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Venues for the uncertain Olympic Games

The prospects for the 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest have never looked as uncertain as today.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:03

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Orbán meets Szeged mayor, Socialist PM candidate Botka

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán signed a cooperation agreement under the government's Modern Cities scheme with László Botka, Socialist mayor of Szeged, in southern Hungary. Orbán said after the signing ceremony that Szeged had "all the potential to become an outstanding regional centre".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:26

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Ahead of Putin's visit to Budapest

Russian president Vladimir Putin makes an official visit to Hungary on February 2., only two years after his last visit in 2015. As FreeHungary reported earlier,  Hungary is the only EU member state that enjoys such frequent visits from the Russian leader since the annexation of Crimea.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:33

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DK urges establishment of European prosecutor

Neither the government nor the governing Fidesz party will be able to block the establishment of a European prosecutor, a Democratic Coalition party MEP told a news conference. Péter Niedermüller said it would be possible to slow the process of establishing a European prosecutor but blocking it would be out of the question.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:12

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Gyurcsány to hold "state of the nation" speech

According to the traditions, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary and incumbent chairman of the Democratic Coalition will be holding again his annual "state of the nation" speech.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:08

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The plan of László Botka seems already to fail?

The other actors of the left wing do not support Szeged mayor, László Botka from MSZP as prime minister candidate, they would like to have their own prime ministerial candidate.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:55

Read more: The plan of László Botka seems already to fail?

Government propaganda starts total war against anti-Olympics movement

The leaders of the Momentum Movement (MM) gave an interview to the online news site 444.hu last Wednesday. The movement collects signatures to hold a referendum against the Olympics in Budapest. In the interview the heads of the movement said that since they apparently cut the government to the quick by attacking them to hold Olympics in Hungary, the movement leaders are prepared for the prospective negative campaign by the ruling party's (Fidesz) media.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:53

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Fidesz is praising Gyurcsány once again

The opposition parties lack credibility, given that they keep doing the opposite of what they say. This is what Lajos Kósa declared a week ago, in the pro-government TV2 station's morning programme called Mokka.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:47

Read more: Fidesz is praising Gyurcsány once again

DK: EU anti-fraud office says releasing Metro 4 report national gov’t competence

Nothing is preventing the Hungarian government from releasing a report by the European Union's anti-fraud office (OLAF) that identifies corruption surrounding Hungary's metro 4 construction project, a MEP for the Democratic Coalition (DK) party said in Brussels. Csaba Molnár told reporters that OLAF Director General Giovanni Kessler had replied in the affirmative to his query concerning whether the government had the right to publish the report.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:39

Read more: DK: EU anti-fraud office says releasing Metro 4 report national gov’t competence

Ruling Fidesz mayor moved into hunting lodge built from EU funds

The mayor of the town of Izsák, southeast of Budapest, has a lot on his plate. In addition to his mayoral duties, József Mondok (Fidesz) and his family operate a gas station in the town of 6,000, and they were fortunate enough to win a government contract to operate a national tobacco shop, which they've done since 2013.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:22

Read more: Ruling Fidesz mayor moved into hunting lodge built from EU funds

Hungary fourth most corrupt country in EU, annual TI survey shows

Hungary slipped down seven places in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) prepared by anti-corruption organization Transparency International (TI), according to a TI press release. Hungary achieved its lowest score in the last six years with 48 points on a 100-point scale, and its anti-corruption performance has strikingly deteriorated in comparison to the European Union and the Central-Eastern European region. The global average on the index was 43 points in 2016.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:28

Read more: Hungary fourth most corrupt country in EU, annual TI survey shows

Hungary mourns young victims of deadly crash

It could take days to officially identify the 16 people killed when a bus carrying Hungarian students returning from a ski trip burst into a fireball after crashing in Italy, Hungary's foreign minister said Sunday.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 08:12

Read more: Hungary mourns young victims of deadly crash

Hungary's socialists back László Botka as prime minister candidate

The national board of the Socialist Party gave full support to Szeged mayor László Botka to be their party's candidate for prime minister in 2018 elections. Party chairman Gyula Molnár announced that Botka would receive full powers from the party to conduct closed door negotiations in coming weeks with other left-wing parties about gaining their support as the opposition left remains fragmented with little more than a year before voters cast their ballots.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:09

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World fame for Hungarian Celebrity

Kata Sarka, a Hungarian celebrity, who has the reputation of liking to get a lot of attention, unwanted and otherwise, may have now achieved what she longed for. In 2013 at a Moscow beauty peagant, the soon-to-be president Donald Trump allegedly offered her an indecent proposal, by giving her his number and inviting her to his hotel room.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:28

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Their first aim is to prevent the government from holding Olympic Games in Budapest

According to the online news site index.hu the Momentum Movement (MM) has started to collect signatures on Thursday to inhibit the Hungarian government from applying for the right to organize 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest.

The campaign had a strong start on Thursday as it managed to collect over 10,000 signatures in support of holding the referendum. The youth political movement posted activists at 25 signature collection points across the capital, and must collect 138,000 signatures in the next 30 days to force a referendum.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 13:45

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