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What Type of Alliance Can Orbán and Trump Form?

The Hungarian Prime Minister has been to Washington to meet President Trump. The negotiations were said to occur in a cordial tone and the face-to-face…

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200,000 Farmers Sign Petition against Brussels in Support of Fair Subsidies

Nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition launched by the National Agricultural Chamber and farmers’ alliance Magosz to protest against the European Union’s “plan to…

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Orbán-Ally Strache Resigns in Scandal

Heinz-Christian Strache, Austrian Vice-Chancellor and leader of the far-right FPÖ Party, has resigned following a leaked video in which he allegedly tries to trade public…

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Far-right Mi Hazánk Leader Relinquishes Immunity due to Local Police Case

The leader of the far-right Mi Hazánk party, László Toroczkai, has voluntarily given up his immunity as a European Parliament (EP) election campaign candidate after…

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Jobbik EP Program: Migration, Wage Union, Autonomy for Minorities

Hungary’s nationalist Jobbik party announced its EP program titled “Safe Europe, Free Hungary” at the end of last year. It focuses on migration, the creation of…

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Hungarian Goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi Named Bundesliga’s Top Performer This Season

According to leading German sports magazine Kicker‘s matchday ratings, RB Leipzig goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi performed best in Bundesliga’s past season. The biweekly evaluates footballers after…

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Orbán Opens Self-driving Vehicle Test Track in Zalaegerszeg

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday opened a 265 hectar test track for self-driving vehicles near Zalaegerszeg, in southwest Hungary, which the government has funded…

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EP elections: Over 20,000 Hungarians Register to Vote Abroad

More than 20,000 Hungarians registered to vote abroad at an embassy or consulate in the May 26 European Parliament elections by the deadline on Friday….

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LMP for Individual Pension Accounts in Each EU Member State

Opposition LMP will initiate introducing mandatory individual pension accounts in each EU member state, the party’s top candidate in the upcoming European parliamentary elections said…

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PM’s Commissioner: EP Vote Important for Future of Minorities

The prime ministerial commissioner in charge of minority protection and autonomy stressed the importance of the European Parliament elections for the future of ethnic minorities…

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Quarter Million Hungarians are Morbidly Obese

About 250,000 people living in Hungary are morbidly obese and can only be treated with surgery, daily Magyar Hírlap said on Saturday. More than two-thirds…

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LMP Calls for Action against Corporate ‘Climate Criminals’

Gábor Vágó, who heads the European Parliament election list of opposition LMP, called for action against big corporate “climate criminals” at a party congress on…

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Socialists: Stopping Advance of Radical Right at Stake in EP elections

Stopping the advance of “Salvini, Orbán and their extreme right friends” is what’s at stake in the European Parliament elections for socialists and democrats, the…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: EP Election Campaign Enters Home Stretch

A liberal weekly and the weekend edition of the main dailies assess what is at stake at next week’s European Parliamentary election. Hungarian press roundup…

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EP Elections: With One Week to Go, Here Are the Chances!

With one week to go until the upcoming EP elections, many wonder whether the governing alliance will be able to pocket 14 out of 21…

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Week in the Life of the Hungarian Diaspora: Day of the Hungarian Film, Folk Dancers’ Parade and Hungarian Holy Mass

In our recurring Week in the life of the Hungarian Diaspora series, we’ll be looking back at recent events and exploring the many success stories…

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Fidesz’s EP Elections: Migration, Soros and an Outstanding Chance of Victory

Viktor Orbán officially kicked-off Fidesz’s campaign on April 5. The party’s program focuses exclusively on migration, Soros and EU criticism. Pollsters and analysts agree Fidesz…

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Socialist-Párbeszéd EP Program: European Minimum Wage, Education, Health

The Socialist (MSZP)-Párbeszéd party alliance announced a typical left-wing program focusing mainly on social inequality and quality improvements in education and healthcare. On February 25,…

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“A man who must say ‘I am king’ is no true king”- The Politics of Game of Thrones Through the Eyes of a Hungarian Political Scientist

Ahead of the last episode of the controversial final season of Game of Thrones, Hungary Today had the opportunity to sit down for an interview…

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Kövér: ‘Europe Target of Ideological Carpet Bombing’

Europe is locked in a “civilisational struggle” between those seeking to preserve the continent’s Christian and national principles and those who would rather see it…

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LMP EP Program: ‘Europe Will Either Be Green or Not at All’

Founded in 2009, Lehet Más A Politika (Politics Can Be Different) – the Hungarian green party – shares common ideologies with most of the green…

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Former Foreign Minister János Martonyi Presented with József Antall Prize

János Martonyi, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Hungary Foundation, publisher of Hungary Today and Ungarn Heute, was awarded this…

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Opposition: Fidesz Not Care About Housing Crisis, Evicted Families

An extraordinary session of parliament convened for Friday by the opposition parties to discuss ways to help troubled forex debtors avoid evictions lacked the required…

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Opposition EP Candidates Want more Transparent and Stronger Europe

Politicians heading the European Parliament party lists of the opposition Socialists-Párbeszéd, LMP, DK and Momentum parties argued at a conference on Thursday for a stronger…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Growth Rate First in Europe

A left-wing commentator thinks that Hungary’s fast growth rate cannot be sustained. Pro-government columnists find such pessimism ungrounded and politically motivated. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu…

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Orbán: ‘Wealthy Liberal Mafia of Politicians, Journalists and Analysts’ Working for Migration

Hungarians should “send a strong message to Brussels” through the upcoming European parliamentary election that “we want change, we want a Europe which protects its…

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Ahmed H. Loses Suit against PM Cabinet Office

The Budapest Municipal Court on Thursday rejected a claim against the state by a Syrian convicted under Hungarian terrorism laws of inciting a riot on…

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Orbán at Pick Gala: ‘Hungarian Capital Has to Serve Hungarian Interests”

The 150-year-old history of salami producer Pick shows that “Hungarian capital has to serve Hungarian interests”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said late on Thursday, addressing…

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Czech President Zeman Visits Paks Nuclear Plant

Nuclear energy is the key to affordable electricity prices, energy security and to meeting climate protection targets, János Süli, the minister in charge of the…

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Hungary’s GDP Growth Tops Europe: The Keys to Its Success

Hungary’s first-quarter GDP grew by 5.3% annually, beating market estimates. This is the country’s second highest growth since 1996 as it was higher by a…

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Foreign Ministry Summons Dutch Ambassador

The foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Rene van Hell, the Dutch Ambassador to Hungary, to reject the “unacceptable allegations” of Prime Minister Mark Rutte regarding…

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PMO Head: Fidesz Membership Depends on EPP’s Direction after Election

Addressing a regular press briefing on Thursday, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, hailed this week’s meeting between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán…

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PMO Head: 2020 Budget Vote Planned for July 12

The government will submit next year’s draft budget to parliament on June 4 with a final vote on it expected on July 12, the head…

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Kurdish Couple Sentenced for Financing Terrorism

The Szeged Court, in southern Hungary, on Thursday sentenced two Kurdish nationals to two years in prison and expelled them from Hungary for eight years…

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No Way Out of ‘Mummy Hotels’: More and More People Living with Their Parents

Eurostat has conducted a survey on the estimated average age of young people leaving the parental household. According to the data, 42,2 % of Hungarians…

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Gyurcsány: Orbán’s Policy to Be in Minority

The policies represented by Hungary’s ruling Fidesz will be in the minority in the next European Parliament, Ferenc Gyurcsány, leader of the leftist opposition Democratic…

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Ferry to link Hungary and Slovakia

A ferry link will be established under an EU funded project to serve as a new border crossing between Hungary and Slovakia within two years,…

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Foreign Ministry: Ukraine Language Law Violates Ethnic Minority Rights

Ukraine’s new language law goes against its international commitments and curbs the rights of ethnic minorities, the Hungarian foreign ministry said in a statement on…

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LMP: Climate Change Biggest Threat to Earth

Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet and the future of mankind, green opposition LMP’s top candidate in the upcoming European parliamentary elections…

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PMO Head Confirms First Phase of Expanded Family Support to Launch on July 1

The first five measures of the government’s family protection action plan will enter into effect on July 1, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office…

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Govt Official Attends Inauguration of Church Built in Iraq with Hungary Assistance

Tristan Azbej, state secretary in charge of the Hungary Helps programme, attended the inauguration of a church built in Iraqi Kurdistan with assistance from the…

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Socialist-Párbeszéd Call for Action against Air Pollution

Rather than representing the interests of the industrial lobbies, the Hungarian government should take action to reduce air pollution and protect Hungarians’ health, the Socialist-Párbeszéd…

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Foreign Minister Opens Hungarian Representation in Houston

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó opened a Hungarian trade representation and consular office in Houston on Wednesday. In his inauguration address, Szijjártó noted the significance of…

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Orbán Meets Zeman: V4 Cooperation and Solidarity Important

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Czech President Milos Zeman met in Budapest on Wednesday to discuss cooperation within the Visegrad Group, bilateral economic ties…

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Govt Do Not Wait for ExxonMobil, Plans to Make Long-term Russian Gas Deal

Hungary will seal another long-term gas supply deal with Russia later this year, if ExxonMobil fails to take a decision on investing in an offshore…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: PM Orbán meets US President Trump

A pro-government columnist interprets PM Orbán’s Washington visit as a great diplomatic success for Hungary. A left-wing pundit thinks that the meeting had no real…

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US Ambassador: Reports on Planned US Sanctions against Billionaire Lőrinc Mészáros ‘False’

The United States is not threatening to impose sanctions on individuals, David Cornstein, the US ambassador to Hungary, said in an interview concerning press reports…

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‘Orbán’s Political Success’: Analysts’ Take on the Trump Meeting

Most analysts agree that the importance of Orbán’s recent visit to the White House shouldn’t be underestimated. While pro-govt analysts speculate on the future of…

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E. Sylvester Vizi Re-Elected President of Hungarian Atlantic Council

E. Sylvester Vizi has been re-elected as president of the Hungarian Atlantic Council, a non-profit, non-governmental organization aimed at integrating Euro-Atlantic principles into Hungarian public…

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Áder Meets Czech President, Urges People to Vote on EP elections

President János Áder held talks with Milos Zeman, his Czech counterpart, in Budapest on Wednesday. “We hold identical positions on illegal migration, fighting terrorism, energy…

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Trump to Orbán: ‘It Felt like We Were Twins’

At the end of Monday’s meeting with Viktor Orban, US President Donald Trump said the Hungarian prime minister and he “were like twins”, the US…

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Expansion of Mercedes Factory in Kecskemét Stopped Temporarily

Daimler – the multinational automotive corporation behind the Mercedes brand – has temporarily suspended the expansion of its flagship car manufacturing factory in Kecskemét due…

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Palkovics Rejects Compromise and is Ready to Use Force to Reform Academy

On Tuesday to ATV, Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) leader László Palkovics confirmed he would present the bill about the restructuring of the Hungarian…

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Parties Delegate 4,000 to Vote-counting Cttees so far

Parties running in the European Parliament election on May 26 have so far delegated a total of only 4,000 people to vote-counting committees, two days…

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Hungary Tops Europe: GDP Rises by 5.3 pc

Hungary’s first-quarter GDP grew by an annual 5.3 percent, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a first reading of data on Wednesday. The rate…

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Foreign Minister Calls on ‘Brussels and New York’ to Stop Putting Pressure on Govt

The European Union and the United Nations should stop pressuring Hungary to adopt “failed” models concerning migration as the “Hungarian model” has in recent years…

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Deputy PM: Brussels’s Migration Policy ‘Unfair, Unlawful, Antidemocratic’

The migration policy pursued by “Brussels bureaucrats” is “unfair, unlawful and antidemocratic”, the deputy prime minister in charge of Hungarian communities abroad, church policy and…

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Defense Minister: Security of Western Balkans Priority for Hungary

Maintaining the stability and security of the Western Balkan region is a priority for Hungary and cooperation is also important for NATO and the European…

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Hungarian Gripens Intercept Three Russian Planes in Baltics

Gripen fighters of the Hungarian Armed Forces, together with Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets of Britain’s Royal Air Force, intercepted three planes in the Baltics, the…

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Foreign Minister: ‘Mutual Sympathy’ between Trump and Orbán

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has opened a new chapter in bilateral relations, and proved that Hungarian-US…

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Jobbik Proposes Special Guard to Oversee Migrant Workers

The opposition nationalist Jobbik party is proposing the establishment of a special guard that would be tasked with overseeing migrant workers in Hungary. The guard…

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Far-Right Mi Hazánk Aims to Revive Paramilitaries and Intimidating Marches

Far-right Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) party leader László Toroczkai announced the setup of a new paramilitary organization similar to the late Magyar Gárda. This comes…

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Hungary Dissatisfied with EU Funding Proposal

Hungary finds the European Commission’s 2021-2027 funding proposal “disappointing” and objects to reductions in real terms of 24 percent to just below 18 billion euros,…

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PM Orbán Meets Nigeria Church Leaders

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday met Christian leaders from Nigeria for talks on the migration crisis and persecuted Christian communities, the prime minister’s press…

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HEPA Opens Office in Tokyo

The Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA) opened an office in Tokyo on Monday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade state secretary Levente Magyar told MTI…

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DK Demands EU Funds to be Distributed by Independent Body

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) demanded on Tuesday that the distribution of European Union funding should be carried out by an independent European institution. Klára…

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Hungarian Opposition Politicians Received in Washington

Yesterday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán paid a visit to United States President Donald Trump in the White House. However, he was not the only…

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Orbán: ‘Red Light Flashing in Our Mind when We See Our Culture Endangered’

“The identity of a nation and its civilisation is mostly reflected in culture,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of…

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Construction Sector Output Jumps 68 pc in March

Hungarian construction output jumped by an annual 67.6 percent in March, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Tuesday. Output of the buildings segment increased…

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MOL Removing Tainted Oil from Druzhba Pipeline

Hungarian oil and gas company MOL is removing 100 kilotonnes of tainted Russian crude from the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline and putting it in storage, MOL…

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Agriculture Minister: Hungary Helping African Countries in Need

Hungary is providing tangible help to poorer countries in Africa so that locals can prosper in their homelands, the agriculture minister said in an interview…

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Ministry official: Hungary accepts UK’s decision to quit EU

Hungary regretfully accepts the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, a foreign ministry official told a forum focusing on Brexit organised by the…

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Election Committee Faults Govt Official for Meddling in Czeglédy Case

The National Election Committee (NVB) has faulted a justice ministry official for writing to NVB members in connection with an immunity case involving an opposition…

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Survey: Hungarians more Pro-American than C European Average

Hungarians tend to be even more pro-American than the central European average, a comprehensive survey released by pro-Fidesz Nézőpont Institute on Monday shows. Nézőpont’s survey…

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Trump Praises Orbán: ‘He’s a Tough, but Respected Man’

US President Donald Trump praised the efforts of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to preserve Hungary’s security, at a meeting between the two leaders at…

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Orbán: Meeting with Trump Important, Strengthened Hungary-US Ties

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he and US President Donald Trump strengthened their two countries’ strategic ties in a number of areas in their…

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Weber’s Win in Doubt?

The Spitzkandidat system in the European Parliament – i.e. a way of choosing the head of the European Commission based on a deal between the…

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Hungarian Satirical Party Accused of Counterfeiting Money

The National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV) has summoned the board of satirical Magyar kétfarkú (Hungarian Two-tailed Dog party) on suspicion of counterfeiting….

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Hungary’s Poverty at All Time Low

The number of people living in severe material deprivation in Hungary is at an all-time low as reflected by the latest figures from Eurostat. While…

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Man Arrested for Leaking Matriculation Exam

After a quick two-day investigation, the police have identified and arrested the man responsible for leaking the essay topics from the intermediate level history exam….

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Hollywood Stars Explore Budapest

Thanks to the production of Dune, several well-known actors — including Jason Momoa and Oscar Isaac — are staying in Budapest and flooding their social media accounts…

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Home Price Gap Widens, Risk of Overvaluation in Budapest Increases

Amid continued dynamic growth of home prices territorial differences in the Hungarian housing market strengthened and the risk of overvaluation on the residential market in…

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DK Unveils European Pension Plan

Promising the introduction of a European minimum pension and the protection of existing pension arrangements, the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) on Sunday unveiled its…

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Orbán Discusses Paks Upgrade with Rosatom CEO

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the ongoing upgrade of Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant with Alexey Likhachev, the CEO of Russia’s Rosatom, in his office,…

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Hungarian Elected to Head International Footgolf Federation

Hungary’s Gábor Gelencsér has been elected president of the Federation for International Footgolf. According to a statement by the Hungarian footgolf federation, Gelencsér defeated the…

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Over 14,000 Hungarians Registered to Vote Abroad

So far more than 14,000 Hungarians have registered to vote abroad at an embassy or consulate in the May 26 European Parliament elections. The number…

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Govt Official: ‘Shocking’ Czeglédy’s Immunity Still in Place

A justice ministry official has said the government was “astonished” that the National Election Committee has refused a court request to suspend the immunity of…

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Győri Audi KC Wins Third Champions League Title in a Row

Győri Audi ETO KC secured their third consecutive Women’s EHF Champions League title with a 25:24 win against Rostov-Don in the final yesterday in Papp…

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Weeklies on EP Elections

Two weeks before the elections for the European Parliament, weeklies assess the possible outcomes and ponder whether Fidesz will remain a member of the European…

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LMP Calls for Turn to Green Economy

The head of the opposition LMP party’s list for the European parliamentary elections has called for a turn to a green economy in order to…

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Foreign Ministry Again Summons Swedish Ambassador

Foreign ministry state secretary Levente Magyar has summoned the Swedish ambassador to Hungary over recent critical remarks by the Swedish prime minister about Hungary, the…

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Orbán Says No to TV Debate with Timmermans

Lead candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) for European Commission president Frans Timmermans is preparing for a televised debate with Prime Minister Viktor…

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Budapest’s Keleti Station Closed for Maintenance

Keleti, one of Budapest’s three major train stations, will be closed for scheduled maintenance works from Monday, May 13, to Sunday, May 26, Hungarian railways…

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Positive Trend Reinforced as Number of Hungarian First-Graders Increases in Slovakia

The number of first-graders enrolled in Hungarian-language elementary schools has increased this year, according to figures released by the Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Slovakia. The…

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“You either adopt to the rhythm of New York and spin with it or it will spit you out” – Interview with Jazz Vocalist Nikolett Pankovits

Since settling in New York City in 2010, Hungarian-born jazz vocalist Nikolett Pankovits has been merging traditional Hungarian melodies with Latin American rhythms and her…

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Week in the Life of the Hungarian Diaspora: Literature Exhibition, Scouts in Muzslya and Maypole Dance

In our recurring Week in the life of the Hungarian Diaspora series, we’ll be looking back at recent events and exploring the many success stories…

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Fidesz’s Estranged Commissioner: Party’s Place in EPP

Although he hopes Fidesz will return to the EPP, Tibor Navracsics is glad he doesn’t have to make the decision to join the party now….

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Historical Movies About Poet Sándor Petőfi, King Mátyás on the Way

The Hungarian National Film Fund announced in November that it would financially support 14 Hungarian historical movies. The only information available at the time, however,…

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Weber to Fall? More and More Leaders Question the Spitzenkandidat System

Voices critical of the Spitzenkandidat system grew at the EU leaders’ informal summit held this week in Nagyszeben (Sibiu), Romania. European Council President Donald Tusk…

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Two-Tailed Dog Party Advocates ‘Cheerful, Cool’ Europe

The non-parliamentary, satirical Two-tailed Dog party would build an “able, true, cheerful and cool” Europe, deputy party leader Zsolt Victora told public news channel M1,…

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Budapest Named One of the Cheapest Party Destinations in Europe

Some of the best places to party for the weekend are found in Europe, and Budapest has become not only one of the most popular…

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Foreign Minister: EU Must Start Accession Talks with Albania in June

The European Union must open accession talks with Albania next month, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday, adding that the bloc’s failure to start…

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Orbán: Hungary Committed to Strengthening Central European Cooperation

Hungary is working to strengthen cooperation in central Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday in Kerelőszentpál (Sanpaul), in central Romania, adding that “all…

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Fidesz Top Candidate: EU Must Restore Trust

The European Union must restore trust in the bloc, Hungary’s justice minister told a conference on central Europe in Budapest on Friday. There can be…

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Szijjártó: Timmermans Must Take Responsibility for Migration

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans must take responsibility for the influx of more than 1.5 million illegal migrants into Europe over the past years,…

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Trade Minister: Hungary among World’s Top 10 Investment Destinations

Hungary is among the world’s ten most attractive investment destinations, the foreign and trade minister said on Friday. Citing a fresh report by American corporate…

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PMO Head: Hungary on ‘Right Track’ since 2010

Hungary has “clearly headed in the right direction” since 2010, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a conference on Thursday. At…

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Ombudsman Turns to Chief Prosecutor over Kindergarten Abuse

Ombudsman László Székely has filed a report with the chief prosecutor’s office concerning a case in which a child was exposed to “humiliation and mental…

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Budapest Hosts Europe’s First Ever Interactive AI Exhibition

Europe’s first ever interactive Artificial Intelligence exhibition was opened at the Budapest Technical University, on Thursday. Artificial Intelligence is used today in several applications or…

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The New List Is Here: Hungary’s Richest Ranked

According to a new list made by economic portal Napi.hu’s journalist Péter Szakonyi, OTP leader Sándor Csányi is the richest person in Hungary. Csányi is…

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Two People Sentenced for Attempted Murder in Czech Rep

A Budapest court has handed prison sentences of 9 and 6 years, respectively, to two Hungarian nationals for attempting to murder a taxi driver in…

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Michel Barnier: Orbán’s New-Old Pick for Commission President?

After Viktor Orbán suddenly announced that he would no longer support Manfred Weber as the lead candidate for president of the European Commission on Monday,…

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Foreign Minister: ‘UN Migration Compact Most Dangerous Document Ever’

Hungary and Brazil share similar approaches to issues that pose dilemmas in world politics today, such as the need for action against migration and that…

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Budget Deficit 3.9 pc of Full-Year Target at end-April

Hungary’s budget, excluding local councils, ran a 39 billion forint (EUR 120m) deficit at the end of April, the finance ministry said in a preliminary…

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DK Questions How Anti-Hungarian Ukrainian Bishop Could Obtain Hungarian Citizenship

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the government to probe how “Hungarian-hater” Ukrainian bishop Victor Vasilyevich Begy had been able to obtain Hungarian…

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Court Drops Criminal Procedure against Leftist Lawyer-Politician after Elections Committee Upholds Immunity

A court in Szeged, in southern Hungary, has terminated a criminal procedure against Csaba Czeglédy, after the National Elections Committee upheld his immunity as a…

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Socialists-Párbeszéd Mark Europe Day

Only the European Union can guarantee peace and security on the continent, politicians of the opposition Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance said on Thursday, marking Europe Day at…

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Opposition Proposes Special Parlt Session to Address Housing Crisis

Parties of the opposition and independent MPs have called an extraordinary session of parliament for next Tuesday to address “an ever-increasing housing crisis” impacting troubled…

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History Matriculation Exam Topics Reportedly Leaked Day Before Exam

The essay topics for the history matriculation examination were allegedly leaked on social media the night before thousands of students sat for the test. Despite…

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Cultural Highlights of Budapest – the VI. Friends of Hungary Conference

During the first weekend in May, members of the Friends of Hungary Foundation came from all over the world to spend a weekend together in…

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