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Migration Not Needed for Successful Economic Policy, says Foreign Minister Szijjártó

The policies pursued by Hungary over the past ten years have demonstrated that migration is not a necessity for a successful economic policy, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at an OECD ministerial meeting in Paris on Friday. In his address to the session centred on the integration of immigrants, Szijjártó warned against …

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75th Anniversary of Budapest Ghetto Liberation Commemorated by Survivors, Jewish Leaders, Politicians

Hate should not be commemorated with more hatred but with dignity, Slomó Köves, the head rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), said on Friday at a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Jewish ghetto in Budapest. “The question is not who our parents were, …

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Police Concludes Probe into Dutch Drug Suspects at Sziget Festival

Police have concluded an investigation into two Dutch citizens who were arrested for selling drugs at Sziget Festival in Budapest last summer, the head of the criminal department of the Budapest police headquarters said on Wednesday. Police have raised charges against two aged 21 and 22 for dealing a significant volume of …

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New Terminal Building Handed Over at Budapest Airport Replacing Low Cost ‘Container Building’

A new addition opened at Budapest Airport to serve low-cost airline passengers. The new wing of the Liszt Ferenc Airport was handed over on Wednesday, where low-cost airline passengers can wait before boarding their aircraft. At the same time, the so-called ‘container building’ is being demolished by the airport operator. As we …

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Government to Punish Budapest for Local Election Results?

After their local election defeat, the government wants to punish Budapest by not allocating money for the capital in the next EU funding period, leftist daily Népszava writes, referencing government documents. The government denies any allegations, calling it fake news.  Meanwhile, economic news portal Portfolio states that Budapest receiving structural and investment …

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Director with Hungarian Roots Snags Academy Award Nomination for ‘American Factory’

Although the Hungarian film close to snagging an Academy Award nomination in 2020, the post-Holocaust drama ‘Those Who Remained’, which has been included in the International Feature Film category, was unfortunately unable to reach the final round, there is still a Hungarian name among the nominees. American-Hungarian filmmaker Steven Bognar could still collect the award …

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Orbán: Pragmatic Foreign Policy National Interest

“A solely values-based foreign policy dispensing with pragmatism … will necessarily lead to a policy unable to broker a compromise,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at his annual international press conference on Thursday, answering a question. Orbán said reaching compromise was the only way in foreign policy to achieve results, adding that …

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Hungaricum Manufacturing Hollóháza Porcelain Factory to be Sold

The Hungarian National Asset Management Inc. (MNV) has announced the sale of the 240-year-old Hollóháza porcelain factory, responsible for the manufacturing of the illustrious Hungaricum, Napi.hu reports. According to the announcement, buyers will have to pay at least HUF 175 million for the 100% holding of the Hollóházi Porcelángyár Ltd. Bidding will be …

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Three Kings’ Day Traditions in Hungary

Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, is celebrated on January 6th by the Catholic Church as a holiday, one of the three principal and oldest festival days of the Christian church besides Easter and Christmas. It commemorates three things: the first manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi (the wise men); the manifestation of his divinity, occurred at …

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Hungarian Gingerbread tram retains its title as Europe’s most beautiful Advent tram for the third time

The Tatra 202-type Gingerbread tram of Miskolc successfully retained its title as Europe’s most beautiful Advent tram. The competition started in the middle of December 2019. Another victory The competition is organised each year by the Czech MHD86 online portal. Twenty-three cars entered the competition this year. The voting period …

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Hungary Sees Record Number of Heart Transplants in 2019

Hungary’s two heart transplantcentres performed a record 72 transplants last year, the National Blood Supply Service (OVSZ) said on Friday. Of the operations, 64 were carried out at the Budapest Semmelweis University’s Heart and Vascular Centre and eight at the Gottsegen György National Cardiology Institute. Overall, 440 organ transplants were performed in Hungary …

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DK: Independent Theatres ‘Fighting for Survival’

Deputy Mayor of Budapest Erzsébet Gy Németh, who is a board member of the national opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), said on Friday that independent theatres were fighting for their survival, as the government was intentionally keeping them in a state of uncertainty. Contradicting government resolutions have been published causing uncertainty as to …

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President Áder: ‘It Is Not Nature That Must Be Overcome, but Our Own Nature’

Healthy human life depends on the health and completeness of nature, President of the Republic János Áder said in his New Year’s greeting broadcast on public television. “Preservation of the natural world is the responsibility of us all,” Áder said, calling for a national consensus on the matter. He said that humanity …

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Orbán: Polluters Should Pay for Climate Protection

The price of climate protection must be paid by those destroying the climate, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interviewpublished by pro-Fidesz daily Magyar Nemzet on Tuesday. The largest, richest states and the largest international companies are primarily responsible for the climate crisis, Orbán said in his interview. “They must …

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The Gingerbread Villages of Hungary

As Christmas nears, a number of villages have prepared their gingerbread “maquettes.” Perhaps the most “traditional” gingerbread village is Baranya County’s Geresdlak that has once again made its cookie version this year. There are 350 properties in the village, and everyone is responsible to prepare his/her own home which they put together on the …

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