at the end of December, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. The…

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IWF Claims: Aján Not to Run for Reelection But Denies Wrongdoing

In the wake of ARD’s investigative documentary in which Hungarian sports diplomat Tamás Aján and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) are accused of embezzlement, document fraud,…

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Foreign Minister Calls on UN to Help De-escalate Tensions in Middle East

The United Nations must take steps to ease tensions in the Middle East and contribute to efforts aimed at resolving the US-Iran conflict as soon…

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Orbán: State Buying Costly Mátra Power Plant Saves Thousands of Jobs

In order to avoid the discharge of about ten thousand workers, the government won’t close off the Mátra Power Plant, which has made headlines recently…

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Orbán on 2022 Elections: ‘I Stand Prepared’ to Continue as PM

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told an international press conference on Thursday he was ready to run for another term in his post. Ruling Fidesz has…

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Hungarian Embassy in Canberra Suspends Consular Services due to Wildfire Crisis

The Hungarian embassy in Canberra has said it is suspending its consular services due to the extreme levels of air pollution caused by the bushfires…

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Orbán: Pragmatic Foreign Policy National Interest

“A solely values-based foreign policy dispensing with pragmatism … will necessarily lead to a policy unable to broker a compromise,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Gov’t to Revise National Curriculum

As the government concludes its revision of the national curriculum, a conservative and a left-wing pundit debate the role of education. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu…

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Opposition on Orbán Presser: PM Should Pay Attention to Hungary’s Real Problems

Opposition parties on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in connection with an international press conference Orbán held in Budapest. The Democratic Coalition (DK) slammed…

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Hungary-Croatia Relations after Election of Orbán-critic New President Milanovic

Former Prime Minister Zoran Milanović, candidate for the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), won the presidential election in Croatia on Sunday. The relationship between the…

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Gov’t Discussing Expansion of Income Tax Relief to Women with 3 Children

The government is discussing the possibility of expanding an exemption from the personal income tax to include women with three children, as part of the…

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Conservative-Green Coalitions: Tusk Supports, Orbán Not So Much

Following the formation of the new conservative-green coalition government of Austria under the leadership of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, president of center-right European People’s Party (EPP)…

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Gov’t Aims to Reach 85% of Average EU GDP per Capita by 2030

The Hungarian government will continue to reduce unemployment and increase wages because “there is no other way to eliminate poverty”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said…

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Candidate of Hungarian Descent to Challenge Trump at Republican Presidential Primaries

American-Hungarian Zoltan Istvan will soon challenge himself at the Republican Party’s presidential candidate at the Republican presidential primaries. The politician and trans-humanist activist, who holds a…

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Orbán: EPP ‘Not Interesting for Fidesz in Its Current Form’, Changes Needed

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday said a new Christian Democrat initiative in the European Union “may be warranted”. Speaking at an international press conference,…

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Orbán on Climate Change: Hungarians Can Preserve Their Way of Life in Carpathian Basin even in Worst Case Scenario

Hungarians can preserve their way of life in the Carpathian Basin “but to do so we must adopt a calm and methodical approach to climate…

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Hungary Overtakes Poland in GDP Per Capita

After eight years, Hungary has managed to overtake Poland in terms of GDP per capita, business outlet Forbes reports, citing an article by liberal weekly…

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Orbán: Hungarian Soldiers in Iraq ‘as Safe as Soldiers Can Be’

The Hungarian troops serving in Iraq are “as safe as soldiers can be”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at his year-opening press conference on Thursday….

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Gov’t Approves Hungary Climate Policy Priorities

Hungary’s government on Wednesday approved its medium and long-term climate policy priorities, the innovation and technology ministry has said. At a cabinet meeting, the government…

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Hungarian Troops to Stay in Iraq Despite Tension

Defence Minister Tibor Benkő on Thursday held talks with lieutenant colonel Sándor Farkas, the commander of the Hungarian troops in Iraq. At the video talks…

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Can Budapest Achieve ‘Vision Zero,’ and if so, How?

The former head of the Budapest Transport Center (BKK) Dávid Vitézy, argued in a Facebook post that the Oslo mode, in which city only one…

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Debrecen Zoo Welcomes Newborn Red-Handed Tamarins

Over the holidays, the Debrecen Zoo welcomed its latest additions to the institution. On Christmas Eve, December 24th, a female red-handed tamarin gave birth to…

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Hungary Industrial Output Slows Down to 3.6 percent Growth

Output of Hungary’s industrial sector increased by an annual 3.6 percent in November last year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Wednesday. Working day-adjusted…

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2019 Hottest Year in Hungary since Recording Started in 1901

Last year was the hottest year in Hungary since 1901, the weather service said on Wednesday. Of the ten hottest years, eight have been recorded…

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Socialists Worry for Safety of Hungarian Soldiers’ in Iraq after US-Iran Conflict

The opposition MSZP (Socialists) have called on the (ruling Fidesz) head of parliament’s defence committee Lajos Kósa to convene the body in the wake of…

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Katinka Hosszú Voted Best European Athlete for Third Time

Hungarian swimming icon Katinka Hosszú has been named ‘European Sportswoman of 2019’ by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS). This is the third time Hosszú is…

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Hungarian Extreme Athlete Gábor Rakonczay to Cross the Atlantic with a Self-Built Surfboard

Two-time Guinness World Record holder, sailor Gábor Rakonczay, who has crossed the ocean six times, is preparing for his next adventure, which starts on January…

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LMP: Climate Emergency in Hungary Far Beyond ‘political rhetoric’

Green opposition LMP has called on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to initiate cross-party talks on drafting a “national minimum” programme to combat climate change, party…

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Police Discover 250 Cases of Online Fraud in 11 Days

The Hungarian police discovered 250 cases of online fraud, worth a combined 41.5 million forints (EUR 124,000) in just 11 days as part of an…

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Plane Crash: Áder Expresses Condolences to Ukraine Counterpart

Hungarian President János Áder has expressed condolences to his Ukrainian counterpart in connection with the crash of a Ukrainian airliner outside Tehran. In the message…

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Investments in Hungary Last Year at Record High

Investments in Hungary hit a record high last year, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday. The government secured 101 large-scale investment deals with foreign…

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Foreign Minister: No Hungarian Casualties in Iraq, All Troops Safe

All Hungarian troops serving in Iraq are safe, and the Hungarian Defence Ministry and the heads of the armed forces are closely monitoring the “difficult…

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Paks Receives HUF 4b for Nuclear Plant Upgrade Developments

The town of Paks, in central Hungary, has received nearly 4 billion forints (EUR 12.1m) in government funding for developments in connection with the upgrade…

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Fidesz MP Marks Madéfalva Massacre Anniversary in Romania

Fidesz lawmaker Károly Pánczél on Tuesday attended the commemoration of the Madéfalva Massacre in Madéfalva (Siculeni), Romania, in which hundreds of Szekler Hungarians were slain…

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Analysts Expect New Low Peak for Forint in 2020

The forint fell to a historic low in 2019, breaking negative records several times during the year. Analysts believe the trend will likely continue in…

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Orbán Meets Kaczynski to Discuss ‘Current European Affairs’

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday met Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, in Warsaw, the head of the…

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Hungaricum Manufacturing Hollóháza Porcelain Factory to be Sold

The Hungarian National Asset Management Inc. (MNV) has announced the sale of the 240-year-old Hollóháza porcelain factory, responsible for the manufacturing of the illustrious Hungaricum,…

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LMP Proposes Referendum to Ban Nuclear Energy in Hungary

The opposition LMP has proposed referendums to ban the use of nuclear energy in Hungary and to switch over to renewable energies, the head of…

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Ministry: Base Wage of Health-care Professionals Up 14 percent from January

Health-care professionals will receive a 14 percent increase in base wages from January, the state secretary in charge of health care said on Tuesday. The…

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Alleged Murderer of Reality Star “VV Fanni” Only Admits Complicity at Court

The suspect of the murder of former Hungarian reality show participant Fanni Novozánszki first appeared today at the Budapest-Capital Regional Court. The suspect admitted complicity, but…

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First Female Police Superintendent Appointed in Hungary

At the end of November, the first female police superintendent of Hungary was voted for unanimously in Nógrád county. The new county superintendent, Gabriella Somssich,…

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November Retail Sales Up 6.8 percent

Retail sales growth in Hungary accelerated to 6.8 percent year on year in November from 6.2 percent in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office…

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Hungary Jobless Rate Steady at 3.5 percent

Hungary’s three-month rolling average jobless rate was 3.5 percent in September-November, unchanged from the previous period, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Tuesday. A…

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Defence Minister on Iraqi Mission: Hungary Ready to Take Any Action Necessary

The Hungarian Armed Forces are monitoring the situation in the wake of the Iranian-US tension and are ready to take any necessary action regarding the…

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Fidesz’s Fate in EPP Soon to be Decided

Following the election of Donald Tusk as the President of the European People’s Party, many expect the situation between EPP and Fidesz to soon come…

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Hungarian Anti-doping Body and IWF Deny Doping Claims

On Sunday evening, German public service channel ARD broadcasted an investigative documentary, which said that the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), led by Hungarian sports diplomat…

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Hungarian Police to Help North Macedonia, Serbia in Border Protection

New contingents of Hungarian police have left for North Macedonia and Serbia to assist in border protection tasks there, police said on its website on…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Prospects of a United Opposition

A left-wing and a pro-government commentator think that the opposition needs first of all a strong and charismatic leader to unite voters dissatisfied with the…

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New Data Shows Serious Territorial Disparities in Hungary

The Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) has recently released its latest thematic map collection. The nearly 90 page long visualized data publication illustrates some of…

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Justice Minister to Tighten Rules on Conditional Release of Murder Convicts

Hungary’s justice ministry wants to tighten rules for releasing prisoners on parole who have taken another’s life or attempted to do so. Minister of Justice…

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13th Annual Budapest International Circus Festival to Open

This year’s Budapest International Circus Festival will begin on Wednesday in the Capital Circus featuring internationally acclaimed artists from all over the world. Considered one…

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DK Politician Varju Suspected of Violating Election Rules, Causing Bodily Harm

Laszlo Varju, MP of the opposition Democratic Coalition, has been questioned as a suspect in connection with “crimes against the order of elections” as well…

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Iconic Socialist Politician Szanyi Quits MSZP

Tibor Szanyi, a former MEP, state secretary and deputy leader of the Socialist party (MSZP), announced he was leaving the party in a tweet on…

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Ambassadors Pay Tribute to Holocaust Victims

Leaders of foreign representations in Budapest on Monday paid tribute to victims of the Holocaust at a commemoration held at the Shoes monument on the…

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