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Former minister responsible for state security: Orbán controls elements in MSZP

On Friday, 24.hu published a hard-hitting interview with György Szilvásy, a former minister in the Ferenc Gyurcsány government (2004-2009) responsible for overseeing the civilian state security services.
The following are extracts from the interview:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:25

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Opposition Socialists name Dialogue co-leader Karácsony as likely PM candidate at congress

The Socialist Party's vision for the Hungarian fourth republic will be at the heart of its campaign leading up to the spring 2018 general election, Gyula Molnár, the opposition party's leader said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:23

Read more: Opposition Socialists name Dialogue co-leader Karácsony as likely PM candidate at congress

New proposals by the Socialists

The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) proposed a new deal, but it seems that it is not acceptable to the Democratic Coalition (DK), the party of former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:59

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No deal yet between MSZP and DK

According to the pro-government daily newspaper Magyar Idők the Hungarian socialists made their latest offer to the Democratic Coalition party (DK) apropos of running together with common candidates in all 106 constituencies in the general elections in 2018.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:57

Read more: No deal yet between MSZP and DK

Orban's Government deals another blow to judicial independence

In November, the Minister of Justice modified rules for the appointment of judges. According to 444.hu, the purpose of the modification is to fast-track judicial appointments for individuals close to the government — even if they have no experience with the judiciary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:54

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European Commission steps up pressure on Hungary over Soros university, NGO laws, migration

The European Union's executive on Thursday stepped up its pressure on the nationalist government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary over its treatment of immigrants, non-governmental groups and a prominent university - Reuters reports.
On Thursday, the European Commission released statements announcing that it is:

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:52

Read more: European Commission steps up pressure on Hungary over Soros university, NGO laws, migration

PM Orban's son in law and friend Meszaros big winners in Fejér county land privatization

Budapestbeacon.com reports that in 2015/2016, the Orbán government privatized state-owned agricultural lands. While the government claimed the sale of these valuable lands would contribute significantly to the state budget, critics argued that the government's real aim was to create a new class of landowners in Hungary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:44

Read more: PM Orban's son in law and friend Meszaros big winners in Fejér county land privatization

One of the opposition parties' run in elections doubtful because of State Audit Office fine

The radical nationalist Jobbik party's participation in next year's parliamentary election has become "doubtful", group leader János Volner told a press conference on Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:50

Read more: One of the opposition parties' run in elections doubtful because of State Audit Office fine

Orbán has alienated foreign allies, DK says

The Hungarian government has lost all its allies abroad, a Democratic Coalition (DK) spokesman said. In the past few days, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has come under fire from European politicians as well as the US Republican Party, DK foreign policy spokesman Attila Ara-Kovács told MTI, stating that Orbán was "fighting everyone".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:26

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Viktor Orban's Gov't seeks to significantly deepen ties with Iran

Magyar Idők, a pro-government propaganda daily, reports that Hungary wants to significantly deepen economic ties with Iran.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:24

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DK chairman is not seeking to become prime minister if opposition wins elections

Democratic Coalition (DK) leader Ferenc Gyurcsány plans to be an ordinary member of his parliamentary group if his party enters government after next year's elections, or a group leader if they remain in opposition, Gyurcsány said in an interview to the daily Népszava.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:36

Read more: DK chairman is not seeking to become prime minister if opposition wins elections

Hungary's Gov't using commercial ruses to squeeze out independent media - The Guardian

When staff at Hungary's left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper packed up their stuff on a Friday night a year ago, they thought they were just moving across town. As it happened, they were moving out altogether. Within hours, the paper had been shut down, literally overnight.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:29

Read more: Hungary's Gov't using commercial ruses to squeeze out independent media - The Guardian

Former German finance minister, European commissioners ask EC to “suspend all EU funds to Hungary”

A letter was addressed to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last week in which Hans Eichel, co-founder and former chairman of G20 and former finance minister of Germany, and Pascal Lamy, former European commissioner and president emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, requested that the European Commission suspend all payments of EU funds to Hungary as a result of a number of policies which the letter's authors consider contrary to European values.
Franz Fischler and Yannis Paleokrassas, both former European commissioners, are also signatories of the letter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:18

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Viktor Orban's Fidesz mayor indicted for building a hunting lodge for himself with EU funds

József Mondok, Fidesz mayor of Izsák, has been indicted for financial fraud causing significant financial disadvantages and other crimes by the Kecskemét Prosecutor's Investigation office, reports index.hu.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:16

Read more: Viktor Orban's Fidesz mayor indicted for building a hunting lodge for himself with EU funds

Washington more concerned about Orbán’s pro-Russian politics than his authoritarianism

István Dobozi, a foreign policy adviser and a former senior economist with the World Bank, wrote a piece for the conservative Magyar Nemzet daily, in which he argued that under President Donald Trump, bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States have only improved ever so slightly, compared to its low point under the Obama administration.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:13

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