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EU to study Hungary border compensation request, but Hungary should recognize solidarity is two-way-street

Minister Overseeing the Office of the Prime Minister János Lázár announced Thursday that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had sent a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, requesting that the EU pay Hungary some EUR 400 million, roughly half of what the Hungarian government claims it spent building the electrified border fence and other similar expenses.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 September 2017 15:15

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More than 600,000 Hungarians could be living in other EU countries

Around 600,000 Hungarians could be living abroad according to data compiled by economic news website portfolio.hu, substantially more than previous estimates. TheseHungarian citizens might only be able to register to vote in spring's general election as late as March 18, reports Magyar Nemzet.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 September 2017 15:13

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DK calls for education reforms

Democratic Coalition (DK) party has vowed to reform Hungary's education system root and branch in the event of winning the 2018 general election.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 September 2017 15:10

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State of Hungary’s Left

Combining the four latest opinion polls (Republikon, Závecz, Tárki, and Medián), the average support for Hungary 's Socialists (MSZP) is only 12% among active voters. In the same category, Fidesz would receive 50.25% and Jobbik 19%. DK's support is 6%.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:16

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Gyurcsany vows to unite Orban’s left-wing opposition

Former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány stated in a Facebook post Wednesday that his party – Democratic Coalition (DK) – favors "cooperation of the entire democratic opposition" in order to defeat Fidesz in the spring 2018 election, and he remains open to negotiations with other opposition parties.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:13

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Gov’t plans to change rules of appointing judges

A new procedure for appointing judges to a Fidesz-created "administrative court" has raised concerns among critics and experts that the positions could be filled by party loyalists, 444.hu reports.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:09

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Botka opens a new front whithin his own party

Socialist Party's prime ministerial candidate László Botka said in an interview published in weekly 168 Óra that he would not tolerate any form of "treason" and collaboration with Fidesz-KDNP. "If we decide on something together and then someone openly criticises this in the press a month later, that constitutes treason", he added. In reaction to Socialist board member Zsolt Molnár's statements at blog site sztarklikk.hu, where Molnár suggested that efforts should be dropped to convince green LMP to cooperate with other parties and that the Socialists should not dispute that Democratic Coalition (DK) leader Ferenc Gyurcsány's place is in parliament, Botka said that these remarks are against the Socialists' interests.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:45

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Orban’s left-centre opposition is in shambles 9 months before elections

Some of the small "new left"-style parties are planning a joint, mass protest for August 20th, Hungary's national holiday, in support of investigative journalists who will become official targets of the Orbán government's vitriol in the coming months.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:49

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Botka brings war within the Socialist Party

Hungarian Spectrum writes that six months have gone by since László Botka, mayor of Szeged, announced his interest in becoming the Hungarian Socialist Party's candidate for the premiership. The announcement was received with great enthusiasm. It was hoped that the successful politician who has been reelected mayor of Szeged four times would revitalize the party, which then would be able to gather the other smaller parties into a single political alliance that could attract the large block of uncommitted voters. These expectations came to naught, and with the failure to produce results came disillusionment within the party and among supporters of the left-liberal opposition parties in general.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:48

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LMP and Új Kezdet enter talks for 2018 national elections cooperation

Politics Can Be Different (LMP) and new center-right party Új Kezdet (New Beginning) released a very short joint statement Thursday announcing they are discussing a potential collaboration in the spring 2018 national election.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:45

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Dialogue party presents election programme for 2018

Gergely Karácsony, the small opposition Dialogue party's candidate for prime minister, presented his party's election programme, which includes the introduction of a basic income and a 150,000 forint (EUR 490) minimum wage.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:44

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European Commission moves to new phase on quota-related infringement procedures

The European Commission has initiated a new phase of the infringement procedure it has started in June against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for rejecting the European Union's mandatory refugee resettlement quota scheme.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:53

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Hungary spends annual HUF 25 billion communications budget in 3 months

The Hungarian state spent its annual communications budget of HUF 25 billion (USD 95.3 million) the first three months of 2017, reports daily Magyar Nemzet.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:51

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“Culpable political gamble” – DK and other left-wing parties comment on Netanyahu’s visit

Hungary's leftist opposition parties criticised Israel's prime minister for failing to condemn the Hungarian government's campaign inciting anti- Semitic sentiment after his talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, while the right-wing Jobbik party demanded to know what the two leaders had agreed on behind the scenes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:27

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Egyutt party says defacing anti-Soros gov’t posters legitimate political demonstration

The opposition Együtt (Together) party embarked on removing the government's posters depicting Hungarian-American speculator and philanthropist George Soros from billboards in several districts of Budapest, as they feel the campaign against the financier qualifies as hate-mongering.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:25

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