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Hungary’s foreign minister urges cooperation with Russia in “military-technical sphere”

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó was in Russia last week laying the groundwork for the annual meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán scheduled to take place in Budapest on Thursday. Szijjártó also used the trip as an opportunity to strengthen Hungary's ties with Russia by praising Russia's state-controlled media, specifically RT, and by planning for "cooperation in the military-technical sphere" between the two countries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:59

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Hungarian corruption becomes one of the worst in EU, BNE Intellinews study

Hungary dropped seven places on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI) on January 26. The country finished in the 57th place out of the 176 countries examined, joining the ranks of the worst performers in the EU alongside Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:56

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Company linked to Orban’s son-in-law got involved in public project years before winning the tender, secret recording shows

A company formerly owned by István Tiborcz, the Hungarian prime minister's son-in-law, had got involved in the preparations of a major public project nearly two years before it won the tender for it, shows a secretly made audio recording obtained by Direkt36.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:49

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Farewell to the independent media

How is it possible to maintain the few remaining critical outlets that are independent from the government in Hungary? What type of compromises should be made to this end? And where is the end of the acceptable compromises, from where the unprincipled deal starts? – Zoltán Gál J., departing editor-in-cjief of the Vasárnapi Hírek and former politician of the MSZP wrote his last publication about these questions in the publication.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:04

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Anti-Olympics movement member said to socialist politician Hungary needs politicians who take action instead of just holding press conferences

The head of Momentum Movement (MoMo) Mr. András Fekete-Győr had harsh words for socialist Member of European Parliament (MEP) Mr. Tibor Szanyi. Mr. Fekete-Győr said that Hungary needs politicians who take action instead of just holding press conferences at the venues of the NOlympics campaign.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:06

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DK: When will handcuffs be slapped on the Fidesz mayor of Izsák?

Online news portal Index reported that the hunting lodge built from an EU subsidy of 35 million forints was not a single case in the life of the mayor of Izsák. The ruling Fidesz mayor, József Mondok had another house built for himself earlier, at that time from EU funds of 50 million forints.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:39

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Venues for the uncertain Olympic Games

The prospects for the 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest have never looked as uncertain as today.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:03

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Orbán meets Szeged mayor, Socialist PM candidate Botka

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán signed a cooperation agreement under the government's Modern Cities scheme with László Botka, Socialist mayor of Szeged, in southern Hungary. Orbán said after the signing ceremony that Szeged had "all the potential to become an outstanding regional centre".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:26

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Ahead of Putin's visit to Budapest

Russian president Vladimir Putin makes an official visit to Hungary on February 2., only two years after his last visit in 2015. As FreeHungary reported earlier,  Hungary is the only EU member state that enjoys such frequent visits from the Russian leader since the annexation of Crimea.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:33

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DK urges establishment of European prosecutor

Neither the government nor the governing Fidesz party will be able to block the establishment of a European prosecutor, a Democratic Coalition party MEP told a news conference. Péter Niedermüller said it would be possible to slow the process of establishing a European prosecutor but blocking it would be out of the question.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:12

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Gyurcsány to hold "state of the nation" speech

According to the traditions, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary and incumbent chairman of the Democratic Coalition will be holding again his annual "state of the nation" speech.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:08

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The plan of László Botka seems already to fail?

The other actors of the left wing do not support Szeged mayor, László Botka from MSZP as prime minister candidate, they would like to have their own prime ministerial candidate.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:55

Read more: The plan of László Botka seems already to fail?

Government propaganda starts total war against anti-Olympics movement

The leaders of the Momentum Movement (MM) gave an interview to the online news site 444.hu last Wednesday. The movement collects signatures to hold a referendum against the Olympics in Budapest. In the interview the heads of the movement said that since they apparently cut the government to the quick by attacking them to hold Olympics in Hungary, the movement leaders are prepared for the prospective negative campaign by the ruling party's (Fidesz) media.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:53

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Fidesz is praising Gyurcsány once again

The opposition parties lack credibility, given that they keep doing the opposite of what they say. This is what Lajos Kósa declared a week ago, in the pro-government TV2 station's morning programme called Mokka.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:47

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DK: EU anti-fraud office says releasing Metro 4 report national gov’t competence

Nothing is preventing the Hungarian government from releasing a report by the European Union's anti-fraud office (OLAF) that identifies corruption surrounding Hungary's metro 4 construction project, a MEP for the Democratic Coalition (DK) party said in Brussels. Csaba Molnár told reporters that OLAF Director General Giovanni Kessler had replied in the affirmative to his query concerning whether the government had the right to publish the report.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 04:39

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