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Botka has closed the door on co-operation with Gyurcsány
Hungary's Momentum Movement submits 266,000 signatures to election authorities toward a referendum, well in excess of the 138,000 required
Hungary to be represented by Roma singer in Eurovision 2017
"I wish him much luck” - Gyurcsány's reaction to Botka's harsh statements
Company connected to Lőrinc Mészáros paid off billions in Orbán family debt
Our objective is to provide English speaking readers interested in Hungary with a well balanced view of political activities in Hungary by featuring contents from various printed and online sources together with our own commentaries. We are convinced that Hungary is built on all sorts of different ideas, thoughts and opinions and, despite of the new Media Law, our aim is to provide an alternative and reliable source of information – contrary to the one-sided press of the government – for those who want to hear the voice of a free Hungary.
Published on Friday, 11 November 2016 07:49
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's proposal to modify Hungary's constitution to keep refugees out has failed. Out of 199 members of parliament, 131 voted in favor of modifying the Fundamental Law for the seventh time in five years and 3 were opposed.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2016 07:49Read more: Orbán’s proposal to modify Fundamental Law fails
Published on Friday, 11 November 2016 07:47
Le Monde wrote about the situation of Népszabadság in its weekend edition. Péter Petö, former deputy editor was cited: 'Orbán erased the largest opposition newspaper and dismantled its editorial team.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2016 07:47Read more: 'Orbán has erased the largest opposition newspaper'
Published on Friday, 11 November 2016 07:48
"Hungary's aim is to ensure that the rights of Hungarians living in the UK are not hurt after Britain exits the European Union", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with British counterpart Theresa May in Downing Street.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2016 07:48Read more: Orbán met British PM in London
Published on Friday, 04 November 2016 08:08
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will meet in London next week with British Prime Minister Theresa May, reports MTI. The meeting between May and Orbán comes amid concern in a number of EU governments that the UK is seeking to divide and conquer in Brexit negotiations.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2016 08:09Read more: British PM May to meet Orbán in London
Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 20:34
The Democratic Coalition (DK) party will inform the Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the Hungarian prime minister's family making business deals with Saudi businessman Ghait Pharaon, who is wanted by the FBI, the party's deputy leader said. Pharaon conducted a major real estate transaction with a member of Viktor Orbán's family and made business deals with the Hungarian National Trading House, László Varju told a press conference. Most recently the Saudi businessman purchased a property opposite to Orbán's house, he added.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 20:34Read more: Opposition DK to inform Interpol and FBI about deals of wanted “businessman” Pharaon and Orbán...
Published on Friday, 28 October 2016 16:06
The MSZP is not able to relieve alone the actual government, as the party has not enough support for it – stated László Kovács, the former socialist president in a radio show.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 16:06Read more: Mr. Mesterházy is the reason why the collaboration in 2014 was unsuccessful, former Socialist...
Published on Friday, 28 October 2016 05:43
The Hungarian left-wing oppositions cooperation process seems tobe failing even before the curtain could rise. Both the socialists (MSZP) and the Democratic Coalition (DK) are worried about the head of Dialogue Party (common Hungarian abbreviation PM) Mr. Gergely Karácsony to act like a catalyst of the process.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 05:43Read more: Uncertainty about opposition primary elections
Published on Thursday, 27 October 2016 20:50
If the opposition cannot manage to present an acceptable, joint alternative by next spring, a new solution shall be chosen – the chairman of Democratic Coalition (DK) said to the radio station Klubrádió.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 20:50Read more: A solution should be proposed to voters - Gyurcsány
Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 19:02
Hungarian holding company Opimus has acquired the publisher Mediaworks from Austrian businessman Heinrich Pecina's Vienna Capital Partners, the company said in a statement on Tuesday, bringing the company into government-friendly hands. In response to the scandal, Freedom House issued the following statement: "The suspension and sale of Nepszabadsag show the government's growing influence over Hungary's media. Hungary's government uses ownership as a political tool to silence critical coverage. The EU and the United States should forcefully condemn this attack on the press."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 06:50Read more: Hungary's Opimus acquires Nepszabadsag
Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:59
Opposition DK and other parties have slammed the violent harassment of anti-government protesters by participants at Sunday's state celebrations commemorating Hungary's 1956 revolution.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:59Read more: DK slams the violent harassment of anti-government protesters
Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 06:59
Thousands of people attended the democratic opposition rally commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising was held at Blaha Lujza square in Budapest Sunday afternoon. "Wash away the shame" was the title of th event organized by Szolidaritás (Solidarity) movement and a civil organization by the name of the New Hungarian Republic. Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany of the DK party called for cooperation among all "decent" parties with the same goals. The leader of the small Dialogue Party called for all opposition parties to cooperate, while Lajos Bokros of the Modern Hungary Movement announced a 500-day program that would lead up to elections.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:59Read more: Whoever is not against Orbán is with him, Gyurcsány says at opposition rally
Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 06:56
The New York Times reports that jeering protesters with referee whistles disturbed the Hungarian government's commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the anti-Soviet revolution of 1956 on Sunday. A number of those attending the event reacted to the protestors by assaulting them verbally or physically. Well known historian Krisztián Ungváry was punched in the face for blowing a whistle, and members of the press were harassed by private security guards. This is how PM Orban's supporters celebrated the sacrifice of all those who fought against Soviet oppression in 1956.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:56Read more: Angry whistles disturb Orban's commemoration speech of 1956 revolution
Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 07:07
Historian Krisztián Ungváry was physically assaulted and bloodied by supporters of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in front of Parliament, as the nation remembered the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Mr. Ungváry's sin was that he, along with hundreds of Hungarians, blew whistles out of protest during Mr. Orbán's speech.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 07:07Read more: Violence in Budapest on sixtieth anniversary of 1956 as anti-Communist historian assaulted by...
Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 12:01
Reuters and other leading news agencies report that journalists from Hungary's most popular daily Nepszabadsag published their work on Thursday in Budapest's street newspaper sold by homeless people, seeking to keep the left-wing paper alive after it was shut by its owner this month. Politicians (pictured former PM Gordon Bajnai), public figures and celebrities took selfies in solidarity with the paper and in protest to the Goverments measures to put down press freedom.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 06:46Read more: Nepszabadsag published in homeless magazine in defiance of government after shut down
Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 07:56
The following statement was issued today by the U.S. Department of State on its website:
"The United States shares the concerns of global press freedom advocates, international organizations, and Hungarian citizens, over the steady decline of media freedom in Hungary.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2016 07:56Read more: Steady decline of media freedom in Hungary; U.S. Department of State notes