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Socialist PM candidate Botka received an autumn deadline from his party – they expect him to negotiate with Ferenc Gyurcsány

If László Botka does not achieve the expected results until autumn, he should leave – wrote the left wing Vasárnapi Hírek. At the same time, Ferenc Gyurcsány and his party have started preparations for the election.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:18

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Support erodes for László Botka in his party

Within MSZP (Hungarian Socialist Party), dissatisfaction is markedly increasing, and it is also more and more noticeable that László Botka, who was elected to be the PM candidate about a month ago with a significant majority, has practically run out of support by now. Socialist sources of Magyar Nemzet (a conservative daily newspaper) asserted that the strategy followed by the mayor of Szeged (Botka holds this position as well) of conflict with all the other parties on the left has become untenable. His decisions regarding personnel also led to outrage. And all that in a situation where, less than one year before the elections, the MSZP's approval rating has not started to climb at all.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:02

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DK has established a campaign coordination team

At the meeting of the party leadership of Democratic Coalition (DK) the decision was made to establish an election campaign coordination team. The vice-chairman of DK, Mr. Csaba Molnár, is going to lead the 2018 election campaign.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 17:26

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Gyurcsany's DK vows to fight corruption if voted into power

The left-wing opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) party will initiate a package of anti-corruption laws and promote the independence of the judiciary in the event of winning the 2018 general election, DK's deputy leader László Varju told a press conference.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:35

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Ruling Fidesz pushes through Parliament political billboard bill with simple majority

Hungary's Parliament passed an amendment tightening regulations on political billboard Advertising. It replaces a law on banning political billboard ads outside campaign periods that President János Áder returned to lawmakers for reconsideration. The "amendment on the protection of cityscapes", which only needed a simple majority to pass, was approved with 123 votes for and 68 against.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:33

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Conservative weekly: Opposition Socialists collaborate with ruling Fidesz

Hungarian weekly Heti Válasz published a story purporting to prove that Fidesz is keeping Hungary's largest left-wing party alive in the interest of preventing other democratic opposition parties from expanding their voter base.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:08

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Gyurcsány is recovering for voting

Gyurcsány is convalescing at home, but based on the information from his friends, he is speedily getting better. The former prime minister got from a double pneumonia.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:56

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LMP wishes Ferenc Gyurcsány and another MP to get well

In the name of LMP (Politics Can Be Different party), we would like to wish Lajos Oláh and Ferenc Gyurcsány (Democratic Coalition – DK) to get better, but it is sad that Ágnes Vadai critizes us, which means they are doing a favour to Viktor Orbán and Fidesz by this – this is what Péter Ungár (LMP) said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:54

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Ferenc Gyurcsány is seriously ill

According to a television programme , the head of Democratic Coalition party (common Hungarian abbreviation DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány is seriously ill.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:48

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Socialists: no cooperation with Fidesz on billboard law or anything else

The Socialist Party is going to steer clear of any cooperation with ruling Fidesz as they aim to topple Fidesz in the 2018 general election, the party's press chief told a press briefing (after a few days of hesitations and incertainties - editor).

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:17

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Katinka Hosszu's open letter, swimming's Iron Lady harshly critizes FINA

Hungarian swimming star and Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu posted to her social media accounts Wednesday morning a long letter to the sport of swimming. The letter comes after recent FINA changes to the World Cup meets, addressing the new rules and how they have negative consequences for professional swimmers who are trying to make a living as athletes. It's also a call to action, as she wants professional swimmers around the globe to step up to what she calls unfair treatment from FINA, and transform the sport into something that's beneficial to all parties involved.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:51

Read more: Katinka Hosszu's open letter, swimming's Iron Lady harshly critizes FINA

Parliament to hold extra session on political billboards law

Parliament will hold a special session this coming Friday to hold a new vote on a recent law that sought to restrict political advertisements which the president sent back to the legislative body for reconsideration, the group leader of Fidesz said. János Áder returned the law to parliament last Thursday, saying that it did not establish a legal norm while it contained passages which were either controversial or could not be interpreted or implemented. He called on parliament to reconsider it in its entirety.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:54

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Fidesz mayor to return misappropriated EU funds

The Fidesz mayor of Izsák, József Mondok has to pay back EU funds worth HUF 35 million (USD 126,805) that he received to build two hunting lodges after it turned out that he uses one of the guesthouses as his own home and the other one did not have a single guest since its completion, reports Hungarian news site index.hu based on a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:48

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Amid huge helath care cost cutting DK calls on House Speaker Kövér to stop lying about health care

The Democratic Coalition party has called on the parliamentary speaker "to stop lying" about a high standard of Hungarian health care. Party lawmaker Lajos Oláh responded to László Kövér speaking about the "world class potential" of Hungary's health care at a gala dinner opening a conference of health ministers from central and eastern Europe and China in Budapest on Sunday evening.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:42

Read more: Amid huge helath care cost cutting DK calls on House Speaker Kövér to stop lying about health care

Will the Socialists break the broad anti-Fidesz coalition on the bill banning political billboards?

The opposition Socialist Party will submit a bill to parliament aimed at ensuring a level playing field among parties during election campaign periods, party leader Gyula Molnar told a press conference. The bill, a re-submission of an older proposal also submitted by the Socialists, would scrap public funding for election campaigns, Bertalan Toth, the party's group leader, told the same press conference. As Freehungary reported last week, the government bill seeking to prevent all political advertisements on billboards outside of the official campaign period failed to receive the two-thirds majority needed to pass. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:48

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