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Szijjártó: EU Enlargement ‘in Good Hands’ with Hungarian 

European Union enlargement “is in good hands”, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said during a World Economic Forum event in Geneva on Friday, insisting that the enlargement and neighborhood portfolio would be “the Hungarian commissioner’s responsibility”. Szijjártó told a forum on the Western Balkans attended by leaders and …

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Orbán: Pro-migration Forces Interested in Removing Erdogan

Turkey is instrumental in stopping the “wave of millions of migrants” on their way towards Hungary and Europe, although the Hungarian opposition cannot or will not understand that, Prime minister Viktor Orbán told public Kossuth Radio on Friday. Any attempt to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s from office would be in …

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Govt Meets New Budapest Mayor: Partnership to Develop Budapest Common Cause

The government sees the new Budapest leadership as “partners”, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting. Gergely Karácsony, the new mayor of Budapest who also attended the meeting at Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s invitation, told a joint press conference that it would be “much easier” to …

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Fate of Budapest’s ‘Super-Hospital’ in Doubt

By 2023, three “super-hospitals” are to be developed by the government in Budapest. One of them, referred to as the last hundred year’s biggest healthcare investment project – a huge, state-of-the-art complex dubbed South-Buda Central Hospital (DBC) is planned to be built. Budapest’s new opposition leadership, however, insists that this …

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New Mayor Karácsony Outlines ‘Fundamental Values’ for Budapest Leadership

Gergely Karácsony, Budapest’s new mayor, has set out the principleswhich he said would guide the city’s leadership in the next five-year municipal cycle. Speaking at the new municipal assembly’s first meeting after his oath-taking, Karácsony said there should not be any “second-class” citizens in the city. He said municipal leaders must …

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Hungarian Flag at Half-mast to Mark Crushing of 1956 Uprising

The Hungarian flag was hoisted in front of Parliament and lowered to half-mast on Monday morning, to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of Soviet forces crushing the 1956 uprising. Defence Minister Tibor Benkő attended the ceremony. Throughout the day, the public can light candles at the House of Terror museum and visit plot 301 …

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Von der Leyen okays Hungaryʼs candidate for commissioner

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has approved Thierry Breton and Olivér Várhelyi as the nominees for her administration from France and Hungary, respectively, after previous candidates were vetoed by European lawmakers, euronews.com reported Tuesday. EC President-elect Ursula von der Leyen (photo: Olaf Kosinsky / Wikipedia) The French businessman …

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Putin in Budapest: Russia to further Deepen Ties with Hungary

Russia considers Hungary an important partner in supplying gas to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on Wednesday. The mechanism allowing Hungary and Russia to cooperate at the highest level has been in place for several years now and has …

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Orbán after Putin Meeting: Russia, West Cooperation in Hungary’s Interest

Hungary’s interest lies in the improvement of cooperation between the West and Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Budapest on Wednesday. Hungary also benefits if relations between western and eastern Europe, NATO, and Russia are good, the prime minister said. Orbán …

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Russian-Hungarian Summit: Gazprom, Rosatom leaders held talks in Budapest

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met leaders of Russia’s national gas company Gazprom and Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom for talks in Budapest on Wednesday. After talks with Gazprom’s chief executive Alexei Miller, Szijjarto said that Hungary’s gas supplies had “never been this secure” and added that “for the first time …

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Hungarian Ultra-Triathlete Ferenc Szőnyi First Ever to Complete 20x Ironman Twice

Hungarian ultra-triathlete Ferenc Szőnyi, also known as the ‘Racemachine’ by fellow sportsmen, has completed the Double Deca Ironman race this weekend in Mexico for the second time, which made him the first person in the world to complete the distance twice. Following his first place win in 2010, this time …

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municipal elections 2019 migration labour market tourism event Sport Full house: 68,000 tickets to Puskás Arena inaugural match sell out in days!

Tickets for the inaugural match at Budapest’s Puskas Ferenc Arena, a state-funded, UEFA category 4 stadium that can seat close to 68,000, sold out on Monday, hours after they went on sale to the general public, the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) said on Monday. Tickets for the friendly match between …

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Orbán on 1956: Hungarians Wanted Free, Independent Country in Europe of Nations

Hungarians in 1956 wanted a “free and independent” country for themselves in the “Europe of nations”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a state commemoration of Hungary’s anti-Soviet uprising of 1956 at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music on Wednesday. On October 23, 1956, Hungarians demanded to be given back their right to …

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From Dictatorship to Freedom: Visit to the House of Terror – Hungary at First ‘Site’ Conference

One day prior to the Hungarian national holiday commemorating the 1956 revolution and freedom fighters, the journalists were offered the chance to visit the House of Terror Museum in order to get a full picture of 20th century Hungary, the world wars, the fascist and communist totalitarian regimes, and the struggles of …

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Orbán: Govt Ready to Work with Cooperative Local Councils

The government is ready to “cooperate with all mayors and local councils that are themselves ready to cooperate,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in parliament’s opening autumn session on Monday. Referring to the recent local elections, Orbán said that “everybody, regardless of party affiliation, must work for Hungary and the Hungarian …

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New Budapest Leadership Seeks Partnership with Gov’t, says Karácsony

Budapest’s new leadership is ready to develop a partnership with the Orbán government, mayor-elect Gergely Karácsony said on Wednesday. Karácsony told an international press conference that he would ask for a personal meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán after he enters office on Friday. Karácsony also said that he would invite all …

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Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection fines Coca-Cola for pro-LGBTQ campaign

According to the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection, Coca-Cola damaged the moral development of children by putting up posters of two men hugging, and two women drinking from the same bottle of coke. Apparently, time goes backwards in Hungary. Daily News Hungary also reported on the outrage that was caused …

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Hungary’s 10 Major Problem Areas, Listed by National Bank Governor Matolcsy

György Matolcsy wrote a ten-point list of major areas in need of improvement and development in Hungary. In his article published on Novekedes.hu, the Governor of the National Bank of Hungary touches on many issues from the (still non-existent) Ferihegy high-speed railway, to solving the problems of women wanting babies, to the sugar …

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The Left-liberal Opposition Takes Over Budapest

Apart from certain important cities, the country remained orange in general, while in Budapest, the joint opposition scored a much-awaited and in certain districts, a very surprising victory. Analysts agree this might bring a new era in domestic politics. No pollster predicted Gergely Karácsony’s victory. What is more, his triumph was rather …

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