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Opposition Joins Forces with Sargentini to Protest against Orbán

On Tuesday, a demonstration against the Orbán government will be held in Brussels, in the central part of the EU quarter, in front of the…

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Retail Sales Climb 5.3 pc in November 2018

Retail sales in Hungary rose by an annual 5.3 percent in November 2018, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in the first reading of data…

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Conjoined Bangladeshi Twins Arrive in Budapest for Treatment

Conjoined Bangladeshi twins Rabeya and Rokaiya have arrived in Budapest for treatment and preparations for separation surgery by a Hungarian medical team of the Action…

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Unions, Opposition Call for Nationwide Demonstrations

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

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2018 Hottest Year on Record in Hungary

The year 2018 was the hottest year on record in Hungary, with temperatures rising faster than the rate of global warming, the national weather service…

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Potápi: Govt Committed to Strengthening National Cohesion

Hungary’s government is committed to strengthening national cohesion among all Hungarians, regardless of whether they live in the Carpathian Basin or in any other part…

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Fidesz: Anti-Govt Protesters on Soros’ Payroll

Among the participants in recent demonstrations against new overtime regulations were organisations on US billionaire George Soros’s payroll, the parliamentary group leader of ruling Fidesz…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Opposition united in opposing the government

After the ‘protest oath’ taken by opposition MPs on the steps of the parliament building and before Saturday’s mass demonstration, commentators tried to make sense…

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Socialists Accuse Govt of Lying in Sargentini Report Rebuttal

The opposition Socialist Party (MSZP) has accused the government of lying in a written rebuttal of the so-called Sargentini report. Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi told…

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Govt Sets up Institute for Hungarian Studies

The government has set up an institute specialising in the research of Hungarian history and the development of tourism and education. The institute, known as…

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‘Call in the Cavalry’: Hussar Exhibition in London

An exhibition looking “at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars” opened in London’s famed National Army Museum. The exhibit includes contributions from the…

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Szijjártó: 2018 Year of Record-Breaking Investments

Government efforts to boost investment set new records in 2018 both in terms of the number of projects and their combined value, the foreign minister…

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Number of Pensioners Returning to Work Could Double

The number of Hungarian pensioners returning to the workforce could soon double from around 70,000 at present, the finance minister’s deputy said in an interview…

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Extraordinary Parlt Session Lacks Quorum

A special session of parliament lacked quorum on Thursday because ruling party lawmakers stayed away from it. The event had been initiated by parties of…

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Jobless Rate Falls to 3.6% in November

Hungary’s rolling average three-month jobless rate was 3.6% in November, down from 3.7% in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said. The rate,…

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The Mystic Beauty of the Lake Fertő Region

Lake Fertő is the Carpathian basin’s second largest lake; since 2001, the lake and the surrounding region have been considered a UNESCO World Heritage site….

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Párbeszéd: New Pm’s Office ‘Overpriced Prestige Investment’

The new premises of the Prime Minister’s Office in the Buda castle district are an overpriced prestige investment and a display of lavish extravagance, the…

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New Pm’s Office ‘Overpriced Prestige Investment’

The new premises of the Prime Minister’s Office in the Buda castle district are an overpriced prestige investment and a display of lavish extravagance, the…

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Orbán Discusses v4-Israel Summit, Security Cooperation with Netanyahu

An upcoming Israel-Visegrad Group summit to be held in Jerusalem in early 2019 was on the agenda of talks between Prime Minister Viktor Orban and…

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Hungary Pmi Rises to 54.2 in December

Hungary’s seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose to 54.2 points in December from 53.5 in November, the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory…

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Ernő Rubik: The Cube Represents Man as a Thinking Being

Without a doubt, Ernő Rubik is one of the most well-known Hungarians of the XXth Century. He hardly ever gives an interview but made an…

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Áder Delivers New Year’s Address

János Áder, Hungary’s president, addressed fellow citizens on New Year’s Day in a public media broadcast just after midnight, wishing them a happy New Year…

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Péter Szijjártó: Juncker ‘no longer’ Christian Democrat

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

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Varga Announces 8 Pc Minimum Wage Hike for 2019, 2020

The minimum wage in Hungary will increase by 8 percent on Jan. 1, the finance minister announced on Sunday. It will go up by another…

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Police Pass on Complaint by Opposition Mps Removed from Media Headquarters

Budapest police have passed on to the central investigative prosecutor’s office a complaint by opposition deputies who were removed from public media MTVA headquarters earlier…

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Dömötör: Govt Aims to Maintain Hungary’s Security

The Hungarian government’s main aim in 2019 is to maintain a strengthening and thriving Hungary that retains its security, a Cabinet Office official said on…

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Gulyás: Majority of Opposition Anti-Democratic

The majority of the opposition do not respect the basic values of democracy, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the prime minister’s office, said on Monday….

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Note from the Editors: Happy New Year!

The New Year is a time for looking back and for looking forward. Some people make resolutions to break bad habits, create new ones or maintain…

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Falconry, a Hungaricum

Falconry is one of the most ancient Hungaricums and the tradition of hunting with raptors is as old as Hungarian history. What proves this more…

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“On Tuesdays, the whole XX. century comes alive at the tables”: Interview with Ildikó Nagy, Director of the Hungarian House of New York

Operating within the framework of the Széchenyi István Society, the Hungarian Catholic League and the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society, the Hungarian House of…

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Imre Nagy Memorial Removed from Martyrs’ Square

The memorial of Imre Nagy, Hungary’s prime minister during the 1956 revolution, was removed from Martyrs’ Square near Parliament in the early hours of Friday…

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Slovak Slovak Criminal Gang Sentenced for Multiple Counts of Robbery, Theft Sentenced for Multiple Counts of Robbery, Theft

The Bekescsaba District Court in south-eastern Hungary has sentenced the five members of a Slovak criminal gang for multiple counts of robbery and theft, the…

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Two-Child Families to Get Huf 40,000 in Tax Preferences Next Year

Starting in January, families with two children will enjoy a 40,000 forint (EUR 124) monthly tax preference, the state secretary for family and youth affairs…

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Transylvania Hundreds of Years ago: Extremely Rare Pictures of over 50 Settlements

It is always interesting to see how the land we inhabit looked hundreds of years prior; today’s enormous cities were once small villages, instead of…

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Budapest Liget Project to Continue Next Year

Several construction projects will be completed with new ones getting under way in City Park under the Liget Budapest Project next year, the director-general of…

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Govt Official: Income Inequality down Since 2010

Regional income inequality in Hungary has declined noticeably since 2010, a state secretary of the human resources ministry said on Thursday, citing data from the…

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The Chef Who Collects Knives and Wives: Interview with Lajos Bíró

When I searched for Chef Lajos Bíró’s name before the interview, every adjective I came across were either extreme or negative — outrageous, outspoken, arrogant, sassy….

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Syria’s Nuncio Thanks Hungary Govt Support to Hospitals

Syria’s Apostolic Nuncio thanked the Hungarian government for the financial support it has provided to the “Open Hospitals” humanitarian project in that country, the head…

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Christian Church Leaders Call for Rediscovering Christmas’s Real Meaning

At a time when Europe is trying to find its own identity, people with Christian roots need to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas, the…

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Hungary Today Wishes Merry Christmas

We wish all our readers a merry Christmas. Billions around the world celebrate and commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of…

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Hungary Today Wishes Happy Christmas

In many religions and according to various beliefs, the holiday season is a time of celebration. Whether you traveled home to be with your families,…

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Govt to Contribute HUF 10 bn to Esztergom Basilica Reconstruction

The government has allocated over 10 billion forints (EUR 31m) for the reconstruction of Esztergom Basilica, according to a decree published in the official Hungarian…

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HungaroControl Wins EU Funding for Modernising Air Control

HungaroControl, Hungary’s air control service, has won a total of 3.5 billion forint (EUR 10.9m) European Union support to carry out developments in order to…

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Govt Launches Humanitarian Programme with Poland in Syria

The Hungarian government has set aside 212 million forints (EUR 658,400) to support a humanitarian programme launched in partnership with Poland in Syria, according to…

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Satirical Two-tailed Dog Party Stages “National Christmas Peace March”

The satirical Two-tailed Dog Party staged a “national Christmas peace march” in Budapest, marching from the Parliament area to the Chain Bridge and then back…

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Anti-Government Demonstration: President Áder is PM Orbán’s Puppet

Opposition parties and civil groups staged a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Budapest’s Castle District on Friday evening. The protest was held…

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Hello Wood: Masters of Wood Installations

What started as a nonprofit business and teaching platform has transformed into one of the country’s most notable design companies – Hello Wood. It was…

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Baranya Police Wish Everyone a Merry Christmas in Cute Video

With the holidays fast approaching, the police department in Baranya wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The outcome has been positively heartwarming, making it…

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Opposition: Áder Only Represents Fidesz Interests

Yesterday, President János Áder has signed the controversial amendment to the labour code. Several opposition parties protested against Áder’s move, called for further resistance and…

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Ministry Confirms 11-Month Budget Deficit at 135 pc of Full-Year Target

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

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NY Foundation Thanks Govt for Jewish Cemetery Restoration Funding

The New York-based Heritage Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries (HFPJC) has thanked the Hungarian government for providing funding for the restoration of pre-WWII Jewish…

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Socialists, Párbeszéd Vow to Continue Anti-Govt Protests

The opposition Socialist and Parbeszed parties will continue their anti-government protest against the recent labour code amendment, party lawmakers said on Friday. Parliament passed the…

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Remigrates: where the Heart Lives

Being Hungarian is a way of life, a state of soul, and comprises a set of ancestral roots that connect even those whose parents were…

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Ex-Fidesz MP Charged with Corruption

Police carried out an anti-corruption raid against Ferenc Ódor in the parking lot of the Encs District Authority. Ódor is an ex-Fidesz MP and the…

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Hungary Population Decline Slows

Hungary’s population decline slowed in the first ten months of 2018 compared with the same period last year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on…

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Opposition, Trade Unions Protest against Govt in Countryside

Opposition parties and trade unions protested against recent government measures in three Hungarian cities in the countryside on Thursday. President Signs Controversial Amendment to Labour…

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Transylvania’s Prospects for the Forthcoming Decades

With Great Romania established in 1918, the old dream of having all Romanians in one state was fulfilled. The enlarged Southeastern European country, however, can…

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President Signs Controversial Amendment to Labour Code and Wishes Merry Xmas

President János Áder has signed an amendment to the labour code, the president’s office said on its website on Thursday. In a statement published on…

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Justice Minister Trócsányi Ruling Parties’ Top Candidate for EP election

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

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Left-wing opposition calls for joint candidate for Budapest mayor

Parties of the opposition should field a joint candidate for the post of Budapest mayor in next year’s municipal elections, representatives of the Socialist, Democratic…

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New Admin Courts: People’s or Govt’s Interest?

In last Wednesday’s chaotic session, the National Assembly accepted the establishment of a system of independent administrative courts which will have the authority to make rulings in…

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Average Income Stays Below the Hungarian Average in 18 out of 19 Counties

Only Budapest and Győr-Moson-Sopron’s average incomes exceed the Hungarian average, Central Stastical Office (KSH) reported. In Easternmost Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, the average salary is just a little…

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PM’s Cabinet Chief: EP Elections ‘Crucial’ for Hungary, Europe

Next year’s European Parliamentary elections will be “crucial both for Hungary and the European Union”, the prime minister’s cabinet chief said in an interview published…

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Protester Attacking Police Receives Suspended Prison Sentence

A protester in Sunday’s anti-government demonstration, who attacked police officers after the event, has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment, suspended for four years, the municipal…

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Govt, USAID Sign Agreement concerning Persecuted Christians

Hungary’s foreign ministry has signed a cooperation agreement with the US government aid agency USAID on protecting and supporting persecuted Christians, the ministry’s state secretary…

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Opposition Parties, Civil Groups Stage Anti-Govt Demo in N Hungary

Opposition parties and civil groups staged a demonstration against the government in Eger, in northern Hungary, on Wednesday. The protest, which was attended by a…

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Foreign Minister: UN Approval of Migration Compact to be ‘Serious Mistake’

The United Nations will make a serious mistake by approving the Global Migration Compact at Wednesday’s general assembly session, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in…

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Judit Varga: From Sargentini to Hungarian

Opinion piece by Judit Varga, the Minister of State for European Union Relations. The article was originally published on Mandiner. Judith Sargentini is provoking Hungary….

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Financial Times Elects George Soros ‘Person of the Year’

Prestigious British business newspaper Financial Times elected Hungarian-American billionaire businessman George Soros—the number one enemy in the Hungarian government’s communication campaigns—as ‘Person of the Year.’…

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In the Wake of Demonstrations, Vandals Target Fidesz-KDNP Offices

As more and more people joined in the tense demonstrations erupting across the country, certain Fidesz and KDNP offices were vandalized. On Wednesday of last…

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Jobbik Welcomes ‘Nationwide Opposition’

The recent protest staged by opposition deputies at public media headquarters was a sign of a “nationwide opposition” rather than cooperation between the parliamentary opposition…

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Protesters Cause Damage Worth ‘Millions’ to Parliament

The damage caused to Parliament and adjacent Kossuth Square in recent protests adds up to “millions of forints” (HUF 1m = EUR 3,000), parliament’s press…

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Ministry Rejects Amnesty’s Accusations of Excessive Police Force at Anti-Govt Demos

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

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Opposition MPs Stage Sit-in at Public TV

After the fifth day of demonstrations against the government, commentators ponder whether the recent series of protests might lead to the birth of a new…

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Govt to Call New Tender for Budapest-Belgrade Railway Upgrade

Hungary’s government has decided to launch a new public procurement procedure for the upgrade of the Hungarian section of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line, as the…

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Flydubai to Launch Budapest-Dubai Flight

Low-fare airline flydubai will launch a direct Budapest-Dubai flight in June 2019, Budapest Airport, the operator of Liszt Ferenc International Airport told MTI. The daily…

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“Big Money, Big Football?”: Govt Gives Further Tax Discounts to Struggling Hungarian Football

In a modification presented by Deputy PM Zsolt Semjén, the government again doubled the upper limit of tax concession for sportsmen, called EKHO, to a…

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Three Charity Options for Holiday Giving

Wondering what holiday gift to buy a friend or family member? The holiday season is not only about buying gifts for our loved ones, but…

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National Bank Forecasts Faster Economic Growth for this Year

The National Bank of Hungary on Tuesday said in a preliminary release of the main forecasts from its quarterly Inflation Report due on Thursday that…

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Századvég Raises 2019 GDP Growth Forecast to 3.9 pc

Economic research company Századvég has raised its forecast for next year’s GDP growth to 3.9 percent from 3.5 percent in a projection released three months…

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Sanitation Authority Warns of High Air Pollution in Cities

The concentration of microparticles in the air has reached unhealthy levels in Miskolc and Salgótarján in the north, and Szombathely in the west, the national…

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Demonstrations: National Security Committee Meeting Lacks Quorum as Ruling Parties Stay Away

A national security committee meeting with recent events at public media MTVA headquarters on its agenda lacked quorum on Tuesday because ruling party representatives stayed…

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Nissan expanding business service center in Budapest

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is expanding its single European business and financial service center in Budapest, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign affairs and trade minister, told…

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Orbán Expects ‘Hungarian Strategy’ to be Confirmed at EU-Africa Forum

Chances are good for “the Hungarian strategy” to be confirmed at the EU-Africa Forum in Vienna, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said ahead of the meeting…

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Opposition Protests for Free and Independent Public Media

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

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Opposition Protest for Free and Independent Public Media

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

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Street Protests Continue

A left-wing commentator welcomes the anti-government demonstrations and encourages Hungarians to take to the streets. A pro-government columnist thinks that protesting against the higher ceiling…

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Opposition: Armed Sec Guards Manhandling MPs Unprecedented

Hungary’s opposition parties have initiated an extraordinary session on parliament and a parliamentary committee probe into the suspected breach of the immunity of several MPs…

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State Secy to CNN: Hungarian parliament led by Hungarian people

The Hungarian Parliament is led by the Hungarian people, Zoltán Kovács, state secretary for international communications, said in a Monday evening interview to CNN. Kovács…

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Hungarians to Spend a lot on Christmas Gifts

Hungarians may appear to have more money at their disposal this holiday season, but the record high of personal loans tells a different story. The…

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In Memory of George H.W. Bush, Hungary’s Friend

George H.W. Bush, the late American Republican president who served as the leader of the greatest world power from 1989 until 1993, has died. He…

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DK: Demos Aimed at ‘Toppling Regime’

The aim of demonstrations staged over the past days has been to “topple the regime”, the leader of the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) said…

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Foreign Minister: Hungary Continue Vetoing Ukraine’s NATO Integration

“Hungarian communities across the border will not be sacrificed for geopolitical interests or under international pressure,” Hungary’s foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, said in Parliament on…

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Hungarian Press Roundup on Overtime Bill Protests: Turning Point for the Left, or Pointless Hysteria?

Pro-government commentators suggest that the anti-government protesters have no meaningful political objectives. Left-wing and liberal pundits, on the other hand, hope that the demonstrations can…

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Hungary’s Standard of Living Is Still Well Below the EU Average

According to data from 2017 published on Thursday by Eurostat, the standard of living in Hungary is still well below the EU average. When it…

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Foreign Minister: Growing Number of Countries Reject UN Migration Compact

An increasing number of countries have raised objections against the UN’s Global Migration Compact and are expected to reject its adoption, Hungary’s foreign minister said…

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Number of Suicides down 35 pc since 2010

The number of suicides has fallen by 35 percent in Hungary since 2010, state secretary of the ministry of human resources Bence Rétvári told MTI….

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MTVA Files Criminal Complaint against Oppostions MPs Entering Public Media Headquarters

Protesters turned up at the headquarters of the public broadcaster MTVA on Sunday evening after a demonstration of civil organisations and opposition parties against recent amendments…

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Demonstration at MTVA Headquarters

Protesters turned up at the headquarters of the public broadcaster MTVA on Sunday evening after a demonstration of civil organisations and opposition parties against recent amendments…

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Demonstration against Overtime Bill: “Slave Law will Tear Millions of Families apart”

Civil organisations and opposition parties held a demonstration against a recent law on extending voluntary overtime in Budapest on Sunday. The amendments to the labour code…

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Third Hungarian Heritage Festival Held in New York

The Hungarian Heritage Festival was held for the third time last weekend between 7-9 December in New York at the Hungarian House—complete with an advent…

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Intl Panel Supports Veszprém’s Bid for European Capital of Culture 2023

A body of independent experts said on Friday that they supported a bid by the western Hungarian city of Veszprém to bear the title of…

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Opposition Parties Call for Unity, Further Protests

Representatives of opposition parties called for cooperation and further protests against the government at a demonstration in front of Parliament on Friday. Addressing a few…

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Orbán: Migration Debate at EU Summit ‘Stormy’

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

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Ukraine’s Crackdown on Draft Dodgers Could Affect Transcarpathian Hungarians

According to a report by Television Sirius, the police were hunting for young men in the streets, around bus stations and even in workplaces, bringing…

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US Ambassador: CEU’s Departure Still Better Than the Arrival of Russian Forces

In an interview with left-liberal weekly 168 óra, United States Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein insists that despite the failure to keep CEU, “a…

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State Auditor: Opposition Momentum, Párbeszéd Face Sanctions

The opposition Momentum Movement and Párbeszéd party have failed to meet their legal obligations in connection with an official examination of their campaign spending, the…

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Demonstrations against Overtime Bill: Police Arrest 51 Protesters over past 2 Days

In the wake of demonstrations in Budapest on Wednesday and Thursday, police put 51 people under arrest, the Budapest Police Headquarters (BRFK) said on Friday….

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Govt: More than 1 million ‘National Consultation’ Surveys Completed

So far 1,117,000 people have filled in the government’s “National Consultation” survey on family policy, a government official said on Friday. Csaba Dömötör, the cabinet…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Parliament Approves Overtime Bill

Interpreting Wednesday’s street disturbances after the vote on the Overtime Bill, pro-government commentators accuse the opposition of violating democratic norms, while a left-wing and a…

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Council of Europe Calls on President Áder to Send Law on Admin Courts back to Parlt

Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, on Friday called on Hungarian President János Áder to return the law setting up administrative…

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House Speaker Mulls Stricter Rules after Demos in Parlt

Disciplinary rules in parliament may be stepped up in the wake of this week’s demonstrations over the amendments to overtime regulations, Speaker of Parliament László…

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Demonstrators again Clash with Police in Budapest

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

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Opposition: This Week’s Parliamentary Sessions ‘Unlawful’

According to the opposition parties, this week’s parliamentary sessions were not conducted lawfully. At a news conference held after Thursday’s House Rules Committee meeting, Tamás…

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DK Calls for Probe into Police Action at Weds Demo

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) on Thursday called for a parliamentary committee to be set up to investigate police actions during demonstrations against Wednesday’s amendments…

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Fire, Aggression and Tear Gas: Demonstration Against “Slave Law” Got Out of Hand

Following thirty-five arrests, five injured police officers and four documented uses of tear gas against demonstrators, the government has labeled last night’s protest illegitimate due to…

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Workers’ Interest vs. “Slave Law”: Chaos, Protests and Scandals Accompany Final Vote

On Wednesday, the National Assembly officially accepted the modifications made to the employment bill—which many have dubbed the “slave law.” Although government officials insist the…

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Kovács: Washington Post ‘Neglected Important Questions’ in Editorial on CEU

An editorial in The Washington Post on the Central European University (CEU), which has recently announced to move its US-accredited courses from Budapest to Vienna,…

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Head of PM’s Office: Opposition Ridiculous

On Wednesday, parliament voted to extend the period employers may account overtime for the purpose of calculating wages and rest days from twelve months to…

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Govt to Raise Pensions by 2.7 pc

Pensions in Hungary will be raised by 2.7 percent next year, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Thursday. Gergely Gulyás said that…

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