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New border fence to be built at the Serbian border, Orban says

The barrier on the border between Hungary and Serbia must be reinforced, so a new fence will be built using state-of-the-art technology, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday morning on public radio.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 07:23

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Hungary PM Orban Endorses Trump, Gives Support For Turkish President Erdogan

Hungary will defend its borders 100%, even if Turkey carries out its threat to release masses of migrants towards the European Union, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Orbán has once again endorsed the candidacy of Donald Trump for President of the United States.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:58

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Majority of Hungarians oppose Budapest Olympics, see it as a hotbed of gov't corruption

Hungarians are not convinced that hosting the Olympic Games is a good idea for a country that is struggling to pay its own doctors and nurses, according to a recent public opinion poll.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 09:19

Read more: Majority of Hungarians oppose Budapest Olympics, see it as a hotbed of gov't corruption

Hungary's foreign minister to visit Turkey

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó is the first high-ranking European politician to visit Ankara after the failed Turkish coup, writes Origo.hu. According to the Hungarian online daily, Szijjártó will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğluval on Tuesday. His main task is to prepare for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's visit to Ankara later this year.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 07:41

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Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz to launch hardcore referendum campaign on national holiday

Hungarian news site nol.hu reports that ruling party Fidesz plans to mobilise its entire campaign arsenal on August 20, a national holiday, to drum up as much support as possible for its October 2 anti-EU refugee quota referendum.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:07

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Hungary's Christian Democratic leader rejects Pope’s position on migrants

"Identifying with sufferers definitely detracts from (the Pope's) other responsibilities which we find important, namely the protection against migrant flows. We are, of course, not very happy about this." – Péter Harrach,Christian Democratic People's Party's faction leader said in an interview.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:01

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Another government official gets millions in EU agricultural subsidies

An undersecretary at the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for rural development and agriculture, Miklós Zsolt Kis, has been awarded more than HUF 100 million (USD 360,000) in state and EU agricultural subsidies since 2010, writes Hungarian news website 444.hu. In the past three years only, his subsidies totalled HUF 70 million.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 August 2016 11:21

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Coexistence Of Islam And Democracy Is Impossible, Leading Hungarian Orientalist says

Historian Róbert Simon – who has translated the Qur'an into Hungarian – told the 21 July edition of the liberal weekly Magyar Narancs that "As contiguous and coherent ideologies, liberalism, democracy and socialism also preclude fundamental characteristics of Islam. Beyond a certain point, a parliament or a party system can override religious law or family relations and dynamics, an abundance of things that were evident for one and a half thousand years – such as differences between man and woman or the one-sided division of labour."

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:02

Read more: Coexistence Of Islam And Democracy Is Impossible, Leading Hungarian Orientalist says

Hungary's Opposition Parties Ask Supporters To Boycott Government-Initiated Referendum On “Compusory Quotas”

The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) is calling upon its supporters to stay away from the 2 October referendum on the EU's planned compulsory migrant quota system, the party's chairman has said. Like fellow left-wing groups Democratic Coalition (DK), Együtt and PM, the Socialists have chosen to persuade their voters to stay away from the referendum instead of campaign in favour of the unpopular quota system. Polls predict that voters will reject the migrant resettlement scheme by an enormous margin, although the referendum will be technically invalid if turnout is below 50 per cent of the electorate.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:07

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Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz MP implicated in scandal involving EU social funds

pposition parties are demanding that prosecutors investigate allegations Fidesz MP Roland Mengyi solicited bribes totaling HUF 10 million (EUR 32.000) in exchange for facilitating EU funding of a project whose application was ultimately rejected.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 August 2016 10:27

Read more: Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz MP implicated in scandal involving EU social funds

Hungary's Iron lady first to win third gold medal at Rio games

Katinka Hosszu, who won the 200-meter individual medley on Tuesday, adding to her wins in the 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley.

Hosszu, of Hungary, joined the likes of Shane Gould, Janet Evans, Kornelia Ender and Inge de Bruijn as triple gold medalists in individual events in a single Games.
Her time was 2:06.58, an Olympic record. Hosszu, 27, who acquired the nickname the Iron Lady because of her ability to race several events in a single session, scratched out of the 200 butterfly Tuesday afternoon, presumably to rest for the 200 I.M. final.

After the second gold medal she said: "Yesterday I said that the 100 m backstroke is such that anything can happen between first and eighth place". "You could see how many times I've competed in the past four years. I stood up with great confidence knowing that I needed to pull the maximum out of myself, and that I could do it. I managed not to worry about the final result but rather to concentrate on the execution. This is not easy when you find yourself in an Olympic final."

Source: budapestbeacon.com;the new york times

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:23

Hungary's Iron Lady Shatters World Record, Szasz Takes Olympic Gold for Women’s Fencing Back to Hungary

Katinka Hosszu made history on Saturday by setting a new world record in the women's individual medley, while Australia's Mack Horton won the men's freestyle and Japan won gold and bronze in the men's individual medley. Emese Szasz took back to Hungary the women's fencing championship thanks to her victory over Italy's Rossella Fiamingo in the final of the epee event.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 14:19

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Russia poses no threat to NATO members, Hungary's Foreign Minister says

Reuters reports that in an interview with Index.hu, Hungary's foreign minister said on Tuesday he thought it "unrealistic" that Russia would attack any NATO member, a view that contrasts with some other NATO member countries in the region who see Moscow as a real threat. Relations between Russia and the West soured after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and backed pro-Russian separatists in the east. NATO members including Poland and the Baltic states have voiced concern that they could be targets of hostile acts from Russia, and last month NATO leaders agreed to deploy military forces and to increase air and sea patrols there.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:55

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Opposition Együtt party defaces government billboards

Opposition Együtt has launched a countrywide protest against the latest anti-immigration campaign of the Hungarian government, wrote Hungarian news website 444.hu. The party asks everybody to deface posters of the migrant settlement quota referendum by overlaying them with an alternate message.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 August 2016 13:39

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Hungarian state media does not want to report on Orbán’s wealth

Together (Együtt) chairman Viktor Szigetvári held a press event last Thursday to discuss the wealth of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. According to the party, Orbán is "the richest man in Hungary", and their press event intended to showcase how the prime minister has amassed his fortune.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 August 2016 08:58

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