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Speaker of Hungarian Parliament: Fighting for LGBT adoption is morally equivalent to paedophilia

László Kövér thinks “normal homosexuals” do not think of themselves as equal. Powered by WPeMatico

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In response to fake news, European Commission denies attacking Hungarian family support program

Prior consultation to make the loan scheme to incentivise childbirth compliant with EU law ends up fueling the government’s anti-Brussels campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Donald Trump to Orbán: “You're controversial like me, but you did a good job”

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán and US President Donald Trump had a friendly meeting, though their statements do not reveal much. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian tax authority summons joke party over mock-money

The fliers of the Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party raised suspicions. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Government set on creating “cultural power centre”

The government plans to turn a Budapest literary museum into a cultural power centre meant to protect European and Hungarian Christian culture. Powered by WPeMatico

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Viktor Orbán's son-in-law amongst the top 100 wealthiest of Hungary

István Tiborcz is the youngest person on the list of napi.hu. Powered by WPeMatico

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Viktor Orbán: Voting for Manfred Weber would go against morals and democracy

Hungarian Prime Minister toughens up on his party’s Spitzenkandidat at presser with Heinz-Christian Strache, chairman of Austrian populist party ÖFP. Powered by WPeMatico

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Fidesz names its real political opponent: The press.

The leader of Fidesz’s parliamentary group specifically named four independent news outlets as the political opponents of the ruling party of Hungary. Powered by WPeMatico

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Sándor Csányi on banks, planes, and football fields – Exclusive interview with the President and CEO of OTP Bank

Index’s exclusive interview with Sándor Csányi, the President and CEO of OTP Bank and President of the Hungarian Football Federation. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán after meeting Salvini: Salvini's success is Hungary's national interest

Orbán: “Europe has to be defended from the migrant invasion.” Salvini: “May 27 will open a new history for Europe.” Powered by WPeMatico

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Donald Trump and Viktor Orbán to meet in Washington on 13 May

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Dutch Freedom Party’s EP leader: I think we are getting more friends

The EU is a tool in the hands of a political elite who use it to exploit member states, according to Marcel de Graaff, co-president…

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Budapest's uniquely rat-free status seems to be a thing of the past

The company successfully preventing Budapest’s rat infestation for 47 years was dropped for a cheaper consortium struggling to control the situation. Powered by WPeMatico

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Independent Hungarian newspaper's covers forced off the streets of Hungary

A 40-year-old tradition ends as oligarch’s company terminates contract overnight and replaces HVG’s posters with ads of Fidesz-affiliated tabloid. Powered by WPeMatico

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Severe staffing problems could cause chaos in Hungarian public administration

Changing conditions prompt 7% of government office workers to quit their jobs with no replacements in sight. Powered by WPeMatico

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“Last year I was the CEO of a huge company, now I'm stacking shelves.”

How does one’s life change if unemployment suddenly hits at the age of 52? The former CEO of Deichmann Hungary told us why he stacks…

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A washing machine may not be a big thing, but here, it's a treasure

Washing clothes is a daily problem in a small Hungarian village as running water or a washing machine are not luxuries many can afford. Powered…

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Hungarian opera singers claiming to be black say they did not lie

We asked singers appearing in the Hungarian State Opera’s rendition of Porgy and Bess to explain why they did or did not sign the document….

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European Commission held surprise inspection at former company of Viktor Orbán's son-in-law

Suspicions are that Elios Zrt., owned at the time by István Tiborcz, cooperated with competitors to secure winning public procurement procedures. Powered by WPeMatico

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Overtime Act: Constitutional Court sweeps procedural complaints of opposition off the table

Constitutional Court: MPs protesting in Parliament are not entitled refer to invalidity of legislative procedure. Substantive decision yet to be made. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brussels wants to replace Europe's population to destroy Christian culture and nation states

Conspiracy theories run rampant in Viktor Orbán’s speech officially kicking off Fidesz’s EP campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brussels wants to replace Europe's population to destroy Christian culture and nation states

Conspiracy theories run rampant in Viktor Orbán’s speech officially kicking off Fidesz’s EP campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brussels wants to replace Europe's population to destroy Christian culture and nation states

Conspiracy theories run rampant in Viktor Orbán’s speech officially kicking off Fidesz’s EP campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brussels wants to replace Europe's population to destroy Christian culture and nation states

Conspiracy theories run rampant in Viktor Orbán’s speech officially kicking off Fidesz’s EP campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brussels wants to replace Europe's population to destroy Christian culture and nation states

Conspiracy theories run rampant in Viktor Orbán’s speech officially kicking off Fidesz’s EP campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brussels wants to replace Europe's population to destroy Christian culture and nation states

Conspiracy theories run rampant in Viktor Orbán’s speech officially kicking off Fidesz’s EP campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán: Brussels wants to replace Europe's population to destroy Christian culture and nation states

Conspiracy theories run rampant in Viktor Orbán’s speech officially kicking off Fidesz’s EP campaign. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian government demands action against Slovenian newspaper for cartoon on Orbán

Hungarian embassy issues note verbale to Slovenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanding measures to prevent such an incident from happening again. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian government demands action against Slovenian newspaper for Orbán-cartoon

Hungarian embassy issues note verbale to Slovenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanding measures to prevent such an incident from happening again. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian propaganda machine continues onslaught against high school student

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Jurisdiction of controversial Hungarian administrative courts remains a mystery

Even after an amendment softens some measures criticised by the Venice Commission, the new, minister-overseen court system still raises concerns. Powered by WPeMatico

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The Hungarian who shot the stealth bomber

The only F-117 ever shot was destroyed by a serbian anti-aircraft unit lead by Zoltán Dani, a Hungarian living in Vojvodina, Serbia, who told us…

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Fidesz VP: “Weber is not serious”

Katalin Novák also said her committee is looking into where Fidesz can best represent their position after the European Elections. Powered by WPeMatico

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The rusty cradle of Hungarian baseball

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Budapest: Metro line 3's northern section reopens on Saturday, southern closes a week later

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Hungarian government could be opening backdoor for Russian secret services

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Suspension of Fidesz in the EPP: A masterful trick of political communication

The EPP stated Fidesz was punished, while Fidesz claims that they solved the situation themselves – how does yesterday’s decision leave room for both? Powered…

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Fidesz's EPP membership suspended

Landslide vote in the EPP Political Assembly suspended the membership of Fidesz until further notice. Powered by WPeMatico

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Fidesz to quit the EPP if suspended by today's political assembly

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Of Red Lines and Red Herrings: The EPP’s Delusions about Restraining Orbán

The EPP recently got tough on Fidesz, even though the group has legitimated and sanitized Orbán’s rule for years, even as it descended into autocracy….

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Orbán's cabinet minister: Weber tries to appease the pro-migration left

Rogán said Brussels cares more about the “Soros-university” than the US, and that Fidesz would remain in EPP only as long as it’s against immigration….

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Hungary commemorates the 1848 revolution – live coverage in English

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Fidesz vs. EPP – Is Viktor Orbán giving in to Weber's demands?

Orbán is seemingly attempting to fulfill the criteria Manfred Weber set for Fidesz’s continued stay in the EPP, but is it going to be enough?…

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Manfred Weber in Budapest: EPP's values are non-negotiable, Fidesz has to respect them

EPP’s lead candidate had a meeting with Viktor Orbán to talk about the EPP’s upcoming debate about the expulsion of Fidesz. Powered by WPeMatico

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Manfred Weber meets Viktor Orbán on Tuesday

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Hungarian Academy of Science caves in to government pressure, lets go of research network

Minister of Innovation and Technology and President of the Academy sign statement of intent after months of government pressure. Powered by WPeMatico

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Fidesz's media empire just became even more centralised

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From Lebanon to Pilisvörösvár: The story of the gold-smuggler's Ferrari

How did this rare Ferrari Daytona with a bumper full of gold end up in Hungary in the 1970s? Powered by WPeMatico

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Expulsion of Fidesz – the debate on EPP's future

EPP’s procedure to expel Fidesz might decide way more than whether or not the rogue Hungarian member party stays in the group. Powered by WPeMatico

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From Lebanon to Pilisvörösvár: The story of the gold-smuggler's Ferrari

How did this rare Ferrari Daytona with a bumper full of gold end up in Hungary in the 1970s? Powered by WPeMatico

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The bombed Hungarian oil-village that turned into a metropolis

Oil extraction started in Bázakerettye with US help, turning the sleepy village into a vibrant town that has a trace of America even in its…

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President of the Republic announces date of European Election in Hungary

President of the Republic János Áder announced the date of the European Election in Hungary. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungary's Stop Soros Act given green light by Constitutional Court

Constitutional court finds last year’s Stop Soros Act does not violate Hungary’s Base Law. Powered by WPeMatico

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Pimp for most, a lover for the prostitute

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“Orbán is smarter than Trump” – Interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy

Europe’s future is now hinged upon Viktor Orbán, says Lévy, one of France’s most influential political activists, philosophers and writers. Powered by WPeMatico

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Ukrainian mafia distributes Hungarian citizenship by the thousands – Simplified nationalisation was not thought through properly.

How the Hungarian dual citizenship and simplified nationalisation has gone horribly wrong. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungary accepts Venezuelan refugees with the utmost secrecy

Hungary has accepted hundreds of refugees from Venezuela, however, the government is keeping it tightly under wraps. Why? Powered by WPeMatico

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Putin's bank moves to Budapest, gets all conceivable privileges and immunities

The Moscow-based International Investment Bank is moving to Budapest, and there are a number of alarming details. Powered by WPeMatico

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Video footage shows fugitive shot and captured after pursuit through Budapest

The 35-year-old convict was hospitalised with life-threatening injuries. The arrest was caught on video. Powered by WPeMatico

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Government lets go of EU funds for suspicious projects tied to PM's son-in-law

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Hungary

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“No future for mixed nations” – Orbán kicks off EP campaign

Orbán kicked off the EP campaign at his yearly State of Hungary Address stressing the perceived historical stakes of the upcoming election and announced his…

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Defunct Hungarian political daily Magyar Nemzet rebooted as propaganda

On the fourth anniversary of oligarch Lajos Simicska’s fight with Viktor Orbán, his former political daily is back – though this time on Orbán’s side….

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Greetings from the sinking boat of Hungarian academia

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Freedom House: Hungary becomes first “partly free” EU member

Freedom House says change of status is due to the “sustained attacks on the country’s democratic institutions.” Hungarian government blames Soros. Powered by WPeMatico

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EU diplomat: “Hungarian diplomacy is running amok”

Hungary vetoed the common EU position in preparation to the summit with the Arab League where migration over the Mediterranean will be a key topic….

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Hungarian government refuses to meet Dutch rule-of-law delegation: “Netherlands is not a supervisory body to Hungary”

“We are a more than thousand-year-old nation,” the Foreign Minister explained why they refused to meet the Dutch delegation to talk about Article 7. Powered…

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Opposition seeks constitutional review of minister-controlled administrative courts

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You probably have more savings than Viktor Orbán, Hungary's prime minister

Index takes a look at the Prime Minister’s asset declaration released last night. Powered by WPeMatico

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Minister soon to start selecting administrative judges

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Hungary is the third most corrupt member of the EU – How?

Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index paints a gloomy picture with splashed with cronyism, state capture, and corruption. Powered by WPeMatico

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EP: Government refuses to debate Hungary's rule of law

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Vajna's estate might teach us a thing or two about Hungary

As the fight for Andy Vajna’s state-funded businesses is likely to commence, Index takes a look at the sizeable estate. Powered by WPeMatico

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Producer Andrew G. Vajna dies at age 74

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Hungary braces for road blocks, strikes and even more protests

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Operation to recover remains of Holocaust victims from the Danube started

An Israeli NGO set out to find the remains of Holocaust victims murdered on the bank of the Danube in Budapest at the end of…

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“We brought back our father's ashes from Germany, we owe thousands of Euros, and it's not even sure it's our father”

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PM Orbán: Power structures of the media will change

Watch what Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had to say at Thursday’s press conference with English voiceover. Powered by WPeMatico

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Minister of Foreign Affairs: Composition of Europe's population is at stake at EP elections

Hungary’s Péter Szijjártó names migration as the new main divisive force of European politics Powered by WPeMatico

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PM Orbán's much-awaited press conference: “The government cannot comment on business affairs.”

Orbán made good on his promise to answer journalists, but dodged all the important questions. Powered by WPeMatico

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PM Orbán's much-awaited press conference: “The government cannot comment on business affairs.”

Orbán made good on his promise to answer journalists, but dodged all the important questions. Powered by WPeMatico

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PM Orbán's much-awaited press conference: “The government cannot comment on business affairs.”

Orbán made good on his promise to answer journalists, but dodged all the important questions. Powered by WPeMatico

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PM Orbán's much-awaited press conference: “The government cannot comment on business affairs.”

Orbán made good on his promise to answer journalists, but dodged all the important questions. Powered by WPeMatico

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PM Orbán's much-awaited press conference: “The government cannot comment on business affairs.”

Orbán made good on his promise to answer journalists, but dodged all the important questions. Powered by WPeMatico

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A significant portion of Vienna's homeless population originates from Hungary. Why?

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Hungarian protests call for general strike and a regime change

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Leaked footage shows Hungarian MP assaulted by state media security staff

The security guards took the MP to the ground, twisted his legs, kneeled on him and tried to kick his phone away. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian protests roll into the new year

Hungarians will protest the government once more this Saturday – Index is here to fill you in on the details. Powered by WPeMatico

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2018 – A dark year for Hungarian national security

Work in Parliament’s National Security Committee was made impossible when most needed – what happened to legislative oversight over national security? Powered by WPeMatico

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Subways and suburban railways in operation all night on New Year's Eve

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Thousands protest at Hungary's President of the Republic's residence days before Christmas

Once again, several thousands of people protested Hungary’s government in Budapest on Friday night after the Overtime Act was signed into effect. Powered by WPeMatico

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Protests in Hungary against Orbán's government continue on Friday – Here is what happened so far

Index recaps the events of the week as protests against the Overtime Act, the administrative courts, and Fidesz’s media are set to continue on Friday…

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János Áder signed the Overtime Act

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Hungarian members of Parliament thrown out of public media headquaters by force

Breaking news – MPs forcefully ejected from public media where they tried to get ongoing protest’s demand read live on air. Powered by WPeMatico

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Budapest protests take a new turn – The march against state propaganda on Sunday

What started as a demo against the Overtime Act and for judicial independence quickly turned into an all-night protest against state media propaganda. Powered by…

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Protests continue in Hungary on Sunday

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Thousands marching against Orbán's government in Budapest on Friday night

The third consecutive night of protests against Orbán’s overtime act and minister-controlled courts saw thousands take to the streets again. Powered by WPeMatico

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Protester's Tour Guide to Budapest

Do you have no idea where protesters are, where they are going, and how they are getting there? Index in English is here to help…

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Overtime Act sparks series of intense anti-Orbán protests in Hungary

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400 hours Overtime Act passed by Hungarian Parliament

In what amounts to be the biggest scandal of Hungary’s democratic Parliament, they passed the law that is dubbed as “Slavery Act” by the opposition….

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Administrative courts established in Hungary amongst the sound of sirens and whistles

From now on, minister-appointed judges get to decide on politically sensitive cases against state authority. Opposition: Fidesz-court is established. Powered by WPeMatico

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Opposition MPs took over Parliament's podium

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The mistery of the heartless Hungarian mummy

The mistery of the Hungarian mummy with a missing heart might be close to its solution. Powered by WPeMatico

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Shouts, whistles and chaos in the Hungarian Parliament at the overtime-law debate

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Hungary says no to UN Global Compact on Refugees

Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó claimed the compact is about “bringing those who can’t come in through the main gate in around the back.”…

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Hungary in the News, week of 07/12/18

Index’s weekly roundup of international press on Hungary. Powered by WPeMatico

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Pictures of a world in despair revealed after decades

Photojournalist György Stalter documented the ill-fated but still joyful people of Cuba, war-torn Vietnam, Cambodia, and China in the 80s and 90s. Powered by WPeMatico

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When the prime minister wished “Good luck!” – The CEU-story

This is how the Hungarian government could slowly force CEU out of the country. Central European University, founded in Hungary by financier George Soros. Powered…

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Orbán exempts new propaganda conglomerate from competition law

Today’s government decree qualifies the deal as a “merger of strategic importance at a national level” Powered by WPeMatico

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FAQ: What happened to CEU?

CEU is relocating all its US-accredited programs it offered in Budapest to Vienna. What does it all mean? Our FAQ tries to give you all…

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Artists without shelter

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It is decided: CEU moves to Vienna

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Sudden cataclysm in Hungarian media: Almost all pro-government outlets in one hand

In a few hours, the complete propaganda empire linked to the ruling party Fidesz was placed under control of a single giant umbrella-organisation. Here are…

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The sources of Europe's reinforcements revealed

Surprisingly, most new residence permit holders are not from Syria. Index’s data visualisations reveal the latest statistics of EU immigration. Powered by WPeMatico

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Why are students occupying Kossuth Square?

Students and professors are protesting with free lectures and debates at the square in front of Parliament in Budapest. Index explains why. Powered by WPeMatico

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Why are Hungarians so sick of politics?

Have you ever asked a Hungarian about politics? Did you get an answer? Here is why you didn’t. Powered by WPeMatico

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Warsaw is a city of freedom, it will not become Budapest

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Hungary in the News, Week of 23/11/18

Every Friday, Index presents you with a selection of the week’s most relevant articles concerning Hungary from the world’s leading news sites. Powered by WPeMatico

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Ruben Brandt leaves you at loss for words

Index reviewed the latest Oscar-nominated Hungarian movie. Powered by WPeMatico

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Minister of Foreign Affairs confirms: Nikola Gruevski was aided by Hungarian diplomats

Mr Szijjártó confirms that Hungarian diplomats helped convicted former Macedonian PM Gruevski get to Hungary. Gruevski was granted asylum on Tuesday. Powered by WPeMatico

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