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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

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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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Budapest pedestrian underpasses to be closed at night

Major pedestrian underpasses of Budapest to be closed every night, new proposition says. The plan fits in with the criminalization of the homeless. Powered by…

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BrewDog opens their first bar in Budapest (Warning: may contain traces of punk)

Craft beers, neon lights, above-average prices – BrewDog opened their first bar in Eastern Europe. We went to the grand opening to see what it’s…

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State secretary: Gruevski “in need of special treatment”

Today’s session in Parliament saw numerous questions addressing the convicted Macedonian ex-PM’s recent asylum application. Few were answered. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Goverment in Contradiction over the Case of the Convicted Macedonian ex-PM

Hungarian government refuses to answer questions on Gruevski’s case claiming it is strictly a legal matter, while all points towards the opposite. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungary in the News, Week of 16/11/18

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ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences on strike against the government's ban on gender studies

The teachers held discussions on gender inequality, the independence of universities, and the current violation of the freedom of education. Powered by WPeMatico

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Here are the best dog-friendly businesses of Hungary!

Kutyabarat.hu presented its awards to Hungary’s best dog-friendly businesses and accommodations. And the winners are… Powered by WPeMatico

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How to avoid getting your baggage ransacked at Budapest Airport

Broken locks, empty wallets, ripped zippers, missing valuables – here’s what you can do to avoid it happening to you. Powered by WPeMatico

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Mysterious €11 Million Cost Overrun on Huge Indoor Sports Complex in Orbán's Hometown

As part of an enigmatic enlargement, the costs of the 11.000 sqm center skyrocketed, with the bill footed by taxpayers. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungary in the news, week of 5/11/18

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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Chief of Staff: Hungary to Participate in Article 7 Debate

Hungary will enter the debate on the Article 7 procedure, the procedure sends the wrong message to member states. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán talks CEU, EPP, UN in his weekly radio interview

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Police drops investigation against former company of PM's son-in-law

Despite suspicions raised by OLAF earlier this year, Hungarian police finds no evidence of crime in connection with the state contracts of Elios Zrt. Powered…

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Proposed legislation would ban protests at Hungarian state ceremonies

The Deputy PM would exclude locations of state ceremonies from the definition of public spaces, making it impossible to legally hold protests there. Powered by…

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Report on Hungarian Society: Portugal on the horizon, Austria still far away

TÁRKI presented its biannual report book on Hungarian society, calling attention to the lack of social mobility and problems in education. Powered by WPeMatico

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Luxury vans, insane salaries, all paid for by the EU

Hungary could end up repaying HUF €4,65M to the EU as funds were probably misused. Powered by WPeMatico

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Index Remains Unchanged

We will let you know if that changes. As loud as we can. Powered by WPeMatico

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What is Orbán's secret?

Orbán’s regime stupefies the masses, ignores one third of society, builds a clientele and yet seems undefeatable. What is the deal? Powered by WPeMatico

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On Miklós Horthy's Responsibility

The ‘final solution’ had been initiated by the Nazi German leadership, but Horthy’s Hungary proved to be a willing partner in its implementation. Horthy’s policy…

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Trump might be right about the Germans

Even though Trump’s policy ideas usually don’t line up with mainstream economics wisdom, in this case he is actually right. Germany really does export too…

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Fences against migrants, a war against the region’s best university. Russian influence in Hungary. Hungarian prostitutes in Gemany. The best of Hungary’s top news site…

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Europe is unprepared, though another wave of migrants may come

We traveled to Iran and moved into a small town inhabited by Afghan people in order to find out about the seriousness of the danger…

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Mosul was tougher than a horror movie

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The villagers were so horrified of the refugees that they even banished their beloved mayor

Őcsény is a small village in Hungary, where the people have never met any refugees. When they found out that some women and child refugees…

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The Great Escape of ‘KGBéla’, Hungarian MEP Accused of Spying for Russia

A counterintelligence operation agains the far-right Jobbik party’s member of the European Government was aborted under political pressure. Powered by WPeMatico

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Complaining KFC Guest Gets Beaten by Security Guard in Budapest

He wanted chicken wings for here. He couldn’t. He wanted to file a complaint. He couldn’t. Then he made the mistake of asking for the…

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Russian Meddling Behind Budapest's Metro Chaos

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He Plays Cards with Orbán, Is Friends with Csányi, and Storck Cries on his Shoulder

He is Bulgarian, German and Hungarian. To the public he is unknown, but not to Viktor Orbán, Sándor Csányi or the business elite that idolizes…

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Surviving the World's Longest Sled Run

15 kms of pure fun in the Swiss Alps! Powered by WPeMatico

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How an Israeli Intelligence Company Attempted to Slur a Hungarian NGO and Failed – The Fabrications Based on Misused Audio Clippings Ended Up in the Government Media

In March, bizarre allegations of a pro-refugee NGO planning illegal activities were published in the pro-goverment media. Than the story got a twist. Powered by…

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Hungarian PM Calls Country's Leading News Website Fake

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Orbán is a tool in Putin's information war against the West

We introduce spectacular analyses on the schemings of Russian secret services. Czech analysts found after investigating 22,000 Russian-language online sources that Moscow’s propaganda started two…

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Hungarian secret agent reveals in detail how serious the Russian threat is

How does it feel when your boss is accused of spying for Moscow? Why do Russian spies think they can do whatever they want in…

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CEU embodies everything Orbán is against

The real question here is why Viktor Orbán decided to attack the university right now. We sat down to talk about this with sociologist István…

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A glorious match made in Russia

For months I investigated the past of Jobbik EP-representative and suspected spy, Béla Kovács, and his Russian wife, Svetlana Istosina, and by the end I…

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