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Hungary has weakest democracy in the EU, Freedom House reports

Independent watchdog organization Freedom House has released its annual report Freedom in the World. According to the findings, Hungary is seeing "increasing intimidation of civil society groups and the opposition, which has left citizens more reluctant to speak out on political topics."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:10

Read more: Hungary has weakest democracy in the EU, Freedom House reports

Ruling Fidesz-connected agencies have reserved all available billboards in run-up to election

Zoom.hu reports that Fidesz has ordered all the billboard spaces available for political campaigns through December (with the exception of those owned by Lajos Simicska's billboard company). If true, then Hungary's political opposition will have limited exposure when it comes to billboard advertising in the run-up to the general election on April 8.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:09

Read more: Ruling Fidesz-connected agencies have reserved all available billboards in run-up to election

The state of Hungary's Left ahead of the April elections

On Monday we learned that Gábor Fodor's Hungarian Liberal Party will support the Hungarian Socialist Party and Párbeszéd in elections to be held 8 April 2018. As things currently stand, MSZP and the largest left-centre party, the Democratic Coalition, will run on separate party lists, but will field a single candidate in each of the 106 single-member constituencies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:11

Read more: The state of Hungary's Left ahead of the April elections

OLAF finds irregularities in procurements won by PM Orbán’s son-in-law

The European Anti-Fraud Office has revealed serious irregularities in public procurements won by Elios Innovatív Zrt., owned at the time by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's son-in-law István Tiborcz, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:09

Read more: OLAF finds irregularities in procurements won by PM Orbán’s son-in-law

Gyurcsány says DK stands for stability

We have already been in power and that's why we understand the importance of stability better than anyone else, head of Democratic Coalition (DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány wrote on Facebook.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:25

Read more: Gyurcsány says DK stands for stability

Cooperation without Gyurcsány and DK does not make sense, Karácsony

Based on the information of Index and MTI when László Botka was a candidate for prime minister, some members of MSZP reached out to Gergely Karácsony to ask him to be a potential prime ministerial candidate.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:23

Read more: Cooperation without Gyurcsány and DK does not make sense, Karácsony

Orbán to German newspaper: "It is you who wanted the migrants, not us"

Viktor Orbán ,in an interview with the popular German daily "Bild" said that it was the Germans who wanted mass migration, not the Hungarians, and that Hungary was doing everything to act according to European Union legislation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:19

Read more: Orbán to German newspaper: "It is you who wanted the migrants, not us"

Opposition parties fined to be given until July 1st to pay

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of National Economy, Minister Mihály Varga initiated talks with the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV) and the Hungarian State Treasury regarding the State Audit Office’s (ÁSZ) fining of five opposition parties for allegedly accepting “forbidden campaign contributions.” Although the affected parties will still have to pay the fines, the Hungarian State Treasury has agreed to extend the deadline for doing so until July 1st.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:59

Read more: Opposition parties fined to be given until July 1st to pay

IDEA survey shows DK at 13%

Hungary's IDEA Institute has published the results of an online survey made at the end of last year of adult Hungarians it claims were representative of the country in terms of age, education, region and type of settlement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:18

Read more: IDEA survey shows DK at 13%

The Hungarian State Audit Office’s assault on democracy

As FreeHungary reported earlier, nothing sums up the state of the rule of law in Hungary better than the Hungarian State Audit Office's (ÁSZ) selective enforcement of regulation aimed at penalizing opposition parties (and likely driving one of them into bankruptcy), whilst dismissing the same rules when it comes to the ruling Fidesz party. The head of the State Audit Office is none other than a former Fidesz politician, László Domokos, who served as Fidesz's deputy leader in parliament from 1998 to 2002 and was also elected as a Fidesz MP in 2010 - hungarianfreepress.com reports.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:00

Read more: The Hungarian State Audit Office’s assault on democracy

Without an absolute majority, the Orbán regime will collapse immediately - opposition PM candidate says

Gergely Karácsony, the Hungarian Socialist Party's candidate for prime minister answered questions at Budapest's venerable Spinóza Ház, a generally liberal-minded club, theatre and coffee house which has welcomed politicians from across the spectrum to sit down with journalist Katalin Rangos.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:33

Read more: Without an absolute majority, the Orbán regime will collapse immediately - opposition PM...

State Audit Office to fine the Democratic Coalition

In addition to Jobbik, the State Audit Office is about to fine the Democratic Coalition (DK) as well as Politics Can Be Different (LMP), Együtt and Dialogue for accepting "forbidden campaign contributions", merce.hu reports.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 December 2017 13:52

Read more: State Audit Office to fine the Democratic Coalition

Former Fidesz MP led State Audit Office (ÁSZ) to fine several opposition parties for “prohibited campaign finances”

In an emotional appeal made via a live video stream from his smartphone this morning, Együtt (Together) chairman Péter Juhász (pictured) announced that Hungary's State Audit Office (ÁSZ) intended to fine the small opposition party HUF 20 million (USD 77,000) for "prohibited campaign finance," and called on supporters to contribute "a thousand forints or so" each so that the party could continue its work in the run-up to next year's general election. ASZ is intending to fine other opposition parties, like radical Jobbik or the most popular left-wing opposition party, the Democratic Coalition.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 December 2017 21:22

Read more: Former Fidesz MP led State Audit Office (ÁSZ) to fine several opposition parties for “prohibited...

Biggest left-wing opposition parties agree on election cooperation

The Socialist Party and the Democratic Coalition (DK) have agreed on coordinated nominations in all the 106 individual constituencies for the 2018 general elections, the two parties' leaders announced.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:50

Read more: Biggest left-wing opposition parties agree on election cooperation

Ferenc Gyurcsany's Democratic Coalition opposes cooperation with radical Jobbik

Vice chair of the opposition Democratic Coalition Csaba Molnár - who is also a MEP - said that he was against cooperation with radical nationalist Jobbik ahead of next year's parliamentary elections. Despite Jobbik's attempts to develop an amicable image, DK still considers it a "racist, discriminative and anti-Semitic party", Molnár told commercial Klubrádió.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 13:15

Read more: Ferenc Gyurcsany's Democratic Coalition opposes cooperation with radical Jobbik

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