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Egypt is Hungary’s neighbor in a political sense, Hungarian PM Orban says

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called Egypt Hungary's neighbor in "a political sense" and praised the country's stability and counter-terrorism efforts at a joint press conference in Budapest with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Monday, reports Hungarian news site index.hu based on the Hungarian state news agency (MTI).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:35

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Orban: “Hungary is on Turkey’s side”

"Hungary will stick by its friends and is on Turkey's side", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Ankara at the opening of a Hungarian-Turkish business forum. Hungary's backing of Turkey is not a one-off event but the consequence of a strategy, Orbán said. "Being a conservative country, it is human values that matter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:33

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Fidesz cheated with 2010 billboard campaign, Socialists say

According to the opposition Socialists, the Fidesz party paid well below the market rate for outdoor advertising during the 2010 general election campaign.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:30

Read more: Fidesz cheated with 2010 billboard campaign, Socialists say

Democratic Coalition slams Orbán for petty revenge on adversaries from taxpayers’ money

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party has called on the prime minister not to use public funds to finance his petty revenge campaign against his former allies, US billionaire George Soros and businessman Lajos Simicska.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:28

Read more: Democratic Coalition slams Orbán for petty revenge on adversaries from taxpayers’ money

Jewish organization says anti-Soros propaganda campaign invokes “bad memories” for Hungarian Jews

A new wave of government propaganda in the form of posters, television and radio spots was rolled out in Hungary at the end of last week, and has already attracted widespread condemnation from civil society groups and opposition parties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:22

Read more: Jewish organization says anti-Soros propaganda campaign invokes “bad memories” for Hungarian Jews

LMP to launch anti-government billboard campaign

Green LMP will launch a billboard campaign telling the public that the Fidesz-KDNP government is steering Hungary towards a moral and economic collapse,the party said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:20

Read more: LMP to launch anti-government billboard campaign

Propaganda minister and wife spent a night in luxury hotel in Rome

Propaganda minister Antal Rogán was spotted on the terrace of the five-star Hotel de Russie with his wife and two other people in Rome on Saturday, reports Hungarian news site index.hu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:17

Read more: Propaganda minister and wife spent a night in luxury hotel in Rome

Minister warns against “fake news” about healthcare system

Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog warned against believing "fake news" about the state of the Hungarian public healthcare system in his Semmelweis Day speech on Monday, reports Hungarian news channel HírTV.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:15

Read more: Minister warns against “fake news” about healthcare system

District mayor faces disciplinary procedures for not signing contracts he suspected of corruption

Mayor of the 15th district of Budapest László Hajdu could face disciplinary procedures that might temporarily suspend his power after he blocked council investments he highly suspected of being corrupt, reports Hungarian news site hvg.hu. The emerging story is a picturesque example of the mechanics behind misappropriated public funds in Hungary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:13

Read more: District mayor faces disciplinary procedures for not signing contracts he suspected of corruption

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

Read more: Socialist PM candidate Botka received an autumn deadline from his party – they expect him to...

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

Read more: Support erodes for László Botka in his party

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

Read more: DK has established a campaign coordination team

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

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

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

Read more: Ruling Fidesz pushes through Parliament political billboard bill with simple majority

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

Read more: Conservative weekly: Opposition Socialists collaborate with ruling Fidesz

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