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The Hungarian government is up to its neck in organised crime, Gyurcsány says

Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány shared his opinions on the expulsion of journalists from the Parliament, on Viktor Orbán and the Pharaon-case on the ATV Start morning television program. The chairman of the Democratic Coalition (DK) said that he believes he symbolically fell because of the introduction of the visit fee as part of the healthcare reform.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:27

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Gyurcsány would hold a referendum on healthcare

Ferenc Gyurcsány recommended to the next "democratic" cabinet, to make, at the beginning of their government term, proposals for the transformation of the healthcare system, to start debates on their proposals and then, at the end of the first year, to hold a referendum on the problems identified during those debates.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 12:04

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Former socialist leader suddenly reappears

József Tóbiás, the former leader of the Socialist Party, who was soundly defeated at the last party election, made a sudden reappearance after many months of silence and seclusion from public life.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:26

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Ms. Vadai says the government wants to confuse people

It's stunning how the Hungarian government led by PM Viktor Orbán keeps doing business with criminals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:25

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Orbán’s son-in-law has HUF 1 billion property in industrial park where gov’t tries to attract investors

Recently, István Tiborcz, the son-in-law of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, has become a co-owner of a valuable property in the industrial park. It is yet not clear if the property will be used but according to the recent statements, the city of Komárom is expecting that a South Korean company will set up its factory on the land. The South Korean company would arrive to Hungary following negotiations with the Hungarian government - reports investigative journalism website Direkt36.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:47

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Hungary’s competitiveness worsened dramatically

Capital shortage is a weakness of the Hungarian economy and because of this grave problem the governing Fidesz party needs to have medium-term economic plans, the minister leading the Prime Minister's Office told a conference on European Union funds on Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 15:17

Read more: Hungary’s competitiveness worsened dramatically

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a paying agency

Excerpts from a writing of a DK politician
"The icing on the cake is that proposed companies are always connected to some oligarch of Fidesz."
After 2010 and even more in the second term of the Orbán government with two-thirds majority, the apparatus of the ministries changed, significant changes in the personnel took place.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 15:10

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Former PM Medgyessy visited Sarajevo

Péter Medgyessy, the former prime minister participated at a conference in Sarajevo, where he had the floor as a keynote speaker. Several leading politicians, mainly from the Balkans and Central Europe participated and spoke up at the conference, called The European Peace: What is the Receipe for a Strong Union for All.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:21

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Former PM Gyurcsány’s popularity at a 9-year high, approval rating of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party drops

The approval ratings of the main political parties in Hungary has not changed meaningfully compared to September, pollster Medián said in its survey conducted on an assignment by weekly HVG in mid-November. Far-right nationalist Jobbik party is slightly less popular than in September, whereas the approval ratings of opposition parties, the Democratic Coalition and the Socialist Party (MSZP), as well as of the ruling Fidesz party, remained practically unchanged.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 15:19

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LMP assists Orban's Fidesz to get two third majority

The six LMP MPs have made it possible for Fidesz to elect the missing four judges to the Constitutional Court. Their decision has been harshly criticised by the rest of the opposition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:59

Read more: LMP assists Orban's Fidesz to get two third majority

Parliament elects new head and four judges to Constitutional Court

Hungary's Parliament has elected in a secret ballot four Constitutional Court judges to fill vacant positions, and a new court chief.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:37

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Hungarians see corruption situation worsening, Transparency International

Hungarians regard corruption as a problem that is worsening, József Péter Martin, Transparency International's (TI) managing director for Hungary, said on Wednesday. The majority thinks that the government's measures against it are inadequate, he said. Martin stated that Hungarians feel impotent when it comes to fighting against corruption.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 05:29

Read more: Hungarians see corruption situation worsening, Transparency International

Pro-government media peddling Russian propaganda

Hungarian pro-government daily newspaper Magyar Idők published an article this week on an alleged plot by George Soros and the Clinton family to start a "Purple Revolution" against the US government, listing Strategic Culture, a Kremlin-backed propaganda news site, as one of the authors.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 05:18

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EU commissioner Oettinger used Kremlin lobbyist's jet to come to Budapest

EU commissioner Guenther Oettinger used a private plane offered by a German businessman with strong Kremlin ties, raising questions whether he broke ethics rules. He flew from Brussels to Budapest on 18 May, with Klaus Mangold, an honorary Russian consul in Germany, who advocates lifting EU sanctions on Russia.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 05:16

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Every single attack only strengthens Rogán’s position, Orbán says

Any accusation or proof of corruption against so-called propaganda minister Antal Rogán is a "political bluff" according to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who told parliament yesterday that he does not concern himself with "attacks" against members of his government.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 05:07

Read more: Every single attack only strengthens Rogán’s position, Orbán says

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