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Oil industry
| July 23, 2014
Croatia to buy back INA from Hungary's MOLThe Croatian government is urging talks on a secured loan to buy back shares of oil and gas company INA from Hungarian counterpart MOL, Croatian Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak was reported by portfolio.hu as saying.
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Scandal
| July 22, 2014
Controversial monument not inauguratedA monument that the Hungarian government says is that of the victims of the Nazi occupation in Hungary was completed under the cover of darkness in downtown Budapest in order to avoid protests. The government says there will be no inauguration.
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Sports
| July 21, 2014
15-year-old wins cross-Balaton swimming15-year-old Bence Balzam from the northern Serbian settlement of Opština Bečej (or Óbecse, with substantial Hungarian population) won this year's cross-Balaton swimming between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár this past Saturday.
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Electronics industry
| July 18, 2014
Nokia factory to close, Audi might helpMicrosoft Corp announced on Thursday that it plans a "phased exit" from the town of Komárom, W of Budapest, where Nokia employs 1,800 people. The Hungarian arm of German carmaker Audi said they might be able to help those that will be laid off.
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Economy
| July 17, 2014
HEBC for sustainable and inclusive growthThe Hungarian European Business Council, incorporating the most important international companies present in Hungary, has published its 16th annual report, calls on the Hungarian government to create "sustainable and inclusive growth".
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Hungary vs. EU
| July 16, 2014
New EU infringement proceedings against HungaryThe European Commission opened infringement proceedings against Hungary last week over the country’s new electronic toll collection (ETC) system and the unsatisfactory implementation of several EU directives, the MTI news agency reports.
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Quote of the week
If you take quality, together with the cost level, and the university relations, R&D (especially software R&D) has a clear future in Hungary.
- Róbert Ésik, CEO of NSN Hungary
 
Automotive industry
| July 15, 2014
Audi to start three-shift production in HungaryGerman car-maker Audi is to introduce a three-shift operation in the middle of August, this year at its plant in Győr, Northwest Hungary. The company says the reason for the change is growing demand for its premium models, especially the TT and the TTS Coupé.
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Military
| July 10, 2014
NATO commanding general visits HungaryLieutenant-General Frederick Ben Hodges, Commanding General, NATO Allied Land Command has paid a visit to Hungary where he met with several commanders of the Hungarian defence forces, discussing Hungarian contributions to NATO operations.
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Finance
| July 7, 2014
Government to eliminate FX loansForeign-currency denominated loans will be eliminated from Hungary's lending market by way of converting them to Hungarian forint (HUF) loans before the end of this year, Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga told public media on Monday.
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Media
| July 4, 2014
RTL prepared to fight Hungarian governmentRTL is prepared to "fight tooth and nail" against Hungary's advertising tax, the words of CEO of the most popular Hungarian commercial TV channel RTL Klub Dirk Gerkens is quoted by portfolio.hu from his interview with the Reuters news agency.
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Commemoration
| June 30, 2014
Europe’s freedom commemorated in SopronThe 25th anniversary of the dismantling of the Iron Curtain was celebrated near Sopron, NW Hungary, where the barbed wire was cut in 1989 to begin the demolition of the closed border. This symbolic gesture is remembered today by a memorial stone.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| June 25, 2014
Hungary and Norway: a win-win partnership“The main reason for Norway to maintain an embassy in Budapest is because both countries are members of NATO – something very important today in the light of the Ukrainian situation," Norwegian Ambassador Tove Skarstein tells Diplomacy & Trade.
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Survey
| June 23, 2014
Economic expectations hardly changed in JuneAfter one and a half years of spectacular rise, the GKI-Erste economic sentiment index reached a peak in April. After a decrease in May, expectations improved slightly in the business sector in June, whereas the consumer confidence index continued to decline.
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Real estate
| June 19, 2014
Hungarian expert in Sierra LeoneRecognizing difficulties on the real estate market in Sierra Leone, West Africa, the Hungarian firm TWD Investments Plc. - drawing on the knowledge of its owners about local conditions and the experience of its management - plans various projects in that country.
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Trade
| June 12, 2014
China Smart Expo in BudapestThe China Smart Expo 2014 in Budapest aims to bring together Central and Eastern European enterprises with their potential Chinese partners. The exhibitions and trade fairs provide great opportunity to directly meet with the Chinese manufacturers.
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Government
| June 9, 2014
New Hungarian Foreign Minister takes officeWith the formation of the new Orbán government, the new foreign minister, Tibor Navracsics took over his new portfolio from the outgoing minister, János Martonyi. The name of the ministry also changes: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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Media
| June 6, 2014
News portal editors quit in protestThe entire staff of Origo News have decided to leave the news portal after their editor-in-chief was abruptly fired, reportedly on political pressure, i.e. for their stories opposing and criticising Viktor Orbán and his cabinet too much.
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Advertorial
| June 4, 2014
Business class cervices, a new episode in flightAir France-KLM is one of the most important airlines in Hungary. Since customer comfort in Business Class services is very important for both Air France and KLM. Therefore, there have been a lot of innovations in this field.
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Government
| May 29, 2014
Prime Minister names members of new cabinetPrime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced the names of his candidates for ministers of his next government in a letter sent to the Speaker of Parliament. Except for three people, the list includes same names as the previous government.
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Judiciary
| May 28, 2014
European Court rules against Hungarian governmentThe European Court of Human Rights ruled that Hungary had fired one of its most senior judges for criticism of the government. The impact of the decision, however, will be mainly symbolic, as the ECHR imposed no punishment on Hungary.
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Elections
| May 26, 2014
Low turnout at the EP elections in Hungary Less than 29% of the electorate voted at the EP elections in Hungary this Sunday. 12 of the 21 Hungarian seats were won by the governing Fidesz, with Jobbik, the Socialists, the Democratic coalition, the Together PM and LMP also passing the 5% threshold.
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Finance
| May 21, 2014
ING Investment Management leaves HungaryING Investment Management, which was the third-largest on the Hungarian market in 2010 with HUF 1.2 trillion worth of funds managed, is winding up its local operation. The company’s foreign owner decided to cease operation of the Hungarian unit as of July 2014.
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Innovation
| May 20, 2014
Hungary must become an innovation hubThe Hungarian government will do everything in its power to help Hungary turn into not only a production but an innovation centre, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said at the general assembly of the Hungarian Association for Innovation.
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Hungarian economy
| May 14, 2014
SME sector struggling in Hungary The SME sector struggling in Hungary with a sharp rise in bankruptcies and a shattered structure of companies. That was one of the issues were addressed at the Portfolio CEE Private Equity & Corporate Finance conference in Budapest.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| May 13, 2014
Hungary and Mexico celebrate 40th anniversaryThis year Hungary and Mexico celebrate the 40th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. On this occasion, Diplomacy & Trade has recently presented an interview with the Mexican Ambassador to Hungary, Isabel Bárbara Téllez Rosete.
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Government
| May 10, 2014
PM Orbán enacted for new termHungary's new national assembly re-elected Viktor Orbán as prime minister on Saturday, with 130 votes (of his 133-strong 2/3 majority) in favor and 57 (of the 66-member opposition) against, after which he took the oath of office, and addressed Parliament.
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| May 9, 2014
EEA and Norway Grants to Hungary suspendedNorway has decided to suspend further disbursements of funds to Hungary under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme because the Hungarian government changed the system of the implementation and monitoring of the Grants scheme.
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Environment
| May 8, 2014
V4 environmental co-operation agreement The V4 group, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, signed an agreement on environmental cooperation in Visegrád, north of Budapest. The document deals, among other things, with the EU's proposed package of air quality management strategy and GMO deals.
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Crisis management
| May 5, 2014
European Institute of PeaceEight countries, including Hungary, participate in the establishment and start of operation of the European Institute of Peace, with the aim of contributing to the prevention of conflicts and the handling of crises emerging on the continent and other regions.
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Hungarian economy
| April 30, 2014
Government outlines new convergence programThe Hungarian government projects 2.9% of GDP budget deficit for 2014 and over 3% economic growth for 2017 in its convergence program sent to the European Commission. The program was outlined to the press by Economics Minister Mihály Varga.
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Conference
| April 29, 2014
Model Institutions for a Sustainable FutureSupporting the spread of future generations’ institutions – at the national, sub-national and UN levels – was the call that attracted dozens of experts, policymakers and journalists to Hungary’s parliament building the last week-end in Budapest.
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EU affairs
| April 28, 2014
EU puts on hold paying new bills to Hungary The European Commission is not suspending the payment of development funds for Hungary, but for now, Brussels will only pay the bills submitted by 15 April until every question about the country’s new tendering system is clarified.
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Conference
| April 24, 2014
Crime, Responsibility, MemoryThe Research Center for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Holocaust Memorial Center organized an international conference ‘Crime, Responsibility – Memory’ on the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian Holocaust.
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Economic forecast
| April 23, 2014
Economic sentiment rises to 15-year highThe GKI-Erste economic sentiment index, which has been rising spectacularly for 18 months according to seasonally-adjusted figures in Hungary, has gone up in April and expectations reached their highest in more than 15 years.
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Investment
| April 18, 2014
Ferdinand Gross logistics base in Hungary Ferdinand Gross Hungary Ltd., a German company affiliate, the wholesaler of screws and fasteners, small mounting parts and supplies, has inaugurated its logistics base in the Tatabánya industrial park, west of Budapest.
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Construction industry
| April 16, 2014
Major property deal in BudapestHungary bought a 12,000-square-meter plot suitable for the purposes of Budapest's new convention center from a subsidiary of TriGránit, investor Sándor Demján's real estate development company, news site Napi.hu reported.
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Economic relations
| April 15, 2014
Proactive help for Finnish firms in Hungary At FinPro, Finland’s national trade, internationalization and investment development organization, the main line of activity is partner searching. In the recent Finland Focus of Diplomacy & Trade, the head of FinPro in Hungary talked about the organization.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
Sándor Laczkó | April 11, 2014
Finland is cooler thank you thinkAs the leading article of its Finalnd focus earlier this year, Diplomacy & Trade carried an interview with the Finnish ambassador to Hungary, Pasi Tuominen who talks about the various aspects of bilateral relations and the spreading of Finnish values.
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Electronics industry
| April 9, 2014
Hungary's second largest Samsung plant closesSamsung SDI Hungary, located in Göd, northeast of Budapest, is closing down. It was was the second-largest local unit in the country that manufactured color picture tubes (CPT), plasma display panels (PDP) and mobile phone displays.
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Foreign relations
| April 8, 2014
Hungarian Foreign Minister Martonyi to quit“As the term of the current government expires, I will finish my foreign service.” That is what Hungarian Foreign Minister János indicated to the Hungarian news portal [origo] when asked at a conference this Tuesday in Budapest.
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Elections
| April 7, 2014
Governing party wins parliamentary electionsThe governing party Fidesz won the Hungarian parliamentary elections held this Sunday. It is yet to be seen whether Viktor Orbán's party can retain its two-thirds majority since a few constituencies are too close to call.
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OPINION
Constitutional lawyer György Kolláth | April 4, 2014
Fool’s drawIn a thoroughly substantiated opinion written for a recent issue of Diplomacy & Trade, constitutional lawyer György Kolláth is of the view that the new election rules introduced by the governing two-thirds majority clearly favor the governing party.
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Elections in Hungary
| April 3, 2014
Parliamentary elections in Hungary on SundayHungarians go to the polls this Sunday to elect a new parliament under new rulesset by the current government and passed by the governing two thirds majority - rules that are considered by experts to produce more disproportionate results.
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Int'l relations
| April 1, 2014
 Hungary fully supports sanctions against RussiaThe Hungarian Government will give its full support to any sanctions approved by the European Union against Russia in connection with the crisis in Ukraine, Foreign Minister János Martonyi has said on CNN, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry reports.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| March 26, 2014
Egyptian ambassador to Hungary passes awayDiplomacy & Trade has learned with great sorrow that the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Hungary, Dr. Ashraf Mohsen Mohamed Mohsen has passed away at the age of 50. He served his country in Budapest since March 2012.
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Oil industry
| March 25, 2014
MOL closes North Sea search license acquisitionHungarian oil and gas group MOL has announced that it has successfully closed its previously announced North Sea acquisition, adding that the region was a "very attractive area", the Hungarian financial website, portfolio.hu reports.
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Bilateral relations
| March 24, 2014
Polish President visits Hungary The President of the Republic of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski visited Hungary this past week-end to take part in events held on the occasion of the Day of Hungarian Polish Friendship. He was hosted by his Hungarian counterpart, János Áder.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
Sándor Laczkó | March 21, 2014
Latvia 2014: Euro and Cultural Capital  The Baltic state of Latvia features in the news early this year as it became the 18th state of the Euro-zone and Riga is the cultural capital of Europe. On this occasion, Diplomacy & Trade has recently carried an interview with Latvian ambassador Imants Liegis.
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Defense
| March 18, 2014
NATO radar inaugurated in HungaryA NATO radar station has been inaugurated in Medina, southern Hungary, completing the control of Hungarian airspace with the two similar 3D radar towers in the country. The total cost of the project is HUF 1.05 billion (EUR 3.4 million).
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Int'l relations
| March 17, 2014
Hungary does not recognize Crimea electionsThe Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairshas issued a communiqué, which states that Hungary considers illegitimate and illegal the March 16 referendum and its results in the Crimean Autonomous Republic of Ukraine as it violates the constitution.
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Int'l relations
| March 13, 2014
Hungary opens towards Latin AmericaOn the model of its policy opening to the countries of the East, the Hungarian government plans a similar move towards Latin America. As part of this effort, Budapest will host the second Hungary – Latin America Forum this summer.
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Defense
| March 12, 2014
Hungary's NATO membership: 15th anniversaryPeace and freedom are not gifts provided by nature, we have to fight for these values day by day, Hungarian President János Áder pointed out at the the Hungarian and NATO Air Base in Pápa, NW Hungary on the 15th anniversary of Hungary's NATO membership.
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Energy supply
| March 10, 2014
Central Europe requests American gas supplyThe ambassadors of the V4 countries to the United States have made a plea to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for the United States to export natural gas to Central and Eastern Europe to ease the region’s dependence of gas supply from Russia.
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Economic relations
| March 7, 2014
British Business Centre opens in BudapestThe British Business Centre, established with the cooperation of the British Embassy, the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH) was officially aunched this Friday in downtown Budapest.
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Sports
| July 14, 2014
The Hungarian capital welcomes the continent's best waterpolo teams in the next two weeks, starting on Monday, July 14. At the tournament, the host nation is among the favorites both in the men's and the women's fields.
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Sports
| July 11, 2014
Northern Budapest side Újpest FC (the 2014 Cup Winners) won the Hungarian football Super Cup on Friday after a penalty shoot-out against this year's league champions Debrecen following a golless draw in the Hungarian capital's Puskás Stadium.
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History
| July 9, 2014
In its recent Dutch focus, Diplomacy & Trade featured an article by the Dutch Department of the University of Debrecen on how they see the different aspects of seven-century history of relationship between Hungarians and the Dutch.
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Weather
| July 8, 2014
Severe storms were reported from all over Hungary on Tuesday, causing damages to several buildings and flooding the streets of some countryside towns. They ended a heatwave of several days with temperatures well over 30 degrees Celsius.
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Business club
| July 3, 2014
The Diplomacy & Trade Club ('The Club') presented its recent country focus supplement on Norway at the residence of the Norwegian Ambassador to Hungary, Tove Skarstein Wednesday evening with with diplomats, businesspeople attending.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
Dutch Ambassador Gajus Scheltema | July 2, 2014
Getting to know birds and people - this is the slogan for Dutch Ambassador Gajus Scheltema who arrived to Hungary les than a year ago. For the Witty Leaks section of Diplomacy & Trade, he wrote a piece on how he took up bird watching as a hobby.
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Festival
| July 1, 2014
Thousands of youngsters gathered for day zero on Tuesday for the 22nd VOLT music festival in Sopron, NW Hungary. Organizers expect some 110,000 peoplefor the five-day event that ends on Sunday with the concert of the British band 'Arctic Monkeys'.
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Witty Leaks
Japanese ambassador Tadamichi Yamamoto | June 27, 2014
In Diplomacy & Trade’s Witty Leaks series, diplomats give their personal account of the experiences of their “excursions” to Hungarian culture, art, gastronomy and landscape. This time, the topic is the enjoyment of health spas and wine tasting.
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Business club
| June 26, 2014
The Diplomacy & Trade Business Club (The Club) held a special session in the Gundel restaurant in Budapest as diplomats said farewell to János Martonyi who finished his second term as Hungary's foreign minister earlier this month.
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EU affairs
| June 24, 2014
At a meeting in Luxembourg, the new Hungarian minister of foreign affairs and trade Tibor Navracsics said that Hungary was ready to undertake a role in a non-military mission by the European Union aimed at consolidating the rule of law in Ukraine.
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Holocaust
László Petrovics-Ofner | June 20, 2014
If fortunate to be in Budapest on this Saturday, June 21, tourists, expats, and Hungarians can partake in one of the best developed tours by manners at once engaging and deeply moving into the brightest, yet, best kept secrets of Hungarian history.
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Sports
| June 18, 2014
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) formally inducted two Hungarians, Olympic Champion Ágnes Kovács and the man credited with inventing the modern wave-style breaststoke, coach József Nagy, into the Hall of Fame.
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Concert
| June 17, 2014
On the 25th anniversary of the reburial of Imre Nagy, the martyr prime minister of the 1956 Hungarian uprising, and also celebrating what the government calls the 'day of Hungarian freedom', a large-scale rock concert was held on Budapest’s Heroes’ Square.
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Culture
| June 17, 2014
The Hungarian capital's annual open-air summer festival of opera, music and dance is staged at two open-air theaters, one on Margaret Island and one in Városmajor Park, on the Buda side of the city, throughout the summer of 2014.
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Culture
| June 16, 2014
World-renowned Hungarian classical pianist and conductor András Schiff, a British citizen since 2001, has been awarded a KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2014 Birthday Honors.
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Sports
| June 13, 2014
The goalkeeper of the legendary Hungarian national soccer side of the late 1940s and early 1950s (the 'Golden Team'), Gyula Grosics passed away this Friday at the age of 88. He was Olympic champion in 1952 and World Cup runner up in 1954.
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Media
| June 11, 2014
The governing party Fidesz and the far-right nationalist Jobbik party have passed a bill on a new advertising tax to be imposed on media companies, publishers, billboard users and online advertisers. Experts claim the measure is politically motivated.
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Weather
| June 10, 2014
The daily heat record for June 10 in Budapest was broken by more than two degrees Celsius this Tuesday as 36.3 degrees were measured in the northern part of the capital. According to the weather forecast, the heat is to decelerate on Thursday, the earliest.
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Airline industry
| June 5, 2014
A biometric ID system has started operating at border control in Budapest's Liszt Ferenc International Airport. Zoltán Török, head of the Airport Police Directorate, said that the system operated on the departure side in order to ensure fast border control.
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Holocaust
| June 3, 2014
As Hungary is commemorating the Holocaust, the embassies of seven countries have initiated a program to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to honour courageous persons who opposed it and saved the life of Jewish families and individuals.
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Sports
| May 22, 2014
Hungary's national football side drew 2-2 with Denmark in Debrecen, eastern Hungary in a friendly international game that served as part of the preparations for the European Championship qualifiers scheduled to begin in September.
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National day
| May 16, 2014
The Norwegian ambassador to Hungary, Tove Skarstein and defence attaché, Colonel Øivind Oland Christensen invited guests, including members of the Norwegian community, to the Ambassador's residence in Budapest to celebrate Norway's National Day.
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Festival
| May 12, 2014
The Hungarian participant of this year's Eurovision song contest, András Kállay-Saunders - with his song entiled 'Running' - finished 5th in Saturday's final from among 26 entries in Tuesday's semifinal in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.
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Science
| May 6, 2014
Internationally acclaimed mathematician and computer scientist László Lovász has been elected as the new president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) at a closed session of the academy’s 185th annual assembly meeting in Budapest this Tuesday.
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Sports
Bosnian Ambassador Zeljko Janjetovic | May 2, 2014
Great jubilees are being commemorated in 2014 and 2015 and the most interesting topic seems to be the two sport events that marked an epoch of relations between two friendly countries - the Bosnian ambassador recalls to Diplomacy & Trade
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Invention
| April 25, 2014
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ in the United States hosts the exhibition ‘Beyond Rubik’s Cube’ held at the 40th anniversary of the invention of the Rubik’s cube by Hungarian architect and toy designer Ernő Rubik.
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Traffic
| April 22, 2014
The Hungarian Ministry of National Development and the Hungarian Cyclists’ Club have launched their jointly organized campaign promoting cycling for the 13th time, starting on April 22, that is International Earth Day, this spring and finishing on May 30.
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Traditions
| April 21, 2014
The Buda Castle hosted a three-day long celebration bringing alive old folk customs surrounding Easter: traditions, art, culture and gastronomy, featuring a handicraft and gastro fair, live folk music, dance performances and programs for kids.
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Cultural institute
| April 17, 2014
Founded in 2004, Budapest-based Finnagora is one of the 17 culture and science institutes of Finland around the world. In its recent Finland focus, Diplomacy & Trade published an interview with the director of Finnagora, Leena Pasanen.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| April 14, 2014
A record number of participants – over 20,000 people –, including members of the diplomatic corps, took part in the 29th Vivicittá running event on Budapest’s Margaret Island and the Pest embankment of the river Danube this Sunday.
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Hungary vs. EU
| April 10, 2014
It is inconsistent with the regulations of the European Union that Hungary made it possible to distill 50 liters of pálinka (a fruit brandy) per year without the payment of excise duty. The Hungarian government tries to settle the issue with the EU.
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Traffic
| March 28, 2014
The long-awaited new underground line Metro 4 was inaugurated in the Hungarian capital on March 28. It runs in a 7.3-kilometer tunnel from Keleti Railway Station on the Pest side – under the river Danube – to Kelenföld Railway Station in southwest Buda.
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Art treasure
| March 27, 2014
Some of the pieces of an ancient Roman hoard of silver objects of exceptional professional craftsmanship, part of a collection known as the 'Seuso treasure', were presented in Budapest after being bought from unnamed sources in Britain.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| March 19, 2014
The ambassador of the Republic of Poland to, Roman Kowalski, has been awarded the 'Antall József Prize' named after the first democratically elected prime minister (1990-1993) of Hungary. The award was handed over by the widow of the late prime minister.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
Tove Skarstein | March 11, 2014
In its WittyLeaks section, Diplomacy & Trade carries articles written by ambassadors accredited to Hungary on topics that are outside their official duties. For a recent issue, the Norwegian Ambassador wrote a piece on the changing Budapest.
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Sports
| March 5, 2014
In the debut of its new coach, Attila Pintér, Hungary's national football team lost 1-2 to Finland in a friendly game in Győr, NW Hungary. The two sides will also meet in Group F of the qualification campaign for the 2016 European Football Championships starting this September.
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Festival
| March 4, 2014
One of the most popular and spectacular winter events in Hungary, the Buso festival ended this Tuesday in Mohács, near the Serbian border. In what is referred to as 'busójárás' in Hungarian, figures symbolizing winter were burned
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Award
| March 3, 2014
Former Hungarian Prime Minister Németh has been awarded the prestigious German ‘Point Alpha Prize’ this year for his contributions to the unification of Germany and Europe for his role in the fall of the Iron Curtain in Hungary 25 years ago.
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Science
| February 26, 2014
Hungary is to launch a HUF 12 billion forint (EUR 39m) national brain research program to promote research, prevention, innovation, health-care and drug development. It is expected to pave the way for breakthroughs in several areas of brain research.
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Sports
| February 24, 2014
Hungary will face Greece, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands in qualifying group F for the 206 European Football Championship tournament in France. The first two of each group and five of the third-placed teams will qualify.
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Sports
| February 20, 2014
The American skier of Hungarian ancestry, Ted Ligety won the men’s giant slalom event at the Sochi Winter Olympics, winning the second Olympic gold medal of his career. The Hungarian entrant, Norbert Farkas came in 50th, finishing ahead of 22 rivals.
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Crime
| January 13, 2014
A bomb exploded in the early hours on Monday at a bank in Budapest, demolishing the façade and smashing windows in the area but causing no injuries. Police said they were looking for a motorcyclist who drove off from the scene.
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