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4th big anti-Gov't demonstration in a row: Students march to parliament in protest at university law

Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated Wednesday in the Hungarian capital to oppose government policies that are seen as limiting academic freedom and intimidating civic groups. After the rally officially ended at Heroes Square, a Budapest landmark, some protesters faced off with police officers blocking access to the nearby headquarters of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party. There were small scuffles when some pushed up against police lines.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 April 2017 08:04

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The daughter of President Áder attends a university like CEU for a horrible tuition

As it seems Fidesz is full of hypocrites. According to the daily newspaper Bors the daughter of President János Áder attends a university like the Central European Universoty (CEU) for a horrible annual tuition of GBP 9250 (HUF 3,5 million) in London.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:37

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Gyurcsány does not exclude to become prime minister again

The Chairman of the Democratic Coalition gave a long interview to the Magyar Nemzet, in which he explained that he never felt that his political career ended. The reason why the interview could have been published in the newspaper of Lajos Simicska is that the Chairman of the DK asked this as part of an amicable settlement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:25

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Gyurcsany reacts to the Socialists' proposal

Former Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány reacted to a proposal made by the Socialists aiming to take him off from an eventual common opposition election list and to give him the opportunity to run as an individual candidate in a left-wing stronghold, the XIII. district in Budapest.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:24

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An offer from the Socialists to Gyurcsány

Ferenc Gyurcsány might receive an individual constituency representing a parliamentary membership in exchange for a commitment that he would not be a candidate on the joint MSZP-DK list – at least this scenario was also brought up in the top management of the socialists, as the daily paper Magyar Nemzet writes.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:23

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EC finds serious irregularities in Hungarian university’s use of EU funds

The European Commission has asked the Office of the Prime Minister to provide an explanation for financial irregularities connected to an EU-funded project run jointly by the government and the National University of Public Service, reports 24.hu.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:22

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Internal document shows that EU criticized public venture capital projects ran by influential Hungarian businessmen, Direkt36 states

Direkt36, an investigative journalism outfit reports that after Forbes Hungary published an article about the irregularities of an EU financing programme last autumn, State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office in charge of EU funds Nándor Csepreghy denied any wrongdoings in a TV interview. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:20

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Viktor Orban's close friend, controversial pro-Gov't publicist issues threat to protesters

Controversial Fidesz publicist Zsolt Bayer published a post on his blog on Tuesday in which he criticized expressions of concern coming from the American government over Hungary's recent passage of a repressive higher education law.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 06:06

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Momentum seeks to keep PM Orban and opposition DK chairman Gyurcsany from running in 2018

According to Hungarian news site 444.hu, the Momentum youth political movement are planning on submitting two referendum questions to Hungary's National Elections Office: one on the controversial "Lex CEU" legislation signed into law by President János Áder, and one on establishing term limits for the office of Prime Minister.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:21

Read more: Momentum seeks to keep PM Orban and opposition DK chairman Gyurcsany from running in 2018

US urges Hungary to suspend law threatening CEU

U.S. kicks CEU ball back to Hungary's court.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:04

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EU commissioner tells Hungarians to resist Orban

Eurobserver reports that he Hungarian government's efforts to shut down a university in Budapest drew a sharp rebuke from the EU's commissioner for justice. European justice commissioner Vera Jourova on Monday (10 April) called on civil society to stand up to prime minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government and his broader efforts to create an illiberal democracy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:41

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Financial Times: Viktor Orban is Europe’s enemy within

Jan-Werner Müller, a professor of politics at Princeton University writes in the Financial Times that Hungary receives subsidies from Brussels, yet disregards the rules of the EU club.

There is more speculation than ever about a possible "end of the EU". It might come with a bang — think of the sudden implosion that many feared at the height of the crisis in the eurozone — or with a whimper, as countries follow Britain in leaving voluntarily - Müller writes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:01

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Hungary’s President János Áder signs Lex CEU sparking protests

Hungary's President János Áder has signed legislation amending the Higher Education Acton on Monday, just before his deadline. The new law is effectively targeting Central European University (CEU), founded in 1991 by George Soros, who is basically public enemy number one for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for his liberal approach, especially regarding Europe's migration crisis and his funding of non-governmental organisations, which are the latest targets of the right-wing government. CEU said it will "immediately seek all available legal remedies." Ader said the new law is not unconstitutional. Late on Monday hundreds of protesters walked to the state radio office, in a spontaneous rally, and put up a European Union flag on the building, according to a video posted on local website Index. Protesters faced a line of police and Index said police used paprika spray on them. The protest ended about 0020 GMT on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:42

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Hungary's ruling Fidesz delegates to National Security Committee walk out of Monday session

Opposition MP Bernadett Szél (LMP) was involved in an unusual event in Parliament Monday, resulting in an unprecedented no-quorum of the National Security Committee, Magyar Nemzet reports.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 08:45

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University directors call on Hungary's Orbán cabinet to withdraw 'lex CEU'

Directors of London School of Economics, Hardvard University and University College London called on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government in a joint letter to reconsider and withdraw new legislation that would essentially mean the end of the operation of Central European University (CEU) in Hungary. Orbán's cabinet is the first European government that seeks to close a successful university for political reasons, they said.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 13:37

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