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Ildikó Enyedi’s film ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear Prize

Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film On Body and Soul fetched the Golden Bear prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. In an interview with the German Deutcshlandradio following her film's win, the director expressed her distaste with the current state of Hungarian politics, as well as with the current government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. MEP Tamás Deutsch, one of the founding members of Mr. Orbán's ruling Fidesz party, responded to Enyedi's statement on Facebook, commenting:

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:22

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Hungary to be represented by Roma singer in Eurovision 2017

A Hungarian jury has chosen the winner of the Hungarian selection to the Eurovision Song Contest, who will represent Hungary in Kyiv. Joci Pápai has won the national selection of A Dal 2017, with his song titled Origo.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:11

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Hungary's Momentum Movement submits 266,000 signatures to election authorities toward a referendum, well in excess of the 138,000 required

More than 266,000 signatures were collected toward a referendum, well in excess of the 138,000 required. The left-wing Democratic Coalition congratulated the civil movement and the people of Budapest for the surprisingly high number of signatures.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:20

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Could Putin have any compromising video about Hungary PM Orban's alleged underworld connections?

Politics Can Be Different (LMP) co-chairs Bernadett Szél and Ákos Hadházy have formally submitted a letter to Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér inquiring about his possible underworld connections and that of prominent Fidesz politicians.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:32

Read more: Could Putin have any compromising video about Hungary PM Orban's alleged underworld connections?

Two-tailed Dog party to sign a jolly joker to boost its anti Olympic Games campaign

Ferenc Falus, the left-wing candidate for the mayoral seat of Budapest in 2014 has decided to support the anti-Olympic games movement.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 14:07

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“Two Lacis demolished the left-wing” (Laci is short for the Hungarian first name László)

It can be heard more and more frequently from sources inside the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) that László Botka seems not to have considered his candidacy for prime minister sufficiently seriously. Consequently, he has created a situation in which he is the only person for whom a presumable failure would not hold any risks. What is sure is that the unfolding of the "Lengyel saloon" (László Lengyel is an economist, political analyst and the CEO of Financial Research Ltd. and the organizer of negotiations between Botka, the MSZP, Együtt and Párbeszéd parties, without the involvement of the Democratic Coalition) has diverted the opposition cooperation towards chaos rather than an agreement – at least according to Socialist sources.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:51

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Ruling Fidesz mayor living in hunting lodge built with EU funds ducks media enquires

As FreeHungary reported earlier, József Mondok, the Fidesz-backed mayor of the town of Izsák, lives in a hunting lodge built from HUF 35 million entirely covered by EU funding. The media was keen to hear an explanation at the annual general meeting of the coach-driving committee – chaired by Mondok – of the Hungarian Horse-riding Association, but the mayor literally ran away from the uneasy questions, reports hvg.hu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:33

Read more: Ruling Fidesz mayor living in hunting lodge built with EU funds ducks media enquires

Company connected to Lőrinc Mészáros paid off billions in Orbán family debt

A public information request has revealed that a company connected to Lőrinc Mészáros, a close personal friend and alleged strawman of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, secretly paid off a debt of some HUF 3.2 billion (EUR 10 million) owed by relatives of the prime minister.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:29

Read more: Company connected to Lőrinc Mészáros paid off billions in Orbán family debt

Tamás Mellar: The politics of Orban will come to a bad end

According to Tamás Mellár, the former president of the Central Statistical Office during the 1st Orbán Government (1998-2002), the Hungarian economy will run out of communal sources in the next 3-5 years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:00

Read more: Tamás Mellar: The politics of Orban will come to a bad end

Main opposition Socialist PM nominee to begin formal negotiations with opposition leaders this week

Szeged mayor László Botka, the presumptive Hungarian Socialist Party(MSZP) nominee for prime minister, will officially begin negotiations this week with other opposition party leaders on the possible formation of a political alliance going into 2018 elections, reports index.hu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:52

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Socialists MP leaves the party and its parliamentary group

A lawmaker, Márta Demeter left the Hungarian Socialist party and its parliamentary group. MP Demeter said she processed the decision for months as she is missing a more characteristic, tougher and quicker-to-react leftist policy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:54

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Opposition Egyutt activists heckle Hungary PM Orban

As FreeHungary reported, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held his annual state-of-the-nation address on Friday afternoon at the Castle Garden Bazaar. Budapestbeacon.com reported that next to the place opposition party Együtt (Together) successfully heckled Orbán and his guests. According to newly elected Együtt chairman Péter Juhász, Orbán thinks of himself as an emperor. Együtt co-chair Nóra Hajdu thinks he is the enemy of Hungary. Együtt national policy council chairman Viktor Szigetvári believes the opposition is stronger than ruling party Fidesz would like to admit.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2017 09:23

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Hungary PM Orban would welcome refugees fleeing Germany, France and Italy oppressed by liberals

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has offered to open up his country to refugees – but only those seeking sanctuary from the liberal policies of western Europe. In the annual state of the nation address Orban insisted that Hungary was facing attacks in five areas:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 17:05

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Socialist MEP calls on OLAF to clarify M4 report, current Budapest Mayor says he is “unaffected”

Meanwhile, Socialist Party MEP Tibor Szanyi has called on the head of OLAF to clarify certain parts of the office's report on the metro 4 scandal. "The Orbán government is using the Hungarian media ... to abuse the grave shortcomings of the report," Szanyi said, calling on OLAF chief Giovanni Kessler to clarify and elaborate on "the many blurry statements" in the report "in order to prevent it from becoming ... a propaganda tool of the government".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:57

Read more: Socialist MEP calls on OLAF to clarify M4 report, current Budapest Mayor says he is “unaffected”

Hungary Gov’t publishes OLAF report on Metro 4, eager to blame previous administrations

The European Union's anti-corruption office (OLAF) issued a report which indicated that nearly half of funds spent on building the M4 subway were improperly spent, including some HUF 167 billion (€540 million) OLAF says was "stolen or fraudulently used." Government officials expect that Hungary will have to pay some HUF 60 billion (€194 million) back to the EU, and Hungarian politicians have been scrambling to pin the blame for the corruption case on members of opposing parties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:45

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