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Orbán: Hungary Set to Become Success Story of Increasingly Digitised World Economy

Hungary is set to become a success story of an increasingly digitised world economy, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his opening address at…

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Foreign Minister Meets Outgoing Israeli Ambassador

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met Yossi Amrani, Israel’s outgoing ambassador to Hungary, the foreign ministry said on Monday. Hungarian-Israeli relations have never been better, Szijjártó…

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Local Elections – Karácsony: Building Stadiums Equals Theft

The extensive construction of stadiums is equal to theft, Gergely Karácsony told a local election campaign event on Monday. Instead, taxpayers’ money should be spent…

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Orbán to Conte: Hungary Ready to Continue Cooperation with Italy

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has congratulated Giuseppe Conte on his appointment as prime minister of Italy, in a letter, Orbán’s press chief said on Saturday….

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Local Elections – Tarlós: Foreign Recognitions Contradict Opposition Criticism

The foreign plaudits received by Budapest this year contradict opposition criticism that the city had been destroyed by those in power, incumbent mayor István Tarlós…

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Plans to Make Ottoman Sultan Suleiman’s Grave in Szigetvár a Tourist Destination

The archaeological excavation of Ottoman Grand Sultan Suleiman’s burial complex near Szigetvár has been completed, and a feasibility study on making the grave complex an…

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Local Elections: Karácsony Calls for Health-care Developments in Budapest

Gergely Karácsony, the joint Budapest mayoral candidate of the leftist opposition parties, called for developments in the capital’s health-care sector instead of stadium constructions in…

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What’s Next for BuBi’s Shared Bikes?

The use of Budapest’s MOL BuBi shared bikes has been going downhill for years now. According to Index’s analysis, while there definitely is a boom…

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Budapest Should Be Greener

The proportion of green areas has to be increased in Budapest in the forthcoming years. Due to climate change, summers are getting hotter and drier…

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Finance Minister: Global Economy Slowing Down, Fiscal Discipline Needed

The global economy is slowing down but not in recession, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said at the conference, calling for maintaining fiscal discipline in the…

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President Áder: Hungary Could Achieve Climate Neutrality by 2050

By meeting several conditions, Hungary has a realistic chance of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, President János Áder said at the closing plenary session of…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: PM Orbán Places Demographic Challenge on Centre Stage

Commentators disagree on the value of the government’s policies to increase family benefits and strengthen Christian values in an attempt to reverse the demographic downturn….

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Semjén: Hungarian State Aimed at Ensuring Nation’s Survival

The “meaning and goal” of Hungarian statehood is to ensure the Hungarian nation’s survival and provide a better life for the people, Deputy Prime Minister…

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Hungary Seeks Long-Desired Victory Against Bitter Rival Slovakia

This evening, Hungary will clash with one of its most bitter football rivals. In a game that is of top importance for the qualification to…

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Karácsony: Voters Have Chance for Change in Their Locality

By supporting joint candidates of the opposition parties in the October local elections, voters will have a chance to change the future course of their…

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Will Historic Low Forint Lead to the Introduction of the Euro?

As the Forint hit a historic low against the Euro, discussions have once again begun regarding the introduction of the European common currency. The opposition…

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Kosovan Nationals Get Suspended Jail Terms for Damaging Hungary Border Fence

A Szeged court on Friday sentenced two Kosovan nationals to suspended prison terms for breaching Hungary’s border and damaging the border fence, the court’s spokeswoman…

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MÁV Adds Hungarian Language Place Names to Rail Signs

On Wednesday, Brassó-bound (Brașov) Hargita IC was the first train to leave Budapest with the Hungarian State Railways’ (MÁV) new, bilingual sign boards on it. After years…

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Innovation Minister: Corvinus Restructure Could Attract New Private Resources

The new model adopted by the government in the running of Budapest’s Corvinus University could help the institution attract new private resources, Innovation and Technology…

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Summer in Hungary: Alsóörs

Hungary Today’s new, recurring series ‘Summer in Hungary’ takes a look at some of the best places to enjoy the summer weather and spend your…

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Kövér: ‘Having Children is Public Affair’

House Speaker László Kövér said in his speech at the Budapest Demographic Summit III on Thursday, that “having children is a public affair of the…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Immigration Emergency Extended

A left-wing columnist finds it unnecessary to prolong the state of emergency introduced during the 2015 migration crisis. Commenting on the indictment of a suspected…

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Hungary Industrial Output Growth Highest in Two Years

The output of Hungary’s industrial sector rose by an annual 12.0 percent in July, the highest rate in more than two years, the Central Statistical…

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Catholic Bishops Apologise to Child Abuse Victims, Take Steps to Prevent Further Cases Happening

The Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference is taking all possible steps to address the issue of child abuse within the church, according to a statement on…

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New Free App for Drivers Parking in Central Budapest

A free app to help drivers find parking spaces in central Budapest has been unveiled. The app shows where free parking spaces are on a…

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Mosul Archbishop Welcomes Hungary’s Aid to School Construction in Iraqi Kurdistan

Construction of a school has started in Iraqi Kurdistan, financed by the Hungarian state, Nikodemes Dawood Sharaf, Syrian orthodox archbishop of Mosul, told public broadcaster…

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Finance Minister: Demography Must Be at the Heart of Politics

Demography and how population issues are handled must be put at the heart of policymaking, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said on Thursday, addressing the 3rd…

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‘Economic Climate Change’ Calls for New Approaches in Hungary Growth Model, says Matolcsy

The growth model of the Hungarian economy needs to be developed further to put the country on a sustainable catch-up path in the long term,…

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Govt Yet Again Extends ‘State of Crisis’ due to Mass Migration

The government has decided to extend until March 7 next year the “state of crisis” in connection with mass migration in the interest of Hungary’s…

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Orbán and Former PM Abbott Agree on Need of Strict Border Protection

Migration and border protection were in the focus of talks between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and former Australian PM Tony Abbott in Budapest on Thursday,…

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Rule of Law Sanctions Only against Anti-immigration Governments, Says Justice Minister

The Hungarian government’s political opponents “have completely distorted” the idea of the rule of law, Justice Minister Judit Varga said in an interview to business…

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Trócsányi’s ‘Consolation’ Portfolio in EC Can Still Be Beneficial for Orbán

According to unofficial information from 444.hu, László Trócsányi might get either the Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management or the International Cooperation & Development portfolio in the…

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Finland to Continue Article 7 Proceedings Against Hungary During EU Presidency

Finland, which currently holds the European Union presidency, will move forward with the Article 7 proceedings against Hungary. The Finnish-Hungarian diplomatic relations have been quite frosty in…

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Orbán: Govt Duty to Pursue Strong Demographic Policy

Addressing the Budapest Demographic Summit III on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the Hungarian government had a duty to pursue a strong demographic policy….

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Economist: Budapest Most Livable City in Eastern Europe

Budapest became the leading city in Eastern Europe, well above the regional average, preceding both Prague and Moscow, while Vienna once again has become the…

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Government: Dentist Strike is ‘Illegal’

According to a counter statement posted on the government’s official site on Tuesday, the Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) considers the strike of the public healthcare…

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State Secretary: Europe’s Population Grows Only Due to Migration

Due to the government’s family support policy, the number of marriages has gone up by 42 percent and the fertility rate by 21 percent in…

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State Secretary: Europe Fallen, Population Grows Only Due to Migration

Due to the government’s family support policy, the number of marriages has gone up by 42 percent and the fertility rate by 21 percent in…

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Fidesz MEP Blames Previous Governments and Opposition for OLAF Findings

Graft under the previous, Socialist and Liberal governments, has “largely contributed” to findings in the latest annual report of the European Union’s anti-corruption office (OLAF),…

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Trade Minister: Budapest to Become LOT’s 2nd Major Base

Budapest is set to serve as the second major base of Polish airline company LOT, the Hungarian foreign minister said on the sidelines of an…

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Orbán Meets Serbian President, Czech, Slovak PMs

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, as well as prime ministers Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic and Peter Pellegrini of…

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Half Japanese Local Government Candidates Clash over Migration

Fidesz’s half Japanese local government candidate shared anti-immigration posts on Facebook, later opposition Democratic Coalition’s also half Japanese municipal election candidate responded by stating the…

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2019 Second Hottest Summer Recorded in Hungary

This year’s summer was the second hottest in Hungary since the beginning of temperature measurements in 1901, according to the analysis of the National Weather Service…

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Szijjártó: West Wants to ‘Break C Europe Competiteveness’ through ‘Socialist-Type’ Proposals

Some Western European countries are seeking to break central Europe’s competitiveness “through a socialist-type economic policy”, the foreign minister told MTI on Wednesday on the…

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Semjén: Brussels’s Treatment of Hungary ‘Unfair, Unlawful, Anti-democratic’

The European bureaucracy’s moves towards Hungary concerning migration have been “unfair, unlawful and anti-democratic”, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén told the Budapest Forum for Christian…

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Expensive, Publicly-Funded, Elite School Opens in Debrecen

Two days ago, the International School of Debrecen (ISD) officially started operating with an initial number of 57 pupils, offering high-level education for children from…

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Fidesz Youth Starts Own Campaign: ‘Budapest is Not a Circus’

Governing Fidesz’s youth organization launches its own poster campaign for the local election with the motto “Budapest is not a circus!,” Fidelitas President László Böröcz…

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference collects HUF 40 m for Sri Lanka

Donations totalling some 40 million forints (EUR 120,000) have been collected with the aim of helping the families of victims who died in a terrorist…

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Karácsony Kicks off Local Election Campaign with ‘Song of Change’

As a symbolic gesture, Gergely Karácsony and the opposition parties opened their municipal election campaign at Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) on Saturday. The official campaign…

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Hungary to Nominate Post-Holocaust Drama for Oscars

Hungary has chosen director Barnabás Tóth’s post-Holocaust drama Those Who Remained as its official entry in the Oscars’ International Feature Film category, the Hungarian Film…

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MÁV Installs 103 Body Cameras to Protect Ticket Inspectors

In addition to the previously installed body cameras, ticket inspectors of the Hungarian Railway System (MÁV-START ) will receive 103 body cameras in September. Inspectors…

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Data Protection Chief: Karácsony Campaign ‘Unreasonable but Not Illegal’

Citing reports that opposition mayoral candidate Gergely Karácsony’s campaign had gathered “a disproportionately large number of recommendation signatures”, the head of Hungary’s data protection authority,…

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Hungarian Army to Get Four New Helicopters This Year

Four new H145M helicopters will join the Hungary Army’s fleet this year and the training of pilots and technical staff is already under way in…

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Hungary in Hot Water over OLAF Fraud Statistics

Hungary lags behind in many aspects of the European Anti-Fraud Office’s (OLAF) recently published fraud statistics. Among other things, Hungary is due to recover the highest…

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Freshwater Jellyfish in Hungarian Lakes

One of the specimens of the freshwater jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbyi), appeared in a mine lake, Középbánya lake near Salgótarján, but populations of it also appeared in…

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Szijjártó: New EU Migration Policy Needed or ‘Millions Flood Europe’

The European Union has “fully delivered the continent” to illegal migrants through “practically handing them invitations to Europe”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told MTI on…

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Some Problems Hindering Progress in Budapest

Local elections are to be held in Budapest soon, where it will be decided who will lead the city for the next five years: the…

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NAV’s Four-Legged Heroes Introduced on Facebook

The National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV) has started a new post series on Facebook, in which they are introducing their four-legged staff…

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Jobbik Local Election Programme: “Vision of National Solidarity”

Opposition Jobbik leader Tamás Sneider presented his party’s programme for the upcoming municipal elections at a press conference on Tuesday, calling his party’s plan a…

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Not ‘Smile Diplomacy’: Finnish PM to Visit Orbán after Rough Rule of Law Debate

Antti Rinne, the prime minister of Finland, which currently holds the European Union presidency, will come to Budapest in late September and meet Prime Minister…

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Trócsányi Steps Back in EP as He Targets Commission Membership

Although the European People’s Party (EPP) would have named László Trócsányi as vice-president of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), he has withdrawn his…

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New Aldi Investment Announced

ALDI International IT Services will invest 1.3 billion forints (EUR 3.9m) in establishing its second service centre in Hungary in Pécs, in Southern Hungary, Foreign…

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British American Tobacco Inaugurates New Plant in Pécs

The Hungarian unit of British American Tobacco (BAT) inaugurated a 7.5 billion forint (EUR 22.6m) plant at its base in Pécs, creating 100 jobs, at…

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Bridgestone HUF 9 Billion Tatabánya Development to Create 100 Jobs

Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone unveiled a 9.2 billion forint (EUR 28m) investment on Tuesday to increase capacity with the aim of producing 7.2 million tyres…

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Prosecutors Raise Terrorism Charges against Alleged Islamic State Member

Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday said they have raised charges against a Syrian national alleged to have been a member of the Islamic State terrorist organisation…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Opposition Budapest Mayoral Campaign Kicks Off

A left-wing pundit expresses concern that in the event of an opposition victory in the Budapest mayoral election, the government will punish the capital by…

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DK MEP Welcomes Von der Leyen’s Push for Fair EU Minimum Wage

Democratic Coalition MEP Klára Dobrev has welcomed a pledge by European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to push for fair minimum wages across the…

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Hungary’s First King Celebrated in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral

On August 31st, the first king of Hungary, Stephen I. was celebrated in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) and hundreds of people participated from all over…

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Hungary to Purchase Armored Combat Vehicle from Turkey

According to the Turkish press, the Hungarian Defense Forces will buy a Turkish Ejder Yalçın 4×4 Armoured Combat Vehicle, Népszava reports. The articles do not disclose…

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3,000 Participants as Budapest Streets Turn into a Sports Center

Nearly 3,000 people showed up on Saturday at various events of the 4th Budapest Urban Games (BUG). Enthusiasts had the chance to do sports in…

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Zsóri’s Mind-Blowing Bicycle Kick in the Final Three for Puskás Award

As public voting closed yesterday, Dániel Zsóri officially made it to the top three of the Puskás Award nominees, along with Lionel Messi, and River Plate’s…

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Graduating Students in Rush to Learn a Language or Can Say Goodbye to University Plans

Just like every year, many changes are introduced on September 1st in public education, higher education, and vocational education that will affect both students, parents,…

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Deputy PM: Number of Church Schools Doubled since 2010

The number of church-run educational institutions and the number of students in such schools have doubled since 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said at…

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Public Healthcare Dentists Go on Two-week Strike

From today, until September 13th, hundreds of dentists who provide free services in the framework of the public healthcare system have gone on strike, as…

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Demonstration Against Recent Education Law Amendment

Hundreds of people took part in a demonstration on Kossuth Square on Saturday to protest an amendment to the law on public education.  At the…

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Finnish PM to Visit Budapest for Talks at End of September

Antti Rinne, the prime minister of Finland which currently holds the European Union presidency, will visit Budapest on September 30, the press chief of the…

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Government: State Task to Support Church Building

It is the government’s task and obligation, where possible, to support efforts to build churches, the state secretary in charge of church and international relations…

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Párbeszéd Calls on Govt to Start Preparations for Adopting Euro

The opposition Párbeszéd party has called on the government to take steps to adopt the euro as soon as possible. Párbeszéd MP Sándor Burány noted…

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DK: Teacher Shortage ‘Threatens Entire Education System’

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has said that an “increasingly pressing shortage of teachers” poses a fundamental threat to the whole of Hungary’s education system….

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U-Turn: More Choose Vocational Education than Regular Secondary School

For the first time in ten years, more children started their studies in vocational schools than in regular secondary schools last year, indicating that “vocational…

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PMO Head: Education Spending HUF 645 Billion More Next Year than in 2010

In next year’s budget, the government will be spending 645 billion forints (1.95bn) more on education than in 2010, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s office…

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International School Opens in Debrecen

The development of Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, can serve as an example to all Hungarian cities, head of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás said…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Forint Hits All Time Low against Euro

A left-wing commentator excoriates the National Bank for not intervening in defence of the national currency as its exchange rate scrapes just short of 332…

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Memorial Year of Golden Team Member and Barcelona Star Czibor Opens

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Friday evening opened the Czibor 90 Memorial Year, marking the 90th birthday of Zoltán Czibor, a member of Hungary’s legendary…

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Continental Marks 30 Years in Budapest

German automotive industry company Continental marked the 30th anniversary of its plant in Budapest at a celebration on Friday. Continental now has seven factories, a…

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Protests Against the Renaming of Transylvanian Medical University

The University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology in Marosvásárhely, Transylvania, was secretly named after a Romanian scientist. Although the Hungarian lecturers and ethnic Hungarian…

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Fidesz to Launch Info Campaign on DK’s ‘Intentions to Dismantle Border Fence’

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz is launching an information campaign warning voters that the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition wants to “tear down the border fence and let…

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Trócsányi’s Way Not Paved to the European Commission?

Member countries were due to name their candidate for the European Commission until this Monday. As it was already revealed, the Fidesz-led government wants former…

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Szijjártó: EC ‘Derails’ EU Enlargement

The European Commission has “derailed” the European Union’s enlargement process, “hugely impacting the security and future of Europe”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told MTI from…

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Vietnamese Man Arrested for Drug Possession

A Vietnamese man was taken into custody after police had found more than 4 kilos of drugs in his vehicle, the national police headquarters said…

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Hungarian Forint Falls to Historic Low

Hungary’s national currency hit an all-time low against the major currencies in the early afternoon on Thursday. Euro quotation rose above 331 forints, reaching the…

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Hungary’s GDP Climbs 4.9 Percent in Second Quarter

Hungary’s second-quarter GDP rose by 4.9 percent year-on-year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) confirmed in a second reading of data released Friday. On the production…

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Ferencváros to Qualify for Europa League Group Stage after Fifteen Years

After a 4-2 victory over Lithuanian FK Sūduva yesterday, Ferencváros made its way into the group stage of Europe’s no. 2 club tournament, a feat that…

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Hungary Gross Wages Climb 10.6 Percent in June

The average gross wage for full-time workers in Hungary rose by an annual 10.6 percent to 364,799 forints (EUR 1,100) in June, the Central Statistical…

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Local Elections – Karácsony: Budapest Facing ‘Housing Crisis’

Gergely Karácsony, the joint Budapest mayoral candidate of the leftist opposition parties, at a conference on Thursday said the capital was struggling with a ‘housing…

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Local Elections – Nézőpont: Tarlós Holds Comfortable Lead over Challengers

Incumbent Budapest mayor István Tarlós is more popular with voters than his two closest opposition challengers combined, the daily Magyar Nemzet said on Friday, citing…

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Ship Collision – Salvage Operation Costs EUR 2 Million

Efforts by Hungary’s law enforcement bodies to salvage the wreck of sightseeing boat Hableány (Mermaid) from the River Danube and a subsequent search for victims’…

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Szijjártó Welcomes Approaching Replacement of European Commission

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday Hungary was looking forward to the replacement of the outgoing European Commission. Europe, he told MTI by phone,…

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Dutch Cultural Festival to be Advertised With Hungarian Performers

Recirquel’s ‘My Land’ will be one of the main attractions of this year’s Cultura Nova, a Dutch cultural festival, where the Hungarian group will perform…

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Hungarian National Ballet to “Take Its First Own Steps” with 2019/2020 Premieres

This September, the Hungarian National Ballet will “take its own first steps” with four masterpieces – the premieres of previous years, Trois Gnossiennes, Falling Angels and Walking Mad, joined by…

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DK Calls for EU to Press Hungary to Adopt Euro

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) will propose in the European Parliament that the European Union should legally compel Hungary to introduce the euro, DK MEP…

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Palkovics: Five Hungarian Universities in European Universities Initiative

Five Hungarian universities are involved as full partners in the newly established European Universities Initiative, the minister of innovation and technology said on Thursday. The…

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The Reason for Merkel’s Conciliatory Tone Towards Orbán

A notable event could be observed at the meeting in Sopron, where Angela Merkel and Viktor Orbán commemorated the Paneuropean Picnic, which took place 30…

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Tomb of Hungarian King Andrew II Might Have Been Found

In Egres (Igriș), Romania, archeologists may have found the location of the tombs where Hungarian king of the Árpád Dynasty, Andrew II and his second…

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Orbán: Salvini ‘Brother in Arms’

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expressed his appreciation in a letter to Matteo Salvini, head of Italy’s League party, and thanked him for his efforts “benefitting…

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Agriculture Minister: Funding for Forestation Raised

Farmers investing in forestation could receive by up to 130 percent more in a bid aimed at boosting forestation to combat climate change, Agriculture Minister…

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Food Authority Provides Guidelines to Reduce Food Waste

Hungary’s food safety authority Nébih has prepared guidelines for the food industry, catering, and civil organisations aimed at preventing or reducing the production of food…

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Hungary Investment Volume Climbs Almost 19 PC in Q2

Investment volume in Hungary rose by an annual 18.8 percent in the second quarter, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday. In absolute terms,…

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Gulyás Has Talks in Japan

Gergely Gulyás, head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office, visited Japan at the invitation of the International Judo Federation. According to a statement from the…

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Govt Aid Agency Signs Cooperation Pact with Ecumenical Charity

The government’s Hungary Helps Agency has signed a broad cooperation agreement with the Ecumenical Charity. Tristan Azbej, the state secretary in charge of helping persecuted…

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Entire Staff Leaves Pro-Government Think Tank Led by Mária Schmidt

Almost the entire staff of the pro-government think tank organization XXI. Század Intézet (21st Century Institute), has unexpectedly terminated their employment. Mária Schmidt, the leader…

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FINA World Championships Costs Might Be Even Higher

2.3 billion HUF (Eur 7.3 million) of public funds are apparently missing, as state-owned company Bp2017 Ltd, who was in charge of the organization of…

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Pécs Music Festival to Focus on Marriage of Classical, Folk Music

The Zeneszüret (Musical harvest) festival in Pécs, southern Hungary, will feature some 50 events centering on classical and folk music between September 5 and 7,…

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Chinese Company to Construct Direct Railway Line to Budapest Airport?

The preparation of the contract for the design of the direct railway line to Liszt Ferenc International Airport was extended, daily Magyar Nemzet reports. It…

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MTA President Turns to the Constitutional Court Over Debated MTA Law

According to earlier presumptions, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) László Lovász, confirmed that he would turn to the Constitutional Court of Hungary…

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Hungarian Man Suspected of Vienna Murder to be Extradited

The Budapest Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office, acting on a European arrest warrant the Austrian authorities issued in connection with a murder that allegedly took place in…

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Tarlós: 10,000 Trees Planted in Budapest

Some 10,000 spots designated for newly planted trees in Budapest are almost filled, Budapest Mayor István Tarlós said on Wednesday, adding that the daily Népszava…

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Hungary Jobless Rate Edges Up to 3.4 Percent

Hungary’s three-month rolling average jobless rate reached 3.4 percent in May-July, edging up from 3.3 percent in the previous three-month period, the Central Statistical Office…

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Liberal Leader Resigns Post

Hungarian Liberal Party leader Gábor Fodor has announced his resignation, said a statement by the party sent to MTI on Tuesday. The statement quoted Fodor…

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LMP Calls for Special Parlt Session on Climate Change

The opposition LMP party has suggested that parliament should have a special session and question the government concerning Hungary’s commitments aimed at fighting climate change,…

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