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Conservative weekly: Opposition Socialists collaborate with ruling Fidesz

Hungarian weekly Heti Válasz published a story purporting to prove that Fidesz is keeping Hungary's largest left-wing party alive in the interest of preventing other democratic opposition parties from expanding their voter base.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:08

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Gyurcsány is recovering for voting

Gyurcsány is convalescing at home, but based on the information from his friends, he is speedily getting better. The former prime minister got from a double pneumonia.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:56

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LMP wishes Ferenc Gyurcsány and another MP to get well

In the name of LMP (Politics Can Be Different party), we would like to wish Lajos Oláh and Ferenc Gyurcsány (Democratic Coalition – DK) to get better, but it is sad that Ágnes Vadai critizes us, which means they are doing a favour to Viktor Orbán and Fidesz by this – this is what Péter Ungár (LMP) said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:54

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Ferenc Gyurcsány is seriously ill

According to a television programme , the head of Democratic Coalition party (common Hungarian abbreviation DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány is seriously ill.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:48

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Socialists: no cooperation with Fidesz on billboard law or anything else

The Socialist Party is going to steer clear of any cooperation with ruling Fidesz as they aim to topple Fidesz in the 2018 general election, the party's press chief told a press briefing (after a few days of hesitations and incertainties - editor).

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:17

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Katinka Hosszu's open letter, swimming's Iron Lady harshly critizes FINA

Hungarian swimming star and Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu posted to her social media accounts Wednesday morning a long letter to the sport of swimming. The letter comes after recent FINA changes to the World Cup meets, addressing the new rules and how they have negative consequences for professional swimmers who are trying to make a living as athletes. It's also a call to action, as she wants professional swimmers around the globe to step up to what she calls unfair treatment from FINA, and transform the sport into something that's beneficial to all parties involved.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:51

Read more: Katinka Hosszu's open letter, swimming's Iron Lady harshly critizes FINA

Parliament to hold extra session on political billboards law

Parliament will hold a special session this coming Friday to hold a new vote on a recent law that sought to restrict political advertisements which the president sent back to the legislative body for reconsideration, the group leader of Fidesz said. János Áder returned the law to parliament last Thursday, saying that it did not establish a legal norm while it contained passages which were either controversial or could not be interpreted or implemented. He called on parliament to reconsider it in its entirety.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:54

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Fidesz mayor to return misappropriated EU funds

The Fidesz mayor of Izsák, József Mondok has to pay back EU funds worth HUF 35 million (USD 126,805) that he received to build two hunting lodges after it turned out that he uses one of the guesthouses as his own home and the other one did not have a single guest since its completion, reports Hungarian news site index.hu based on a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:48

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Amid huge helath care cost cutting DK calls on House Speaker Kövér to stop lying about health care

The Democratic Coalition party has called on the parliamentary speaker "to stop lying" about a high standard of Hungarian health care. Party lawmaker Lajos Oláh responded to László Kövér speaking about the "world class potential" of Hungary's health care at a gala dinner opening a conference of health ministers from central and eastern Europe and China in Budapest on Sunday evening.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:42

Read more: Amid huge helath care cost cutting DK calls on House Speaker Kövér to stop lying about health care

Will the Socialists break the broad anti-Fidesz coalition on the bill banning political billboards?

The opposition Socialist Party will submit a bill to parliament aimed at ensuring a level playing field among parties during election campaign periods, party leader Gyula Molnar told a press conference. The bill, a re-submission of an older proposal also submitted by the Socialists, would scrap public funding for election campaigns, Bertalan Toth, the party's group leader, told the same press conference. As Freehungary reported last week, the government bill seeking to prevent all political advertisements on billboards outside of the official campaign period failed to receive the two-thirds majority needed to pass. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:48

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Gov’t bill on campaign billboards fails as opposition votes together

The government bill seeking to prevent all political advertisements on billboards outside of the official campaign period failed to receive the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:10

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Polt became indignant at DK’s reaction to the Sukoró case

The General Prosecutor's Office called unprecedented the DK politician's statement threatening the judges and prosecutors for their equitable and legitimate activities. This manifestation seriously violates the rule of law, attacks the fundaments of legal certainty, the General Prosecutor's Office writes.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:08

Read more: Polt became indignant at DK’s reaction to the Sukoró case

Sukoró case: a show trial according to DK

Two former heads of the Hungarian National Asset Management Inc. (MNV) were sentenced to three and two and a half years of jail. This is the final judgement of the Supreme Court. The Sukoró case dealt with an exchange of properties during the period of the socialist government in 2008.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:07

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Orbán talked about world class football before the humiliating defeat to Andorra

There was a very unlucky interview with Mr Orbán in which he praised the national football team. The prime minister said that our football got better because of the world class academies.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:04

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DK: After 2018 Hungary will join to the initiative of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

The 10th of June is the day of the Hungarian Public Prosecutor. This day was introduced, when the mission of the Public Prosecutor was to assure the enforcement of the current law by everyone.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:52

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