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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Anti-semitic attack amid preparations to the World Jewish Congress’s upcoming quadrennial assembly in Budapest

In Hungary, the head of the local Raoul Wallenberg Association has been assaulted at a soccer match. Ferenc Orosz told MTI at a conference on hate speech on Monday that first he was verbally assaulted and then his nose was broken after a match at Budapest’s Puskás Stadium which he attended with his family on Sunday.

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Hungary PM Orbán: Europe is ruled by speculators

"There was speculation against Hungary's forint but we have managed to sort it out within a few hours," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Thursday, referring to a brief but sharp weakening of the HUF due to a misleading headline published by a news agency on Tuesday.

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Former secret service chief Laborc threatens libel suit over released transcripts

Former secret services chief Sándor Laborc has told Népszava daily that he is prepared to file a lawsuit in connection with the partial transcript of a conversation he had with a criminal in 2008.

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EPP must choose: Barroso's Commission or Viktor Orbán?

Hungarian Prime Minister (PM) Viktor Orbán and his government were strongly criticized in Strasbourg by the European Parliament (EP) and the European Commission (EC) for introducing a new round of controversial constitutional reforms undermining the rule of law and Hungarians' fundamental rights.

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Letter of Ferenc Gyurcsány to Péter Erdő: Purge the paedophile priests!

To His Eminence, the Most Reverend Dr. Péter Erdő

Cardinal, Primate of Hungary, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest

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Commissioner Reding: EU May Move Against Hungary on Legal Changes

The European Union will probably start infringement procedures against Hungary after signaling "serious concerns" about the erosion of the rule of law following a disputed amendment to the constitution.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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WizzAir: A Taste of the Orient

WizzAir has continued to acquire the flying rights of the bankrupt Malév, after it launched new flights from Debrecen, where one of Fidesz's influential members, Lajos Kósa is the mayor.

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Gyurcsány: „I think I’m better looking”

„I think I am better looking”- the former PM told journalists in reaction to his fictional character, who played the role of Mr Gyurcsány in a film which aims to narrate the events of the now infamous Öszöd Speech.

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Constitutional Court affirms Parliament's decision to block Democratic Coalition caucus

The Constitutional Court has rejected the leftist Democratic Coalition's request to annul the house rule that prevented the party from forming a parliamentary caucus.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Gordon Bajnai: Proposal for the Agenda of Good Cooperation

Gordon Bajnai, leader of the E14-PM opposition alliance, has called on the Socialists to start talks on forming a pact this summer:

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Poll finds last Socialist government more popular than the actual Fidesz government

While most voters continue to opt for ruling Fidesz, more people said the previous government led by Gordon Bajnai had performed better than the incumbent cabinet, according to a recent Median survey published on Wednesday.

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March of the Living commemorates Holocaust victims in Budapest

Tens of thousands, including politicians and diplomats participated in the March of the Living, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust in Budapest on Sunday.

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Bajnai rebuffs request from Socialists for immediate talks

Next week would be too early to start negotiations on election cooperation, E14-PM alliance head Gordon Bajnai said on Friday, responding to a Socialist proposal.

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Bajnai: He himself, Mesterházy or Someone Else Will Be the Candidate for Premiership.

What matters the most is choosing someone under the leadership of whom the ruling government can be overturned and who can guarantee credible governance to voters.

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