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Orbán: Shalom!

Viktor Orbán, prime minister gave a speech at the World Jewish Congress' 14th Plenary Meeting in Budapest. He said: "For the triumph of evil the good should remain passive, therefore I ask you to spread the news that Hungarians are not inactive".

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Bajnai is ready to be prime ministerial candidate

Gordon Bajnai, leader of the E14-PM alliance, is prepared to put his name into the ring as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 election, a local daily said on Tuesday.

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Bajnai presents E14-PM alliance's education program

Reforming Hungary's education system is a top priority, Gordon Bajnai, leader of the E14-PM alliance, told a conference on Monday.

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Swoboda warns Orbán: 'Real action not hollow words needed against anti-Semitism'

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) opened in Budapest with a speech by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. The opening was marred by an anti-Jewish rally organized by the extreme-right party Jobbik, which holds over 10% of the seats in the Hungarian parliament.

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Hungary PM Orbán addresses World Jewish Congress in Budapest

Responding to a rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric and incidents, Viktor Orbán pledged ahead of the WJC conference to 'take the most decisive possible action against all manifestations of hate speech and behavior.'

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DK: Hungary Might Lose Thousands of Billions of Forints in EU Subsidies

Democratic Coalition says Hungary might lose thousands of billions of Forints in EU subsidies as a result of decisions taken by the ruling government.

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Hungary far-right holds rally against the meeting of the World Jewish Congress in Budapest

Leaders of a far-right Hungarian party accused Israelis of plotting to buy up the country as several hundred nationalists protested on Saturday on the eve of a meeting of the World Jewish Congress in Budapest.

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Bajnai visits Slovakia

Cross-border economic cooperation and nation policy were the topics of talks between Slovak Hungarian representatives and Gordon Bajnai, leader of the electoral alliance E14-PM, in Pozsony (Bratislava) on Friday.

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Gyurcsány calls for deeper and wider cooperation of democratic opposition forces

According to former Prime Minister (PM) Ferenc Gyurcsány if the Together 2014 electoral movement party (led by Gordon Bajnai, successor of Gyurcsány as independent PM supported by the Hungarian Socialist Party between 2009 and 2010) didn't want to make a common electoral slate together with all democratic parties during the 2014 elections in Hungary, it would be useful to rename Bajnai's party "Separately 2014".

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Hungarian exodus sensible on Facebook

Wolfram Alpha composed a database from 1 million Facebook-users' profiles which clearly indicates their movement between countries.

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Bajnai and the Socialists

Socialist politicians accused former Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai of harming their party's electoral prospects in a tense meeting last week, Origo reports.

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Embezzlement

"The row surrounding the tobacco shop tender is nothing short of a scandal, it is net corruption." This is the opinion of the opposition and Transparency International. Fidesz is refuting all accusations, saying that this just another attempt by the opposition to throw mud at the governing party.

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Democratic Coalition: illegally suspended judges should be reinstated immediately

There have been 161 verdicts delivered by the court of the first instance regarding the issue of the judges' early retirement. (The government planned to lower the judges' retirement age from 70 to 62 years.) 84 of them came into force. All verdicts ordered the reinstatement of the early retired judges.

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Is an election fraud possible?

On Thursday Ferenc Gyurcsány ended his visit to Békés County in Csorvás. The main event of the evening program was a forum with inhabitants in the theatre room of the community centre. From the speech and the answers given to questions, it could be learned, what the Democratic Coalition (DK) would like to achieve and what Ferenc Gyurcsány thinks about the most important issues of the country.

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The tobacco shop concession gate

As of July 2013, only those may sell cigarettes or tobacco products in Hungary that won a concession from the state in a recent tender. The list of the winners was published last week. It showed that in hundreds of cases those granted tobacco shop concessions were applicants with family or business ties to the ruling Fidesz party's politicians and who had no prior experience in the tobacco business. According to local press reports, the decisions were made by local Fidesz politicians. Although the party rejected the accusations, these have been confirmed by at least one party member.

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