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Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:16
The European Commission is "very concerned" about the sudden suspension of 60-year old opposition paper Népszabadság in Hungary, the EC's chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas told journalists in Brussels on Monday. He also noted that the EU executive is following "very closely" the unfolding story.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:16Read more: EU and OSCE "very concerned" about abrupt closure of Hungarian daily Nepszabadsag
Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:58
The Democratic Coalition (DK) party has announced it would stay away from Parliament in future, but deputies would not return their mandate. DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány said that his party had no other choice in light of recent developments. Among the latter, Gyurcsány mentioned lies concerning the outcome of the recent invalid referendum and the politically motivated closure of liberal daily Népszabadság. He also mentioned press reports revealing the prime minister's role in earlier harassment of civil groups. DK's deputies, however, will attend votes requiring a two-thirds majority, so as not to support the government with their absence, Gyurcsány said. DK's leader said that they were aware that their boycott would entail losing their remuneration, but added that deputies would participate in a technical vote once a year so that they can keep their mandate. DK's representatives would continue fulfilling all their obligations outside Parliament, such as keeping contact with voters, he said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:45Read more: Democratic Coalition to boycott parliament
Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:48
Saturday's sudden and unexpected suspension of one of Hungary's oldest and most important opposition newspapers, Népszabadság, has polarized most of the Hungarian political spectrum into solidarity with the paper. Ruling-party Fidesz stands alone in its decision not to condemn the cessation of the print daily and its website, a move most parties regard as an Orbán-directed putsch to dismantle what little remains of press freedom in Hungary.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:49Read more: Hungary's opposition condemns closure of Népszabadság
Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:38
News of the unexpected suspension of 60-year-old left-wing newspaper Népszabadság and its online edition, nol.hu, made headlines around the world on the following days.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:40Read more: Népszabadság “suspension” makes huge echo both in Europe and Hungary
Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:30
A demonstration organised by the Facebook group for Freedom of Press was later held by people to express solidarity with Népszabadság on the square in front of Parliament late on Saturday.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:30Read more: Demonstration against shutdown of biggest Hungarian daily Népszabadság at Parliament
Published on Saturday, 08 October 2016 12:17
Népszabadság, Hungary's biggest daily was suddenly shut down on Saturday. It seems that is a Gov't crackdown. The case is unprecedented, but not un expected since the paper uncovered gov't corruption. Last issue of Népszabadság dealt with sticky topics: propaganda minister helicopter trip, National Bank's Governor's girlfriend. Lőrinc Mészáros, the humble pipe-fitter turned billionaire who many in Hungary believe to be Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's strawman, just bought Népszabadság a few days ago, as we could learn from the news recently.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:31Read more: Biggest Hungarian political daily Nepszabadsag shut down by new owner, reactions
Published on Friday, 07 October 2016 06:22
New details came to light about the luxury helicopter ride by Antal Rogán (Minister of the Prime Minister's Cabinet Office, responsible for public relations). It turned out that a Mercedes that can be rented for 80,000 forints and a luxury apartment in the Forgách Castle in Mándok that costs 110,000 forints for a night were also used by the minister and his family - opposition Democratic Coalition stated in a press release.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 06:22Read more: DK wants national security screening of Minister Rogán
Published on Thursday, 06 October 2016 19:59
According to online news site index.hu the far-right Jobbik party is going to participate in the parliamentary discussion which was initiated by Fidesz.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 19:59Read more: Far right Jobbik to have discussions with Orbán about constitution amendment
Published on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 14:16
Free Hungary's exclusive interview with the leader of the Democratic Coalition.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 06:21Read more: Amid the after-shocks of the failed referendum, Orbán heads to early elections
Published on Monday, 03 October 2016 15:01
"If the referendum had been legally valid, our comment would have been that we take note of it. Since it was declared legally void by the Hungarian Electoral Commission we can now say we also take note of it," European Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas told a daily press briefing.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2016 15:01Read more: European Commission Reaction on Hungary's Quota Referendum
Published on Sunday, 02 October 2016 20:39
Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány said that after that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has failed at a referendum of his cause, based on his initiative and according to the voting rules set up by himself.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 20:39Read more: Orbán must resign, Gyurcsány says
Published on Sunday, 02 October 2016 20:10
Prime Minister Viktor Orban hailed as "outstanding" the result of Sunday's referendum, in which Hungarians overwhelmingly rejected European Union migrant quotas, and said the vote must be taken into account by EU decision makers.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 20:10Read more: Despite failure, Orban hails 'outstanding' referendum result
Published on Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:45
Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán has failed to convince a majority of his country's voters to participate in a referendum on refugees, undermining his self-professed campaign for a cultural counter-revolution within the EU. Final data has yet to be released. Preliminary results show a participation rate of 43,8%. 98% of those who casted a valid vote said No, and 2% Yes. Proportion of invalid votes is 6% nationwide, 11% in Budapest. Voters were asked: "Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?"
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 20:05Read more: Low turnout nullifies Hungarian vote on refugees
Published on Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:33
Speaking to reporters outside a polling station Sunday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said an overwhelming "no" vote would have legal consequences even if less than 50 percent of the electorate casts a valid vote.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:33Read more: PM Orbán says “no” vote to have legal consequences even if referendum is invalid
Published on Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:30
European Commission officials told Hungarian authorities not to send invoices created in the generous system of advance payments to suppliers because Brussels will not pay these, business newportal Portfolio has learned on Friday.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:30Read more: EC says no to Hungary's EU development fund payment practice