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Hundreds protest against Bayer's anti-Roma statements

Several hundred supporters of the opposition in Hungary demonstrated on Sunday against racist statements made about the Romani minority by a co-founder of the conservative governing party Fidesz in front of the party's headquarters in Budapest. The protest was organized by the Democratic Coalition group of former socialist PM Ferenc Gyurcsány.

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Hungary gold medallist Dániel Gyurta honors Alexander Dale Oen

Hungarian gold medallist Dániel Gyurta on Saturday presented a copy of his gold from the 200m breaststroke to the family of Alexander Dale Oen. Gyurta was a friend – and competitor – of Dale Oen.

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Hungary Matolcsy blames Roubini for Forint's fall

Hungary's economy ministry blamed American economist Nouriel Roubini's research firm for sparking a slide in the country's currency, despite recent comments by the ministry's top official hinting that a weakening wouldn't be unwelcome.

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Democratic Coalition's program

According to the program, Hungary's situation is grave. The present government created "subjects" (alattvalók) from citizens, and it serves only the interests of the Christian-conservative middle class. Democratic Coalition (DK) wants a western type of country and wants to create "a new European world." "The DK's program doesn't promise immediate improvements or that the citizens' lives will be a great deal better after 2014. We are aware that the heritage of Orbán will require years of pain. It will be necessary to take steps that might affect certain groups in the electorate, certain sectors, and certain areas of the country. We want to talk about these possible developments frankly," says Ferenc Gyurcsány, whose signature is affixed to the document.

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Hungary Forint slides to seven-month low on Matolcsy currency comments

The forint slumped for a second day, touching a seven-month low, after Economy Minister György Matolcsy said Hungary should avoid using currency strength to fight the European Union's fastest inflation.

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The Economist on Hungary PM Viktor Orbán

The new year has not started well for Viktor Orbán, Hungary's populist prime minister. On January 4th the Constitutional Court threw out his plan to redesign the electoral system.

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Hungary government mulls double-header vote for national, European parliaments in 2014

Elections for Hungary's parliament and for the European Parliament could be held together in May next year, the deputy group leader of the ruling Fidesz party told InfoRádió on Thursday.

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Bayer's anti-Roma remarks "unacceptable", says Reding

Hungarian journalist Zsolt Bayer's recent remarks concerning the Roma minority are unacceptable, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, said on Thursday.

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Socialists to join Democratic Coalition's demonstration on Sunday

Ruling party Fidesz has until Friday noon to take action against one of its members, the journalist Zsolt Bayer, whose recent article has been widely condemned as offensive to Hungary's Roma community, an official of electoral movement Together 2014 said on Wednesday.

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Former PM Bajnai on the tasks of the coming years

Changing the government at the 2014 election will not mean restoring the status quo ante, Gordon Bajnai, leader of the electoral movement Together 2014, told MTI in an interview.

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Government to wind up the agency in charge of disbursing EU funds

The government plans eliminate the national development agency which distributes billions of euros of EU funds and transfer this responsibility to ministry officials, according to press reports.

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"Bayer is not a racist, but a clown" – ruling Fidesz executive says

The National Forum of Hungarian Roma is filing a criminal complaint against Magyar Hírlap journalist Zsolt Bayer over an article published on January 5, the organisation announced on Wednesday.

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Ombudsman slams transfer of Azeri murderer

Civil rights ombudsman Máté Szabó criticised last Friday the repatriation in August of a convicted murderer who was summarily pardoned upon his return to Azerbaijan.

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Nearing the elections: Hungary government mulls 13th month pension

In a bid to beef up support by the sizeable retired population Hungary's government is considering the re-introduction of a 13th-month pension, local news portal index.hu reported on Wednesday. If the EU lets Hungary out of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP), the government will turn a deaf ear to criticism about its profligacy.

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Did Orbán get a slap in the face?

European media dealt with the decision of the Hungarian Constitutional Court on forcing the Hungarian two-third-government to abandon voter registration move.

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