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Olympic Games
| April 27, 2016
100 days to the Rio OlympicsWith 100 days left till the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Chain Bridge in Budapest was illuminated in the colors of the Brazilian flag. The opening ceremony will take place in the Maracanã Stadium on 5 August 2016.
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Scandal
| April 26, 2016
UNESCO to investigate Hungarian gov't projectA UNESCO committee will investigate whether or not a planned 100 sqm balcony being built to the Karmelita Monastery in the Buda Castle is according to the permission given by UNESCO to the Hungarian Prime Minister's Office.
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Domestic issues
| April 25, 2016
Hungarian constitution: celebration and protestThe Hungarian governing parties have celebrated the 5th anniversary of the country’s new constitution, the Fundamental Law, At the same time, a few hundred people protested against the Law and the plan to move PM Viktor Orbán's office to the Buda Castle.
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Quote of the week
The government’s great reform brought about a system that stripped students of the joy of learning and stripped teachers of the joy of teaching. The regime is consciously throwing into poverty an entire new generation. Our patience has run dry. We are here, so as to declare together, that enough is enough. We won’t stand idly by.
- Mrs. Piroska Galló, Head of the Teachers' Trade Union in Hungary
 
EU affairs
| April 22, 2016
V4 to fight fraud in the digital economyThe Visegrád Group countries will draft a joint proposal for the European Commission against fraud in the digital economy, Hungarian Economy Minister Mihály Varga said after a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Amsterdam on Friday.
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Education
| April 20, 2016
Nationwide teacher strike in HungaryPiroska Galló, the head of teachers’ union PSZ, declared Wednesday’s nationwide day-long teacher strike a success. The latest reports from the union’s county offices indicate that 24,960 public school teachers and workers participated in the strike.
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Corruption
| April 19, 2016
Corruption permeates Hungarian economyThe perception of bribery and corruption among corporate executives has not changed meaningfully over the last four years, according to the 14th Global Fraud Survey by Ernst & Young. In Hungary, this ratio is well above even the regional average at 66%.
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Commemoration
| April 17, 2016
March of the Living in BudapestThousands marched in the streets of the Hungarian capital Sunday to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. The march is the largest civic demonstration against racism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazi and anti-democratic movements in Hungary.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
Sándor Laczkó | April 16, 2016
Reaching out to Hungary proactively"I have received a very warm welcome from the Hungarian government and the people. Their interest in Indian culture and appreciation of our traditions has helped considerably in my duties,” Indian Ambassador Rahul Chhabra tells Diplomacy & Trade.
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EU affairs
| April 15, 2016
Hungarian PM proposes Schengen 2.0Speaking at at the meeting of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) held in Lisbon on Friday, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán has proposed a ten-point action plan for protecting the external borders of the European Union and free movement within the EU.
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Int'l relations
| April 13, 2016
Swiss National Council President visits HungarySwitzerland is a “very important strategic partner” for Hungary, parliamentary speaker László Kövér said after meeting Christa Markwalder, President of the National Council of Switzerland, who was also received by Hungarian President János Áder.
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Information technology
| April 12, 2016
Misys teams up with Hungarian software developerInternational financial software developer firm Misys has partnered with Dorsum, an innovative investment software provider in Hungary, to integrate online brokerage functionality in its Misys FusionBanking Essence digital channels software
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Commerce
| April 11, 2016
Hungarian govn't backs off from shopping banHungarian government cabinet chief Antal Rogán has announced that the government proposes to parliament to revoke the law, enacted on March 14, that banned stores of over 200 sq meters from opening on Sunday in the country.
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Science
| April 8, 2016
EU Commissioner visits laser center in SzegedThe EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, paid a visit the EU-funded super laser center in Szeged, southern Hungary, on Friday. The EU’s large-scale project will create world-class research environment in central Europe.
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Hungary vs. EU
| April 6, 2016
Hungarian govn't in dispute with EurostatThe Hungarian government is in a professional dispute with Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, over lending by Eximbank, Hungarian Economy Minister Mihály Varga is quoted by the financial website portfolio.hu.
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Demonstration
| April 4, 2016
Dairy farmers, cows march in protestDozens of dairy farmers - and half a dozen cows - marched on the streets of the Hungarian capital this Monday in a protest for more subsidies - by the European Union and the Hungarian state - as well as for better market opportunities.
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Civil Movement
| April 23, 2016
Thousands of cyclists gathered to ride through downtown Budapest this Saturday afternoon at the intitiative of the Hungarian Cyclists' Club, calling for the popularization of cycling traffic in cities and further improvements for bicycle riders.
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Award
| April 21, 2016
The oldest tree in Bátaszék (S Hungary), a downy oak, won the 2016 European Tree of the Year contest. It received 72,653 votes ahead of 14 entries from another 14 countries, according to the EC-supported Environmental Partnership Association (EPA).
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Gastronomy
| April 20, 2016
The first full week-end this May will see the third Food Truck Show Budapest in the Kincsem Park horse racing venue. The main is to present food trucks offering the best quality meals and drinks to the audience who can also enjoy several horse races.
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Automotive industry
| April 18, 2016
German engineering giant Siemens and French automotive supplier Valeo will manufacture engines for electric and hybrid cars. The venture will be headquartered in Germany with facilities in China, France, Norway, Poland and Hungary.
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Award
| April 14, 2016
The Lookout Tower (by NARTARCHITECTS) at Galyatető, Hungary's second highest point (964 meters) has been voted as the 2016 Public Winner in the Architecture+Renovation category of the Architizer A+Awards.
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Olympic Games
| April 13, 2016
A number of Hungarian athletes who have already qualified for the Rio Olympics, as well as a few officials who will also be members of the Hungarian delegation at this year's Summer Olympic Games tried on the uniforms of the Hungarian team.
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Festival
| April 9, 2016
The Budapest Spring Festival 2016, launched this Friday, offers a number of programs in a variety of categories ranging from orchestral concerts, opera and dance performances to contemporary crossover productions between April 8 and 24.
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Sports
| April 9, 2016
Team Russia 1 (Paradise) skated to the gold medal in Budapest, winning the first World title for Russia in synchronized skating. Finland 2 (The Rockettes) moved up one spot to take the silver and Team USA 1 (Haydenettes) captured the bronze medal.
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Commemoration
| April 5, 2016
A painting made jointly by Hungarian artist László Albert and French artist Marie-Claude Eisenbeth-Combeau to commemorate the victims of the terror attacks in Paris last November has been presented in Kaposvár, western Hungary this Tuesday.
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Exhibition
| April 4, 2016
Porcelain objects made in the world-renowned porcelain manufacture in Herend, Western Hungary, are packed in the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest to take them for a two-year special traveling exhibition in five Japanese cities.
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