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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Hungary's ruling Fidesz to crackdown on all Soros-funded NGOs

Any civil society group with funding from billionaire George Soros should be "swept out" of Hungary, a vice chairman of the ruling Fidesz party said on Tuesday at a press conference. In 1989, Viktor Orban, a liberal anti-communist student leader, received a Soros scholarship to study at Oxford University to familiarize himself with multi-party democracy.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 14:39

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Juhász to become chairman of Egyutt (Together)

Péter Juhász, Együtt (Together) deputy chairman and District 5 assemblyman, will become the opposition party's leader after it holds its elections in February, reports index.hu. Current Együtt chairman Viktor Szigetvári has encouraged Együtt members to vote for Juhász to take over his post as they prepare for national elections in 2018.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:33

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Socialists, DK and Jobbik cooperation is the only way to oust Orban, former PM Medgyessy says

n a TV show on ATV, Dr. Péter Medgyessy, head of the Socialist-Liberal government from 2002 to 2004, said that the left-wing opposition parties face two options at the next parliamentary elections due in 2018: they remain in opposition, or the Socialists, leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) cooperate somehow with the nationalist Jobbik to oust the Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:29

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"Annus horribilis", Gyurcsány sums up 2016

Political competition in Hungary will heat up next year and the opposition will have to create common purpose to stand up to the Fidesz party and its "total political warfare it has started against Hungary", Democratic Coalition (DK) leader Ferenc Gyurcsány told a press conference. The former prime minister summed up the past year, declaring that 2016 had been an "annus horribilis" for Hungary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 12:56

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EU's OLAF calls for Hungary to return EUR 283 million of EU development funds

The European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) has recommended that Hungary be compelled to return some EUR 283 million in EU development funds connected to the construction of Budapest's M4 metro line, according to a report by Politico Europe. Authorities uncovered "serious irregularities – fraud and possible corruption" in the financing of the EUR 1.7 billion project.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 12:51

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Hungary's Socialists seek to back Szeged mayor Botka as opposition’s PM candidate

The Socialist Party's steering board is ready to support Szeged Mayor László Botka as the democratic opposition's candidate for prime minister in 2018, the party said. The Democratic Coalition (DK) party said the Socialists' backing of a potential Botka candidacy went against their earlier proposal to hold a pre selection process to determine the opposition's joint candidate for prime minister.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 12:47

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It's Christmas! - Head of MNB hides behind the meaning of Christmas to avoid questions about corruption

During an obligatory appearance in the National Assembly, Hungarian National Bank (MNB) governor György Matolcsy was approached by a group of journalists. A 50-second video shows Matolcsy's supreme ability at deflecting inquiries by the press. It did not matter what he was asked, his answers were all the same.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:04

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Company connected to Orbán’s son-in-law buys two luxury hotels over two days in Budapest and Visegrád

István Tiborcz, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's son-in-law, has apparently moved on to the real estate business from developing public lighting facilities, as a group of companies led by him and Norbert Szivek, the head of the Hungarian National Property Manager took over the development of two five-star hotel projects in two days last week, reports 444.hu.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:55

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