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Dr. Rudolf Sárdi | February 5, 2016
Ministerial Commissioner for Honorary ConsulsIn January 2016, by the invitation of Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, Dr. György Suha was appointed Ministerial Commissioner for liaising with Honorary Consuls in Hungary and professionally clarifying their status.
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Festival
| February 4, 2016
The Busó march again in MohácsOne of the most popular and spectacular winter events, the Busó festival has begun in Mohács, S Hungary near the Serbian border. Going back to medieval roots, the march of people in frightening costumes is supposed to scare away winter.
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Demonstration
| February 3, 2016
Teacher demonstrations in HungaryTeachers have demonstrated in several Hungarian cities against the over-centralized school system introduced a couple of years ago by the Orbán government. The main protest was held in Miskolc with support rallies in Budapest and other cities.
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Sports
| February 2, 2016
Hungarian youth beats five-time world champion17-year-old Hungarian chess hopeful Benjámin Gledura defeated former five-time world champion, but still active competitor, Viswanathan Anand at the 2016 Gibraltar Chess Festival, Europe's largest open chess event that anyone can enter.
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Healthcare
| February 1, 2016
Poor hospital conditions in HungaryAccording to an internal report by Hungary's National Public Health and Medical Officer Service, over half of Hungarians needing hospitalization are admitted to medical facilities that lack adequate means for their treatment, the daily Népszabadság reports.
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Disaster
| January 28, 2016
 2010 red sludge spill accused acquittedAll 15 suspects in connection with Hungary’s 2010 red sludge disaster were acquitted in a non-binding ruling, of carelessness and causing a public hazard, harming the environment and violating rules of waste management.
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Quote of the week
I take a very dim view, a very dim view. Hungary is part of Europe. Europe has values and these values are not respected by putting up wire fences.
- Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister
 
Commemoration
| January 29, 2016
Hungary committed to fight anti-SemitismHungary is fully committed to the fight against anti-Semitism, and takes a zero tolerance stance against anti-Semitic manifestations, Hungarian state secretary Szabolcs Takács pointed out at the UN ceremony held in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.
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Transparency
| January 27, 2016
Hungary: corruption deterioratingHungary slipped down three places in the most comprehensive corruption ranking in the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) prepared by Transparency International. Hungary's performance declined within the EU and also in the CE region.
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Survey
| January 26, 2016
Economic sentiment index on the riseHungary’s GKI economic sentiment index (adjusted for seasonal effects) in January 2016 was its highest level in almost 18 months - expectations were near their 2015 peak in the business sector and near their 2014 peak among consumers.
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Pharmaceutical industry
| January 23, 2016
Hungarian company buys out Chinese partnerHungary’s largest drugs producer, Gedeon Richter Plc., has announced that it bought out its Chinese partner, obtaining its outstanding 50% stake, further strengthening its presence in China, the Hungarian financial website portfolio.hu reports.
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EU Presidency
| January 21, 2016
Dutch EU Presidency prioritiesThe Dutch Presidency will work for a European Union that focuses on the essentials, on growth and jobs through innovation and for a Union that connects with civil society, the Dutch Ambassador Gajus Scheltema told a press conference in Budapest.
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Charity
| January 31, 2016
The Smiling Hospital Foundation will have its main charity fundraising event, the annual "Grand Gala” in the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest on Saturday, February 13. Proceeds will go towards helping the cheering of kids in hospitals.
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Photography
| January 25, 2016
2,492 photos were entered into this year's Hungarian Press Photo contest by 240 photographers. The top award was gien by the jury to István Fazekas of the business weekly HVG for his series of photos about migrants crossing Hungary.
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Sports
| January 22, 2016
Hungary's national team in water polo defeated the Netherlands 9-7 in the final of the European championship in Belgrade this Friday. This victory have not only made them continetal champions but also qualifed them for the Summer Olympic Games.
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Ambassadors
| January 20, 2016
For the second time, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham) hosted the Hungarian Ambassador to the United States and the American Ambassador to Hungary at a joint business forum at the Budapest Marriott Hotel.
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Taxation
| January 19, 2016
The Hungarian government has no plans to modify its tax regime as the the government claims the current system is much better than those recommended for Hungary by the IMF, the OECD or other international organisations, portfolio.hu reports.
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Military
| January 18, 2016
A reception took place at the 59th Szentgyörgyi Dezső Air Base in Kecskemét, east-central Hungary for the Hungarian contingent returning from the Hungarian military's Baltic Air Policing mission. Hungary and Germany handed over the task to Spain and Belgium.
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