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Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz is still afraid of former PM Gyurcsany

Tibor Zavecz, the chairman of a leading political think tank, said in an interview that Fidesz was still very afraid of former Prime Minister Gyurcsany.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2018 08:11

Read more: Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz is still afraid of former PM Gyurcsany

Együtt to meet Socialists-P's PM candidate Karácsony

Shortly after the leadership of LMP announced Tuesday afternoon that it would not initiate further talks among parties of the opposition, Hungarian Socialist Party-Dialogue (MSZP-P) prime ministerial candidate Gergely Karácsony announced on his official Facebook page that he would approach leaders of Együtt and Momentum Movement with a "substantial offer".

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2018 07:59

Read more: Együtt to meet Socialists-P's PM candidate Karácsony

LMP steps aside from further talks on opposition cooperation

As a result of the apparent failure to launch a full-scale opposition alliance, Politics Can Be Different (LMP) will not initiate further talks over opposition cooperation in the April 8 general election. However, the small opposition party does not rule out further cooperation or the withdrawal of its candidates in favor of other opposition candidates, reports state news agency MTI.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2018 07:48

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LMP did not want to meet with us, they just could not say no to it, Gyurcsany says

The only positive outcome of the meeting was that the parties present assured each other of their refusal to contemplate a coalition with Fidesz in the event of an electoral defeat of the government forces.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:39

Read more: LMP did not want to meet with us, they just could not say no to it, Gyurcsany says

Gyurcsány achieved one of his aims but a deal on opposition coordination was not made

Head of Democratic Coalition (DK) Ferenc Gyurcsány invited opposition party LMP to start negotiations but there is not yet a satisfactory result. It seemed as if the parties couldn't convince each other whether cooperation with far-right Jobbik is necessary to defeat governing Fidesz. Basically LMP's egoism and inflexibility held them back from further success.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:30

Read more: Gyurcsány achieved one of his aims but a deal on opposition coordination was not made

LMP's Széll refused to hold a common press conference after Sunday meeting of the opposition parties

The negotiation of the opposition parties, proposed by Ferenc Gyurcsány in his speech on the 15th of March was held on Sunday in the HQ of the Democratic Coalition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:54

Read more: LMP's Széll refused to hold a common press conference after Sunday meeting of the opposition parties

Police respond to high schoolers protesters on Hungary’s national holiday

On Thursday, a few hours after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's speech on Kossuth Square, the "I am a student" movement held a protest at the National Opera on Andrássy Blvd. The movement is an offshoot of Hungary's Independent Student Government (FDP). From there, the students moved along to the National Museum and the former headquarters of the Hungarian public radio, before finally being trapped by police officers for blocking traffic on Rákoczi Blvd.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:00

Read more: Police respond to high schoolers protesters on Hungary’s national holiday

Orbán’s threat of revenge fires up the opposition parties

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's decision to use his speech on a Hungarian national holiday to explicitly threaten legal and political revenge against his opponents has opposition politicians, journalists, academics and civil liberties activists wondering if the election on 8 April is, indeed, a "do or die" situation.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 March 2018 14:55

Read more: Orbán’s threat of revenge fires up the opposition parties

Hungary's Orban says Europe is now 'under invasion' by migrants, vows to exact vengeance after elections

Viktor Orbán steps up far-right rhetoric as he campaigns for third term as prime minister. He didn't really say anything new, except for vowing to exact vengeance after the general election on April 8. "We are a tame and jovial people, but we are neither blind nor [gullible]. Naturally, after the elections, we will get our satisfaction – moral, political, and legal satisfaction – but we cannot waste our energy or time with this right now. Let's shake the attacks off ourselves like a dog shakes the water (off its body)," he said.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2018 19:35

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DK declares solidarity with Slovak anti-gov’t protesters

Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány's Democratic Coalition (DK) has declared solidarity with Slovak demonstrators protesting government corruption and ties with the underworld.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:25

Read more: DK declares solidarity with Slovak anti-gov’t protesters

Hungarians and democrats in Slovakia outraged by Orbán’s comments on alleged Soros plot

Slovakia is in political turmoil after the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova. Mr. Kuciak was investigating corruption within the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico and connections between those in power to the Calabrian Mafia. Remarkably, the seven suspects arrested in connection to the murder were all released without charges. Mr. Fico's Hungarian coalition partner, the Most-Híd party, successfully pressured the Minister of Interior, Robert Kalinak, to resign, as mass anti-government protests continue to grip Slovakia. How does Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán see those protesting his Slovak ally?

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 19:53

Read more: Hungarians and democrats in Slovakia outraged by Orbán’s comments on alleged Soros plot

Orban's deputy PM secret luxory hunting trips to Sweden

Conservative daily Magyar Nemzet published videos, photos and documents proving that Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén used to take part in luxurious hunts in Sweden for years in total secrecy. Semjén is the second on Fidesz-KDNP's party list for the 2018 parliamentary elections.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 20:10

Read more: Orban's deputy PM secret luxory hunting trips to Sweden

Ron Werber leaves LMP’s campaign

Campaign strategist Ron Werber is no longer advising Politics Can Be Different (LMP). Werber's decision was first reported by Alfahir.hu, a news website affiliated with Jobbik, on March 8th.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 14:49

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Any party that seeks to further divide the opposition is helping Fidesz, Egyutt party says

On Sunday, Együtt chairman Péter Juhász marched around Budapest, sticking a proclamation on the front door of each opposition party's headquarters. The proclamation calls on each opposition party to cooperate in the fielding of candidates in Hungary's individual electoral districts at the general election on April 8.
According to a statement released by Együtt (Together):

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 14:48

Read more: Any party that seeks to further divide the opposition is helping Fidesz, Egyutt party says

Government spends hundreds of billions without public tender

Hundreds of billions of HUF have been granted to be exempt of public tender at the session of the National Defense and Law Enforcement Committee of the Parliament on Monday - writes mno.hu.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 March 2018 21:09

Read more: Government spends hundreds of billions without public tender

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