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A major NATO ally tried to topple Orban's government, central bank chief says

A major NATO ally of Hungary's tried to topple the Hungarian government and the central bank in 2015 and the collapse of brokerage Quaestor the same year was part of that plot, National Bank of Hungary Governor Gyorgy Matolcsy said on Wednesday.
He did not name the country, and the central bank declined to comment when asked to respond by Reuters.Socialist lawmaker Attila Mesterhazy said that Matolcsy might have referred to the United States in that case.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:35

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Budapest to withdraw bid for 2024 Olympics

Hungary's government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:31

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"I wish him much luck” - Gyurcsány's reaction to Botka's harsh statements

Botka's statements raised serious opposition within the Democratic Coalition. Many encouraged Gyurcsány to respond aggressively to his former party mate.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:25

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DK could run without the Socialists

The vice-head of the Democratic Coalition (DK) said to the right-wing political daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet that his party was ready to run in the general elections 2018 independently.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:18

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Momentum: In 2018 we will have independent candidates in all electoral districts

The leaders of the Momentum movement, who are about to become a party within short time, think to know where the parties before them had failed: they couldn't get out of Budapest.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:22

Read more: Momentum: In 2018 we will have independent candidates in all electoral districts

Botka has closed the door on co-operation with Gyurcsány

Members of MSZP (Hungarian Socialist Party) are happy with the assertive message of László Botka, who said Gyurcsány is a liar and called on him to withdraw from political life. However, there is also apprehension among some members who believe that it would be very difficult to win in individual constituencies and form a new government without the Democratic Coalition (DK). After the events of this past Saturday, it is most likely that MSZP and Gyurcsány's party will campaign separately in 2018.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:26

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Socialist PM candidate Botka wants former PM Gyurcsány to step down from politics

László Botka, the Socialist Party's prime minister candidate for the 2018 elections, said that his most important goal was to create equality, improve justice and promote Hungary's rise. Hungarians want a change and want leaders who do not praise the pre-WW2 Horthy era and do not try to stealthily restore the Kádár era either. They reject the self-destructive politics of the pre-2010 governments but also reject the arrogance and especially the conspicuous consumption of the power elite since 2010, he said.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 07:53

Read more: Socialist PM candidate Botka wants former PM Gyurcsány to step down from politics

Ildikó Enyedi’s film ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear Prize

Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film On Body and Soul fetched the Golden Bear prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. In an interview with the German Deutcshlandradio following her film's win, the director expressed her distaste with the current state of Hungarian politics, as well as with the current government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. MEP Tamás Deutsch, one of the founding members of Mr. Orbán's ruling Fidesz party, responded to Enyedi's statement on Facebook, commenting:

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:22

Read more: Ildikó Enyedi’s film ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear Prize

Hungary to be represented by Roma singer in Eurovision 2017

A Hungarian jury has chosen the winner of the Hungarian selection to the Eurovision Song Contest, who will represent Hungary in Kyiv. Joci Pápai has won the national selection of A Dal 2017, with his song titled Origo.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:11

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Hungary's Momentum Movement submits 266,000 signatures to election authorities toward a referendum, well in excess of the 138,000 required

More than 266,000 signatures were collected toward a referendum, well in excess of the 138,000 required. The left-wing Democratic Coalition congratulated the civil movement and the people of Budapest for the surprisingly high number of signatures.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:20

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Could Putin have any compromising video about Hungary PM Orban's alleged underworld connections?

Politics Can Be Different (LMP) co-chairs Bernadett Szél and Ákos Hadházy have formally submitted a letter to Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér inquiring about his possible underworld connections and that of prominent Fidesz politicians.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:32

Read more: Could Putin have any compromising video about Hungary PM Orban's alleged underworld connections?

Two-tailed Dog party to sign a jolly joker to boost its anti Olympic Games campaign

Ferenc Falus, the left-wing candidate for the mayoral seat of Budapest in 2014 has decided to support the anti-Olympic games movement.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 14:07

Read more: Two-tailed Dog party to sign a jolly joker to boost its anti Olympic Games campaign

“Two Lacis demolished the left-wing” (Laci is short for the Hungarian first name László)

It can be heard more and more frequently from sources inside the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) that László Botka seems not to have considered his candidacy for prime minister sufficiently seriously. Consequently, he has created a situation in which he is the only person for whom a presumable failure would not hold any risks. What is sure is that the unfolding of the "Lengyel saloon" (László Lengyel is an economist, political analyst and the CEO of Financial Research Ltd. and the organizer of negotiations between Botka, the MSZP, Együtt and Párbeszéd parties, without the involvement of the Democratic Coalition) has diverted the opposition cooperation towards chaos rather than an agreement – at least according to Socialist sources.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:51

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Ruling Fidesz mayor living in hunting lodge built with EU funds ducks media enquires

As FreeHungary reported earlier, József Mondok, the Fidesz-backed mayor of the town of Izsák, lives in a hunting lodge built from HUF 35 million entirely covered by EU funding. The media was keen to hear an explanation at the annual general meeting of the coach-driving committee – chaired by Mondok – of the Hungarian Horse-riding Association, but the mayor literally ran away from the uneasy questions, reports hvg.hu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:33

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Company connected to Lőrinc Mészáros paid off billions in Orbán family debt

A public information request has revealed that a company connected to Lőrinc Mészáros, a close personal friend and alleged strawman of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, secretly paid off a debt of some HUF 3.2 billion (EUR 10 million) owed by relatives of the prime minister.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:29

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