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Momentum seeks to keep PM Orban and opposition DK chairman Gyurcsany from running in 2018

According to Hungarian news site 444.hu, the Momentum youth political movement are planning on submitting two referendum questions to Hungary's National Elections Office: one on the controversial "Lex CEU" legislation signed into law by President János Áder, and one on establishing term limits for the office of Prime Minister.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:21

Read more: Momentum seeks to keep PM Orban and opposition DK chairman Gyurcsany from running in 2018

US urges Hungary to suspend law threatening CEU

U.S. kicks CEU ball back to Hungary's court.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:04

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EU commissioner tells Hungarians to resist Orban

Eurobserver reports that he Hungarian government's efforts to shut down a university in Budapest drew a sharp rebuke from the EU's commissioner for justice. European justice commissioner Vera Jourova on Monday (10 April) called on civil society to stand up to prime minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government and his broader efforts to create an illiberal democracy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:41

Read more: EU commissioner tells Hungarians to resist Orban

Financial Times: Viktor Orban is Europe’s enemy within

Jan-Werner Müller, a professor of politics at Princeton University writes in the Financial Times that Hungary receives subsidies from Brussels, yet disregards the rules of the EU club.

There is more speculation than ever about a possible "end of the EU". It might come with a bang — think of the sudden implosion that many feared at the height of the crisis in the eurozone — or with a whimper, as countries follow Britain in leaving voluntarily - Müller writes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:01

Read more: Financial Times: Viktor Orban is Europe’s enemy within

Hungary’s President János Áder signs Lex CEU sparking protests

Hungary's President János Áder has signed legislation amending the Higher Education Acton on Monday, just before his deadline. The new law is effectively targeting Central European University (CEU), founded in 1991 by George Soros, who is basically public enemy number one for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for his liberal approach, especially regarding Europe's migration crisis and his funding of non-governmental organisations, which are the latest targets of the right-wing government. CEU said it will "immediately seek all available legal remedies." Ader said the new law is not unconstitutional. Late on Monday hundreds of protesters walked to the state radio office, in a spontaneous rally, and put up a European Union flag on the building, according to a video posted on local website Index. Protesters faced a line of police and Index said police used paprika spray on them. The protest ended about 0020 GMT on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:42

Read more: Hungary’s President János Áder signs Lex CEU sparking protests

Hungary's ruling Fidesz delegates to National Security Committee walk out of Monday session

Opposition MP Bernadett Szél (LMP) was involved in an unusual event in Parliament Monday, resulting in an unprecedented no-quorum of the National Security Committee, Magyar Nemzet reports.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 08:45

Read more: Hungary's ruling Fidesz delegates to National Security Committee walk out of Monday session

University directors call on Hungary's Orbán cabinet to withdraw 'lex CEU'

Directors of London School of Economics, Hardvard University and University College London called on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government in a joint letter to reconsider and withdraw new legislation that would essentially mean the end of the operation of Central European University (CEU) in Hungary. Orbán's cabinet is the first European government that seeks to close a successful university for political reasons, they said.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 13:37

Read more: University directors call on Hungary's Orbán cabinet to withdraw 'lex CEU'

State and pro-gov’t media claim Soros provided bus and plane tickets to protesters

Budapest Beacon, an English language newsportal reports, that State and pro-government media outlets weighed in on Sunday's demonstrations with disappointment, declaring that "a critical mass didn't come together in the case of Soros university." The estimated 80,000-strong crowd that assembled in Budapest Sunday afternoon was described by pro-government tabloid ripost.hu as "a clear disappointment."

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 13:18

Read more: State and pro-gov’t media claim Soros provided bus and plane tickets to protesters

Tens of thousands protest in Hungary over threat to Central European University

Tens of thousands of people have protested in Budapest against legislation that could force the Central European University, founded by the financier George Soros, to move out of Hungary. Organisers said up to 80,000 people took part in the rally, making it the largest anti-government protest in years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 06:19

Read more: Tens of thousands protest in Hungary over threat to Central European University

Opposition parties protest NGO crackdown Russian-style bill submitted by Orban's Fidesz

Fidesz has officially proposed an anticipated bill which appears designed to crack down on NGOs in Hungary. Earlier this week, we reported that 444.hu had obtained a leak of the bill. The official bill contains the same provisions as those listed in the leaked version.
According to the bill,

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 13:12

Read more: Opposition parties protest NGO crackdown Russian-style bill submitted by Orban's Fidesz

Hungary to cooperate with Iran on setting up a nuclear reactor

The Hungarian and the Western Word's public learned that Iran and Hungary are on the verge of signing an agreement to expand nuclear cooperation from The Tehran Times, the English-language voice of the Islamic Revolution.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 07:14

Read more: Hungary to cooperate with Iran on setting up a nuclear reactor

DK urges EU-commissioner Navracsics to order probe of Lex CEU

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party has called on Tibor Navracsics, European commissioner for education, youth and sport, to order an investigation into the Hungarian government's recent "anti-Central European University" law.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 06:43

Read more: DK urges EU-commissioner Navracsics to order probe of Lex CEU

Russian code used to track access on gov’t national consultation website

444.hu noticed a few interesting lines of code on the government's national consultation website. The website, which was set up by Antal Rogán's propaganda ministry, asks users to provide their name, e-mail address and age before allowing them to fill out the online version of the government's latest national consultation.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 12:03

Read more: Russian code used to track access on gov’t national consultation website

MEPs want action against Hungary after law targets CEU

Politicians across the European Parliament have denounced moves in Hungary, which could force out the Central European University – funded by George Soros – despite protests. "We all have to respect, we want to respect values to which we subscribed: that means especially freedom, democracy, human rights, peace. And when I am thinking about the Central European University, freedom of education," said Roza Thun, a Polish centre-right MEP.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 18:41

Read more: MEPs want action against Hungary after law targets CEU

Thousands Protest Against Lex CEU Amid 'Orbanocracy' Claims

Thousands of people formed a human chain around the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest after the Hungarian parliament passed legislation that could effectively shut down the institution, which was founded by Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 18:33

Read more: Thousands Protest Against Lex CEU Amid 'Orbanocracy' Claims

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