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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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Traffic
| April 22, 2014
'Ride your bike to work!'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
Easter traditions in the Buda CastleThe 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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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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Cultural institute
| April 17, 2014
Finnagora for cultural collaborationFounded 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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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
| April 14, 2014
Diplomats at the Vivicittá run in BudapestA 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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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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Hungary vs. EU
| April 10, 2014
Tax-free home-made pálinka contradicts EU lawIt 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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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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Traffic
| March 28, 2014
New underground line opens in BudapestThe 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
Hungary buys disputed Roman times silverwareSome 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 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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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
 
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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Chamber of commerce
| February 27, 2014
Changes to be built on traditional valuesThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH), established in 1991, elected a new Chairman, Vazul Tóth at its Annual General Meeting in May last year. A recent issue of Diplomacy & Trade carried an interview with him.
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Service center
| February 18, 2014
GE opens service center in Hungary“Hungary's primary appeal is its well-trained workforce,” Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, President and CEO of GE Europe pointed out as his company opened a Global Operations Center in Budapest. The opening was also attended by the Hungarian Prime Minister.
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Bilateral relations
| February 13, 2014
PM Orbán in China: joint statementThe governments of Hungary and China have issued a joint statement in order to deepen bilateral cooperation at the end of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s official visit to Beijing. During the visit, a number of bilateral and business agreements were signed.
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Automotive industry
| February 11, 2014
Vehicle manufacturing: 10pc of Hungarian GDPHungary’s vehicle manufacturing industry produced some EUR 18 bn last year, which amount constitutes 18% of the total Hungarian manufacturing industry output, 10% of Hungary’s GDP and 18% of total Hungarian exports.
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Information technology
| February 10, 2014
Tech giant Misys acquires Hungarian firmHungary’s IND Group, which has grown from a garage company at the end of the 1990s into a leading innovator in digital channels solutions, has been acquired by Misys, a global giant of financial technology solutions, Mysis announced.
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Chamber
| February 7, 2014
Swedish Chamber heads EU chambers in HungaryThe Chairmanship of the EU-Chambers of Commerce in Hungary has been taken over by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary whose President, János Takács became the Chairman of the EU-Chambers of Commerce in Hungary.
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Economic relations
| February 6, 2014
Aiming at prosperity through commercial diplomacyThe recent country focus section on the United Kingdom in Diplomacy & Trade featured the 'UK Trade & Investment' as an organization that adapts to changing circumstances in Hungary and internationally, using the ‘Britain Open for Business’ strategy.
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Economy
| February 4, 2014
Hungary’s central government debt rose in January The National Debt Management Agency says that on January 31, the central government debt amounted to HUF 22,842 billion (appr. EUR 75 billion), that is an increase of HUF 843.9 billion (3.8%) compared to the year-end debt of 2013.
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Tobacco industry
| February 3, 2014
BAT expansion in PécsBAT Pécsi Dohánygyár Kft., the subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT) in Pécs, southern Hungary, has announced that it will establishe a new factory there with an investment of HUF 9 billion (approximately EUR 30 million).
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Ambassadors in Budapest
Sándor Laczkó | January 30, 2014
For closer relations with open diplomacy  As the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Knott explained in a recent interview with Diplomacy & Trade, the primary task he set for himself when he presented his credentials in February, 2012 was to significantly increase the volume of bilateral trade.
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EU Presidency
The Ambassador of Greece to Hungary, Dimitris Yannakakis | January 29, 2014
United we sail furtherOn January 1st, Greece assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the fifth time. On this occasion, Diplomacy & Trade asked the Greek Ambassador to Hungary, Dimitris Yannakakis to summarize the program of the Presidency.
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Economic relations
| January 28, 2014
Hungarian-Korean Economic Cooperation Forum“Hungary is ready to further strengthen the business relations with South Korea,” the Hungarian Minister of National Economy, Mihály Varga pointed out at the opening of the Korean Economic Cooperation forum in Budapest.
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Human rights
| January 21, 2014
HRW criticizes Hungarian constitutional changesThe latest annual report published by Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights in the German capital, Berlin this Wednesday, criticizes 2013 amendments to the Hungarian Basic Law.
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Automotive industry
| January 20, 2014
Rába signs important car components dealHungarian automotive group Rába has concluded an agreement with Germany’s Kirchhoff Group, It will supply components for western European passenger cars, generating annual sales revenues of HUF 500 million (EUR 1.66 million).
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EU affairs
| January 16, 2014
EC gave no view on necessity of nuclear tenderThe European Commission has not made any statement whether Hungary should have or should have not invited a tender for the construction of two new blocks for the country’s only nuclear power plant in Paks, a spokesperson of the EC pointed out.
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energy industry
| January 14, 2014
Hungarian PM signs nuclear deal in MoscowRussia will lend up to EUR 10 billion to Hungary to help build two new units at the Paks nuclear power plant. This was announced after President Vladimir Putin agreed on a co-operation deal with visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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Telecommunications
| January 10, 2014
Vodafone to become state mobile service providerIn 2014 and 2015, all Hungarian state institutions will use Vodafone as their mobile service provider. The net value of the framework contract is HUF 4.5 billion (EUR 15 million), three times higher as Telenor received for the previous two years of services.
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Construction industry
| January 9, 2014
Hungary's TriGránit Management expands to DubaiHungary-based TriGranit Management has established a new company in the United Arab Emirates, TGM Consultants (Dubai) FZ LLC, as part of its endeavour to actively pursue new property/facility management and leasing mandates.
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energy industry
| January 8, 2014
MVM doubles revenue in three yearsThe state-owned Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM) plans further rapid expansion after quick growth in recent years, more than doubling its revenue this year from 2010, the Chief Executive Officer of the company Csaba Baji told a press conference.
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Bilateral relations
| January 8, 2014
Hungarian embassy reopens in Santiago de ChileHungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi paid an official visit to Chile between January 5 and 7 and reopened the Hungarian Embassy in Santiago de Chile. He also had talks with his counterpart and with the leaders of the Chilean Congress.
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Economic relations
| January 3, 2014
Facilitating bilateral business tiesThe Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) established its Budapest office back in 1987, before the change of the social and economic system in this country. Its current director talked to Diplomacy & Trade in a recent interview.
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Finance
| January 2, 2014
Hungary's public debt remains over 80pc of GDPHungary’s general government consolidated gross debt at nominal value (or called the Maastricht debt) was 80.2% of GDP at the end of the third quarter of 2013, according to financial accounts data relesead by the National Bank of Hungary. (NBH).
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Int'l relations
| December 19, 2013
Hungarian PM visits TurkeyHungarian-Turkish relations have strong roots dating back several decades and have a promising future as well, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a Turkish-Hungarian business forum organized in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
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energy industry
| December 18, 2013
Hungary buys back minority stake in FőgázThe Hungarian state struck a deal on buying out Germany utility RWE’s share in Főgáz, the capital city’s gas distributor. The buyer is the Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM) and the subject of the transaction is RWE’s 49.83% stake in Főgáz.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| December 16, 2013
Accommodated in Hungary with personal affinity”Looking back on the two years since my arrival in Budapest, I am proud of having the opportunity to serve my country here,” the Ambassador of Republic of Korea, Gwan-Pyo Nam tells Diplomacy & Trade in a recent interview.
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EU affairs
| December 12, 2013
Hungary in the EU, the EU in the worldThere are always new challenges in the European Union, in addition to the old dilemmas - Foreign Minister János Martonyi said at the winners' ceremony of the competition entitled ‘Hungary in the European Union, the European Union in the World’.
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Corruption
| December 10, 2013
Youth should be educated against corruptionYoung people consider important honesty, but they do not always think it pays off. This is why there is a need to educate ethics to them. This was pointed out at the "Átláccó" festival held by Transparency International Hungary the International Anti-Corruption Day.
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Trade
| December 9, 2013
Hungary to benefit from global trade agreementThe global trade agreement signed at a ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia, represents a positive development for Hungary and Europe, Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi said.
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Africa
| December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela dies - Hungarian condolencesCurrent Hungarian President János Áder and former President Árpád Göncz, have sent telegrams of condolences for the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Two Hungarian parties also recalled the merits of the politician.
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Chamber
| December 6, 2013
New AmCham officials electedAt its 24th Annual General Assembly, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary elected a new First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary Treasurer and three Board members-at-large after reports by the organization’s top officials.
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Agency
| December 5, 2013
New President at HITAWith effect from December 1, Dr. János Berényi has been appointed as the President of the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA). The new leader has extensive experience in the management of companies both in the public and the private sector.
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Chamber
| December 2, 2013
Expertise to find niche markets in RussiaThe Russia Division of MKIK (the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) was established in July 2003. Now, it has over a hundred Hungarian members interested in Russian relations - especially SMEs and some larger companies.
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Bilateral relations
| November 22, 2013
Hungarian Prime Minister in JapanHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán paid a visit to Japan where he held talks with his Japanese counterpart Abe Shindzo, delivered speeches on his government's opening towards Asia and was also received by Emperor Akahito.
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Finance
| November 19, 2013
EBRD President in BudapestThe President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Suma Chakrabarti paid a visit to Budapest where he discussed with Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga several ussies on the agenda between the bank and Hungary.
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Commerce
| October 30, 2013
The face of India in BudapestA shop of products from India and other ‘exotic’ places, as well as a provider of Ayurvedic and Yoga services, in downtown Budapest caters to foreigners and Hungarians alike. It is also an 'institution' that helps attract Indian businesses to Hungary.
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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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Music
| February 25, 2014
András Kállay-Saunders has been selected by Hungarian TV viewers to represent Hungary at the 2014 Eurovision song contest in the Danish capital, Copenhagen this May. His song ’Running’ received the most televotes in the national contest called ’A Dal’ (’The Song’).
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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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Carnival season
| February 21, 2014
The Diplomacy and Trade Business Club has recently presented its annual Valentine's Day Gala, traditionally at Corinthia Hotel Budapest – this year, in a splendid carnival atmosphere! It was attended - among others - by businesspeople and their spouses.
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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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Ambassadors in Budapest
Austrian Ambassador Michael Zimmermann | February 19, 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 Austrian Ambassador, who has since left Hungary, wrote the following story.
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Healthcare
| February 14, 2014
The recent United Kingdom country focus in Diplomacy & Trade featured an article on the recognition by Queen Elizabeth II of the doctor of the British Embassy in Budapest, Dr. Anna Gedeon, for her dedicated services to the Embassy staff.
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Agrarian industry
| February 5, 2014
Hungary is represented by producers, processors, traders, research institutions and consultants at the "Fruit Logistica" international exhibition and fair in Berlin, the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation (FruitVeB) announced.
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National day
| January 27, 2014
India's 65th Independence Day was celebrated in the Indian Cultural Center in Budapest this Sunday evening, attended - at the invitation of Ambassador Malay Mishra - by members of the diplomatic corps and those of the Indian community in Hungary.
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Education
Réka A. Francisck | January 23, 2014
An exhibition was opened at Budapest’s Katona József Theater, displaying the works of school children. Each of the creations is inspired by a UNICEF photo, depicting some of the most pressing issues of our time, for instance child poverty and environment protection.
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Culture
| January 22, 2014
Culture is the cohesive force that binds together a nation through both space and history, Minister for Human Resources Zoltán Balog said on Wednesday on Hungarian Culture Day at a gala program involving all national cultural institutions.
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Elections in Hungary
| January 18, 2014
President János Áder announced the date for the 2014 parliamentary elections in Hungary: Sunday, April 6. The opposition parties are not surprised as the MPs of the ruling party Fidesz had inadvertently dropped a word about it already.
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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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Cultural institute
| January 6, 2014
The Croatian capital, Zagreb saw the opening of a new Hungarian cultural institute this past week-end. The purpose of the new institute is to inform people in Croatia about Hungarian cultural and scientific achievements.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
Dr. Gordan Grlic-Radman, Ambassador of Croatia | December 31, 2013
In a series of personal rather official stories shared with the readers of Diplomacy & Trade by ambassadors accredited to Hungary, the Croatian Ambassador Gordan Grlic-Radman has written a diary about his visits around Hungary.
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Motion picture
| December 30, 2013
The Hungarian movie ‘The notebook’ submitted to the 86th Academy Awards ('Oscars') for Best Foreign Language Film has been short-listed to be among the nine finalists from which the final five nominees announced on January 16, 2014.
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Weather
| December 27, 2013
This winter has so far been unseasonably mild in Hungary. Daily heat records were broken again this Friday afternoon with over 12 degrees Celsius measured in Budapest and over 15 degrees in Békéscsaba in the southeast of the country.
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Music
| December 23, 2013
The world's best-known female organ player Rhoda Scott gave a concert this past Sunday in the Budapest Marriott Hotel, performing with fellow American Sylvia Howard, Hungary's Roby Lakatos and the Modern Art Orchestra.
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Music
| December 21, 2013
Earlier this year, members of Omega, the legendary Hungarian rock group were recognized in Russia for the role they played decades ago. In a recent issue of Diplomacy & Trade, János Kóbor and László Benkő talked about the surprise.
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Sports
| December 20, 2013
Swimmers Katinka Hosszú and Dániel Gyurta have been voted the athletes of the year for 2013 by the Association of Hungarian Sportswriters. The awards were presented at the Sports Stars Gala Evening in Budapest this Thursday.
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Information technology
| December 17, 2013
Hungary's most powerful supercomputer is scheduled to be operating in Debrecen University, in the eastern part of the country, by the end of 2014. It is another project that will be realized in the country from European Union funds.
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Charity
| December 13, 2013
At a charity event hosted by the Hungarian Foreign Ministry in Budapest, the diplomatic corps in Hungary have collected donations for tow organizations: the Missionaries of Charity and the Budapest Methodological Center of Social Policy.
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Hungaricum
| December 11, 2013
Certificates recognizing the nation's Hungaricums were awarded for the first time at the First Hungarian Ball - "a celebration of the national treasures of the Hungarian people", Minister for Rural Development and Hungaricum Committee Chairman Sándor Fazekas said.
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Festivities
| December 7, 2013
Budapest Week Publishing, the publisher of Diplomacy & Trade, held its Christmas Reception for its partners at the Intercontinental Budapest Hotel. Guests included members of the diplomatic community, of the gastronomy industry and businessmen.
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Culture
| December 4, 2013
A lively event, a unique ‘soirée musicale’ has been held recently at the Dutch Ambassador’s residence in Budapest in the honor of the launch of the Foundation Magyar Nóta, the Dutch initiative to support and preserve Hungarian music.
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Corruption
| December 3, 2013
According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2013, Hungary ranks 23rd out of 31 European countries, which puts it in the top third of the most corruption-infected economies in Europe. The worst CPI score in Europe was given to Greece.
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Science
| November 26, 2013
Scientists, decision makers and leading science diplomats have gathered in Rio de Janeiroto attend the World Science Forum held outside Hungary for the first time. The main theme of this year’s event is ’Science for Global Sustainable Development’.
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Sports
| November 25, 2013
On the 60th anniversary of Hungary defeating England 6-3 in London’s Wembley Stadium, two new underground railway cars have been named after Jenő Buzánszky and Gyula Grosics, the still living two Hungarian players participating in that match.
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Ceremony
| October 29, 2013
The unveiling of the bust of legendary Hungarian football player Ferenc Puskás by Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez, the of Spanish football giant launched a series of commemorative events celebrating the life and impact of the mythical player.
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Sports
| September 30, 2013
The guest of honor of the 7th annual Aquaprofit Polgár Chess Festival in Budapest was former Russian world champion Garry Kasparov who accompanied the three famous Hungarian Polgár sisters, Judit, Zsófia and Zsuzsa.
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Sports
| September 25, 2013
The oldest living Olympic Champion, Sándor Tarics, who won gold in the 1936 Olympics with the Hungarian water polo team turned 100 this past Monday. He was honored by the International and the Hungarian Olympic Committee.
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