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Socialists File Complaint on Death of Patient in Honvéd Hospital

The Socialist Party on Friday said it has filed a complaint with the chief public prosecutor’s office in the case of a woman who died…

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Párbeszéd MEP Launches Movement for Joint Opposition EP Election Campaign

Párbeszéd MEP Benedek Jávor has launched a movement to promote a broad and strong joint campaign by Hungary’s opposition parties for May’s European Parliamentary elections….

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Hungarian Audi Workers Earn the Least in Region, Inciting Strike

Audi Hungaria Independent Trade Union (AHFSZ) announced a two-hour warning strike scheduled for Friday morning after unanimously rejecting Audi Hungaria’s latest wage offer. According to…

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Budapest Ghetto Liberation Anniversary Marked in Dohány Street Synagogue

A commemoration was held in Budapest’s Dohány Street Synagogue on Friday to mark the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the city’s ghetto. Addressing the…

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Survey: Opposition would not Benefit from Joint List

The opposition parties would lose a third of conservative Jobbik supporters and a fifth of leftist supporters if they were to run on a joint…

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LMP Demands Immediate Pay Rise for Civil Servants, Law Enforcement

Opposition LMP has called for an immediate pay rise for civil servants, the police and military to avoid a “failure of state and municipal systems”,…

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Momentum: Suspension of Funding Politically Motivated

The Hungarian Audit Office (ÁSZ) has suspended state funding for the opposition Momentum Movement due to political pressure, a Momentum official said on Thursday. ÁSZ…

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Energy Office: Natural Gas Supplies Secured

Hungary had 2.7 billion cubic metres of natural gas held in domestic storage facilities as of Jan. 15 and natural gas supplies for the winter…

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Hungary’s Vulnerability to Cyber-Attacks Up

Hungary’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks increased in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter, according to a report by Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab….

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Fidesz: ‘Opposition in Soros’ pocket’

Organisations around the world linked to billionaire George Soros “all operate according to the same standards of aggression, violent protests and destabilisation”, Fidesz party director…

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Jobbik Wants Banks to Pass on Tax Savings to Customers

Despite the government’s Jan. 1 abolishment of the duty on banking transactions below 20,000 forints (EUR 62.5), many banks have not reduced customer fees accordingly,…

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Court to Rule on Feb 1 on Lawsuit Against Govt Filed by Ahmed H.

A Budapest court will soon give its verdict on a civil lawsuit filed against the government by a Syrian migrant who spent 40 months in…

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Szijjártó : Brussels Must Be Prevented from Implementing Un Migration Compact

Brussels is doing all it can to implement the United Nations Global Migration Compact, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, told public television on Friday. “But…

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Rate of Illegal Employment Close to 14 Pc, Inspections Reveal

Workplace inspections by labour authorities showed the rate of illegal employment reached 13.62 percent in January-September last year, a report by the finance ministry shows….

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Controversial Residency Bonds Good Springboard for Chinese, Russians, Middle-Easterners

Economic investigative site G7 reported that 81% of those granted residency through the Hungarian government’s controversial residency bond scheme were Chinese, according to data requested from…

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CCTV: Is It Big Brother or the Eye of Providence?

Last year, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér presented a bill which would implement a centralized CCTV system with data stored in one location. Some experts,…

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Fidesz: EP Vote on NGO Funding Serves to Increase Immigration

The European Parliament’s fresh decision to increase funding for “Soros groups” once again makes it clear that “[US billionaire] George Soros is practically dictating Brussels’…

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EP Voted: Member States Jeopardizing the Rule of Law Risk Losing EU Funds

At this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament endorsed a draft law on a new tool meant to protect the EU budget and…

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Csaba Böjte Will Hold a Joint Ceremony with Pope Francis in Csíksomlyó

Pope Francis will travel to Csíksomlyó to hold an outdoor mass on Children’s Day. Csaba Böjte is particularly looking forward to this event as he…

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Public Services Workers’ Union Announces Strike

The union of public service workers (MKKSZ) will call a nationwide strike for March 14 unless it can reach a deal with the government on…

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Ruling alliance maintains lead, opposition unchanged – Századvég

Hungary’s ruling parties maintained their lead over the opposition parties, which saw their support remaining basically unchanged, according to a fresh poll released by the…

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Liberation of Budapest ghetto remembered

Hungarians must not forget the dark sins of the past and future generations must be taught that mutual respect and understanding is vital to the…

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Liberty Bridge Replica Built on New Chinese Tech Campus

Huawei, one of China’s largest technology giants, is building a new campus in Dongguan which will consist of 12 smaller ‘towns’ modeled after several European…

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Fag Inaugurates Bearings Factory in E Hungary

FAG Hungary, a unit of Germany’s Schaeffler group, has inaugurated a 25 billion forint (EUR 77bn) bearings factory in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, creating 500…

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Opposition Parties Stage Anti-Govt Demo in C Hungary

Opposition parties staged a demonstration against the government’s policies in Székesfehérvár, in central Hungary, on Wednesday. Democratic Coalition (DK) board member Judit Földi Rácz told…

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Unions, management seek bigger wage rises at state-owned companies

Unions and employers at Hungary’s state-owned postal, railway, bus and utilities companies are pressing for a wage rise of at least 10 percent this year,…

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Hungarian Stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is probably the world’s most famous sidewalk, comprised of more than 2600 stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard. The stars are…

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Wage Freeze in the Public Works Scheme Continues in 2019

It’s already well known that the government won’t be raising the salaries of public workers in 2019. The wages of those working under the public…

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Secret Recording Found in a Cemetery Can Help Solve a 90s Murder

The police have discovered a high-quality tape featuring conversations between Tamás Portik, formerly a prominent figure in the Hungarian underworld but now in prison, and media…

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LMP Demands Total Cost Figure for Paks Enlargement

The government should “come clean” and release the total cost of the Paks nuclear plant upgrade project, a board member of opposition LMP said on…

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Weber Would Restrict Hungary’s Access to EU Funds in Case of Deficiencies in the Rule of Law

Lead candidate (Spitzenkandidat) of the European People’s Party (EPP), Manfred Weber, thinks the European Union needs a tougher and more effective rule of law mechanism…

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DK Calls on Govt to Scrap Subsidies for Companies with Third Country Employees

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is submitting a proposal to parliament on scrapping Hungarian and EU employment subsidies for companies with non-EU workers, the leftist…

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Budapest Dance Festival Hosts 9 Premieres for Grand Opening of New Home

The Budapest Dance Festival will feature nine premieres and altogether 24 shows between February 15 and March 2 at the new National Dance Theatre in…

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Szili Urges Romania Hungarians to Resubmit Ethnic Minority Bill

Ethnic Hungarian organisations in Romania should jointly rework an ethnic minority bill that has been “stuck” in the Romanian parliament for over 10 years, Katalin…

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Winners of Species of 2019 Votes Announced

In recent years, it has become a tradition among Hungarian nature conservation organizations to allow voters to choose the animals and plants of the year….

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Hungary Loses the Least Amount of EU Funds to Offshore Countries

Opposed to what the critics might say, there are some international corruption statistics in which Hungary has the lowest levels. The Czech analysis company Datlab…

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Paks Upgrade State Secretary Sacked

President János Áder has relieved Attila Aszódi, the state secretary for the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant, of his post, effective January 15,…

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Szijjártó Holds Talks with Turkic Council Head

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday held talks with Baghdad Amreyev, Secretary General of the Turkic Council, the foreign ministry said. In its statement, the…

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DK to File Criminal Complaint over Use of ‘Stop Soros’ Campaign to Influence Election

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) will file a criminal complaint for alleged disturbance of the order of elections based on a recent press report which…

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The Fourth Nestlé Factory May Come to Hungary in 2019

Nestlé Romania has announced that the company will close down its factory in Temesvár (Timisoara) by May 2019. According to the Romanian press, Hungary might…

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Obscenity in Politics Concerns Christian Intellectuals

The Board of the Federation of Christian Intellectuals released a statement on their webpage about their concerns regarding the Hungarian public discourse, which they say has…

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Ceva-Phylaxia to build HUF 10 bn animal vaccine base in Hungary

French-owned veterinary company Ceva-Phylaxia Oltóanyagtermelő will spend almost 10 billion forints (EUR 31.0m) to build a vaccine plant and a research and development base in…

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Fidesz MEP: Europe ‘must Protect Borders’

The European Union “must protect its borders at sea and on land as expected by its voters,” Kinga Gál, MEP of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, said…

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Orbán’s Role in the Illiberal Realm is Growing

Coming to power in 2010, Orbán introduced a new political culture to Hungary. After Fidesz won with a two-thirds majority for the second time in…

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Kosovar Sentenced to Six Years for Drug Smuggling

The Szeged Appeals Court on Monday sentenced a Kosovan man to six years in prison and banned him from Hungary for five years for attempting…

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Consumer Prices Rise by 2.7 pc in December

Consumer prices in Hungary rose by 2.7 percent year-on-year in December, continuing to slow after an acceleration that lasted for much of the year. Headline…

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Construction Sector Output Jumps 27.3 pc in November

The output of Hungary’s construction sector climbed an annual 27.3 percent in November, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Tuesday show.  The…

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Budapest Airport Gets ‘Carbon Neutral’ Certificate for Second Year

Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt international airport has received a “carbon neutrality” certificate for the second time after last year, Budapest Airport, its operator, said on Monday….

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Butter, Bread, Flour Are Less Expensive in the Uk and Austria Than in Hungary

Bread, butter and Nutella are cheaper in the United Kingdom than in Hungary. Austrians can also purchase flour at a lower price than Hungarians can….

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Hungary Organ Transplants up 10 pc in 2018

Hungarian hospitals performed 10 percent more organ transplants last year than in 2017, the state secretary for health said on Monday. Hospitals saw increases in…

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With Double the Average Salary, More than 200,000 Hungarians Are Living in Germany

According to statistics from the German Labor Office, the number of Hungarians living in Germany has increased by a little over threefold during the last…

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Team Hungary Tops Medal Table at Short Track Speed Skating EC

With four gold, four silver and two bronze medals under its belt, the Hungarian team, led by the unstoppable Liu brothers, dominated at the ISU European…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: The Chances of Broad Opposition Cooperation

Weeklies and the weekend editions of dailies try to asses the chances of a broad anti-government coalition emerging, and whether it might prove a challenge…

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State Secy Discusses Religious Ties in Jerusalem

Miklós Soltész, a state secretary for religious affairs of the Prime Minister’s Office, discussed strengthening religious ties between Hungary and Israel at talks with Israel’s…

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Jobbik Calls on Govt not to ‘Sacrifice’ Workers on Capital’s Altar

The right-wing opposition Jobbik party has called on the government not to sacrifice Hungarian workers on the altar of capitalist interests, deputy leader Balázs Ander…

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Pope Francis to Hold Holy Mass in Csiksomlyó in 2019

According to Magyar Idők, Pope Francis has accepted the Romanian President’s invitation and is scheduled to visit the Romanian capital. Aside from events in Bucharest…

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Founder of Facebook Community Dies While Swimming in Frozen Lake

Tibor Szombathelyi, the founder of the ‘School of Life’ Facebook community, died while swimming in a frozen lake near Bárdudvarnok on Sunday according to a…

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Szijjártó in Belarus: Pragmatic Cooperation Hungary’s Interest

Cooperation between East and West is in Hungary’s interest in terms of security as well as for political and economic reasons, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó…

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Szombathely Deputy Mayor Stripped of Powers

Miklós Molnár, the deputy mayor of Szombathely, has been stripped of his powers, the communications chief of the municipal council told MTI on Monday. Molnár’s…

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Fidesz: Soros’ People ‘Pulling the Strings of EC Leaders’

Fidesz believes George Soros’s people “are pulling the strings of the European Commission’s leading politicians” and demands an explanation, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch said at…

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“Orbán is a Predictor”: Interview with April H. Foley, Former US Ambassador to Hungary

Earlier this month, Hungary Today had the opportunity to interview April H. Foley, the United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2006 to 2009. Prior to her service…

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So far 241,000 Women Avail of Early Retirement Scheme

Some 241,000 women have benefited from the government’s “Women 40” scheme allowing early retirement over the past eight years, the human resources ministry’s state secretary…

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Opposition: “Resist!”

Opposition parties that do and do not have seats in parliament protested against the government as well as amendments to the labour code in Békéscsaba,…

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Business Chamber, Unions See Double-Digit Wage Rise This Year

Private sector wages in Hungary could rise in the double-digits this year, well over the 8 percent increase in the minimum wage, the head of…

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Govt Launches Another State-Sponsored Driver Licencing Programme

The finance minister has announced the launch of another state-sponsored programme to licence drivers of commercial vehicles. The programme, the second such one the government…

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While the Hungarian Elite Flourishes, the Middle Class Steadily Diminishes

The assets of Hungary’s 50,000 richest people have been growing at an annual rate of 12-15 percent. Meanwhile, Hungary’s income gap has also grown exponentially….

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Hungarian Press Roundup: PM Orbán’s International Press Conference

A pro-government and a left-wing analyst offer diametrically opposed assessments of PM Orbán’s Thursday press conference. One criticises journalists for their hostile questions, while the…

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Budapest Shows Third Highest Property Price Growth in the World

Budapest shows the third highest 12-month residential property price growth in the world according to the ‘Global Residential Cities Index’ report by property services company…

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Hungary Won’t Lack High-End Acts in 2019

2019 will see a number of hit bands and singers performing in Hungary. While summer festivals will attract a number of popular performers, single night concerts…

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Vizi: Mankind Not Only Poisons Nature, but Also Itself

In his article published on Élő Bolygónk, E. Sylvester Vizi, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Hungary Foundation and member of…

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Socialists-Párbeszéd Calls on Govt to Pull out from EBRD Agreement on FX Loans

The opposition Socialist-Párbeszéd party alliance on Thursday called on the government to pull out from an agreement signed with the European Bank of Reconstruction and…

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Bosch to Invest HUF 14.1 bn at Hungary Base

German engineering giant Robert Bosch will invest 14.1 billion forints (EUR 43.8m) at its automotive unit in the northeast Hungarian city of Miskolc, company executives…

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Three Polish Citizens Accused of Attacking Hungarian Center in Ukraine

According to the prosecutor’s allegations, three Polish citizens were hired by a German newspaper to burn down a building belonging to the Hungarian cultural institute…

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Govt Official: Don Disaster ‘Black Day of Hungarian Army’

The Don disaster is remembered in history as “the black day of the Hungarian army”, a government official said on Friday at a commemoration held…

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LMP Wants Govt to Renegotiate Eligibility Criteria for Increased Home-Care Subsidy

Opposition LMP is calling on the human resources ministry to renegotiate the eligibility criteria for an increased subsidy for parents tending to permanently sick children…

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Govt: Deficit around 2 pc, Expected Growth 4.6 pc in 2018

Hungary’s cash flow-based general government budget, excluding local councils, ran HUF 1,445.1 billion forints (EUR 4.5bn) deficit at the end of December, the Finance Ministry…

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Foreign Minister: May EP Elections most Important yet

Never have the stakes of European Parliamentary elections been as high as they will be this May, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday. As…

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Fidesz MEPs Welcome EP Cttee Vote on Road Legislation Affecting Haulage Companies

Fidesz MEPs welcomed a vote on Thursday by the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) rejecting the draft report on legislation affecting the road…

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Austrian Man Attacks Partner’s Family, Kills One, Commits Suicide in W Hungary

An Austrian man shot dead the father of his common-law wife and injured three people in the same family before committing suicide in the western…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Unions Cooling on Idea of National Strike?

According to the leading pro-government daily, trade unions could not reach agreement on a general strike proposed last week at the opposition demonstrations against the…

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Orbán Dismisses Corruption Claims

Answering a journalist’s question concerning the level of corruption in Hungary, PM Viktor Orbán said there was no acceptable level of corruption and there was…

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Growing Number of Companies and Institutions Reject the Overtime Act

More and more municipalities and companies are saying no to the new overtime regulation. As of now, three significant city councils have voted in favor…

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Orbán: Govt Will Do Everything for 4 pc Growth

Hungary’s GDP growth rate for 2018 could reach 4.6 percent, the public debt to GDP ratio fell to 71 percent at the end of last…

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Orbán: Goal is to Have ‘Anti-Immigration’ Majority in All EU Institutions

Addressing an international press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungary’s goal is to have “anti-immigration forces” in the majority in every European…

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EU Commissioner: “Countries Without Respect for the Rule of Law Shouldn’t Be Using European Taxpayers’ Money”

Following the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners, Finnish Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, spoke about the difficulties and opportunities…

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Some 1.382 Million Questionnaires Returned in Gov’t Survey about Family Protection

A total of 1.382 million questionnaires have been returned in the government’s “national consultation” survey about family protection, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Thursday. …

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Hungary Takes Stand against Planned Measures Affecting Road Haulage Companies

Officials from the transport ministries of Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland and Lithuania have taken a unified stand in Brussels against planned measures affecting road haulage companies…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Debate over Joint Opposition EP Platform Proposal

A pro-government commentator accuses those opposition parties which are pondering running jointly at the EP election of ‘of serving ‘foreign interests’. A left-wing pundit welcomes…

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Hungarian Govt Welcomes Brazil’s Quitting UN Global Migration Compact

Hungary welcomes the new Brazilian government’s decision to change the country’s vote and withdraw support from the United Nations’ Global Migration Compact, Foreign Minister Péter…

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Sargentini Fires Back at MEP Deutsch: Me Leading the Opposition’s EP-List? Nonsense!

Hungarian left-wing station Klubrádio interviewed Judith Sargentini, Green MEP from the Netherlands. The politician revealed that she participated in the protest against Orbán’s government in…

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Govt Buys Munkácsy’s Famous Painting Golgotha

The Hungarian government has purchased 19th-century painter Mihaly Munkacsy’s monumental piece Golgotha, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday. The government paid…

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Revamp of Two Major Squares in Downtown Budapest Starts

Two major squares in downtown Budapest, Vörösmarty and Podmaniczky squares, will be completely revamped in a project supported jointly by the government and the local…

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What Is St. Michael the Archangel Doing on the PM’s New Office?

The Castle District is one of Hungary’s most historic centers; the destination is a tourist magnet, and the area is a World Heritage Site. We…

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Liszt Ferenc Passenger Numbers Edge Close to 15 million in 2018

Passenger numbers at Liszt Ferenc International rose 13.5 percent to 14,867,000 last year, the communications director for operator Budapest Airport said on Wednesday. The number…

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Winter Wonderland- Hungary Covered in Snow

Over the course of the last couple of days, just like before Christmas, a considerable amount of snow has hit Hungary. However, thanks to low…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Opposition Parties Ponder Joint Platform for EP Elections

A pro-government commentator thinks that opposition parties will lose votes if they run jointly in the 2019 European Parliamentary election. A liberal analyst wonders whether…

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Ministry: All Major Int’l Organisations Project Faster-Growing Hungary

Responding to the World Bank’s latest report forecasting the rate of Hungarian economic growth in 2018 at 4.6 percent, 0.5 of a percentage point higher…

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Socialist Candidate for Budapest Mayor Promises more Freedom and Independence

The opposition Socialists’ candidate for Budapest mayor Csaba Horváth announced his programme on Tuesday, promising to address the city’s main problem which he defined as…

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Govt Official: Hungary Won’t Become ‘Immigrant Country’

Hungary has again made it clear that it does not want to become a country of immigrants and insists that the direction of the European…

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Trade Unions Demand Withdrawal of Overtime Amendments, Fair Wages and Changes to Strike Law

Trade unions demand the withdrawal of labour code amendments, changes to the strike law, fair wages and a flexible pension system in a letter addressed…

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Szijjártó: UN Migration Package ‘Peril for World’

The United Nations Global Migration Compact is “clearly a peril for the whole world”, which could trigger further waves of migration, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó…

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Hungary Posts EUR 496 m Trade Surplus in Nov

Hungary posted a 496 million euro trade surplus in November, down by 186 million from the same month a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office…

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Sargentini, Hungarian Opposition Stage Anti-Govt Demo in Brussels

Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, author of a report critical of the state of the rule of law in Hungary approved by the European Parliament…

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City of Queens to Excite Europe as Next Capital of Culture Beyond Expectations

In 2023, Hungary will once again host the European Capital of Culture (ECoC). Following a long selection process, the city of Veszprém has emerged as…

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Mi Hazánk: ‘Neither Gyurcsány, nor Orbán’

Rightish Jobbik splinter far-right group Mi Hazánk “offers an alternative to the left-liberal block led by Ferenc Gyurcsány and [Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz which…

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LMP Urges Law to Donate Unsold Food to Poor

Opposition LMP will submit a proposal to enact that unsold but still consumable food products should be given to needy people, a board member of…

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Companies Owned by Szombathely Municipality Barred from Raising Overtime Threshold

Companies owned fully by the Szombathely municipality are not allowed to raise the threshold of overtime work, an extraordinary meeting of the municipal assembly ruled…

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Jobbik against All-Opposition Cooperation at EP Elections

Rightish opposition Jobbik is against the cooperation of all opposition parties before the European Parliamentary elections because votes would be cast for party lists and…

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Never Before Seen: Number of Hungarians Working for Minimum Wage Revealed

A long and tedious debate surrounding the Hungarian minimum wage has finally come to an end. According to data from the Finance Ministry published by…

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Hungary Industrial Output up 4 pc in Nov

Industrial output in Hungary grew by an annual 4 percent in November, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in the first reading of data on…

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President Áder Urges Turning Point in Fight against Climate Change

The year ahead could see a turning point in the fight against climate change and this opportunity must not be wasted, President János Áder said…

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Finance Minister: Online Invoicing System Contributes to Whitening Economy

Hungary’s comprehensive online invoicing system has been operating seamlessly since its introduction in July 2018 and has contributed to a 403 billion forint jump (EUR…

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Hungarian Official Marks Madefalva Massacre Anniversary in Romania

Balazs Orban, state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, attended a commemoration at Siculeni (Madefalva), in central Romania, on Monday, marking the anniversary of a…

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The Relocation of Imre Nagy’s Statue Draws Controversy

In December, the parliamentary committee in charge of major memorial sites (KNEB), led by House Speaker László Kövér, signed off on the reconstruction of Vértanúk…

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Rakonczay Has Become the First Hungarian to Reach the South Pole

Extreme athlete Gábor Rakonczay reached the South Pole yesterday, making him the first Hungarian to ever do so. Starting off from the coast of Antarctica,…

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Businessman behind Bars in Wake of OLAF Warning

The municipal appeals court handed a six year prison sentence to the head of a business group last November in the wake of an alert…

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Parts of Budapest Have Become Uninhabitable Due to Increased Airport Traffic

Having tourists flock to your country is often regarded as a good thing, however, the traffic at Liszt Ferenc airport has significantly increased over the…

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US Supreme Court Passes on WW2 Art Claim against Hungary

The US Supreme Court on Monday said it would not take on a lawsuit filed by the heirs of Hungarian art collector Mór Lipót Herzog…

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PM Moving to Buda Castle: Puritanism in a Former Monastery or Costly Restoration of the Horthy Era?

The first Orbán government already wanted to relocate the Prime Minister’s Office to the Buda Castle, but the plan could not be implemented due to…

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Govt Forms Strategic Partnership with Tungsram

The Hungarian government signed a strategic partnership agreement with lighting company Tungsram on Monday. The agreement was signed by Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Tungsram…

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