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Orban's son in law may have engaged in organized crime, OLAF says

The public procurement application scheme of István Tiborcz's Elios Zrt. might constitute criminal conspiracy, reports 24.hu. The online daily managed to obtain a copy of the European Anti-Fraud Office's (OLAF) report on public procurement irregularities involving a company co-owned at the time by Tiborcz, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's son-in-law.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 15:40

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Hungary Chabad rabbi’s endorsement of ruling Fidesz candidate triggers storm of indignation

Last Friday, a former leftwing television personality and Democratic Coalition politician István Vágó posted to his Facebook page a Fidesz political flyer featuring a political endorsement from Slomó Köves, a prominent leader of Hungary's Jewish community.
The flyer, which introduces Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) politician István Hollik as "your candidate for member of parliament," attributes the following text to the leader of the Unified Hungarian Israelite Faith Community, whose photograph appears as well on the flyer.

koves hollik

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:16

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The history of bumpy relations between the Socialists and DK head Gyurcsány

Even those who follow only superficially the difficult-to-follow maneuvers of the Hungarian leftwing can hold their heads over changes in the cloak-and-dagger relations between Ferenc Gyurcsány and the Hungarian Socialist Party. Budapestbeacon.com's translation of "How Gyurcsány broke MSZP" ("Így törte meg Gyurcsány az MSZP-t") appearing in leftwing newsportal 24.hu on January 30th, 2018.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:14

Read more: The history of bumpy relations between the Socialists and DK head Gyurcsány

The Orban government has stolen Hungary's integrity, therefore there can be no compromise with them, Gyurcsany says

The chairman of the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) party called Viktor Orban's government a criminal alliance of rotten morals, which has stolen the country's integrity, ruined its dreams and has taken the nation's honor hostage.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 15:38

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Orbán asked about OLAF investigation into son-in-law’s former company

At a press conference jointly held in Vienna on Tuesday with Vice-Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache (of the FPÖ party), Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was asked about the OLAF (the European Commission's Anti-Fraud Agency) report concerning EU-funded public procurement tenders awarded to his son-in-law István Tiborcz's former company. Orbán did not deny reports of the scandal involving his son-in-law.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:11

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Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz support drops by 7 percent according to Medián poll

According to a Medián poll released Wednesday, Fidesz has seen its support drop by 7 percent among decided voters. As the campaign ahead of national elections on 8th April heats up, the poll shows that more Hungarians are planning on exercising their vote–going from 52% in early 2017 to 56% at the end of January 2018. Historically, higher turn-out tends to favour the left-centre or liberal opposition, so it is in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's interest to keep turn-out low in the general population. The Democratic Coalition stands at 9%.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:27

Read more: Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz support drops by 7 percent according to Medián poll

Gyurcsány: DK is the most distant party from Orbán’s world

It would be embarrassing to be loved among certain Fidesz voters, Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány said. The head of Democratic Coalition (DK) reacted to a survey conducted by the Nézőpont Institute which showed that Mr. Gyurcsány and the head of Jobbik Mr. Vona were the two most unpopular politicians in Hungary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:47

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The Democratic Coalition negotiated with trade unions about the representation of workers

The Democratic Coalition (DK) supports the proposals of the White Book for workers, which is a document adopted by the Hungarian Association of Trade Unions (MASZSZ), and the party said that it will try to carry out most of them, if the DK wins the election – MTI reported.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:42

Read more: The Democratic Coalition negotiated with trade unions about the representation of workers

Company owned by PM Orbán’s father awarded €970 thousand state contract

A company owned by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's father was awarded a HUF 300 million (€ 970 thousand) worth state contract despite Orbán's claim that his family stays away from state tenders, investigative journalism group Direkt36 reports.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 January 2018 09:51

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Orban bought up the opposition Socialists, Soros says

US financier George Soros heavily criticised Hungary's government, when speaking to journalists at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Soros made a remark which particularly caught the interest of the Hungarian press. He said Orban "bought up" the Socialist Party (MSZP) and that he has spies in every new, small party which could attract the voters. MSZP took to the airwaves to defend itself.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 January 2018 12:56

Read more: Orban bought up the opposition Socialists, Soros says

DK Pushing for Prosecution of Fraudulent Voter Registration

The head of the Democratic Coalition (DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány recently pointed out that in different settlements near the Hungarian-Ukrainian border Ukrainian citizens were registered in large numbers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:51

Read more: DK Pushing for Prosecution of Fraudulent Voter Registration

The Democratic Coalition have introduced their candidates

The Democratic Coalition have introduced their candidates who are also supported by the socialists and Párbeszéd. Many of them are doctors, some of them are union workers and there are ten women amongst them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:22

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Ukrainian pensioners in Hungary, another hard-hitting video from former PM Gyurcsany

Former prime minister and Democratic Coalition chairman Ferenc Gyurcsány published a video last week that has since had over 1.5 million views on Facebook. In it, Gyurcsány drives to Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county in northeastern Hungary to investigate the strange phenomenon of Ukrainian nationals who receive a pension in Hungary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:55

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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 20:03

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