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Teacher Demonstrations in Budapest for Better Wages and Working Conditions

Teachers’ trade union PSZ held a demonstration in Budapest on Saturday, with support from other teachers’ unions, demanding higher wages and a reduction of the…

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Fidesz: Soros’ Attempts against Várhelyi Raise National Security Issues

Press reports about US financier George Soros’ attempts to influence the approval procedure of new European commissioners have not been refuted, the ruling Fidesz deputy…

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President Áder: Work of Hungarian Archeologists Recognised in Egypt

The Hungarian researchers who have been working on excavations in Egypt for several generations have gained recognition for Hungarian archeology as a whole, President János…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Health Care in the Political Debate

Pro-government commentators accuse the opposition of demagoguery when it comes to health care. A left-wing columnist finds the government’s proposed amendments to the Health Care…

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Fidesz Convenes Anti-immigration Cabinet due to ‘Increasing Migration Pressure’

Due to the increasing migration pressure, state secretary at the ministry of defence Szilárd Németh has convened the anti-immigration cabinet of the governing Fidesz party’s…

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Forint Recovering after Another Record Low

On Tuesday morning, the Hungarian forint hit an all-time low against the major currencies once again, with one Euro costing 337.02 HUF. Although the HUF has…

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Gov’t Would Spend 10 Million HUF on Hungarian Space Project

Responding to the question from Hungarian television channel RTL, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó said that the government will spend HUF 10…

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Hungary Gross Wages Up 11.8 percent

The average gross wage for full-time workers in Hungary grew by an annual 11.8 percent to 360,709 forints in September, the Central Statistical Office (KSH)…

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Baptist Charity Aims to Collect 60,000 Gifts for Needy Children

Hungary’s Baptist Charity launched its annual “shoebox” initiative on Friday, aiming to collect 60,000 boxfuls of Christmas presents for poor children. In the 16th year…

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Gov’t Expects Tourism to Break New Record This Year

All tourism records will be again broken this year following the record-breaking year of 2018, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday. He said that having…

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European Commission: Hungarian Health System below EU Average Despite Improvements

Yesterday, the European Commission published reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries in the European Union. The Hungarian country profile shows…

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Puskás Posthumously Honoured with World Sports Legends Award

Hungarian football legend Ferenc Puskás is being posthumously honoured with the World Sports Legends Award for life-time achievement. Ferenc Puskás (1927-2006), also called the Galloping Major, scored 83…

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Last Minute Espanyol Goal Takes Away Ferencváros Win

A thrilling game and injury drama meant Ferencváros drew (2-2) once again with Spanish Primera División side RCD Espanyol in the Europa League group stage….

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Hungary Ready to Start Talks on Joining Eurasian Development Bank

Hungary is ready to start talks on joining the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) as a full member, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said at a conference…

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Foreign Minister Szijjártó Warns of Growing Migration Pressure

Hungary can expect the pressure of illegal migration to grow “constantly”, the foreign minister said after his annual hearing in parliament’s national security committee on…

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Judit Polgár First Recipient of New European Chess Award

Hungary’s Judit Polgár has been selected as the first recipient of the European Golden Paw, a new award set up by the European Chess Union,…

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Govt to Send Aid to Children in Africa

The Hungarian government in cooperation with Africa’s Catholic Church will send textbooks to needy children in Africa, the state secretary in charge of aid to…

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Govt to Improve Wages for Vocational Teachers

The government plans “competitive wages” for vocational teachers, an innovation and technology ministry official said on Friday. Vocational teachers will see their wages rise by…

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Orbán: Croatian EU Presidency Aims ‘Close to Our Heart’

Hungary backs the Croatian EU presidency’s aims, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Thursday after talks with his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic. Referring to Croatia’s…

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President Áder: Egypt Indispensible in Fighting Terrorism, Preventing Migration

Egyptian security and success in fighting terrorism are in Europe’s vital interest, President János Áder said at a joint news conference with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi,…

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Gov’t to Support People Suffering from Rare Diseases after Rejecting Opposition Proposals

Gulyás Gergely, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office announced at this week’s government briefing that the government will provide HUF 34 billion (EUR 101 million)…

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Katinka Hosszú Prepares for Tokyo Olympics Alone, Without Coach

Three-time Olympic champion swimmer Katinka Hosszú announced yesterday that she had left her coach, Árpád Petrov, after her confidence had been shaken in him during…

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Hungary Signs USD 50 million Tied Aid with Kenya

Hungary has agreed with Kenya to launch a 50 million US dollar tied aid programme, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said…

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Schaeffler Group to Build HUF 23.5 billion Plant in Hungary

German automotive industry supplier Schaeffler will build a 23.5 billion forint (EUR 69.8m) plant in Szombathely, in western Hungary, company and government officials announced on…

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PMO Head Gulyás: Discrimination against Christians in Europe

Protecting persecuted Christians is a moral obligation “and a cause we must also stand up for on the international stage”, the head of the Prime…

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Budapest Assembly Votes to Support the Athletics WC but Only If..

The general assembly of Budapest has unanimously (including Fidesz voters) voted to support plans to host the 2023 World Athletics Championships if the government meets…

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Hungary to Initiate International Day for Victims of Communist Dictatorships

Hungary will initiate that the United Nations designate an international memorial day in tribute to the victims of Communist dictatorships, the foreign minister said on…

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Hungarian in Space: Gov’t Plans to Follow in Bertalan Farkas’ Legendary Footsteps

At a European Space Agency ministerial conference, dubbed Space19+, in Seville yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, announced that Hungary plans to…

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PMO Head: Tunnels Built by Migrants Discovered near Border Fence

The number of migrants looking to enter Hungary illegally from Serbia has risen significantly over the past month, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office…

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Trade Minister: 2019 Record Year for Investments

Cooperation between the government and Hungary’s business service centres has proven mutually beneficial and must be continued in the future, too, the foreign affairs and…

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Hableány Tragedy – Charges Brought against Viking Cruise Ship Captain

Charges have been brought against the captain of a cruise ship which collided with sightseeing boat Hableány in central Budapest in May, the Budapest chief…

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Fidesz MP Németh Calls for Open Talk about Persecuted Christians

Talking about persecuted Christians must gain legitimacy across the world, Zsolt Németh, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Wednesday, the second day…

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Hungary Investment Volume Up 15 percent in Q3

Investment volume in Hungary rose by an annual 14.8 percent in the third quarter, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday. In absolute terms,…

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Hainan Airlines to launch direct Budapest-Chongqing flight next month

China’s Hainan Airlines will launch a direct flight between Budapest and the southwestern Chinese megalopolis of Chongqing from Dec. 27, the foreign affairs and trade…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Liberal Director Gothár Admits Sexual Misconduct

A pro-government pundit lambasts the Left for not distancing itself from a liberal director who has admitted sexual harassment. A left-wing columnist finds it controversial…

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Centralization in Sports Academy System to Improve Struggling Performance

The government has decided to implement a centralized sports academy system, according to a decision signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán himself, the official gazette…

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New Commission Voted In, Várhelyi Officially Becomes Commissioner

As the European Parliament voted today to approve Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission, it is now official that Olivér Várhelyi has become Hungary’s next Commissioner…

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First Names, Including Lenny Kravitz Announced To Perform At VOLT Festival 2020

Organizers of the VOLT Festival in Sopron, one of the most exciting multicultural festivals in Central Europe, announced the first names in the festival’s 2020…

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LOT to Launch Direct Flights from Budapest to Varna and Dubrovnik

LOT Polish Airlines will launch direct flights from Budapest to Varna, in Bulgaria, and Dubrovnik, Croatia, next summer, Chief Commercial Officer Michal Fijol said in…

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Two Hungarians on BBC List of 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women

BBC Culture polled 368 film experts from 84 countries in order to find the best films from female filmmakers and compiled a list of the…

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Romania Disapproves of Transylvanian Economic Program of Hungarian Gov’t

At an event in Békéscsaba, the Romanian ambassador to Budapest, Marius Lazurca, told Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén that the Romanian authorities must be involved in…

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Hungary Jobless Rate Still 3.5 percent

Hungary’s three-month rolling average jobless rate was 3.5 percent in August-October, unchanged from the previous three-month period and down from 3.7 percent a year earlier,…

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Budapest Assembly Approves Homeless Winter Care Measures

Budapest’s new municipal assembly on Wednesday unanimously voted to support measures proposed by the mayor to improve winter care of the city’s homeless. The measures…

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200,000 Filled Out ‘Secret’ Gov’t Climate Protection Questionnaire

In total, more than 200,000 people have filled out a survey on climate protection, although the government apparently aimed to keep it quiet and not…

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New Guerrilla Sculpture in Budapest Stirs Political Controversy

Last week, yet another miniature statue appeared in Budapest. Guerrilla-sculptor Mihály Kolodko placed his new art-piece, a small ushanka (winter hat) with a red star…

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Budapest Parking Back into Hands of Local Councils

The Budapest assembly decided on Wednesday that local council service providers will be exclusively authorised to oversee parking fees and collect fines. The proposal submitted…

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Kásler: Education Spending above EU Average

The Hungarian government spent 4.9 percent of GDP, above the European Union average, on education this year, which was 645 billion forints (EUR 1.92m) more…

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Szijjártó: Hungary Foreign Policy Has Achieved Its Goals

The past year has shown that Hungary’s foreign policy has achieved its goals and the means to achieve them have been effective, Foreign Minister Péter…

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Hungary Would Welcome More Chinese Banks in Budapest, says Finance Minister

The Hungarian government has achieved considerable results in developing economic ties with China over the past few years, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said after meeting…

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Hungarian Churches Will Not Be Turned into Malls, Mosques, says Deputy PM Semjén

Hungary will not allow churches to be turned into shopping malls or mosques, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén told an international conference on persecuted Christians…

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Foreign Minister: Stable Lebanon in Europe’s Interest

Because developments in and around Lebanon have a direct effect on the security situation of the European Union, ensuring peace and stability in the Middle…

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‘Christmas Tree of Hungary’ Set Up on Kossuth Square

Christmas season has officially started in Hungary: the nearly 20-meter tall silver pine, which will stand in front of the Parliament on Kossuth Square until the…

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President Áder Expresses Condolences to Albania Earthquake Victims’ Families

President János Áder on Tuesday expressed condolences to the families of victims of the earthquake that shook Albania earlier in the day. Áder said in…

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Deneen: Hungary as a Model in US Conservative Circles

In the United States, conservative intellectuals see Hungary as an example, primarily because of the government’s family policy measures – said American political scientist Patrick…

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Budapest Mayor Karácsony Calls for Senior Citizens Council to be Established

Budapest’s leadership intends to establish a Senior Citizens Council to provide a regular forum for various organisations helping to implement programmes that support the elderly,…

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Orbán: Europe Can Only Be Saved by Returning to Christianity

Europe can only be saved if it “returns to the source of its real values: its Christian identity”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Tuesday…

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Former MVM Chief Kocsis Sentenced to 5-years in Prison

The Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, in a binding ruling on Tuesday sentenced former national electricity company MVM chief István Kocsis to 5 years in prison…

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DGAP Denies Soros Trying to Prevent Várhelyi’s Appointment Through Them

In response to Index, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) denied pro-Fidesz Magyar Nemzet’s allegations that claimed that George Soros had tried to hinder…

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Rate of Population Decline Increases in First 9 Months

The rate of population decline increased in the first nine months of 2019 after 1.6 percent fewer births and about as many deaths were registered…

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Marina Gera Bags First Ever Hungarian Emmy Award for Role in ‘Eternal Winter’

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

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Economic Slowdown Feared

A left-wing analyst and the leading independent online economic media outlet suspect that Hungarian GDP growth has peaked, and a major slowdown will hit Hungary…

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PMO Head: Two District Councils Give Go-ahead to World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest

The prime minister’s chief of staff has welcomed backing by the district councils of Ferencváros and Csepel for Budapest to host the 2023 World Athletics…

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‘Communism Had No Heroes, Only Victims’, says Gov’t Spox Kovács on Memorial Day of Forced Labourers

The state secretary for the government’s international communications marked the memorial day of political prisoners and forced labourers deported to the Soviet Union on Monday,…

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New Budapest Mayor Sets Conditions for Consent to 2023 World Athletics Championships

Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, has set conditions for going ahead with the 2023 World Athletics Championships and giving his consent to the construction…

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Theater Director Péter Gothár Dismissed for “Crossing Moral Boundaries” with Co-Workers

Last week, the Katona József Theater in Budapest posted a statement on Facebook saying that the theater management had become aware that one of their…

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First Hungarian Heart-Transplant Patient Dies at 56

Sándor Schwartz, the first Hungarian to receive a heart transplant, has died at the age of 56, according to the Facebook post of Károly Kós…

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LMP Calls for More Effective Measures to Combat Abuse against Women

The green opposition LMP marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Monday, calling on the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention…

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Andy Vajna’s Legacy to be Auctioned

Hungarian film-commissioner and media mogul Andy Vajna’s widow, Tímea Vajna, announced earlier in November that several items from her late husband’s legacy will be up…

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Budapest Leadership Supports European Aquatics Championships Organisers

The municipality of Budapest has promised to give every possible assistance to the Hungarian Swimming Federation (MÚSZ) in organising next year’s European Aquatics Championships, MÚSZ…

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Police Launches Campaign against Domestic Violence

Hungary’s National Police Headquarters (ORFK) is teaming up with the national crisis hotline to launch a campaign aimed at preventing domestic violence, the police said…

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Govt to Boost Support for Beekeepers by 25 percent

The government will raise support for beekeepers by 25 percent from next year, Agriculture Minister István Nagy told a national apiculture convention in Gödöllő, on…

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Teachers to Protest for Better Wages, Reduced Burdens This Week

Teachers’ trade union PSZ has called a demonstration for November 30, union leader Zsuzsanna Szabó announced on Friday. Negotiations with the government aimed at pay…

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Differences in Politics: Donald Tusk and Viktor Orbán

Donald Tusk, former Polish Prime Minister and President of the European Council, has become the President of the European People’s Party (EPP). It is worth…

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EU Foreign Ministers Back New European Commission

The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council has approved the new team of European commissioners, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Brussels on Monday. The council’s…

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LMP Elects Schmuck Co-leader

The congress of green opposition LMP on Saturday elected lawmaker Erzsébet Schmuck as its co-leader. Schmuck told a press conference after the vote that she…

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Szijjártó: Soros-ally Asselborn Attacks Hungary to Promote Migration

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Sunday said pro-migration forces are continuing their attacks on Hungary, after his counterpart in Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, again criticised…

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MÁV’s All 40 KISS Trains to Be on Tracks by 2022

All 40 “KISS” double-decker trains state-owned railway company MÁV has ordered from Swiss rolling stock company Stadler will be on the tracks by 2022, chairman-CEO…

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Free Breast Cancer Screenings Lead to 11,000 Diagnoses of Malignancies

Since the rollout of free screenings in 2002, some 11,000 Hungarian women have been diagnosed with malignant breast tumours, the healthcare state secretariat of the…

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Jobbik Proposes Broader Police Powers in Domestic Violence Cases

Police should be vested with the right to issue restraining orders with immediate effect in cases of domestic violence, the opposition Jobbik party said on…

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World Science Forum: Gov’t Wants to Strengthen Country’s Ability to Attract Young Talent

The closing event of the World Science Forum was held in the parliament building in Budapest on Saturday. Addressing the event, state secretary Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich…

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“How Good to Be Hungarian” – 3rd Volume of Remigrates Presented

Following the success of the previous two parts of the series, Péter Gyuricza interviewed another twelve emigrants who decided to return to Hungary. Published under…

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Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina Expand Defence Cooperation

Hungary is expanding defence cooperation with Bosnia-Herzegovina, the defence ministers of the two countries said in Budapest on Friday. Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina face many of…

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“How Good to Be Hungarian” – 3rd Edition of Remigrates Presented

Following the success of the two previous editions, Péter Gyuricza interviewed another twelve emigrants who decided to return to Hungary. Published under the patronage of…

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Kéktúra Among the World’s Best Travel Destinations

The website of National Geographic International magazine has listed the National Kéktúra (Blue Trail), a Hungarian hiking destination, as one of the twenty-five travel destinations…

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New Puskás Arena Expected to Bring Superstars and Giant Concerts to Hungary

Four European championship matches would be held in the newly revamped Puskás Arena next year, but the government commissioner in charge of major Budapest investment…

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Lucky Euro2020 Play-Off Draw Gives Hungary Hope

Facing Bulgaria at an away match, then, in case of success, Romania or Iceland on home turf. This is the path the Hungarian team must…

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Várhelyi Wants to Speed up EU Integration of Western Balkans

European commissioner-designate Olivér Várhelyi said on Friday that the process of integrating Western Balkan states into the European Union should be accelerated. At a parliamentary…

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Hungarians in UK before Jan 2020 Can Retain Rights, says Foreign Minister

Hungarians who have been residing in the UK prior to January 2020 will be able to retain their rights in Britain, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign…

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Hungary Elected Member of UNESCO Executive Board after 10 years

Hungary was elected member of UNESCO’s executive board for the 2019-2023 period at Thursday’s General Conference vote, the foreign ministry’s press chief said. Hungary returns…

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Beekeepers Need European Support and Cooperation, says Agriculture Minister

Minister of Agriculture István Nagy on Thursday called for European cooperation to represent the interests of European beekeepers in the face of climate change and…

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Hungary Confining Migrants to Transit Zone Not Unlawful, says European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights, acting as a secondary court, has ruled that Hungarian authorities violated some rules in the case of two asylum…

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Another Debate on Rule of Law in Hungary in EP Legal Affairs Committee

The rule of law situation in Hungary has not improved, according to the rapporteur of the European Parliament’s (EP) committee on legal affairs in a…

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Orbán: Protecting Economy Top Task in 2020

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview on Friday that protecting Hungarian economic achievements would be the topmost task in 2020, adding that it…

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Szijjártó: Free Trade Agreement Talks Must Be Accelerated

The new European Commission will be expected to speed up talks on free trade agreements, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said during a break in the…

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PMO Head: ‘Soros and His Darlings Did Everything to Prevent Várhelyi from Becoming EC Member’

Despite the opposition’s “disrespectful” attacks against Olivér Várhelyi, he could be “one of the most qualified commissioners” in the new European Commission, the head of…

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Interior Minister: Migration Must Be Stopped at Schengen Borders

Protecting the European Union’s external Schengen borders is crucial when it comes to stopping illegal migration to Europe, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér said after talks…

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European Jewish Association Head Thanks Orbán for Supporting Israel, Jews

European Jewish Association (EJA) head Rabbi Menachem Margolin has thanked Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for the Hungarian government’s position on Jewish settlements in the West…

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Hungarian Author László Krasznahorkai Wins US National Book Award

Yesterday, the 70th National Book Awards was held in New York, where prizes were awarded in five categories. Hungarian Author László Krasznahorkai took home the…

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Momentum and Independent Hadházy Wants Referendum on Athletics Stadium

Both independent MP Ákos Hadházy and the Momentum party suggested (once again) that in case the central government fails to fulfill the new Budapest Assembly’s…

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Budapest Plans Introducing Congestion Charge, Diesel Car Ban

The new Budapest leadership wants to introduce a congestion charge and to restrict diesel cars’ entry into downtown Budapest within five years, Deputy Mayor for…

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PMO Head: Gov’t to Adopt New Economic Protection Plan

Whereas Hungary’s economy is expected to grow by five percent this year, it is strongly linked to economies of other European Union member states, many…

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Jobbik Calls on Govt to Release Details of EC ‘Fine’

Opposition Jobbik lawmaker Dániel Z Kárpát on Thursday called on the government to specify the amount of a “fine imposed by the European Commission” for…

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New EPP Leader Tusk Declares Fight against Populists

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk was elected the new president of the European People’s Party on Wednesday. He had been running for the top…

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PM Commissioner Lázár Would Ban Smoking in Cars and Apartment Complexes

János Lázár, the prime ministerʼs commissioner for protecting non–smokers, submitted a package of  measures to PM Orbán and the government, in which he proposes to ban smoking in…

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Hungary Blocks Joint EU Statement on US Reversal on Illegal Israeli Settlements

Hungary was the only country to block a joint statement of the European Union’s 28 member countries condemning the United States’ reversal, which no longer…

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Govt Denies Alleged Plan of Closing Hospitals

The government is planning to improve services for patients and conditions for health workers rather than close down hospitals, the state secretary in charge of…

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OECD Raises Hungary GDP Forecasts for 2019 and 2020

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) raised its projections for Hungary’s GDP growth this year and next in a biannual forecast released on…

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Hungary to Significantly Increase Presence in NATO Missions

Hungary will increase its number of troops serving in NATO missions by one-third, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after a meeting with his NATO counterparts…

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Socialists: Szakács to Fill Tóbiás’ Vacated Parliamentary Seat

Hungary’s National Election Committee (NVB) on Wednesday allotted former MSZP (Socialist Party) lawmaker József Tóbiás’ vacated parliamentary mandate to László Szakács. Last month, Tóbiás announced…

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Heated Debate and Occupation of PM’s Chair in Parliament over House Rule Changes

The opposition parliamentary parties on Wednesday slammed changes to house rules proposed by the ruling parties as “an act of revenge” and a move planned…

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Hungarian Consular Office in Malta Opens

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Wednesday opened a Hungarian consular office in Malta. At the opening ceremony, Szijjarto spoke highly of bilateral relations, adding that…

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EC: Hungary Does Not Comply with Council’s Budget Recommendations

Hungary has not taken action to comply with European Council budget recommendations, the European Commission said in a report released on Wednesday. The EC, therefore,…

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Hungary Hinders Joint EU Resolution on Rule of Law Dialogue

Hungary has vetoed a resolution proposed to replace the current format of the rule of law dialogue with a new one, according to which the…

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After Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Hungarian Business Professor Wins Prestigious Award

Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers, has presented Hungarian-born business professor András Tilcsik the prestigious strategic thinkers award for his book, ‘Meltdown.’ Founded…

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Karácsony to Move towards Compromise about Athletics WC?

Both the Hungarian Athletics Association (MASZ) and new Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony were optimistic after a Monday meeting about the future of the 19th IAAF World…

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UNICEF Child Friendly City Title Goes to Tata, Jászboldogháza

UNICEF’s Child Friendly City 2019 title has been awarded to Tata, in western Hungary, and Jászboldogháza, in the country’s central-east. UNICEF Hungary announced the award…

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Radical Change in Vocational Training System Causes Quarrel between Gov’t and Teacher Unions

Hungary’s vocational training system will change fundamentally from the 2020-21 academic year, an innovation and technology ministry official said on Wednesday. “We’re creating a more…

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DK Mayor Neither For Nor Against ‘Super-hospital’

The Democratic Coalition’s (DK) 11th district mayor Imre László, detailed his party’s position on the planned “super-hospital” and argued that the 250 billion HUF (Eur…

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Opposition Parties Urge Wage Hikes in Social and Public Sector after Meeting Representatives

The opposition parties stand by wage hikes in the social sector and the employees’ right to strike, opposition politicians told a press conference after meeting…

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Foreign Minister: Honesty, Mutual Respect Crucial for Conflict Resolution

Addressing a United Nations event on conflict resolution in New York on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó highlighted the importance of international dialogue based on…

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