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Commission takes steps under the Excessive Deficit Procedure against Hungary

The European Commission (EC) has today recommended that the Council of the European Union (Council) abrogate the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) for five countries: Italy, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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RTL will not leave Hungary but protests

Billions of forints will be collected from the two large commercial TV stations for advertisement tax.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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No bright future for Jobbik

It seems that the right extremist Jobbik party has lost momentum. This is quite a failure, considering that they were preparing for a comprehensive victory over the Left in the 2010 elections.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Rule of law in query - interview excerption with László Valki

According to László Valki the Orbán-government does not want to lead the country out of the European Union because it would have dramatic economic consequences. The professor emeritus of ELTE University claims that the criticism of the government usually relates to the issue of rule of law. In his opinion none of the EU-members' constitutions can overwrite EU law. Valki states that Article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union is the last resort, and it would only be applied if for example Fidesz forms a government with Jobbik after the next elections.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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E14 initiates "alternative election committee" to monitor upcoming vote

The left-of-centre opposition has set up an "Election Monitoring Committee" to provide an "alternative" the official one, the E14 said in a statement on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Former PM Bajnai to sue Fidesz spokesman for libel

Gordon Bajnai has launched a lawsuit against the spokesman of ruling Fidesz for his statements in connection with the failed Hajdu-Bet company Bajnai is associated with, the electoral alliance co-chaired by the ex-premier said on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Left wing opposition to name PM candidate in August

The opposition Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and the Together 2014-Dialogue for Hungary electoral movement of former prime minister Gordon Bajnai will agree a joint platform and name a prime ministerial candidate before August, MSZP leader Attila Mesterházy said in an interview with German paper Die Welt last Friday.

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Bajnai: "The Orbán-Simicska regime is already preparing to lose"

The Together 2014 - Dialogue for Hungary electoral alliance promises to find justice for the farmers who lost on the land lease tender. Gordon Bajnai, head of the association, and Rebeka Szabó, Member of Parliament, gave a press conference on the matter last Sunday in Budapest.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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The majority of Hungarian students studying in the UK is not planning to return to Hungary

Only 5% of Hungarians studying in British universities would return to their homeland right after graduation according to a survey carried out by Milestone Institute, a Budapest-based education consultancy.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Tobacco gate: Elections Committee rejects referendum initiatives on tobacco concessions

The National Elections Committee (NVB) on Tuesday rejected referendum initiatives concerning the recent tobacco concession tender.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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DK: The Veracity of Szabó's Statements Cannot Be Discerned

Bálint Szabó, who has given an interview to Hungarian weekly Heti Válasz just recently, did disclose the information that he had on the leaking of former PM Gyurcsány's speech in Balatonőszöd back in 2006 to Gyurcsány himself in February this year; Szabó's statements, however, did not contain any information previously unknown to the former PM.

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Gyurcsány talks about Fidesz thread in Őszöd case

Former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány would disclose the entire secret service investigation file regarding the Őszöd speech leak, although he thinks it would not be in the interest of Fidesz either because some new elements regarding them would come up as well.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Orbán and Europe

Since the April 2010 elections, a political tsunami has swept over Hungary. The existing regulations and institutions were dismantled and loyal Fidesz appointees were installed in leading positions, implementing the party's policies from economics to the judiciary, from the health system to municipal government, from education to the arts.

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Hatred against gays raised to the highest level of Hungary's government policy

Imre Kerényi, the prime minister's commissioner, who is responsible for laying the foundations of national public conscious thinking, and related performing tasks by preserving and developing cultural values, spoke about the new leadership of the Hungarian National Theatre while he was using offensive wording about gay people at an event organized by the Downtown Civic Saloon.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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Tobacco gate: Socialists raise suspicion of clientelism in connection of cash registers

The opposition Socialist Party has raised suspicion of clientelism in connection with companies selling cash registers to Hungary's new national tobacco shops.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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