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Orbán: 'There are no liberals, only communists with university degrees'

State of the Nation Address: Orbán claims the time he spent in office so far was Hungary’s best decade in the last century. Powered by…

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European Commission sued to release OLAF report on company tied to Viktor Orbán's son-in-law

OLAF found evidence of fraud and organized crime in 17 out of the 35 streetlight projects awarded to Elios Zrt., but the report is confidential….

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Hungarian ambassador charged with child pornography was found out by US authorities

Gábor Kaleta’s online activities were under US surveillance for an extended period during the investigation of an international paedophile ring. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian ambassador to Peru fired over child pornography charges

The reason for recalling Ambassador Gábor Kaleta was kept in secret since the spring of 2019. Powered by WPeMatico

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The German 'refugees' who fled to Hungary for Viktor Orbán

They say Hungary is calm as Viktor Orbán protects it from migrants, but chemtrails are becoming an increasing worry. Powered by WPeMatico

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Prosecutor's Office inists on punishing a journalist of Index.hu

Though charges were already dropped against our colleague, András Dezső, prosecution appealed the decision on a technicality. Powered by WPeMatico

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Asylum-seekers demonstrated at the Hungarian-Serbian border demanding safe passage to Western Europe

A few hundred refugees gathered at the Kelebia border checkpoint which Hungarian police closed in advance. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brexit shows there is life outside the European Union

The Hungarian Prime Minister also criticised European economic policies and briefly spoke about the future of Fidesz and the EPP. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian evacuees return from Wuhan

The seven Hungarian citizens requesting evacuation from quarantined Chinese province return while government begins implementing preventive measures. Powered by WPeMatico

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An unlikely demonstration: Fidesz protested against racism and discrimination

Opposition mayor’s remarks about “white, christian, heterosexual men” sparked fury amongst supporters of Hungary’s right-wing governing party. Powered by WPeMatico

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The housing market boom in Hungary, mapped

Investors are happy, but would-be home-owners get the short end of the stick as Hungarian home prices saw unprecedented boom in little over a decade….

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Targeted for doing their jobs – Polish judges on the 'muzzle law'

Cyberbullying, stalking campaigns, disciplinary actions – two Polish judges explain the details of the systematic campaigns used by the Polish government to question, disarm and…

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The bloody story of Slovakia's Hungarian mafia

Stooges buried in the countryside, severed heads put on display in the middle of a city – our interview with author Dávid Barak on how…

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The Witcher is chock-full of Hungarian locations, here is where you can find them

The adventures of Geralt of Rivia take viewers to a number of unexpected places, and an awful lot of them are in Hungary. Powered by…

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Orbán: Compensating Romas for school segregation is “unjust” for the rest of the community

Romas of a small north Hungarian town are to recieve compensation for suffering school segregation, the Prime Minister says the decision is unjust. Powered by…

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Orbán: Compensating Romas for school segregation is “unjust” for the rest of the community

Romas of a small north Hungarian town are to recieve compensation for suffering school segregation, the Prime Minister says the decision is unjust. Powered by…

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Orbán: Compensating Romas for school segregation is “unjust” for the rest of the community

Romas of a small north Hungarian town are to recieve compensation for suffering school segregation, the Prime Minister says the decision is unjust. Powered by…

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Orbán: Compensating Romas for school segregation is “unjust” for the rest of the community

Romas of a small north Hungarian town are to recieve compensation for suffering school segregation, the Prime Minister says the decision is unjust. Powered by…

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Orbán: Compensating Romas for school segregation is “unjust” for the rest of the community

Romas of a small north Hungarian town are to recieve compensation for suffering school segregation, the Prime Minister says the decision is unjust. Powered by…

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Will Brexit reignite tensions in Northern Ireland?

Our report from Northern Ireland where with Brexit looming on the horizon, questions around the border have upset the fragile peace achieved in 1998. Powered…

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Internal criticism resurfaces in Fidesz

After missing in action for at least a decade, critical voices reemerge in Fidesz as the Hungarian governing party is trying to piece together what…

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Budapest climate emergency is a political manoeuvre, says Hungarian President János Áder

Mayor of Budapest says there are issues with the intelligence the President receives. Powered by WPeMatico

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The decade of illiberalism – the 2010s in Hungary

The 2010s were an eventful decade for Hungary, and we gathered the ten developments with the most significant impact. Powered by WPeMatico

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The National Judicial Office has a new President

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Top media authority of Hungary ruled by Fidesz for nine more years

All newly elected members of the Hungarian Media Council were nominated by Fidesz. Powered by WPeMatico

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Fidesz restricts opposition's options in Parliament

New rules on parliamentary groups set significant limits to opposition tactics. Powered by WPeMatico

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200-page omnibus bill sneakily restricts judicial independence in Hungary

Earlier, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner warned that the amendment could jeopardise fair trial guarantees and judicial independence. Powered by WPeMatico

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Probably the biggest tube you have ever seen

We took a look at the 146-ton monster that is being transported across Hungary. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Competition Authority slaps Facebook with €3.6 million fine for “Free, and always will be” tagline

The tagline mislead consumers into believing the service was free while they actually paid with their data. Powered by WPeMatico

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Fidesz MEP issues apology after claiming Spain holds political prisoners

József Szájer mentioned political prisoners in Spain as an example for the double standards on rule of law that are employed against Hungary. Powered by…

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NGO launches campaign for the fairness of the 2022 general elections in Hungary

The group called “Unhack Democracy” reported a number of anomalies from the 2018 general election campaign based on ballot counters’ testimonies. Powered by WPeMatico

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Fidesz to maintain hegemony over Media Council for nine more years

The ad-hoc parliamentary committee rejected all candidates of opposition parties, who call the move a “mockery of democracy.” Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian President nominates new head of judicial administration

Tünde Handó’s proposed replacement is a relative unknown, the Hungarian Parliament is likely to vote on him before the end of the year. Powered by…

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Fidesz refuses to support EP resolution to end violence against women

The European Parliament called member states to ratify the Istanbul Convention, Hungary is one of the seven EU countries that are yet to do that….

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Spat over communist past of Hungarian Justice Minister's father

Judit Varga got reminded of her father’s background in communist secret services after attacking opposition MEP Klára Dobrev. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian scientists discover fifth fundamental force of nature

Atomki’s repeated experiment confirms the discovery of what seems to be a new boson, the Hungarian scientists may very well be on their way to…

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Hungarian government: We are not asking you about the climate because we care, but because we have to

The Google form constituting the “social consultation” ordered by an EU regulation was only posted to a Facebook page with 909 followers. Powered by WPeMatico

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“Under no circumstances” would Hungary agree to tie EU funds to rule of law criteria

Minister of Justice Judit Varga says there are already mechanisms that protect the financial interests of the European Union. Powered by WPeMatico

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EP Committee approves Hungarian Commissioner-designate Olivér Várhelyi

The EP’s Foreign Affairs Committee was reassured by Várhelyi’s written answers to their questions that remained after last Thursday’s hearing. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Commissioner-designate dodges criticising Viktor Orbán

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee is set to decide about the fate of the Hungarian Commissioner-designate this afternoon. Powered by WPeMatico

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Niger – On the deadly road of the Sahara

Index’s report from the migration route running across the Sahara in Niger. Powered by WPeMatico

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Thousands protested Erdogan's visit in Budapest, Hungarian opposition shares their outrage

Budapest descended into hours of turmoil on Thursday due to closures because of Erdogan’s motorcade and the accompanying protests. Powered by WPeMatico

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Erdoğan in Budapest: Some of our allies negotiate with terrorists

Viktor Orbán and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed economic cooperation, Syria, and Turkey’s EU ascension at their joint press conference in Budapest. Powered by WPeMatico

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It is official: Hungarian EU Commissioner-designate gets enlargement portfolio

Olivér Várhelyi gets the same portfolio that was intended for rejected nominee for the Commission László Trócsányi Powered by WPeMatico

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Why is Orbán courting Erdoğan?

Diversification of natural gas purchases could be behind the close relationship of Hungary and Turkey, for which Orbán is prone to making grand, but empty…

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Dead frogs, live rabbits – The best of Hungarian wildlife photography in 2019

Our favourite entries from the 2019 Hungarian Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Powered by WPeMatico

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Zsolt Borkai, the Hungarian mayor involved in sex scandal resigns

Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Győr involved in a sex scandal announced his resignation in an open letter to the people of Győr on Wednesday….

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Budapest declares climate emergency, opposes new buildings in City Park, vows to increase transparency

The inaugural meeting of the Budapest General Assembly adopted a number of proposals with symbolic significance for the opposition. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: The Commission's budget proposal is unjust

The Hungarian Prime Minister spoke at the Friends of Cohesion summit in Prague. Powered by WPeMatico

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Parliament elects Tünde Handó to the Constitutional Court and reelects Prosecutor General Péter Polt

The former head of the National Judicial Office became a judge on the Constitutional Court, and Péter Polt received nine more years in office. Powered…

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Hungarian government scraps concept of separate administrative courts

After the new court system’s introduction was indefinitely postponed in June, the government now decided to scrap the idea for good. Powered by WPeMatico

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Steve Wozniak: If you have ideas, don't let school take you from them!

Interview with Steve Wozniak, the inventor, engineer, and entrepreneur who co-founded Apple and designed the company’s first line of products. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Membership in the EU and NATO does not rule out political cooperation with Russia

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Hungarian tax authority raids headquarters of opposition party Momentum

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Hungary vetoes NATO declaration on Ukraine

Hungarian FM Péter Szijjártó announced the veto at the Eurasia Forum in Budapest where he also commented on the relations of the East and the…

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Tünde Handó's nomination for Constitutional Court approved by Justice Committee

Outgoing president of the National Judicial Office dodges questions about her controversial activity at the helm of the judicial administration. Powered by WPeMatico

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Ursula von der Leyen accepst Orbán's nominee for the European Commission

The European Commisson’s President-elect accepted the nomination of Olivér Várhelyi as commissioner. Powered by WPeMatico

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Controversial leader of Hungarian judiciary given escape route – Tünde Handó on her way to the Constitutional Court

Tünde Handó could escape international criticism for jeopardizing judicial independence by securing a spot on Hungary’s Constitutional Court. Powered by WPeMatico

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Speaker of the Parliament: Forget checks and balances, they are dumb

László Kövér unleashed his peculiar mind on a number of issues including the rule of law, the Kurds, Budapest, and smartphones. Powered by WPeMatico

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Journalists face new restrictions in Hungarian Parliament

Speaker László Kövér implemented new regulations in the Parliament and in its offices, practically making reports from the Parliament futile. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungary commemorated the 1956 revolution

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and opposition mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony held speeches, a far-right fringe group attacked a community centre. Powered by WPeMatico

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How a Hungarian medical team separated pair of conjoined twins in Dhakka, Bangladesh

Exclusive report: Our colleague had the opportunity to photograph the final surgical separation of Bangladeshi conjoined twins Rabeya and Rukaya. Powered by WPeMatico

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Absurd scene in Parliament: Orbán attempts snatching protest sign from opposition MP

“He has to lie because he stole too much,” read the sign that MP Ákos Hadházy held up before being mobbed by Fidesz MPs. Powered…

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Erdoğan thanks Orbán for taking a stand by Turkey in the international community

The Turkish president met the Hungarian PM in Baku on Monday at the summit of the Turkic Council. Powered by WPeMatico

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How did voter turnout change since 2014, and what does that tell us?

Voter turnout is unusually high this year at Hungary’s municipal elections, but it’s difficult to tell who benefits. Powered by WPeMatico

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Municipal election in Hungary, as it happens – The polls are open for Hungary's 2019 municipal elections

The campaign is ramping up as the elections on Sunday are drawing closer. Follow the developments in English on Index. Powered by WPeMatico

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Sex tape scandal – Fidesz in chaos right before the municipal elections

Fidesz seems to have fumbled at the campaign’s home stretch as they are forced into a rather unusual, defensive position. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian municipal elections – Fidesz mayor’s sex tape baffles pollsters

Last predictions: Pollsters are unsure about the effect of Fidesz’s sex scandal, and the race for the mayoral seat of Budapest is closer than ever….

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Do we think Budapest is a good city?

How do the people of Budapest see their city, and what does that say about their mayors and local representatives? Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian municipal election campaign has moved onto porn sites

An unprecedented campaign with unprecedented tactics: Sex tapes, trolling, drug abuse allegations, and a united opposition – but what could it bring? Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Chief of Staff: If Turkey enables refugees to return to Syria, they deserve support

Chief of Staff denies vetoing the EU’s declaration, as Hungary approved of the final text as a compromise to preserve the unity of V4 and…

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Spiegel: Hungarian veto delays EU warning to Turkey against invading Syria

Objections of Hungarian diplomats delayed the declaration by the European Union condemning the Turkish military intervention in north-east Syria. Powered by WPeMatico

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Leaked recordings of MSZP's district politicians point towards corruption and conflicts of interest

Magyar Nemzet writes about the alleged corruption ring in a Budapest district based on leaked audio footage, MSZP’s local mayor denies allegations. Powered by WPeMatico

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Municipal elections in Hungary – It's not only the party logo that counts in Hungarian towns

How do Hungarians outside of Budapest see the municipal elections? Powered by WPeMatico

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What is behind the sex tape scandal of Győr's mayor?

It’s a mystery who pulls the strings, but there could be political, business, and private motives as well behind the leaked sex tapes of Zsolt…

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Leaked video shows Budapest local representative with a bag of what appears to be cocaine

A video was released by HírTV showing MSZP’s local representative waving a bag of white powder around and talking about corruption. Powered by WPeMatico

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Mayor reacts to sex tape scandal

Fidesz’s mayor of Győr, Zsolt Borkai refuses to withdraw from election after footage of him having sex with an alleged prostitute on a yacht surfaces….

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The GDR turns 70 – Life in the socialist phalanstery of prefabricated housing

70 years ago, East Germany was born, walling in its citizens, trying to beat the West, but the experiment ultimately failed – how was life…

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Let’s see who the mayor is sleeping with!

Opposition mayor blackmailed with sex tape, candidate accused of indecent exposure – the campaign moved into the opposition candidates bedroom. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian FM: Boris Johnson should be respected, not attacked

Szijjártó said European media pressure on Trump already caused challenges in EU-USA relations, he would avoid the same thing happening with the UK. Powered by…

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Hungarian police ceases investigation against opposition mayoral candidate András Pikó

Police searched the opposition candidate’s campaign centre two days after pro-government daily ran story assuming campaign law violation. Powered by WPeMatico

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Várhelyi's nomination for the Commission is just another lesson Orbán wants to teach Brussels

The hot-headed ambassador from the Hungarian Permanent Representation to the EU might get Trócsányi’s empty seat on the Commission. But who is he? Powered by…

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'They will bury me there' – Leaked audio of Hungarian opposition's Lord Mayoral candidate surfaces

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PM Orbán: Rule of law is a question of honour, and Hungary will fight if necessary

The prime ministers of Finland and Hungary discussed bilateral relations, a rule-of-law mechanism in the EU budget, the EU’s enlargement, and Brexit. Powered by WPeMatico

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Viktor Orbán confirms: Olivér Várhelyi is Hungary's new nominee to the European Commission

“I cannot allow the European Parliament or anybody to cherrypick Hungarian politicians instead of the Hungarian people,” said Viktor Orbán. Powered by WPeMatico

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Ursula von der Leyen to request new nominees after second rejection of Trócsányi and Plumb

Hungary’s permanent representative to the EU could possibly be the new nominee to the European Commission. Powered by WPeMatico

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The Tokyo underground is a separate world of its own

New York-based photographer Peter Hapak’s new series introduces the unique world of Tokyo’s underground system. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian and Romanian nominees for European Commission rejected due to conflicts of interest

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Vladimir Putin to visit Viktor Orbán at the end of October

Busy autumn for PM Orbán: The Russian President is set to arrive a week before Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Powered by WPeMatico

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How Scarlett Johansson ended up endorsing Hungary's populist right

Hungarian pro-government tabloid Bors puts words into Scarlett Johansson’s mouth to campaign for Fidesz’s István Tarlós, incumbent Mayor of Budapest. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian President ahead of UN Climate Action Summit: Hungary has a smaller responsibility for climate change

President János Áder stressed proportionality when it comes to climate change, while opposition delivered a proposed climate position to Áder. Powered by WPeMatico

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To defeat climate change, we must defeat ourselves first

Climate change affects not only our planet, but our minds too. We asked experts about the mental health implications of climate change. Powered by WPeMatico

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We will all die if we cut down the Amazon for a few dollars

Activists are killed in Brazil’s jungles every day, yet we are too lazy to throw our rubbish in different bins, says leader of Greanpeace Brasil….

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Climate change up close and personal: How Chennai ran out of water

Video report: A city in India with 10 million inhabitants ran out of water. Powered by WPeMatico

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Malaria is back, and it's knocking on the doors of Central Europe

Climate change brings new challenges to Central Europe as disease-carrying tropical insects find suitable habitats where they couldn’t survive before. Powered by WPeMatico

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I have been wearing the same T-shirt for the past four weeks, and nobody knows

Clothes that don’t need washing are very much in style, but are they really that much better for the environment? Powered by WPeMatico

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Researchers crawling in guano reveal the Earth's climate past to find out what the future holds

How a Hungarian research team in Ecuador works to make predictions based on climate models more accurate. Powered by WPeMatico

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Battling climate change on the other side of Europe's Coal Curtain

In Central and Eastern Europe, the fight against climate change is overshadowed by a political goal that seems more important for the moment. Powered by…

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Index.hu joins major international media collaboration to cover climate change

Index.hu joins Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets. Powered by WPeMatico

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Curia finds the request for the European Court of Justice to examine Hungarian judicial independence unlawful

Following complaint by the Prosecutor General, superior court says Hungarian judge’s request to have his independence examined by the ECJ is unlawful. Powered by WPeMatico

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UK ambassador to Hungary: Rights of British nationals in EU memberstates “largely protected” in case of no-deal Brexit

Iain Lindsay says that if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal, acquired rights of EU citizens in the UK and of…

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Orbán divulges plans to Fidesz's elite: Nation-building, a weakening Germany, and rights of same-sex couples

The Prime Minister had set the course for Fidesz at the party’s annual exclusive event at Kötcse, Hungary. Powered by WPeMatico

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Prosecutor General steps in to prevent ECJ from examining judicial independence in Hungary

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Hide the Pain Harold aka. Arató András: The living meme

Meet the retired electronic engineer from Hungary who achieved international celebrity status because of an innocent stock photo session. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Academy of Sciences turns to Constitutional Court – Academic freedom and property rights are at stake

The Academy requested the Constitutional Court to annull the law stripping the Academy of their research network. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungary at the top of OLAF's fraud statistics

New OLAF report: Anti-fraud agency advises the recovery of almost 4% of Hungary’s EU funds. Powered by WPeMatico

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Viktor Orbán's climate change doublethink

Orbán thinks climate change is left-wing trickery, an opiate of the West that threatens industrialisation, yet he is forced to acknowledge the issue. Powered by…

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Municipal elections in Hungary: The campaign is officially on

How did Hungarian parties prepare for the elections? Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán to welcome Erdoğan to Budapest in November

Defence industry cooperation and the TurkStream natural gas pipeline could be on the agenda. Powered by WPeMatico

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Angela Merkel and Viktor Orbán commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic

The German Chancellor and the Hungarian Prime Minister are set to speak at the ecumenical commemorative service in the Sopron Evangelical Church. Powered by WPeMatico

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Who is the new head of Hungarian science?

Viktor Orbán nominated a close friend, Miklós Maróth to lead the former research network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. But who is he? Powered…

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Something is definitely going on with the food on Sziget – Unofficial gastronomy guide to Sziget Festival

It’s not primarily The Place To Eat At, but things are looking up for Sziget – Here’s our unofficial guide on how not to starve…

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Everything you need to know to enjoy Sziget Festival

Can you still rent a tent? Do you need to bring your ID or passport? Can you buy cocktails by the bucket? Powered by WPeMatico

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Outrage in the Hungarian right over Coca-Cola's LGBT tolerance campaign

Fidesz lawmaker calls for a boycott against the company, and pro-government website says these ads just serve to “expand the homosexual meat market.” Powered by…

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Silence around the meeting of Ursula von der Leyen and Viktor Orbán

There were no statements or press conferences following the meeting of the two leaders, and Viktor Orbán did not speak to Hungarian journalists. Powered by…

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Viking Sigyn's captain under arrest once again

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Hungarian swimmer charged for sexual harassment in South Korea

Olympic bronze medallist Tamás Kenderesi is accused of groping an 18-year-old woman in a night club in Gwangju, South Korea. Powered by WPeMatico

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Angela Merkel to visit Hungary in August

Angela Merkel and Viktor Orbán will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Individual freedoms can never encroach upon the interests of the majority

At Fidesz’s Tusványos festival, Orbán explained the ins and outs of his illiberal system. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán's Family Protection Plan – could it work?

Could the government solve Hungary’s demographic troubles by throwing money at the problem? Powered by WPeMatico

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