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Opposition parties to start cooperation talks next week

The opposition Socialist Party and the electoral alliance E14-PM will start negotiations next Friday aimed at political cooperation before Hungary's general election in 2014, E14-PM head Gordon Bajnai said on Friday.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Venice Commission criticizes Hungary's last amendments to constitution

A key European rights think-tank, the Venice Commission, sharply criticized Hungary's recent amendments to its constitution on Friday, saying some provisions breached democratic principles.

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Tobacco gate: Hungary government under fire

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had promised to clean up the government and root out graft, when in 2010 he came into power. But even after three of years of his rule, many Hungarians believe that corruption is still there in the system as a shake-up of the sale of cigarettes, of all things, has turned into a scandal.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Fidesz amendment paves the way for not serious candidates

An amendment to the election law would pave the way for not serious candidates, which would abolish the 2% threshold, thereby allowing candidates to run who are mainly considered as not serious.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Half of the young people would leave Hungary

The emigration effects Hungarian health care system as there is a shortage of professionals in this sector for the first time according to a recent study.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Lázár: we will have the election promises made by Fidesz enforced by iron hand

The Hungarian left is preparing for a return attempt in 2014, said Secretary of State János Lázár, head of the Prime Minister's Office, in an interview for the weekly Magyar Hírlap. According to him, the opposition likes to take the easy way: robbing the hard working people, cajoling big capital, smiling in photos.

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Szepesi-book - Competitors criticise the book and the yellow press

22 swimmers signed the open letter sent to MTI on Monday in which they claim Szepesi Nikolett's "Me the nymphomaniac" book disdains the Hungarian swimming community, the former Budapest Spartacus sports club, the Kőbánya SC, György Turi head coach and the whole community of trainers.

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Tax auditors receive strong weapon

The auditors of the tax authority receive the bank details of the audited persons almost immediately, substantially speeding up any wealth audits, albeit NAV was not inactive in the past either; last year, it implemented twice more audits than a year earlier – this can be read on the website ado.hu.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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MP Vadai's Open Letter to Gordon Bajnai

Democratic Coalition (DK) politician Ágnes Vadai turned to former PM Gordon Bajnai in an open letter demanding him to clarify a statement made by a co-Chairman of Bajnai's Együtt 2014 [Together 2014]: namely, whether they really considered PM Viktor Orbán and Ferenc Gyurcsány to be the examples of the same kind of 'dirty politics' and of the same type of tyrannical regime? In response, Bajnai's Progress and Patriotism Association published a communique including the following statements: "As regards the past two decades, all previous governments deserve a question mark; however, they should not be regarded as equal. They must be distinguished."

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Audi celebrates start of production of the brand new Audi A3 Limousine in Hungary

After 20 years of successful presence in Hungary the Audi Hungaria Motor Ltd. (Audi Hungaria), the biggest engine plant in the world, was developed during a period of only two years into an overall vehicle factory with it's own press plant by a 900 million euro investment.

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Hungary's shadow dance troupe Attraction wins Britain's Got Talent 2013

Hungarian shadow dance troupe Attraction has won ITV's Britain's Got Talent after a live final marked by a woman running on stage and throwing eggs at the judges.

The group, whose presence on a show supposedly highlighting native performers had led to criticism, won the public vote after a resolutely British-themed display, including Land Of Hope And Glory and the voice of Winston Churchill.

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Zurich protesters hurl eggs at Hungary minister

One person was arrested and a police officer was injured after angry protesters threw eggs at a Hungarian minister visiting Zurich and the demonstration got out of hand, Swiss police said Saturday.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Medián poll shows DK's slow improvement, 56% of the respondents want to see government change

With less than a year until the elections voters' activity has palpably changed in Hungary. After a 36-month slump the ratio of those willing to cast their ballot is back at 50, whereas the ratio of those without preference for any party dropped to 33%, the lowest level in 18 months, pollster Medián found in its latest survey.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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The Őszöd speech: conspiracy theories, evidence, and rebuttals

The story of how the "Őszöd truth speech" got leaked seems to be one of the seven hells of Hungarian public life.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Democratic Coalition: Simicska is going to be exclusive advertisement organizer for towns

It seems Lajos Simicska has not earned enough billions since Fidesz's 2010 victory.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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