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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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The current standing of World War III

You could say it is time to prepare for the next great war, but in fact, it has already started. Powered by WPeMatico

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How can Budapest establish a brand new metro line in two months?

As of September, Budapest will have five metro lines after city decides to change designation of suburban railway line H5. Why? Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian judge requests European Court of Justice to examine his own independence

The practices of judicial leaders’ appointments and their ability to influence judgements through bonuses will be examined by the ECJ. Powered by WPeMatico

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Dripstone cave in Hungary hides ancient treasures

The artefacts were hidden under a pile of rocks stacked in the shape of a house. Powered by WPeMatico

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River funeral held for crew of Hableány, the sightseeing boat involved in tragic accident on the Danube

Family and colleagues remembered the Hableány’s crew on the Danube with fifteen ships and military honours. Powered by WPeMatico

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Police loses unencrypted pendrive containing all Budapest officers' personal data

The pendrive had the names, ranks, places and dates of birth, and other data of 1733 Budapest police officers. Powered by WPeMatico

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Circles close to Fidesz to acquire Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems

Hungarian Telekom are selling their IT firm to 4iG, a company owned by former right-hand man of Orbán’s close friend and oligarch Lőrinc Mészáros. Powered…

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János Áder ratifies law taking away research network from Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Journalist of Index banned from Parliament until 2020

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László Kövér admits: Administrative courts not off the table

The motivation behind the government’s move to postpone judicial reform seems to have been only to play their international partners. Powered by WPeMatico

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The first Budapest Pride with no barriers

In the shadow of governing party Fidesz’s growing homophobia, participants of the 24th Budapest Pride sent a clear message. Powered by WPeMatico

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Orbán plans major constitutional overhaul if Fidesz retains Budapest

Winning in Budapest at the municipal elections could grant Fidesz the legitimacy needed for the planned overhaul of Hungary’s constitution. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Academy of Sciences stripped of its research network

Parliament passed law giving research network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to a new institute under increased government influence. Powered by WPeMatico

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“I'm sorry Mr. Gruevski, could we have your number?”

We caught Nikola Gruevski at the Budapest Metropolitan Court with our questions. He was more than reluctant to answer. Powered by WPeMatico

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Why is there government propaganda at a music festival?

Every 7-8 minutes in between acts, a young, stubbled Viktor Orbán is talking about the withdrawal of Soviet troops at Volt Festival. Why? Powered by…

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Request to extradite Nikola Gruevski denied by Hungarian court behind closed doors

Former Macedonian PM previously sentenced to prison in his home country over corruption charges gets to stay in Hungary. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungary amongst four countries blocking EU carbon neutrality as Government prioritises utility price reduction program

Due to climate deal, “electricity bills of Hungarian families would rise by between 30 and 40%,” the Hungarian government argues. Powered by WPeMatico

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'We offended important people' – How a Hungarian historical institute met its end

The government merges the independent 1956 Institute and its oral history archives into Veritas, an institute serving governmental memory politics. Powered by WPeMatico

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Rescuers prepare to lift the Hableány from the Danube – Rescuers prepare to lift the Hableány from the Danube

Almost two weeks after the tragic accident, rescuers are set on lifting the Hableány from the Danube as conditions finally seem to make that possible….

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FAQ: Why is it so difficult to recover the victims of the Hableány's tragedy?

We gathered the most common questions about the tragic accident on the Danube and tried to find answers. Powered by WPeMatico

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FAQ: Why is it so difficult to recover the victims of the Hableány's tragedy?

We gathered the most common questions about the tragic accident on the Danube and tried to find answers. Powered by WPeMatico

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FAQ: Why is it so difficult to recover the victims of the Hableány's tragedy?

We gathered the most common questions about the tragic accident on the Danube and tried to find answers. Powered by WPeMatico

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Hungarian Government postpones the introduction of administrative courts due to international pressure

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Deadly boat crash on the Danube: Divers forbidden from entering shipwreck despite plea from South Korean Defence Attaché

Director-General of the Hungarian Counter Terrorism Centre and the Defence Attaché of South Korea reveal details of the search operation. Powered by WPeMatico

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Lacking economic purpose, Hungary's embrace of China's Belt and Road central to Orbán's foreign policy manoeuvres

The ‘flagship project’ of Hungary-China cooperation, the costly and purposeless Budapest-Belgrade railway shows that Hungary’s is making bad deals with Beijing. Yet it might be…

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Roofs past twenty pops – For the birthday of Index.hu

Sociology that now rules the world seemed expendable from a smoked out machine gun nest in ‘99. Powered by WPeMatico

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Boat crash on the Danube: New video shows cruiser Sigyn stopping and backing up after collision

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Boat crash on the Danube: The search for 21 missing people continues, the wreckage is inaccessible

Hungarian authorities are preparing for a long search and rescue operation, as lifting the shipwreck from the Danube could take days or weeks. Powered by…

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7 dead, 21 missing after tourist boat collides with cruise ship on the Danube in Budapest

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2019 European Elections: Record-high turnout in Hungary – 2019 European Elections in Hungary

Hungarians have never been as interested in the European Elections as they are now. Fidesz is likely to win, the real contest is for the…

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Climate Strike Budapest: Thousands take to the streets to demand steps to avoid an ecological disaster

Ten Hungarian towns participated in the second global event. Protesters want to raise awareness of climate change and demand immediate action. Powered by WPeMatico

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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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