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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
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Published on Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:54
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 07:00Read more: Tamás Mellar: The politics of Orban will come to a bad end
Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:52
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 16:52Read more: Main opposition Socialist PM nominee to begin formal negotiations with opposition leaders this week
Published on Monday, 13 February 2017 09:32
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 16:54Read more: Socialists MP leaves the party and its parliamentary group
Published on Monday, 13 February 2017 09:23
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 09:23Read more: Opposition Egyutt activists heckle Hungary PM Orban
Published on Monday, 13 February 2017 09:09
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 17:05Read more: Hungary PM Orban would welcome refugees fleeing Germany, France and Italy oppressed by liberals
Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:57
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 19:57Read more: Socialist MEP calls on OLAF to clarify M4 report, current Budapest Mayor says he is “unaffected”
Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:45
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 19:45Read more: Hungary Gov’t publishes OLAF report on Metro 4, eager to blame previous administrations
Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:37
The chairman of DK (Democratic Coalition) said the following in his State of the Nation speech: he cannot leave without comment the fact that "upon invitation of an unsolicited kingmaker, MSZP (Socialist Party), Párbeszéd (Dialogue Party), Együtt (Together Party) as well as László Botka (prime ministerial candidate of MSZP) entered into secret negotiations behind DK's back.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:37Read more: László Lengyel: I talked to Mr. Niedermüller about the DK
Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:30
The head of the Democratic Coalition (DK) Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány wrote about the illness of PM Viktor Orbán on his Facebook site.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:30Read more: Gyurcsány: Orbán is mentally ill
Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:17
Csaba Molnár, the vice president and MEP for the Democratic Coalition said that leaving Ferenc Gyurcsány out of the coalition of the opposition would erode the trust of the people and make an election win impossible.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:17Read more: DK Vice-Chair Molnár: Leaving out Gyurcsány will erode the trust
Published on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:56
Ferenc Gyurcsány does not attribute high importance to those informal meetings, about which he previously sprang at László Lengyel, the organiser of these meetings. The chairman of the Democratic Coalition said in his state-of-the-nation address, MSZP, Párbeszéd, Együtt, László Bottka and a self-appointed candidate are getting up over the DK's head.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:56Read more: I will not allow somebody to smuggle a flea in the bedding, Gyurcsány says
Published on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:57
Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány has accused presumptive Socialist nominee for prime minister László Botka of conspiring with other opposition parties behind his back in an attempt to leave him and his Democratic Coalition party (DK) out of a possible coalition heading into 2018 elections. Gyurcsány said during his annual evaluation Saturday that the Socialist Party (MSZP), Együtt (Together) and Dialogue for Hungary (PM), along with an unnamed "king-maker" were spinning intrigues and "conducting secret negotiations behind our backs."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:57Read more: Gyurcsány accuses opposition parties of conducting secret negotiations behind his back
Published on Monday, 06 February 2017 12:48
The Democratic Coalition (DK) is ready to govern the country "in integrity and honesty, on behalf of the majority and authorised by that majority," party leader Ferenc Gyurcsány said in a state-of-the-nation address. At a party rally, Gyurcsány told his supporters that DK was ready to "defeat evil and reclaim Hungary from Fidesz and return it to the Hungarian nation".
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:57Read more: Former PM Gyurcsány says PM Orbán has made Hungary sick in state-of-the-nation address
Published on Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:12
Együtt (Together) party co-chair Péter Juhász and several colleagues were turned away by a police cordon this morning when they tried to advance toward the site of a planned protest near Parliament, Budapestbeacon.com reports. The confrontation took place at the corner of Alkotmány (Constitution) street and Bajcsy Zsilinszky street, where a police spokesman told Juhász that an order from Hungary's counter-terrorism force (TEK) required a specified area to be sealed around the Parliament ahead of the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin later today, and police would execute the order to ensure that no protest could be held within the perimeter. After negotiations, Juhász relocated the protest to the corner of Markó street and Bajcsy Zsilinsky street.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:16Read more: Opposition politician denied access to Putin protest site, new site arranged outside restricted area
Published on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:59
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó was in Russia last week laying the groundwork for the annual meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán scheduled to take place in Budapest on Thursday. Szijjártó also used the trip as an opportunity to strengthen Hungary's ties with Russia by praising Russia's state-controlled media, specifically RT, and by planning for "cooperation in the military-technical sphere" between the two countries.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:59Read more: Hungary’s foreign minister urges cooperation with Russia in “military-technical sphere”