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Hungarian PM Orbán says that it's Clinton's mouth but Soros' voice

Both the Hungarians and the Poles have the right to expect more respect from the former and current leaders of the United States, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public radio MR1 on Friday morning. This was a response to former U.S. President Bill Clinton's recent remark that these two countries decided that democracy is "too much trouble" and now they want Putin-like leadership.

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 10:47

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Orbán's minister says US wants to fill Europe with Muslim migrants, reactions

President Barack Obama and the United States favor illegal migration in Europe because they want to fill it up with Muslims, János Lázár the minister leading the Prime Minister's Office said Thursday. Viktor Orbán's minister also described Hungarian-born American financier George Soros as a standard-bearer for Obama's immigration policies for Europe and said "certain American groups" want Europe to be "diluted ... so Europe and America can cooperate without restraint."

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 04:55

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Ferenc Gyurcsány visits first China and then Brussels

Ferenc Gyurcsány party chairman, Csaba Molnár EP member and Lajos Oláh, member of the Hungarian Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs are going to visit the Chinese town of Wuhan, to attend the economic cooperation conference named "One zone, one road".

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 04:38

Read more: Ferenc Gyurcsány visits first China and then Brussels

Would you like to win a lot of money?- Don't bet on Viktor Orbán

It is common knowledge that one can bet on basically everything, sporting events, politics and who knows on what else. For example, the odds of Hulk Hogan being the next president of the US stands at 401 to 1,, that of the abolition of the Euro as the common currency stands at 5.5 to 1.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 04:35

Read more: Would you like to win a lot of money?- Don't bet on Viktor Orbán

Debate on Orbán's wealth rolls on

Hungarian newsportal napi.hu published its list of the wealthiest Hungarians with Mr. Sándor Csányi, owner of agricultural business Bonafarm and head of OTP Bank, again topping the list. Mr. Csányi's assets now reach 200 billion.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 04:29

Read more: Debate on Orbán's wealth rolls on

Hungary Gov't rejects EU recommendation for fiscal adjustment

Hungary does not need fiscal adjustment because the situation of the budget is stable, János Lázár, the minister leading the Prime Minister's Office, told journalists on Thursday. He also announced that the cabinet is currently looking at possible ways to limit the manoeuvring room of multinational companies.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 04:22

Read more: Hungary Gov't rejects EU recommendation for fiscal adjustment

Commission about Hungary: Corruption & shadow economy

The European Commission has published an overview table of the32 areas tacked in the country specific recommendations. The section on Hungary shows that there are 11 areas where the government should make some kind of progress or adjustment, such as labour market activity, promoting competition and transparency in public procurement, poverty reduction and social inclusion, combating the shadow economy and corruption. The latter issue was set as a task for seven EU member states, so Hungary belongs to a relatively small group.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:22

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Secret trips abroad of the Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office to remain secret forever

"It is now almost certain that we will never find out who János Lázár met with during his secret trips to Milan and Zurich. The Curia has upheld a [lower court's] ruling which held that details of Lázár's meetings are not in the public interest, despite Lázár himself stating that he was representing the country," writes investigative news site Direkt36 on their Facebook page.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:09

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Bill Clinton angers Hungary's and Poland's government officials, reactions

Addressing a crowd gathered at an event for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in Paterson, New Jersey on Friday, former US President Clinton alleged that the two ex-Eastern bloc countries would not have taken a democratic path themselves, claiming that if it had not been "for the United States and the victory in the Cold War," the two would not have become "free." Clinton went as far as to suggest that "Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not be free, but for the United States and the long Cold War, have not decided this democracy is too much trouble. They want Putin-like leadership. Just give me an authoritarian dictatorship and keep the foreigners out. Sound familiar?" - Clinton said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:06

Read more: Bill Clinton angers Hungary's and Poland's government officials, reactions

Orbán's Hungary reports worst first-quarter growth data in Europe

According to the latest available information, Hungary is now officially at the bottom of Europe's growth ranking, statistics published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, showed on Friday. Hungary's 0.8% quarter-on-quarter GDP contraction in January-March was the sharpest drop in the entire bloc and the only country that fared worse than Hungary in terms of yr/yr growth was recession-ridden Greece.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:06

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Opposition Együtt party: PM Orbán is Hungary’s richest man with HUF 205 billion handled by strawmen

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is Hungary's richest man with 205 billion forints (EUR 650 million) managed by his front men, the Együtt party said. Citing the party's own calculations based on a list of the wealthiest 100 Hungarians published recently, co-leader Viktor Szigetvári said just because Orbán has asked family members and fellow politicians to handle his assets, that money is still his.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:43

Read more: Opposition Együtt party: PM Orbán is Hungary’s richest man with HUF 205 billion handled by strawmen

Orbán's Foreign Minister to CNN: Hungary has shown solidarity with Europe throughout refugee crisis

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó gave an interview to CNN Wednesday night and said Hungary has been showing plenty of solidarity throughout the refugee crisis.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 18:55

Read more: Orbán's Foreign Minister to CNN: Hungary has shown solidarity with Europe throughout refugee crisis

Opposition Együtt chairman destroys ruling party's “speaking machine” in political TV show

Friday night Viktor Szigetvári, chairman of the centrist opposition Együtt, and Szilárd Németh, vice chairman of Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidssz, got together for a "friendly" chat on ATV.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 06:47

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Hungary's PM Orbán and Fidesz standing on the fringe of EPP

Citing a source in the European People's Party (EPP), Hungarian weekly Figyelő has published a story alleging that Viktor Orbán really upset his European political family last May in Strasbourg. According to the story, Orbán's statements on the death penalty and his hate-mongering campaign in the guise of a national consultation on migration and terrorism really upset a lot of fellow EPP representatives.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2016 06:41

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DK proposes database of sex offenders after swimming head coach scandal

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party has proposed that the government should create a public database of people with a criminal record for sexual offences. Such a database would enable parents to check if people working with their children had committed any sex-related crimes, DK deputy Lajos Oláh said.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2016 06:34

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