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Ruling Fidesz mayor moved into hunting lodge built from EU funds

The mayor of the town of Izsák, southeast of Budapest, has a lot on his plate. In addition to his mayoral duties, József Mondok (Fidesz) and his family operate a gas station in the town of 6,000, and they were fortunate enough to win a government contract to operate a national tobacco shop, which they've done since 2013.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:22

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Hungary fourth most corrupt country in EU, annual TI survey shows

Hungary slipped down seven places in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) prepared by anti-corruption organization Transparency International (TI), according to a TI press release. Hungary achieved its lowest score in the last six years with 48 points on a 100-point scale, and its anti-corruption performance has strikingly deteriorated in comparison to the European Union and the Central-Eastern European region. The global average on the index was 43 points in 2016.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:28

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Hungary mourns young victims of deadly crash

It could take days to officially identify the 16 people killed when a bus carrying Hungarian students returning from a ski trip burst into a fireball after crashing in Italy, Hungary's foreign minister said Sunday.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 08:12

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Hungary's socialists back László Botka as prime minister candidate

The national board of the Socialist Party gave full support to Szeged mayor László Botka to be their party's candidate for prime minister in 2018 elections. Party chairman Gyula Molnár announced that Botka would receive full powers from the party to conduct closed door negotiations in coming weeks with other left-wing parties about gaining their support as the opposition left remains fragmented with little more than a year before voters cast their ballots.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:09

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World fame for Hungarian Celebrity

Kata Sarka, a Hungarian celebrity, who has the reputation of liking to get a lot of attention, unwanted and otherwise, may have now achieved what she longed for. In 2013 at a Moscow beauty peagant, the soon-to-be president Donald Trump allegedly offered her an indecent proposal, by giving her his number and inviting her to his hotel room.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:28

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Their first aim is to prevent the government from holding Olympic Games in Budapest

According to the online news site index.hu the Momentum Movement (MM) has started to collect signatures on Thursday to inhibit the Hungarian government from applying for the right to organize 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest.

The campaign had a strong start on Thursday as it managed to collect over 10,000 signatures in support of holding the referendum. The youth political movement posted activists at 25 signature collection points across the capital, and must collect 138,000 signatures in the next 30 days to force a referendum.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 13:45

Read more: Their first aim is to prevent the government from holding Olympic Games in Budapest

Hungary is not attractive even for Ukrainian guest workers

Viktor Orban's government facilitated in vain employment in Hungary for Ukrainian, Serbian and Belarusian guest workers due to an abnormal shortage in labour last year. Foreign workers still do not come to Hungary on mass, at least certainly not into the construction trade, daily newspaper Világgazdaság (Word Economy) reports.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:18

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Democratic Coalition agrees with the declaration of FIDESZ

The Democratic Coalition (DK) unusually agrees with one of the former statements of FIDESZ, and the DK republishes the whole statement without modification under its own name.
Declaration of Alliance of Young Democrats (FIDESZ) – Soros Foundations
28 September 1992

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:16

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Main opposition Socialists in financial trouble

As the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) tries to position itself to lead the opposition in 2018 national elections, reports of the party's significant financial debt are causing concern about its ability to unseat governing party Fidesz.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:12

Read more: Main opposition Socialists in financial trouble

Democratic Coalition wants asset declarations by all public personalities

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party wants all public personalities to declare the source of their assets, the party's deputy leader said, backing the same call made by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a radio interview earlier. Ágnes Vadai said Orbán and his relatives should release information on the sources of their personal wealth. Antal Rogán, the cabinet office chief, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, György Matolcsy, the central bank governor, and Árpád Habony, "Orbán's personal advisor", should follow suit, she said.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 11:36

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Putin is the head of state whom Orbán meets the most frequently with

It is becoming a tradition for Russian president Vladimir Putin and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán to meet each other every February. Two years ago Putin came to the Hungarian capital, last February Orbán flew to Moscow and on 2nd February of this year, the Russian president is to visit his Hungarian colleague again.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 10:49

Read more: Putin is the head of state whom Orbán meets the most frequently with

Gergely Karácsony: There is no cooperation without the Democratic Coalition (DK)

Gergely Karácsony, co-chair of the opposition Párbeszéd party, said that his party would prefer to see primaries in order to choose the best candidate for 2018, and that, although he is not a supporter of the primaries, László Botka was a suitable person to be prime minister.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2017 07:20

Read more: Gergely Karácsony: There is no cooperation without the Democratic Coalition (DK)

Botka, Majtényi or Jaksity? What type of left liberal collaboration should be set for 2018?

According to Gábor Kuncze, the social-liberals should come up with one candidate: the former chairman of the SZDSZ said to the atv.hu that his favourite candidate is György Jaksity, a business man or György Surányi, former governor of the NBH, but he would also accept László Majtényi.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2017 07:18

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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz youth leader has to serve his sentence in prison

Former Fidesz youth leader Mr. Áron Veress was caught by the police while dealing with counterfeit euro notes at Keleti railway station in Budapest in February 2015.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2017 07:16

Read more: Hungary’s ruling Fidesz youth leader has to serve his sentence in prison

Gyurcsany's DK urges 40% reduction of retail gas price

Given that the price for gas on the world market in the past 4-5 years has declined by 40%, the government should take action to ensure this decrease is passed on to Hungarian consumers, the managing director of the Democratic Coalition (DK) party said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:32

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