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Orbán asked about OLAF investigation into son-in-law’s former company

At a press conference jointly held in Vienna on Tuesday with Vice-Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache (of the FPÖ party), Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was asked about the OLAF (the European Commission's Anti-Fraud Agency) report concerning EU-funded public procurement tenders awarded to his son-in-law István Tiborcz's former company. Orbán did not deny reports of the scandal involving his son-in-law.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:11

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Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz support drops by 7 percent according to Medián poll

According to a Medián poll released Wednesday, Fidesz has seen its support drop by 7 percent among decided voters. As the campaign ahead of national elections on 8th April heats up, the poll shows that more Hungarians are planning on exercising their vote–going from 52% in early 2017 to 56% at the end of January 2018. Historically, higher turn-out tends to favour the left-centre or liberal opposition, so it is in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's interest to keep turn-out low in the general population. The Democratic Coalition stands at 9%.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:27

Read more: Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz support drops by 7 percent according to Medián poll

Gyurcsány: DK is the most distant party from Orbán’s world

It would be embarrassing to be loved among certain Fidesz voters, Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány said. The head of Democratic Coalition (DK) reacted to a survey conducted by the Nézőpont Institute which showed that Mr. Gyurcsány and the head of Jobbik Mr. Vona were the two most unpopular politicians in Hungary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:47

Read more: Gyurcsány: DK is the most distant party from Orbán’s world

The Democratic Coalition negotiated with trade unions about the representation of workers

The Democratic Coalition (DK) supports the proposals of the White Book for workers, which is a document adopted by the Hungarian Association of Trade Unions (MASZSZ), and the party said that it will try to carry out most of them, if the DK wins the election – MTI reported.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:42

Read more: The Democratic Coalition negotiated with trade unions about the representation of workers

Company owned by PM Orbán’s father awarded €970 thousand state contract

A company owned by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's father was awarded a HUF 300 million (€ 970 thousand) worth state contract despite Orbán's claim that his family stays away from state tenders, investigative journalism group Direkt36 reports.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 January 2018 09:51

Read more: Company owned by PM Orbán’s father awarded €970 thousand state contract

Orban bought up the opposition Socialists, Soros says

US financier George Soros heavily criticised Hungary's government, when speaking to journalists at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Soros made a remark which particularly caught the interest of the Hungarian press. He said Orban "bought up" the Socialist Party (MSZP) and that he has spies in every new, small party which could attract the voters. MSZP took to the airwaves to defend itself.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 January 2018 12:56

Read more: Orban bought up the opposition Socialists, Soros says

DK Pushing for Prosecution of Fraudulent Voter Registration

The head of the Democratic Coalition (DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány recently pointed out that in different settlements near the Hungarian-Ukrainian border Ukrainian citizens were registered in large numbers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:51

Read more: DK Pushing for Prosecution of Fraudulent Voter Registration

The Democratic Coalition have introduced their candidates

The Democratic Coalition have introduced their candidates who are also supported by the socialists and Párbeszéd. Many of them are doctors, some of them are union workers and there are ten women amongst them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:22

Read more: The Democratic Coalition have introduced their candidates

Ukrainian pensioners in Hungary, another hard-hitting video from former PM Gyurcsany

Former prime minister and Democratic Coalition chairman Ferenc Gyurcsány published a video last week that has since had over 1.5 million views on Facebook. In it, Gyurcsány drives to Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county in northeastern Hungary to investigate the strange phenomenon of Ukrainian nationals who receive a pension in Hungary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:55

Read more: Ukrainian pensioners in Hungary, another hard-hitting video from former PM Gyurcsany

Hungary has weakest democracy in the EU, Freedom House reports

Independent watchdog organization Freedom House has released its annual report Freedom in the World. According to the findings, Hungary is seeing "increasing intimidation of civil society groups and the opposition, which has left citizens more reluctant to speak out on political topics."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:03

Read more: Hungary has weakest democracy in the EU, Freedom House reports

Ruling Fidesz-connected agencies have reserved all available billboards in run-up to election

Zoom.hu reports that Fidesz has ordered all the billboard spaces available for political campaigns through December (with the exception of those owned by Lajos Simicska's billboard company). If true, then Hungary's political opposition will have limited exposure when it comes to billboard advertising in the run-up to the general election on April 8.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:09

Read more: Ruling Fidesz-connected agencies have reserved all available billboards in run-up to election

The state of Hungary's Left ahead of the April elections

On Monday we learned that Gábor Fodor's Hungarian Liberal Party will support the Hungarian Socialist Party and Párbeszéd in elections to be held 8 April 2018. As things currently stand, MSZP and the largest left-centre party, the Democratic Coalition, will run on separate party lists, but will field a single candidate in each of the 106 single-member constituencies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:11

Read more: The state of Hungary's Left ahead of the April elections

OLAF finds irregularities in procurements won by PM Orbán’s son-in-law

The European Anti-Fraud Office has revealed serious irregularities in public procurements won by Elios Innovatív Zrt., owned at the time by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's son-in-law István Tiborcz, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:09

Read more: OLAF finds irregularities in procurements won by PM Orbán’s son-in-law

Gyurcsány says DK stands for stability

We have already been in power and that's why we understand the importance of stability better than anyone else, head of Democratic Coalition (DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány wrote on Facebook.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:25

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