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Socialist leader: opposition’s cooperation exemplary in nominating presidential candidate

Socialist leader Gyula Molnár and László Majtényi, the left-wing parties' candidate for president of the republic, have called the "democratic" parties' united support for the cause exemplary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:56

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Socialists to file police report on attempt to topple gov’t alleged by National Bank governor

With a view to shedding light on recent allegations made by György Matolcsy that a foreign power had attempted to topple the government and the leadership of the central bank, the Socialist Party announced it is filing a report to police against unidentified perpetrators suspected of espionage and other crimes against the Hungarian state.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:55

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Orbán was portrayed as a worm at a carnival in Düsseldorf

The carnival in Düsseldorf, Germany was characterised by several political actions this year. Among others, the Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán got a role in the demonstration.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:51

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There is a huge chaos in the Left

Finally, there is something on which both the governing parties and the opposition parties agree: they do not augur a promising future for the Momentum Movement. They believe that the Momentum will not achieve any breakthrough. Fidesz reckons the election in 2018 is a foregone conclusion. However, there is a huge uncertainty in the left wing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:49

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Orbán: Doing politics from opposition is horrible

Fidesz is not planning any major changes in the near future. The governing party is confortably in the lead, the Momentum Movement is really hurting the opposition, at least that is the opinion. Viktor Orbán warned that, although the party was the strongest and there was no reason to be worried, Fidesz must not become conceited.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:48

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Botka attacks Gyurcsány and, as a consequence, the popularity of DK increases

Two months ago, László Botka (Socialist MP and mayor of the city of Szeged) announced his candidacy for the position of prime minister but he can't find any allies on the opposition side. The parties Együtt (Together), DK (Democratic Coalition), Moma (Modern Hungary), Párbeszéd (Dialogue) and LMP (Politics can be different) are all strictly keeping aloof from the man.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:47

Read more: Botka attacks Gyurcsány and, as a consequence, the popularity of DK increases

A major NATO ally tried to topple Orban's government, central bank chief says

A major NATO ally of Hungary's tried to topple the Hungarian government and the central bank in 2015 and the collapse of brokerage Quaestor the same year was part of that plot, National Bank of Hungary Governor Gyorgy Matolcsy said on Wednesday.
He did not name the country, and the central bank declined to comment when asked to respond by Reuters.Socialist lawmaker Attila Mesterhazy said that Matolcsy might have referred to the United States in that case.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:53

Read more: A major NATO ally tried to topple Orban's government, central bank chief says

Budapest to withdraw bid for 2024 Olympics

Hungary's government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:53

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"I wish him much luck” - Gyurcsány's reaction to Botka's harsh statements

Botka's statements raised serious opposition within the Democratic Coalition. Many encouraged Gyurcsány to respond aggressively to his former party mate.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:25

Read more: "I wish him much luck” - Gyurcsány's reaction to Botka's harsh statements

DK could run without the Socialists

The vice-head of the Democratic Coalition (DK) said to the right-wing political daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet that his party was ready to run in the general elections 2018 independently.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:18

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Momentum: In 2018 we will have independent candidates in all electoral districts

The leaders of the Momentum movement, who are about to become a party within short time, think to know where the parties before them had failed: they couldn't get out of Budapest.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:22

Read more: Momentum: In 2018 we will have independent candidates in all electoral districts

Botka has closed the door on co-operation with Gyurcsány

Members of MSZP (Hungarian Socialist Party) are happy with the assertive message of László Botka, who said Gyurcsány is a liar and called on him to withdraw from political life. However, there is also apprehension among some members who believe that it would be very difficult to win in individual constituencies and form a new government without the Democratic Coalition (DK). After the events of this past Saturday, it is most likely that MSZP and Gyurcsány's party will campaign separately in 2018.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:26

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Socialist PM candidate Botka wants former PM Gyurcsány to step down from politics

László Botka, the Socialist Party's prime minister candidate for the 2018 elections, said that his most important goal was to create equality, improve justice and promote Hungary's rise. Hungarians want a change and want leaders who do not praise the pre-WW2 Horthy era and do not try to stealthily restore the Kádár era either. They reject the self-destructive politics of the pre-2010 governments but also reject the arrogance and especially the conspicuous consumption of the power elite since 2010, he said.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 07:53

Read more: Socialist PM candidate Botka wants former PM Gyurcsány to step down from politics

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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