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EU, IMF: Hungary's budget policies unsustainable

European Commission officials, in close cooperation with International Monetary Fund staff and observers from the European Central Bank (ECB), conducted a mission to Hungary from 16 and 28 January.

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EU starts taxing speculators and doesn't restrict tax-payers

Csaba Tabajdi, Member of European Parliament (MEP) and head of the Hungarian socialist delegation to the European Parliament (EP) welcomed the fact that the ministers of finance of the European Union (EU) made it possible to introduce the financial transaction tax (FTT, a financial transaction tax is a levy placed on a specific type of monetary transaction for a particular purpose) in eleven member states of the EU (in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Slovenia and Slovakia).

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Bajnai: MSZP cannot defeat Fidesz alone

Gordon Bajnai stated during a residential forum in Nyíregyháza last Thursday that it won't be a good idea if MSZP tries to defeat Fidesz alone. MSZP has an inevitable role with its 1,2 - 1,3 million voters - claimed the former PM.

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LMP breaks up after having rejected proposals for cooperation with opposition forces

Tension and personal conflicts within LMP have reached such levels that the party broke up on Sunday, after the party congress this weekend. Internal rifts came to the fore in November when the party split over whether to enter into alliance talks with the newly formed Together 2014 and other opposition groups.

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MEP Tabajdi: Cooperation is the future of European agriculture

According to the Member of European Parliament (MEP) and head of the Hungarian socialist delegation to the European Parliament (EP) Csaba Tabajdi, the Western European agriculture was unthinkable without the cooperative and aligned run of family farms, co-ops and other farmers' organizations.

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Democratic Coalition II. Congress: „Those who don't want to cooperate with the democratic forces, help PM Orbán to stay in power"

To find the way to cooperate in the election is the patriotic duty of opposition forces. Those who are not working on that are working on keeping Vikor Orbán in power – declared Ferenc Gyurcsány at the second Congress of his party, the Democratic Coalition (DK) on Saturday.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Both Hungary opposition and government mark Holocaust Remembrence Day

On Sunday Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orbám, the leftist Democratic Coalition and its chairman, Ferenc Gyurcsány marked the Holocaust Remembrence Day.

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Orbán praises Kecskemét Mercedes factory brought to Hungary by Bajnai and Gyurcsány in 2008

A double success story has emerged from the Mercedes factory in Kecskemét, Viktor Orbán, Hungary's premier, said at the official presentation of the car manufacture's new model on Friday. One is traditional and represented by Mercedes while the other is a European success story: the renewal of Hungary's economy, he said. As a real gentleman he did not say a word about the efforts made by the then-prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and economy minister Gordon Bajnai to bring the investment in Hungary in 2008.

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Bajnai warns that Fidesz education policy could hamper progress for decades

The education policy of the Orbán government could stymie Hungary's progress for the next several decades, therefore fundamental reforms are needed in the area, former prime minister Gordon Bajnai told a press conference, presenting his organisation's education concept, on Thursday.

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Excerpt from an interview with former finance minister Péter Oszkó

What is your view of the government's "unorthodox economic policy"?

The government's unorthodox economic policy is nothing but a marketing trick. It's a handle that describes a form of political logic that couldn't be any more orthodox.

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Hungary Orbán to visit Moscow on 31 January, PM Erdogan to come to Budapest in early February

As FreeHungary reported earlier, PM Viktor Orbán will travel to Moscow for a one-day official visit on 31 January.

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LMP's internal tensions intensify

Tension and personal conflicts within LMP have reached such levels that a peaceful resolution of differences at the party congress this weekend is hard to imagine, Hungarian daily Népszabadság reported on Friday.

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Hungary government scrapps public tender for electronic road toll network

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Wednesday that no new tender will be invited for the electronic toll road system even though its winning bidder pulled out, adding that the state will carry out the project on its own and collect the targeted revenues too.

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Colosseum to go dark in protest against Hungary's far-right Jobbik

The City of Rome will switch off the lights of the ancient Colosseum amphitheater on Sunday, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in protest against what the city called anti-Semitic, xenophobic acts by Hungary's Jobbik party.

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EU starts infringement proceedings against Hungary over telecom tax

The European Commission on Thursday launched a formal challenge to a Hungarian tax on phone calls and text messages, saying it breached European Union law.

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