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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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László Lengyel: I talked to Mr. Niedermüller about the DK

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 19:37

Read more: László Lengyel: I talked to Mr. Niedermüller about the DK

Gyurcsány: Orbán is mentally ill

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 19:30

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DK Vice-Chair Molnár: Leaving out Gyurcsány will erode the trust

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 19:17

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I will not allow somebody to smuggle a flea in the bedding, Gyurcsány says

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 16:56

Read more: I will not allow somebody to smuggle a flea in the bedding, Gyurcsány says

Gyurcsány accuses opposition parties of conducting secret negotiations behind his back

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 15:57

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Former PM Gyurcsány says PM Orbán has made Hungary sick in state-of-the-nation address

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 16:57

Read more: Former PM Gyurcsány says PM Orbán has made Hungary sick in state-of-the-nation address

Opposition politician denied access to Putin protest site, new site arranged outside restricted area

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 19:16

Read more: Opposition politician denied access to Putin protest site, new site arranged outside restricted area

Hungary’s foreign minister urges cooperation with Russia in “military-technical sphere”

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 19:59

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Hungarian corruption becomes one of the worst in EU, BNE Intellinews study

Hungary dropped seven places on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI) on January 26. The country finished in the 57th place out of the 176 countries examined, joining the ranks of the worst performers in the EU alongside Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:56

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Company linked to Orban’s son-in-law got involved in public project years before winning the tender, secret recording shows

A company formerly owned by István Tiborcz, the Hungarian prime minister's son-in-law, had got involved in the preparations of a major public project nearly two years before it won the tender for it, shows a secretly made audio recording obtained by Direkt36.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:49

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Farewell to the independent media

How is it possible to maintain the few remaining critical outlets that are independent from the government in Hungary? What type of compromises should be made to this end? And where is the end of the acceptable compromises, from where the unprincipled deal starts? – Zoltán Gál J., departing editor-in-cjief of the Vasárnapi Hírek and former politician of the MSZP wrote his last publication about these questions in the publication.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:04

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Anti-Olympics movement member said to socialist politician Hungary needs politicians who take action instead of just holding press conferences

The head of Momentum Movement (MoMo) Mr. András Fekete-Győr had harsh words for socialist Member of European Parliament (MEP) Mr. Tibor Szanyi. Mr. Fekete-Győr said that Hungary needs politicians who take action instead of just holding press conferences at the venues of the NOlympics campaign.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:06

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DK: When will handcuffs be slapped on the Fidesz mayor of Izsák?

Online news portal Index reported that the hunting lodge built from an EU subsidy of 35 million forints was not a single case in the life of the mayor of Izsák. The ruling Fidesz mayor, József Mondok had another house built for himself earlier, at that time from EU funds of 50 million forints.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:39

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