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Official visit
| October 13, 2017
The British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan is in Budapest this Tuesday. He has officially opened the new building of the Embassy of the United Kingdom and also held a lecture and a Q&A forum at the Corvinus University.
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Regional cooperation
| October 13, 2017
Presidents of the Visegrád Group (V4) countries (Andrzej Duda of Poland, Andrej Kiska of Slovakia, Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic and the host, János Áder of Hungary) hold a two-day meeting in Szekszárd, Central Hungary.
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Quote of the week
For us, the roots of democracy are always liberal, though not only. Our party CDU has three roots: Christian Democratic, liberal and conservative roots. That’s what makes us a people’s party...I don’t know what to do with the word 'illiberal’ in connection with democracy.
- Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
 
Regional cooperation
| October 11, 2017
The Foreign Ministers of the Visegrád Group, Western Balkans and Central-European countries held a meeting in Budapest's Várket Bazaar event center within the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrád Group (V4).
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Regional cooperation
| October 8, 2017
In celebration of Hungary's 5th presidency of the Visegrád Group (made up of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - V4), a family event, called V4 Sunday, was organized in the Várkert Bazaar event center in Budapest.
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Int'l relations
| October 4, 2017
Hungarian President János Áder János is on a two-day official visit to Montenegro where he was given a reception ceremony with military saulute by his host, the President Filip Vujanovic in front of the presidential palace in Cetinje.
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Foreign relations
| September 25, 2017
A Hungarian delegation headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is on an official visit to Vietnam. With several ministers in the delegation, PM Orbán was received by his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc as well as by President Tran Dai Quang.
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Int'l relations
| September 15, 2017
Hungarian President János Áder was one of the heads of state participating this Thursday and Friday at the meeting of the Arraiolos Group in La Valletta, He pointed out that the most effected solution to protecting the borders of the EU is the common stance.
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Int'l relations
| September 12, 2017
Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic arrived in Hungary this Tuesday. She met with President János Áder and PM Viktor Orbán with the purpose of clarifying why the Hungarian government voted against Croatia's membership in OECD.
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Int'l relations
| August 31, 2017
Foreign ministers of the Visegrád Four (V4) and Eastern Partnership countries meet in Budapest to discuss the Partnership’s future as well as preparations for the Eastern Partnership’s November summit as the central points.
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Ambassadors
| August 28, 2017
Addressing the autumn meeting of diplomatic mission leaders, Minister Péter Szijjártó asked those present to not allow themselves to be swayed from the standpoint according to which the security situation in Europe can in fact be improved and restored.
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National holiday
| August 15, 2017
The Ambassador of India, Rahul Chhabra invited guests to his residence in the Buda Hills for the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence. The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by greetings and the reading of the President’s message.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| August 14, 2017
The representatives from the embassies of eighteen countries and that of the Budapest mission of the European Commission were present at the event organized for them on the occasion of the quarter-of-a-century jubilee of the Sziget Festival.
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Int'l relations
| July 19, 2017
Following talks with the premiers of the V4 countries in Budapest on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that cooperation with Israel in the fight against terrorism and in innovation is in the interest of Europe and the Visegrád countries.
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Int'l relations
| July 17, 2017
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu has arrived to Budapest for a four-day official visit during which he is scheduled to meet with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Presdient János Áder and other officials.
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Regional cooperation
| July 10, 2017
Budapest hosted the first meeting of foreign ministers of the new V4 Hungarian presidency this Monday. The meeting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia was joined by the representatives of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
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Regional cooperation
| July 6, 2017
Heads of state from across Central Europe convened in the Polish capital, Warsaw to address how to drive forward regional infrastructure projects.The Three Seas Summitinvolves nations situated between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas.
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Regional cooperation
| July 4, 2017
On the oocasion of Hungary's Presidency of the V4 Group, the prime ministers of the four countries (Beata Szydlo of Poland, Robert Fico of Slovakia, Viktor Orbán of Hungary and Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic) held a meeting in Budapest this Tuesday.
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National day
| July 3, 2017
Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Hungary, David J. Kostelancik has welcomed fellow diplomats and hundreds of other guests at the Official Independence Day Celebration in this country at the Ambassador's residence in the Buda Hills.
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Concert
| June 29, 2017
The Polish duo of Anna Maria Staskiewicz - Bartosz Koziak playing in the Budapest Music Center on Thursday evening at a concert held on the occasion of Hungary taking over the presidency of the Visegrád Four (V4) Group from Poland.
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Diplomacy
| June 19, 2017
This Monday, following a meeting between the prime ministers of the Visegrád (V4) Group and those of the BeNeLux countries in the Polish capital, Warsaw, Poland officially handed over the presidency of the V4 group to Hungary.
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Festival
| June 16, 2017
To further strenghten the bonds of bilateral cultural relations between India and Hungary, Embassy of India is organizing the cultural festival 2nd Ganges-Danube: Cultural Festival of India on June 24 and 25, 2017 in fourteen cities of Hungary.
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World affairs
| June 15, 2017
'Threats and Challenges of Hybrid Warfare for European Security' was the title of a panel discussion at the National University of Public Service in Budapest this Thursday, opened by the American Chargé d’Affaires and the Ukrainian Ambassador.
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Int'l relations
| February 2, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a short visit to Budapest on Thursday. He was welcomed by Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán. According to Hungarian officials, talks largely focused on trade, Russian gas shipments and building a nuclear power station in Hungary.
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'The Club'
| December 14, 2016
Diplomacy & Trade held its Japan themed 'The Club' event at the Sushi Sei restaurant in Budapest on the occasion of Diplomacy & Trade's December issue focus on Japan. The patron of the event was the Japanese Ambassador to Hungary, Junichi Kosuge.
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EU affairs
| December 1, 2016
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries have released a statement after their meeting in Warsaw, Poland, pledging their support for the Western Balkan countries’ efforts to join the European Union.
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Conference
| November 28, 2016
The Budapest Water Summit (BWS) 2016 (November 28-30). receiving around 1,800 participants (including heads of government and state) and 600 Sustainable Water Solutions Expo visitors from 117 countries, has begun in the Hungarian capital.
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History
| October 20, 2016
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 popular uprising against the Stalinist regime in Hungary, the British Embassy in Budapest prepared a special exhibition that presents the flow of events from the viewpoint of contemporary British diplomats.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| September 30, 2016
After almost six years in service as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Roman Kowalski bid farewell to fellow diplomats, friends and other invitees at the Gundel Restaurant this Friday before returning to Warsaw with his family.
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Anniversary
| September 11, 2016
A commemoration was held in Budapest this Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. Those gathered in front of the US Embassy were addressed by the American Ambassador Colleen Bell.
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Regional cooperation
| September 7, 2016
The prime ministers of the four countries of the Visegrád cooperation (V4) and of Ukraine participated at the 26th Economic Forum held in Krynica, Poland to discuss the major current economic, social and political issues.
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Diplomacy
| August 29, 2016
For the first time at the annual Budapest conference of Hungarian mission leaders serving in different parts of the world, diplomats were addressed by the foreign ministers of all four countries of the Visegrád Group (V4) this Monday.
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Military
| June 15, 2016
The two-day Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence, held on 14–15 June in Brussels, has ended. It was aimed at paving the way for the decisions to be taken at the upcoming NATO Summit to be held in Warsaw on 8–9 July.
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Int'l relations
| May 25, 2016
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov paid a one-day visit to Budapest to have a discussion with Hungarian politicians. Several analysts believe that the real purpose of the visit was to drive a wedge in EU's and NATO's unity.
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Business club
| May 23, 2016
Diplomacy & Trade held its Brazil themed Business Club event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Budapest. The event was attended by members of the diplomatic corps and business executives. The host of the event was Brazilian Ambassador Valter Pecly Moreira.
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Int'l relations
| April 13, 2016
Switzerland 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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Chamber
Source: press release | February 19, 2016
On February 11, the president of the Hungarian-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce Rossen Tkatchenko took over the presidency of the EU-Chambers of Commerce in Hungary in an official ceremony.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| February 18, 2016
Latvian Ambassador Imants Liegis hosted a farewell reception in Budapest to say good-bye after a service of over three years here. On behalf of the diplomatic corps in Budapest, Polish Ambassador Roman Kowalski bid farewell to his Latvian colleague.
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Int'l relations
| February 17, 2016
Returning a visit to Budapest by Rusian President Vladimir Putin exactly a year ago, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán traveled to Moscow this Wednesday. The two politicans primarily discussed energy issues: gas supply and a new atomic power station in Hungary.
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Int'l relations
| February 15, 2016
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Visegrád (V4) Group, the prime ministers of the member countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) hedl a summit in Prague, calling for a strong Europe without dividing lines.
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EU Presidency
| January 21, 2016
The 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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Ambassadors in Budapest
| January 11, 2016
Hungarian President János Áder held his traditional new year reception at the Palace of Arts for diplomats accredited in Budapest. The reception included musical performances from the works of great Hungarian 20th century composers Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.
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EU affairs
| January 7, 2016
British Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to Budapest this Thursday. He is said to be looking for allies among the Visegrad Four countries in his conflicts with the European Union over issues such as migration or the free flow of workforce within the EU.
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Diplomacy
| November 26, 2015
At the invitation of Anita Herczegh, the wife of Hungarian President János Áder, the spouses of diplomats stationed in Hungary visited this week the Sándor Palace, the official residence of the President of Hungary and the seat of the Office of the President.
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Int'l relations
| October 15, 2015
This Thursday saw the opening of the Hungary-Latin America Forum in the Hungarian capital. The two-day event focuses on three topics: inter-governmental links and business ties in industrial and economic areas where Hungary can help Latin American countries.
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Business club
| October 14, 2015
The Diplomacy & Trade Club held its latest business club event in the grand ballroom of the five-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest following a recent special focus on relations between Hungary and the United States published in Diplomacy & Trade.
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Regional cooperation
| October 8, 2015
The heads of states of the Visegrad Group (V4) and Croatia are holding a two-day summit in the town of Balatonfüred in Hungary. The main topics of the talks are the immigration crisis, the climate-change and the situation in Western Balkans.
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National day
| October 7, 2015
Ambassador Yim Geun-Hyeong welcomed guests at theKorean National Day reception held at the Korean Cultural Center in Budapest and organized within the framework of the K-Culture Festival comprising several modern and traditional cultural events.
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Business club
| September 29, 2015
The Diplomacy & Trade Club held its latest business club event with close to a hundred people attending at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest following a recent special focus on relations between Hungary and Singapore in Diplomacy & Trade.
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Int'l relations
| September 25, 2015
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán vivited his Austrian counterpart, Chancellor Werner Faymann this Friday to ease tension between the two neighboring countries and discuss what could happen next in the handling of the flow of migrants.
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Transparency
| August 17, 2015
Senior embassy staff of three countries discussed the importance of fighting corruption and noted the grave social and economic consequences of corruption at a press conference organized by Transparency International (TI) Hungary at the Sziget Festival.
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Diplomacy
| May 27, 2015
Spouses of diplomats accredited to Budapest have paid a visit to the world-renowned porcelain factory in Herend and to the historical town of Tihany at Lake Balaton at the invitation of Anita Herczegh, the wife of Hungarian President János Áder.
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EU affairs
| May 19, 2015
The situation in Hungary, following Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's remarks on the possibility of reinstating the death penalty there and the government’s public 'consultation' on immigration, were debated by European Parliament in Strasbourg this Tuesday.
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Diplomacy
| May 7, 2015
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest hosted a conference on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the formation of United Nations Organization and mark the 60th anniversary of Hungary's membership in the organization.
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Ceremony
| March 17, 2015
The 5th Diplomacy & Trade International Gala was held in the Ballroom of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest this past week-end with the participation of diplomats and business partners. The theme of this year’s event was ’International Cooperation’.
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Foreign relations
| March 9, 2015
Addressing Hungarian ambassadors at an extraordinary meeting in Budapest on Monday, the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the pursuit of an independent foreign policy could be at times ‘uncomfortable’ but they should get used to it.
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Int'l relations
| February 24, 2015
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has paid a one-day official visit in Budapest. He was received by his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán as well as by Hungarian President János Áder, and attended a Turkish-Hungarian business forum.
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Int'l relations
| February 17, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Budapest on Tuesday, an event widely seen by analysts as a demonstration that - despite Russian aggression in Ukraine - he has found a NATO and EU member that is still willing to receive him.
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Agreement
| February 4, 2015
U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell and Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog has signed an agreement in Budapest regulating social security issues between the two countries and avoiding a form of double taxation for people.
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Int'l relations
| February 2, 2015
German chancellor Angela Merkel paid a half-day visit to Hungary this Monday. In Budapest, she met with the Hungarian President and the Prime Minister as well as Jewish leaders, managers of German companies in this country, civilians and students.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| January 21, 2015
The new Ambassador of the United States to Hungary, Colleen Bradley Bell presented her credentials to the President of Hungary János Áder this Wednesday in the Sándor Palace. She also laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Heroes’ Square.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| January 6, 2015
The Palace of Arts in Budapest was the venue of the reception given by Hungarian President János Áder to ambassadors accredited to Hungary. In his speech to the diplomats, the President emphasized the importance peace and that of environment protection.
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Festivities
| December 8, 2014
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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Award
| November 6, 2014
Lech Wałęsa, who is regarded by many people in and outside of Poland as the face of the struggle for freedom, was invited to Hungary by the Antall József Foundation to receive the V4 Award for his lifelong efforts in support of democracy.
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Business club
| October 2, 2014
The Diplomacy & Trade Club held the presentation of Diplomacy & Trade’s recent country focus on The Netherlands. The speaker of the evening was the head of Transparency International Hungary, József Péter Martin talking about corruption in Hungary.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| September 18, 2014
Several diplomats accredited to Budapest participated - together with winemakers from the Balaton region - in a grape harvest organized by the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture in Tihany on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, one of the wine regions of the country.
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History
| September 11, 2014
Germany, the German Embassy in Hungary and the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce have placed posters all over Hungary to say ‘Danke’ for Hungary opening its Western border before East German refugees 25 years ago.
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Conference
| September 2, 2014
The Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affaires and Trade, Tibor Navracsics stated at the Bled Strategic Forum that while the European Union wants an ever closer union, the Visegrád Group has more modest ambitions yet a high level of cooperation.
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Hungarian diplomats
| August 27, 2014
Speaking at the annual ambassadors' conference at the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Hungarian Minister of Justice László Trócsányi has called on the country's diplomats to stave off criticism of areas such as Hungary’s judicial system with suitable arguments.
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Hungarian diplomats
| August 25, 2014
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stressed the importance of forging ties between foreign and Hungarian businesses at the annual conference for the country’s top diplomats in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry on Monday.
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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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Commemoration
| June 30, 2014
The 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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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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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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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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Bilateral relations
| March 24, 2014
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
| 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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Int'l relations
| March 13, 2014
On 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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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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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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Energy industry
| January 14, 2014
Russia 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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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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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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Business club
| November 21, 2013
The Diplomacy & Trade Business Club (The Club) presented the Russian focus of Diplomacy & Trade at the 40-year-old Russian Cultural Center in Budapest with diplomats, businesspeople and members of the Russian community in Hungary attending.
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Charity
| November 12, 2013
This year, the Diplomatic Spouses Budapest (DSB) will hold its annual Diplomatic charity fair InterContinental Hotel, November 24th showcasing unique handcrafted products from different countries and presenting unique tastes from all around the world.
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Bilateral relations
| October 31, 2013
Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi received his Lithuanian counterpart, Linas Linkevicius n Budapest They had an overview of bilateral relations and the two countries' participation in regional cooperation activities.
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Int'l relations
| October 17, 2013
Hungary should triple its exports to non-European markets by 2018, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a Hungarian-Indian business forum in New Delhi where he met with PM Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee of India.
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Business club
| September 16, 2013
50-60 people (diplomats and businesspeople as well as members of the French community in Budapest) attended the latest meeting of the Diplomacy & Trade Business Club (‘The Club’) that presented the paper’s recent French country focus.
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National day
| September 9, 2013
The new Brazilain Ambassador to Hungary, Valter Pecly Moreira, invited guests to the Institute and Museum of Military History in the Buda Castle celebrate the Opening Reception of the Brazil Week on the occasion of the country's National Day.
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Business club
| August 27, 2013
Close to a hundred people (diplomats and businesspeople) attended the latest meeting of the Diplomacy & Trade Business Club (‘The Club’) that paid farewell to Indian Ambassador Gauri Shankar Gupta at the Continental Hotel Budapest this Monday.
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Bilateral relations
| August 23, 2013
"Japan is a vitally important strategic partner for Hungary", Foreign Minister János Martonyi said on Friday after meeting his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and signing an agreement on social security, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry says.
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Ambassadors
| July 17, 2013
"Hungary has a vested interest in seeing the success of the Eurozone, as we are linked to the bloc in many ways," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán pointed out, addressing the annual meeting of ambassadors in Budapest this week.
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Business club
| April 18, 2013
The Diplomacy & Trade Business Club (The Club) presented the Croatian focus of Diplomacy & Trade at the residence of the Croatian in Budapest with diplomats, businesspeople and members of the Croatian community in Hungary attending.
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