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Famous Football Referee Viktor Kassai Announces Retirement

Viktor Kassai, the most successful Hungarian football referee of the last 20 years, suddenly decided to retire. Kassai, aged 44, is originally from Tatabánya and…

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Three Kings’ Day Traditions in Hungary

Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, is celebrated on January 6th by the Catholic Church as a holiday, one of the three principal and oldest festival days of the…

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‘Charm Cannon’ Justice Minister Varga Among Most Influential “Powerwomen” of 2020

Netherlands’ most popular political weekly ‘Elsevier Weekblad’ has ranked Hungary’s Minister of Justice Judit Varga fifth on its list of the 20 most influential women in…

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Hungary Gross Wages Climb 11.6 pc in October

The average gross wage for full-time workers in Hungary rose by 11.6 percent year on year to 365,135 forints (EUR 1,100) in October, the Central…

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Major Subsidies to Children with Diabetes

A government programme to support children and adults with type 1 diabetes went live on January 1, the state secretary in charge of health care…

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Deutsch: Fidesz to Decide Itself on EPP Membership

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, whose membership in the European People’s Party (EPP) has been suspended, will decide itself which European party group it wishes to belong…

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DK Calls Parlt Cttee Meeting to Address Matter of Hungarian Troops in Iraq

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling a meeting of parliament’s defence committee to discuss whether Hungarian troops should be withdrawn from Iraq for security…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Weeklies’ New Year Editorials

In their first issues of 2020, the weeklies try to make sense of what happened in 2019 and assess what Hungary may expect in the…

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Hungarian Troops to Carry on with Mission in Iraq

The Hungarian troops stationed in Iraq continue to carry out their mission with the necessary security measures in place, the defence ministry said on Monday….

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President Áder: Climate Change Neither right- Nor Left-wing Issue

The issue of climate change is neither right-wing nor left-wing, but a matter that extends beyond government cycles and affects the future of the coming…

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Fidesz MEP Deutsch Calls for Halt to Migration

Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch says the key task in 2020 is to put a halt to migration to Europe. Deutsch, the head of the Fidesz-led…

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DK: Independent Theatres ‘Fighting for Survival’

Deputy Mayor of Budapest Erzsébet Gy Németh, who is a board member of the national opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), said on Friday that independent theatres…

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Hungary Sees Record Number of Heart Transplants in 2019

Hungary’s two heart transplant centres performed a record 72 transplants last year, the National Blood Supply Service (OVSZ) said on Friday. Of the operations, 64…

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Hungarian GDP in 2020: Here are the Predictions

The growth of the Hungarian economy reached its peak in 2019. According to several economic predictions, the growth rate is expected to moderately decline in…

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Official: New Vocational Training to Bridge Gap between Education, Job Market

Vocational teachers have come around to the government’s measures aimed at bridging the gap between Hungary’s vocational training system and the needs of the job…

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Ministry: Govt Hiking Wages to Boost Number of Nurses

The government will increase wages and offer scholarships in order to boost the number of nurses, the human resources ministry said on Thursday. Ever since…

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Several Hungarian Cities Hit by Poor Air Quality

Several Hungarian towns and cities are being plagued by poor air quality due to a high concentration of airborne dust particles, the National Public Health…

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Gulyás: 2022 Election Results to Hinge on Govt Achievement, Communication

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on Tuesday that the Fidesz-Christian Democrat (KDNP) party alliance’s chances to win the 2022 general…

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Hungary PMI Climbs to 53.9 in December

Hungary’s seasonally-adjusted Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose to 53.9 points in December from 53.1 in November, the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management…

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FM Szijjártó: Actions Would Hopefully Follow Zelensky’s Gesture

The Hungarian government has a vested interest in restoring good-neighbourly relations with Ukraine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday, reacting to Ukrainian President Volodymyr…

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Finance Minister: New Economic Measures to Come into Effect This Year

New measures as part of the action plan to protect the economy, alongside targeted tax cuts, will come into effect in the New Year with…

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Direct Flight to Be Launched Between Budapest, Xi’an

Shanghai Airlines is launching two direct flights a week between Budapest and Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province in central China, on Monday, the Xianyang…

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President Áder: ‘It Is Not Nature That Must Be Overcome, but Our Own Nature’

Healthy human life depends on the health and completeness of nature, President of the Republic János Áder said in his New Year’s greeting broadcast on…

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How Hungarians Celebrated New Year’s Eve in the 20th Century

As the year has ended and everyone is preparing for 2020, we take a dive into Hungary’s most beloved online photo archive, Fortepan.  By collecting…

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Hungary Today Wishes a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

It’s becoming a yearly tradition for us to share our achievements and resolutions with you, dear readers, on New Year’s Eve. Just like last year,…

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Superstitions

There are many popular beliefs about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with thousands of superstitions, traditions, and lucky customs to follow on the…

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State Audit Office Calls for Changes in Public Sector Internal Controls

The current internal control system of the public sector fails to fulfill its purpose and a full review of the system is justified, the State…

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Minimum Wage to Rise 8 pc Next Year, as Agreed Earlier

The minimum wages for both skilled and unskilled workers will rise by 8 percent next year, in line with an agreement reached a year earlier…

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Audit Office Reveals Irregularities at National Parks

A series of irregularities have been revealed at national parks around Hungary, the State Audit Office said on Monday. Audits have been held at each…

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Croatia Court Finds MOL Chief Hernádi Guilty on Corruption Charges

A Zagreb court has found Zsolt Hernádi, chief executive of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL, and former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader guilty of…

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Socialist MEP: Consumer Protection Action Plan Drafted for Low-Cost Air Passengers

A draft action plan for the protection of consumer rights tailored for low-cost air passengers has been completed after a lengthy coordination process, MEP István…

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Foreign Nationals Arrested for Travelling with Fake Documents

Two Albanian and one Ukrainian national were arrested in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, for attempting to leave Hungary with fake IDs, the Hajdu-Bihar County police…

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Szijjártó: Hungary Clearly Among Winners of New Era in Global Economy

Hungary’s economy is undergoing a dimensional shift which has clearly placed the country among the winners in a new era of the global economy, the…

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Budapest Airport Passenger Numbers Pass 16 Million Mark

The number of passengers at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport has passed the 16 million mark, the airport’s operator said on Friday. The airport’s passenger…

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Interior Minister: Armed Forces Regulars to Receive HUF 500,000 Bonus

Regulars of the Hungarian armed forces will receive gross 500,000 forints (EUR 1,500) in year’s end bonuses, the interior minister said on Friday. Sándor Pintér…

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Welcome the New Year with a Virtual Toast with Hungarian Sparkling Wine!

For many, toasting with a glass of sparkling wine is part of New Year’s Eve traditions. Hungarians have been toasting to the new year with…

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Almost 100,000 Applications Received for New Family Subsidies

Almost 100,000 families have applied for some kind of subsidy provided via the government’s family protection action plan since it was launched on July 1,…

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Szijjártó: TurkStream to Strengthen Hungary Energy Security

The TurkStream natural gas pipeline will strengthen Hungary’s energy security because it will enable Hungary to buy gas transported on a new route, Foreign Minister…

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Hungary Holiday Retail Sales on Track to Hit New Record

Holiday retail sales in Hungary are set to reach a new record, exceeding 1,200 billion forints (EUR 3.6bn), with over 100 billion forints spent on…

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Russian Pianist Dies in Suspected Budapest Rental Flat Gas Leak

A young Russian pianist was found dead in the bathroom of a Budapest vacation rental flat following a suspected gas leak, public news channel M1…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: The Environmental Implications of Christmas

Both a left-wing and a conservative commentator find Western consumption patterns unsustainable. They also find broadly hyped market-friendly suggestions unlikely to stop global warming. Hungarian…

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“Hungarian culture is such a treasure that cannot be lost” – Interview with Hungarian-Uruguayan “Remigrate” Alejandra Brum

Alejandra Brum’s family emigrated to Uruguay, and despite living with her grandparents who only spoke Hungarian, she didn’t learn the language. She joined a Hungarian…

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Hungarians’ Favorite Christmas Movies

Christmas and the preparation for it, the Advent season, for some is probably the most anticipated holiday and the best time of the year. A…

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Christmas in 20th Century Hungary

Christmas is the time of the year when we celebrate love and kinship almost everywhere in the world, yet the 20th century can be considered…

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Christian Leaders Send Christmas Message

God has taken community with man and “has enabled us to see Jesus Christ in other people”, Cardinal Péter Erdő, the head of the Hungarian…

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Orbán: Polluters Should Pay for Climate Protection

The price of climate protection must be paid by those destroying the climate, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview published by pro-Fidesz daily…

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Hanukkah Celebrated in Buda Castle

“Festivals should make us more appreciative of the little wonders of everyday life: the smile of our children, the gentle gestures of family members, the…

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Hungary Today Wishes You a Merry Christmas!

Today, billions around the world celebrate and commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of mankind. The Editorial Team of Hungary Today…

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Don’t Sit at Home During the Holidays – Amazing Christmas Programs in Budapest!

Hopefully, the rain will stop soon and won’t ruin the much-awaited Christmas holidays, giving people the chance to spend some time outside. We collected some…

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Gov’t Announces ‘National Human Reproduction Program’ to Help Infertile Couples

The government has announced a comprehensive program to support infertile couples. As part of the measures, the government acquired six fertility clinics and is making…

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Christianity and Christmas ‘under Attack Worldwide’, says Gov’t Official

Christianity and Christmas “are under attack worldwide” but the Hungarian government is committed to protecting Christian culture, the state secretary responsible for aid to persecuted…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: DK MP Gréczy Resigns after Harassment Allegations

A left-liberal pundit praises Zsolt Gréczy for resigning from Parliament, while a pro-government columnist suggests that he must have been forced to do so by…

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Hungarian State Company Buys Mátra Power Plant

The state will purchase the Mátra Power Plant from Orbán-ally billionaire Lőrinc Mészáros’ Opus Global Nyrt, Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) leader László Palkovics…

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DK’s Gréczy to Return Parliamentary Mandate after Scandal

In the wake of the harassment accusations and leaked naked photos, Democratic Coalition (DK) MP Zsolt Gréczy announced that he would return his Parliamentary mandate….

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Kövér: Hungary’s Culture War ‘Post-communist’s Struggle to Maintain Supremacy’

László Kövér, the speaker of parliament, in an interview to pro-government daily Magyar Hírlap, commented on Hungary’s “culture war”, defining it as a “post-communist struggle…

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Jobbik: Water Pollution at Mátra Power Plant Requires Public Probe

The opposition Jobbik party has lodged a request for information in the public interest concerning alleged water pollution at the Mátra Power Plant, in northern…

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Co-Ruling KDNP Leader on 75th Anniversary: Party Duty to Remain Faithful to Eternal Values

The creed of Hungary’s Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) has not changed for the past 75 years; and it is the duty of its members…

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What Do Hungarians Eat at Christmas? – with Bejgli Recipe!

In Hungary, people usually start the Christmas celebrations and feasts with their families on December 24th, Christmas Eve. In most households in the country, one…

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Medical Devices Manufacturers ‘Shocked’ That Gov’t Wants to ‘Bargain’ on Debts

In the wake of PMO Chief Gergely Gulyás’s announcement on Thursday about the hospital debt, the Association of Medical Devices Manufacturers (OSZ) is angered and…

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Prosecutor’s Office Says Took All Measures to Prevent Győr Family Murders

The public prosecutor’s office on Friday insisted that it had “used all legal means to prevent a chain of events” which recently led to the…

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Three Poisonous Gases Detected at Mátra Power Plant  

Poisonous gases got into one of the buildings of Visonta’s Mátra Power Plant and within the vicinity of a nearby reservoir, in addition to the…

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Budget for Gov’t Scheme Supporting Ethnic Hungarians Doubled

The allocation in the central budget for a government scheme that supports Hungarian education and culture in communities beyond the borders will be doubled to…

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DK’s Gréczy: “I’m the Victim Here, Not the Harasser”

“First of all, I want to clarify that I’m the victim here and not the harasser,” argues Democratic Coalition (DK) MP Zsolt Gréczy who has…

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Finance Ministry: Full-year Deficit Target ‘Achievable’

The Finance Ministry said the full-year deficit target of 1.8 percent of GDP, calculated according to the EU’s accrual-based accounting rules, was achievable after they…

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Orbán on János Horváth: Brave Patriot and Uncompromising Politician

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent a letter to the family of János Horváth commending the deceased politician and expressing his condolences. President Áder on János…

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President’s Office on Health Care Changes: Budapest Mayor Causing Unwarranted Alarm

The mayor of Budapest, Gergely Karácsony, is causing unwarranted alarm over the new law on social benefits, an official of the President of the Republic’s…

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DK Politician Gréczy in Middle of Harassment Accusations

For days now, intimate photos have been sent by an unknown person to the media about the Democratic Coalition’s (DK) MP and spokesperson Zsolt Gréczy,…

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Gov’t Allocates HUF 80B to Reducing Hospitals Debts and Developments

The government has decided to allocate a total 79.4 billion forints (EUR 239.6m) to development projects in hospitals and reducing the hospitals’ debt portfolio, the…

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President Áder on János Horváth: Moral Beacon, Committed to Free and Independent Hungary

President János Áder on Thursday addressed the funeral of the one-time oldest member of parliament, János Horváth, who died aged 98 in November. Áder said…

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Who Will Pay Remaining HUF 20 Billion Cost of Pannon Park Biodome?

The Budapest local government doesn’t want and cannot pay the rest of the money needed for the completion of the Biodome, a flashy glasshouse currently under construction in…

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US Ambassador Cornstein: “Orbán Perfect Partner”

Ambassador Cornstein, in an accidental meeting with CNN, praised Viktor Orbán and said that he is ” the perfect partner to have a dance with…

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Gov’t Mulling Law to Prevent Release of Murderers on Probation

The government has discussed a report about a murder in Győr, in which a man, recently released from prison on probation, killed his two children…

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Higher than Agreed Minimum Wage Rise Unlikely

In spite of efforts by unions to renegotiate an earlier agreement on the scale of minimum wage rises for next year because of higher than…

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Foreign Minister: UN Migration Package Shouldn’t Become Basis of Reference

Hungary, along with some like-minded countries, including Poland, makes every possible effort so that the United Nations’ global migration package should not become a basis…

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Pannon Park Biodome Set to Open in 2021

Two more years and an additional subsidy of 20 billion HUF (Eur 60,5 million) is needed for the completion of the biodome (biodóm), a state-of-the…

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Defence and Security to Remain Gov’t Priority Next Year

Guaranteeing Hungary’s independence and security will remain a priority for the government as reflected by legislation and defence spending, defence ministry state secretary Szilárd Németh…

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Jobbik Slams Gov’t over ‘Wasteful’ Spending on Sports Funding

Opposition Jobbik party lawmaker Ádám Steinmetz, a former water polo player and Olympic champion, on Wednesday criticised the government for billions of forints of “wasteful spending” on sports projects…

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President Áder: Those Who Provoke Unjustified Fears are Shameful, not New Social Law

President János Áder issued a statement on Wednesday regarding legislation approved by parliament on Dec. 11 affecting eligibility for social benefits. The issue has sparked…

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Foreign Minister: Hungary Supports UN Efforts to Protect National Minorities

Hungary resolutely supports United Nations efforts to protect the language rights of indigenous and national minority communities, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after addressing a…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: PM Orbán Forecasts Strong Central Europe

Commentators draw opposing conclusions from the Prime Minister’s speech on the 30th anniversary of the Romanian anti-communist revolution. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu Background information: commemorating…

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Ruling Parties: Karácsony’s Pact with V4 Mayors ‘Immigration Alliance of Liberal Leftists’

Commenting on a recent pact signed by the mayors of the capital cities of the Visegrad Group countries in Budapest, the spokesman of Fidesz’s co-ruling…

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House Speaker Inaugurates Chief Public Prosecutor Polt

House Speaker László Kövér on Tuesday inaugurated Péter Polt as the public prosecutor for another nine years, the public prosecutor’s office said. Kövér said in…

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Former Socialist Leader Mesterházy Becomes President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Attila Mesterházy, former leader of opposition MSZP (Socialist Party), has been appointed as acting President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly just two months after he…

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President Áder Meets Religious Leaders of Ethnic Hungarian Communities

President János Áder received religious leaders of Hungarian communities in neighbouring countries for a ceremonial lunch in the presidential palace on Tuesday. “God may not…

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Minister of Justice to Launch Investigation after Newly Released Prisoner Kills His Children

Judit Varga, Minister of Justice will launch an investigation to find out who is ultimately responsible for the events in Győr, following the shocking events…

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V4 Opposition Capital Mayors Make Alliance and Publish Joint Article

Opposition mayors of the capitals of the V4 countries: Gergely Karácsony, the recently elected Mayor of Budapest, Matúš Vallo from Pozsony (Bratislava), Rafał Trzaskowski from…

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Fidesz MEP on Malta Rule of Law Debate: EU Should Apply Same Rules to Each Members

It is important for the European Union to demonstrate its commitment to fundamental values and “apply the same rules to each member without resorting to…

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Hungary’s Oscar Nominee Makes Shortlist in International Feature Film Category

Yesterday, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories. Hungarian…

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What’s Next for the Liget Project?

While the government apparently still hasn’t given up completing the Liget project as it was planned, Karácsony appears to insist on the halt of the…

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Hollókő, the “Living Village”

After a one-hour drive from Budapest, one can spot a great black raven, which shows that we are in the right place. It symbolizes the…

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Nearly Quarter of Defence Budget Spent on Development This Year

Hungary spent nearly a quarter of its defence budget on development this year, the defence minister said on Monday. He cited a government undertaking for…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Environmentalism in Politics

Commentators across the political spectrum ponder whether and if so how green ideas are redrawing the political landscape. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu On Index, Gergely…

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Matolcsy: Hungary’s Target to Be among Europe’s Top Five

Hungary’s targets for the upcoming decade include becoming one of the top 5 European countries in terms of level of development and quality of life,…

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Family Drama Claims Three Lives

A man who was just released from jail for attacking his wife, brutally killed two of his children before taking his own life yesterday in…

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Ship Collision – Viking Sigyn Captain Again Taken into Custody

A Budapest court has ordered the Ukrainian captain of a cruise ship which collided with a sightseeing boat in central Budapest in May to be…

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Párbeszéd Protests with Coffin against ‘Inhuman’ Health Insurance Law

The opposition Párbeszéd party on Monday staged a protest at the president’s office against a new law tightening social benefit rules. The law passed last…

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Emmy Winner Marina Gera to Hungary Today: “You have to work hard for everything and luck only comes then, if it even comes”

Marina Gera won Hungary’s first International Emmy Award, the ‘Oscar of television films,’ for the Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Hungarian television…

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Chinese Top University Fudan to Set Up Campus in Budapest

Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics and Xu Ningsheng, the president of China’s Fudan University, meeting in Shanghai on Monday, signed a memorandum of understanding…

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Trade Unions: Employers Rarely ‘Use’ Overtime Bill’s Benefits

Besides certain, rather rare cases, application of the much-debated overtime bill, a.k.a. the “slave law,” has not at all become a common practice, a recent…

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PMO Head: Polluters, Multinationals, Large Countries Should Pay for Climate Change Mitigation

The head of the Prime Minister’s Office said that nobody contests the European Union’s goal of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, the question is who should bear…

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Socialist Party Urges Opposition Cooperation to Draft Programme for 2022 Election

Socialist party leader Bertalan Tóth said on Saturday that cooperation between a variety of opposition parties offers an opportunity to draft a “programme of national…

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Hungarian Racing Driver Norbert Michelisz Wins WTCR World Champion Title

Hungarian driver Norbert Michelisz made racing history yesterday as he won the inaugural WTCR (FIA World Touring Car Cup)/OSCARO World Champion title at the Sepang…

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Trade Minister Urges ‘Modern, Shared Danube Strategy’ to Boost Growth in Central Europe

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Friday said central European countries should look to the River Danube as an opportunity to connect to other states. Addressing…

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Govt to Launch New Economy Protection Plan Early Next Year

The government will help Hungarian economic actors by the launching of a new economy protection action plan sometime next February or March, Finance Minister Mihály…

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Hungarian Police Arrest Irishman Wanted for Child Pornography

Hungarian police on December 11 arrested an Irish national wanted for possession of child pornography, the police website said on Saturday. Daniel C fled Ireland…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Landslide Tory Victory in UK Election

A left-wing commentator attributes the Tories’ sweeping victory in the UK election to the Labour Party’s radical and demagogic messages. A pro-government columnist calls on…

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Orbán on Temesvár Revolution: Hungarians and Romanians ‘Wanted to Live Free and Had Heroes Giving Their Blood for that Cause’

Hungary stands ready to build, together with its neighbours, including Romania, a new central Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Temesvár (Timisoara), in western…

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Medical Chamber: Social Security Act’s Consequences Disproportionate

The Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) has asked president János Áder not to sign the new Social Security Act, arguing that restrictions should not by all means lead to the denial…

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Court Hands down Tougher Sentences in Red Sludge Appeals Trial

An appeals court in Győr lengthened the sentences of three of the defendants in the 2010 red sludge disaster in a second-instance ruling on Friday….

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Orbán Congratulates Johnson on Election Victory

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a letter of congratulation to Boris Johnson, his British counterpart, on the Conservative Party’s sweeping election victory, Bertalan…

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“I Opposed Bolsheviks from The First Moment I Had the Chance,” Interview with Former US Air Force Doctor László Varjú

Well before the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, László Varjú, as a high school student, was jailed for anti-communist activities. Then, in 1957 he risked his life…

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Orbán: EU Climate Summit Success, Poorer Countries and Citizens Mustn’t Bear Costs of Fight

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in a video posted on his Facebook page on Friday, declared his talks at the European Union summit in Brussels a…

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Selection of Hungarian Astronaut to Begin for 2024 Hungary-Russia Space Project

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Friday signed agreements with the director of Russian state space research company Roscosmos about the launch of Hungary-Russia space research…

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Public Healthcare: Not Paying Contribution for 3 Months Results in End of Free Service

Parliament passed the new Social Security Act on Wednesday, altering many aspects of the Hungarian social security system. After the legislation comes into effect, anyone…

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Washington Times Opinion: Hungary Safe and Welcoming for Jews

In an opinion piece published in rightist daily Washington Times, Danube Institute senior fellow Lee Cohen praises the Orbán government for “transforming Hungary into one of the…

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Construction Sector Output Up 20.5 percent in October

Output of Hungary’s construction sector climbed 20.5 percent year-on-year in October, unadjusted data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Friday show. Output of…

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LMP: Madrid Climate Talks Didn’t Go Far Enough

Green opposition LMP co-leader Erzsébet Schmuck has criticised the recent United Nations climate change conference held in Madrid, saying that the talks had been conducted…

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Korean Companies Employ over 10,000 Hungarians, says Finance Minister

An increasing number of South Korean companies have been investing in Hungary over the recent years thanks to the Hungarian government’s development promotion policies and…

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Hungary supports Moldova’s European integration efforts, says House Speaker

Hungary continues to support Moldova‘s aspirations for European integration, House Speaker László Kövér said on Thursday after talks with Moldovan counterpart Zinaida Greceanii. Kövér said…

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Hungarian Export Promotion Agency Opens Office in Moscow

Péter Szijjártó, the foreign affairs and trade minister, opened the Hungarian Export Promotion Agency’s (HEPA) new office in Moscow on Friday. The Hungarian government’s job…

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