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Migration
| December 14, 2017
At their meeting in Brussels, the leaders of the Visegrád Four countries have decided to provide support for the implementation of the Project, led by the Italian government in cooperation with the Commission, aimed at protecting the borders in Libya.
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EU affairs
| December 12, 2017
According to the European Commission (the quasi government of the EU), the European Union has approved that the parsley root grown in and around the southeastern Hungarian town of Makó can also be granted protected geographical indication.
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Quote of the week
The government’s great reform brought about a system that stripped students of the joy of learning and stripped teachers of the joy of teaching. The regime is consciously throwing into poverty an entire new generation. Our patience has run dry. We are here, so as to declare together, that enough is enough. We won’t stand idly by.
- Mrs. Piroska Galló, Head of the Teachers' Trade Union in Hungary
 
Charity
| December 11, 2017
Once again, people in Budapest have the opportunity to visit the Santa Claus Factory to donate gifts for poor children in Hungary and in Hungarian communities outside the border of Hungary. Besides giving gifts, you can also enjoy concerts and Christmas shows.
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Minorities
| December 8, 2017
The Hungarian government is initiating the installation of long-term observers by the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) in Transcarpathia to monitor the situation of the Hungarian minority after a new education legislation there.
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Science
| December 5, 2017
Hungarian researchers work under extreme weather conditions on Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano on Earth, in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile from next year on, the expedition will have its own research center on the spot to analyze samples.
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Int'l relations
| November 29, 2017
The strengthening of the Chinese economy presents great opportunities for the countries of Central Europe. That is according to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaking after the economic and trade forum of China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries.
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Sustainability
| November 22, 2017
Within a few months, the corporate employees of Heineken Hungária undertook to rate the accessibility of ten thousand local service providers like shops, coffes, bars and restaurants in Hungary to help the users of the Route4U accessibility application.
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Charity
Ágnes Weninger | November 21, 2017
The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel was “on fire” recently. Not literally of course, but certainly the 200 or so guests that gathered to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in Hungary and raise funds for local children’s charities were in a feverish state.
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Survey
| November 20, 2017
At the Fourth Swiss Business Day in Hungary, Swiss companies that boost Hungary’s economy await visitors with the topic of Innovation and Talent. The firms have responded about their relations to innovation in an online survey.
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Transport industry
| November 14, 2017
A remote control tower control center opened in Budapest on Tuesday. In a few years from now, specialists will be able to direct air traffic not only from the tower at the airport in Ferihegy but also from the Igló street control room in the caípital.
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Military
| November 10, 2017
The two-week-long multinational military exercise 'Clever Ferret 2017' is drawing to a close. In this phase of the training, the multinational units made up of Italian, Hungarian and Slovenian troops are already carrying out coordinated tactical tasks.
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| November 10, 2017
Nestlé Hungary Ltd. has expanded its its production facility in Bük, W Hungary, with an investment cost of HUF 20 billion (appr. EUR 65 million), thus creating one of Europe's largest animal food production center. The company has 900 employees.
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Exposition
| November 9, 2017
Poland is a candidate for the organization of EXPO 2022 in ŁódĽ, the third most populous city of the country, on the theme of revitalization of cities - a global challenge and condition for further development of agglomerations around the world.
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Viticulture
| November 7, 2017
The National Wine Treasury Program has been launched in Hungary with the help of funds -
close to HUF 1.5 billion (EUR 4.8 mn) - allocated by the government, starting a unique preservation process in the history of Hungarian viticulture.
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Int'l relations
| November 2, 2017
The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Program (ITEC) is a bilateral assistance program run by the Government of India. Held every year since 1964, ITEC Day has recently been celebrated at the Embassy of India in Budapest.
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Weather
| October 30, 2017
Disaster management authorities were alerted 3,700 times over the week-end and Monday morning. A spokesman for the National Directorate General for Disaster Management says people were also injured as trees fell on two cars.
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Hungarian society
| October 27, 2017
Hungarian citizens have a good perception of the European Union and this view shows a particularly positive trend, according to the ‘Parlemeter 2017’ survey that takes a close look at citizens’ views on EU membership and its benefits,
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National holiday
| October 24, 2017
Celebrations of the 61st anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and uprising against the Stalinist style regime were attened by less people than usual due to the rain that was falling basically all day Sunday in Hungary.
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Exhibition
| October 18, 2017
Automotive Hungary, the 5th International Exhibition for Automotive Industry Suppliers
has opened at the HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center. Programs of the exhibition are built on the thematical points 'Business, Science, Career.”
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Tourism
| October 16, 2017
30 tons of food was transported through the Hungarian capital to those in need on World Food Day. The food items were provided by 19 companies for poor families. The truck convoy drove through downtown Budapest to call attention to World Food Day.
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Education
| October 10, 2017
The Hong Kong Young Leaders Development Association visited Budapest to enhance the understanding of Hungary amongst youngsters from Hong Kong, and to foster friendship between Hong Kong and Hungary through people-to-people exchange.
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Ceremony
| October 6, 2017
Former President of the Republic of Hungary had his bust unveiled in the Óbuda University park, which is in the neighborhood of the one-time residency of the late President. Árpád Göncz was the President of the country between 1990 and 2000.
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History
| October 6, 2017
168 years ago, on October 6, 1849, thirteen rebel generals of the Hungarian army were executed by the Austrian Empire in Arad, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary (now in Romania), after the Hungarian Revolution and war of independence (1848–1849).
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Sustainability
| October 2, 2017
The Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) organizes a Jubilee Business Lunch at the launch of its yearly Action 2020 Hungary recommendations and the 10th Anniversary of BCSDH with a futurist as the keynote speaker.
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Research and Development (R&D)
| October 2, 2017
German company WESSLING, one of the leading consulting, analytical and testing companies engaged in quality, safety, environment and health, has opened a knowledge center, a leading regional R&D base of an international engineering innovation in Budapest.
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Conference
| September 11, 2017
Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region as well as partner organizations and civil society take part in the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Budapest until September 14.
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Festival
| September 8, 2017
Over 200 Hungarian and foreign exhibitors with thousands of different wines await visitors at the 26th Budapest Wine Festival in the Buda Castle until September 10. The guest of honor country at this year's event is Chile.
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Leisure
| September 4, 2017
This is the fifth year that Budapest Airport organized its hugely successful charity running race the Runway Run, an event unique in the whole of Europe. This past week-end, the airport operator closed runway No. 1 - or actually opened it for over a thousand runners.
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Hungarian society
| August 28, 2017
The number of deaths considerably and that of births slightly increased in Hungary, as a result of which natural decrease grew from 19,903 in the first half 2016 to 25,192 persons in the first six months of 2017, which meant an increase of 27%.
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Foreign relations
| August 28, 2017
Russian president Vladimir Putin paid a visit to the Hungarian capital this Monday - for the second time this year. At the World Judo Championships, where he is the honorary president of the world federation, he met with Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán.
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Aerospace industry
| August 25, 2017
Hungarian-owned Magnus Aircraft Cls. is building an aeroplane manufacturing plant in Pécs, southern Hungary. The Hungarian government is contributing approximately 40% of the costs, (HUF two billion) in non-returnable funding.
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Zoo
| August 25, 2017
The last Friday night of August is traditionally the day of the night of zoos, During this night, this time that of August 25, twelve animal parks aceoss the country welcomed visitors with extended opening hours and unique programs.
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Military
| August 24, 2017
The British and Hungarian air forces have held joint exercises over western and northeastern Hungary. The exercises that ended this Thursday were directed from the Szentgyörgyi Dezső Hungarian Air Force Base in Kecskemét, SE of Budapest.
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Migration
| August 22, 2017
Hungarian police, who will be taking part in border control operations, have set off for Serbia and Macedonia, to help local authorities reinforce border security along the Macedonian-Greek and Serbian-Bulgarian borders.
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Private visit
| August 21, 2017
Japan's Prince Akishino and his eldest daughter, Princess Mako, are on a private trip to Hungary. On Sunday, they visited a pig farm in Bugac, southeast of Budapest, while earlier, they were welcomed at the Museum of Ethnography in the Hungarian capital.
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Terrorism
| August 18, 2017
There is a Hungarian national among those injured in the Barcelona attack: a Hungarian woman is lightly injured, but she has already been released from hospital, Levente Magyar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.
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Gastronomy
| August 10, 2017
'Dotted Annie', a cake without added sugar by Zazzi Confectionery has won Hungary's 2017 Sugar Free Cake Competition announced annually by the One Drop Drop Foundation together with the Association of Hungarian Confectionery Manufacturers.
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Public transport
| August 10, 2017
The new direct bus link between downtown Budapest and the Liszt Ferenc Airport of the Hungarian capital is a real 'gold mine' for the Budapest Transport Center (BKK) commissioning the service, the Hungarian news website 444.hu reports.
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Tourism
| August 7, 2017
Mastercard has compiled a list of 'Europe's hidden treasures' with Balaton Uplands, the area along the northern shore of Lake Balaton, Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake, in Western Hungary, making it to the list in position 15.
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Weather
| August 3, 2017
The Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) has warned that daytime highs could be around (or above) 40 degrees Celsius for the rest of the week, especially on Friday. Accordingly, a heat alert has been declared for the entire country until August 4.
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Monetary policy
| August 1, 2017
The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) has warned that as of this Tuesday, only the new 2,000 and 5,000 forint banknotes will be accepted in stores. On July 31, the central bank has withdrawn from circulation old notes that had been issued before 2016.
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Real estate
| July 28, 2017
In 2016, the price of apartments for sale increased by 13% year on year, and the rise in new home prices also exceeded 10% in Hungary. During the first quarter of 2017, the price increase continued in the real estate market.
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Budapest
| July 25, 2017
As of this Tuesday, an area in Budapest's 11th district is called Ljubljana Square. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Budapest, István Tarlós; Slovenian Ambassador Ksenija ©krilec and the Mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković.
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Public transport
| July 19, 2017
Due a bomb threat, police examine all international trains in Hungary on Wednesday - the National Police Force said on its website. An unknown man made a phone call announcing that a bomb was placed on international trains on the Hungarian rail network.
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Sustainability
| July 18, 2017
The Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) s establishing a ‘For a Sustainable Future’ prize with the purpose of recognizing and disseminating to a wide audience the activities of leaders and companies in the field of sustainability.
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Public service
| July 17, 2017
More than 5,000 local government employees took part in the twp-hour warning strike organized by the Trade Union of Hungarian Civil Servants and Public Employees (MKKSZ) Monday morning in order to accentuate demands of wage increase.
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Award
| July 14, 2017
27-year-old Hungarian researcher Gergely Raccuja, living in Britain since 2011, has won the most prestigious British economics prize, the Wolfson Economics Prize, which the second largest recognition in economics in the world after the Nobel Prize,
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Sports
| July 14, 2017
The 17th FINA World Acquatics Championships that takes place in Budapest in the next two weeks was declared open Friday night by Hungarian President János Áder. The opening ceremony took place on a stage built on the river Danube.
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Agrarian industry
| July 12, 2017
A special livestock shipment set out from Budapest Airport this Wednesday: Hungarian breeding calves were flown to Qatar for further breeding. The special charter-charter flight was completed by a Boeing B-777F aircraft from Qatar Airways Cargo.
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Weather
| July 10, 2017
Temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale) in Budapest this Monday afternoon, followed by a severe storm late at night. Southeast Hungary experienced even higher temperature: 38 degrees Celsius (101 degrees F).
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Renewable energy
| July 5, 2017
Through an energy renovation project of close to HUF 130 million (appr. EUR 420,000), the Margit Hospital in Budapest was fitted with solar panels. As a result, substantial part of the energy need of the institution will be received from renewable source.
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Budapest
| June 30, 2017
A multimedia fountain and Budapest's first 'light garden' were inaugurated on Margaret Isalnd on the river Danube this Friday. The municipal council voted earlier this month to enhance the light and water show elements of the musical fountain.
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Weather
| June 22, 2017
A second-degree heat alert has been issued for Hungary by Deputy State Secretary Tamás Szentes, who also acts as Chief Medical Officer.The waring is effective to midnight next Monday based on a forecast by the National Meteorological Service.
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Society
| June 9, 2017
Hungary ranks above the average in work-life balance and education and skills in OECD's Better Life Index but below average in social connections, civic engagement, environmental quality, income and wealth, housing and many other issues.
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Education
| May 30, 2017
CEU President Michael Ignatieff has announced that the university will continue in Budapest in the 2017-2018 academic year. The announcement comes as the future of CEU is uncertain due to legislation put through parliament by the Hungarian government.
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Science
| May 26, 2017
The European Union's ELI-ALPS laser research center was inaugurated in Szeged, SE Hungary. The center's budget was HUF 70 billion (EUR 22.6 million), from which 85% was provided by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund.
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Award
| May 3, 2017
Hungary's five-time Olympic gold medallist Agnes Keleti received the Israel Prize for Sport and Physical Culture, the state’s highest honor, on May 2 in Jerusalem. The 96-year-old Olympic legend is considered as the founder of gymnastics in Israel.
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Adventure
| May 2, 2017
Zoltán Keszy-Harmath and his wife, Ágnes set out from Hungary on May 1 in their Hungarian manufactured Apollo Fox small light aircraft with the aim of becoming the first married couple who circumnavigate the Earth on airplane.
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Sports
| April 20, 2017
It is for the 13th year that a national series of tennis tournaments for businesspeople takes place in Hungary. The Manager Open series starts in the northwestern city of Győr. It will be followed by eight more regional events and the final in Budapest.
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Commemoration
| April 16, 2017
Thousands of people participated in the 'March of the Living', commemorating the victims of the Holocaust in Budapest this Sunday afternoon, remembering the 550,000 Hungarian Jews who died during the Holocaust.
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Bilateral relations
| March 30, 2017
A concept regarding an Austrian-Hungarian cross-border railway network and road infrastructure development has been presented in Parndorf in Burgenland, the Austrian province bordering on Hungary. Six new road transport routes will also be built.
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Water
| March 22, 2017
The reservoir in Budapest's 10th disctrict was opened to the public this Wednesday as March 22 is World Water Day (as declared by the United Nations in 1993). This reservoir is an important source of drinking water people in the Hungarian capital.
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Olympic Games
| February 22, 2017
The Hungarian government suggests that the Budapest City Council and the Hungarian Olympic Committee withdraw from the bid to host the 2024 Summer Games. Over quarter of a million signatures were collected to force a referendum on the issue.
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Charity
| February 20, 2017
The Hungarian Cricket Association is running a friendly (softball) tournament on March 4 in Budapest to raise funds for Csodalámpa Alapítvány, a foundation that has been operating for more than 14 years, fulfilling the dreams of over 3,000 seriously ill children so far.
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Charity
| February 15, 2017
Swedish sports restaurant chain O'Learys launches is a program to help provide school meals to vulnerable children in Ethiopia and DR Congo. The first special hamburger is named after the legendary Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskás.
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Emergency
| February 13, 2017
The night watchman trapped on board of a ferry swept away some 500 meters to the middle of the Tisza river by ice-floes at the village of Tiszacsege, eastern Hungary, was airlifted to safety this Monday by a military helicopter.
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Sports
| February 8, 2017
Hungarian skipper Nándor Fa finished 8th with his 'Spirit of Hungary' boat in the Vendée Globe round-the-world solo yacht race, arriving in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France with a time of 93 days, 22 hours, 52 minutes and 9 seconds.
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Migration
| February 6, 2017
Hungary is sending new contingents of police to Serbia and Macedonia. This is the tenth time that Hungary is sending police units to Macedonia, and the fourth time to Serbia. So far, 385 Hungarian police officers have served along the Balkan migration route.
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Sports
| January 30, 2017
16-year-old Hungarian Zsombor Piros came from a set down to capture his first junior Grand Slam title, fighting from a set down to defeat Israeli Yshai Oliel 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
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Accident
| January 21, 2017
16 people, most of them grammar school students from Budapest, have died in a bus accident on the motorway near Verona, Italy Friday night. The bus first hit the motorway barrier and crashed into the pillar of a flyover, followed by a fire on board.
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Award
| January 19, 2017
The southern Hungarian city of Pécs has been chosen as one of the 16 recepients of the UNESCO Learning City Award 2017 and thus to become the first Hungarian city to receive this recognition, the international organization has announced.
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Sports
| January 16, 2017
Hungary's Sándor Shaolin Liu won the 1,000-meter event at the European Short Track Championship in Torino, Italy. He also finished second at the 3,000-meter superfinal while other members of the Hungarian team won another five silver medals.
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Sports
| January 12, 2017
Three-time Rio Olympics champion swimmer Katinka Hosszú and saber fencer Áron Szilágyi, also an Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro last year have been elected Hungary’s 'Athletes of the Year 2016' by the country’s sports journalists.
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Weather
| January 9, 2017
Minus 28.1 degrees Celsius (that is, minus 18.58 degrees Fahrenheit) was measured at dawn in the village of Tésa - a new cold record. The previous one, minus 26.5 degrees Celsius was measured 32 years ago in nearby Romhány.
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Popular science
| January 2, 2017
According to an internet survey conducted by the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society (MME), the Bird of the Year in Hungary in 2017 is the European Goldfinch (scientific name: Carduelis carduelis).
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| January 1, 2017
All of us here at Budapest Week Publishing, the publisher of Diplomacy & Trade, wish all the readers of - and contributors to - Diplomacy & Trade a happy and prosperous new year for 2017 and hope to have you with us in the new year, as well.
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Traffic
| December 29, 2016
70 cars are serving subscribers of the GreenGo e-carsharing service on the streets of Budapest. Cars can be booked through a mobile application and they can be left anywhere withing the service area after the end of the trip.
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Sports
| December 27, 2016
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú was voted the third best European athlete of the year in a survey involving 27 European news agencies. She finished behind Real Madrid's Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and British tennis player Andy Murray.
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Conference
| December 23, 2016
A commemorative stamp has been issued following the Budapest Water Summit 2016. The stamp, designed by Anita Laczkó, is of 30×40 millimeters and is complemented with an orderly inscription arranged on a wave line.
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Charity
| December 10, 2016
Similarly to last year, a specially decorated 'Santa’s trolleybus' is circulating until Christmas on various trolley lines in the Hungarian capital. ,Kids can travel together with Santa Claus and give him presents that will be forwarded to families in need by Santa’s Factory.
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Sports
| December 5, 2016
Hungary's Katinka Hosszú was named as the female Swimmer of the Year at the FINA/Alisports World Aquatics Gala held in Windsor, Canada this Sunday. She won three gold medals and a silver at the Summer Olympics in Rio earlier this year.
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Hungarian society
| November 25, 2016
Cherishing a tradition, a pine tree was erected as the Christmas Tree of the Country in front of the building of Hungarian Parliament this Friday. The 4.5-ton silver fir of about 20 meters in height was cut down in Sárszentmihály, Fejér County.
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Emergency
| November 23, 2016
Technicians of the Hungarian military removed a 500-kilogram US bomb, hidden under water since WWII, from the river Danube near the Rákóczi Bridge in southern Budapest this Wednesday. The area was closed down for the duration of the operation.
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Conference
| November 21, 2016
Hungarian President János Áder, the Patron of this year's Budapest Water Summit has issued a special stamp for the occasion. Designed by artist Anita Laczkó; the miniature sheet with a face value of HUF 400 depicts water droplets forming a unique bird.
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Commemoration
| November 17, 2016
Ten years after his death, and coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, the figure of Ferenc Puskás was the object of an emotional tribute that took place on Monday at the stadium where he concluded his legend.
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Culture
| November 7, 2016
The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra has announced "with deep sadness" that its musical director, Zoltán Kocsis died Sunday afternoon "after a long illness borne with dignity" at the age of 64. He underwent heart surgery in 2012.
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Anniversary
| November 4, 2016
November 4, the day when the anti-Stalinist uprising and revolution was crushed in 1956 by Soviet troops, is a day of mourning in Hungary. The country's president, János Áder attended a ceremony in Budapest's 18th district, Rákoskeresztúr.
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Sports
| October 31, 2016
The International Swimming Hall of Fame, the international organisation charged with preserving the memories of those legends of the swimming pool, has inducted six of Hungary's triple Olympic water polo champions into its cast of stars.
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Crime
| October 26, 2016
A policeman was shot dead in north-western Hungarian village of Bőny on Wednesday, The Hungarian news agency MTI was told that the suspect in the case, a 74-year-old man, was being treated at a hospital in the nearby city of Győr.
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Domestic issues
| October 17, 2016
The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) does not form an opinion in political issues. That is according to MTA's President in reaction to an open letter signed by 28 MTA members to formulate a view on what they consider anti-democratic processes in the country.
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Sports
| October 7, 2016
Hungary lost 3-2 it World Cup qualfying game to Switzerland in Budapest. The visitors took the lead three times, Hungary managed to equalize twice but had no answer to the third Swiss goal scored a minute before the end of regular time.
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Trade
| October 4, 2016
The deputy ombudsman in charge of future generations, Marcel Szabó and representatives of civil organisations called on Hungary’s government not to sign a planned free trade agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada.
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Crime
| September 25, 2016
An explosion occurred in a vacant shop along Europe's busiest tram line around 10.30 p.m. Saturday night in Budapest. Two police officers, reportedly passing by, were injured. Crime investihation is ongoing with the suspect's photo published.
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Sports
| September 19, 2016
Hungarian Paralympians won one gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. They won medals in six different sports. The only Hungarian victory was produced by swimmer Tamás Tóth.
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Science
| September 12, 2016
29 year old Hungarian physicist Zoltán Szabó has won GE’s unique global contest, “GEeks go for gold”, de-coding the conversations of some of the smartest GE machines. It took him two weeks to crack the code and win the USD 10,000 prize.
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Sports
| September 6, 2016
Hungary's national soccer team drew 0-0 at the Faroe Islands in Group B of the European qualification series for the 2018 World Cup. The result at this first qualification match already lessens Hungary's chances of finishing first or second in the group.
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Crime
| August 30, 2016
A Budapest court has sentenced in a non-binding ruling extremist György Budaházy to 13 years in prison for carrying out terrorist activity almost a decade ago. He and six of his accompliceswere placed under house arrest Tuesday afternoon.
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Olympic Games
| August 22, 2016
Hungarian athletes won eight gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August. This tally of medals puts Hungary on 12th place on the medal table of nations.
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Olympic Games
| August 20, 2016
Hungary has defended the women's kayak-four 500-meter title at the Rio Olympics, bringing the country's gold medal tally at the 2016 Games to eight. Gabriella Szabó, Danuta Kozák, Tamara Csipes and Krisztina Fazekas-Zur defeated Germany to win the race.
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Olympic Games
| August 18, 2016
Hungary's Danuta Kozák defended her London Olympic title in the women's single kayak 500-meter event at the 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning the 7th gold for her country at this Olympics and the 500th Hungarian medal in Olympic history.
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Innovation
| August 17, 2016
Hungary ranks 33rd in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2016, having advanced two places compared to the 2015 GII, a report by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, a specialised agency of the United Nations, showed on Wednesday.
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Olympic Games
| August 16, 2016
Gabriella Szabó and Danuta Kozák took the Olympic championship title in the women's kayak double (K2) event in the Rodrigo de Freitas Laguna in Rio de Janeiro this Tuesday. This is the 6th gold medal at the Rio Olympics for Hungary.
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Olympic Games
| August 11, 2016
At the Summer Olympic Games, 26-year-old Hungarian saber fencer Áron Szilágyi defeated Daryl Homer of the United States 15-8 to defend the title he won four years ago in London. His victory is the 5th gold medal for Hungary in Rio.
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Olympic Games
| August 9, 2016
27-year-old Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú won her second gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games by clocking 58.45 second to win the women's 100-meter backstroke event. On Saturday, she won the 400-meter individual medley.
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Olympic Games
| August 6, 2016
Hungary's Emese Szász won the women's individual epée fencing final at the 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, while swimmer Katinka Hosszú smashed the world record to win the women's 400-meter individual medley.
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Healthcare
| August 3, 2016
Wage hikes in Hungary’s health-care sector are expected to slow down the emigration of doctors and other staff, the Hungarian news agency MTI quotes the government daily 'Magyar Idők'. The government hopes this move helps keep staff in Hungary.
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Military
| August 2, 2016
Close to 500 Hungarian troops to be deployed in foreign missions have been bidden farewell in Tata, NW Hungary: 354 to Kosovo to join the Hungarian KFOR contingent while 139 are going for the third rotation of the Iraqi training mission.
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Sports
| August 1, 2016
Three-time Olympic and 31-time world champion Hungarian kayaker Katalin Kovács has announced her retirement. She thanked her coaches, fellow competitors, sports clubs, the kayak and canoe federation and doctors who helped her.
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Sports
| July 25, 2016
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain claimed victory in the 31st Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring this Sunday, ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg from Germany and Red Bull’s Australian pilot Daniel Ricciardo.
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Animals
| July 22, 2016
Two red panda babies were born in the Sóstó Zoo in Nyíregyháza, NE Hungary. Their parents are a breeding pair, Ting-ting and Sichuan that have been living together for two years in the zoo in the framework of the European conservation program.
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Migration
| July 11, 2016
Poland will send another contingent of border guards to help patrol Hungary’s southern border, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced after a meeting with his Visegrád Four (V4) counterparts in Warsaw on Monday.
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Sports
| July 7, 2016
Athletes to represent Hungary at the Summer Olymic Games in Rio de Janeiro have taken their oath at the Palace of Arts in Budapest. Although, the qualification process has not, ended, yet, 162 Hungarians have already qualified for the Games.
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Protest
| July 6, 2016
Demolition works have started in Budapest’s City Park. Dozens of activists trying to prevent workers from starting the demolition of an old building to create space for the House of Hungarian Music were removed by police.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| July 5, 2016
Hungarian President János Áder has set the date for the government-initiated referendum on the EU’s mandatory migrant quota scheme for October 2. Opposition parties call for a boycott as they consider it a vote against EU membership.
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Sports
| July 4, 2016
16-year old Hungarian football talent Krisztofer Szerető has been signed by English Premier League club Stoke City where he is now the third Hungarian youngster. "Let's just follow the path we've designated for ourselves," he writes on his social media page.
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Accident
| July 1, 2016
Four military bomb-disposal technicians were killed in an explosion near Nádudvar, in eastern Hungary, on Friday afternoon, the Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation said. A fifth technician had suffered serious but not critical injuries in the explosion.
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Sports
| June 27, 2016
Hungary's national football team is back in Budapest after knocked out in the last 16 of the European Football (soccer) Championships. This past Sunday, the Hungarians suffered a serious, 4-0 defeat from Belgium.
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Migration
| June 21, 2016
A meeting to review illegal migration in the Western Balkans was held in the Hungarian capital,
attended by representatives of 13 countries, the European Union’s border control agency Frontex and the European police cooperation organisation Europol.
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Sports
| June 14, 2016
Hungary's national football team won the first game in Group F of the 2016 European Championship by defeating Austria 2-0 in Bordeaux, France. The two goals were scored by Ádám Szalai (min. 57). and Zoltán Stieber (min. 86.).
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Migration
| June 6, 2016
Migrants in a guarded center in Békéscsaba, SE Hungary, have demanded - in messages written on bedsheets - that they should be allowed to leave the center and they believe the processing of their asylum requests are too slow.
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Sports
| June 4, 2016
Hungary's national football team lost 2-0 to host Germany in a friendly game that served as a prepration match for both teams for the European Football (soccer) Championship that will be held from June 11 to July 10 in various cities in France.
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Competition
| June 3, 2016
The National Association of Cemetery Maintainers and Operators in Hungary held its First National Gravedigger Contest in the public cemetery of the city of Debrecen. Competitors had to dig a grave of 2 meters long, 0.8 meters wide and 1.6 meters deep.
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Science
| May 31, 2016
An extraordinary phenomenon has been discovered in Debrecen: the fifth fundamental force in nature. Laboratories worldwide will attempt to reproduce the results achieved in the Institute for Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA Atomki).
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Municipality
| May 30, 2016
The general assembly of the northwest Hungarian town of Sopron decided last week to ban smoking in the downtown area. According to ikvahirek.eu news portal, it has not been finalised when the regulation enters into effect.
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Military
| May 27, 2016
Gripen fighter planes of the Hungarian military have returned to their home base in Kecskemét from NATO's Tiger Meet international exercise in Spain. The Hungarian contingent included five aircraft and 50 soldiers in personnel.
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Competition
| May 26, 2016
At the 2016 World Championship in Spaghetti Bridge Building in Budapest, The winner in the Bridge category was the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca from Romania, while the Support category title went to the Technical University of Riga from Latvia.
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Migration
| May 24, 2016
Hungary has sent a third police contingent to help patrol the Greek-Macedonian border. According to the website of the national police force, the contingent consisting of 25 officers will mainly be carrying out border patrol tasks with their Macedonian colleagues.
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Sports
| May 22, 2016
Hungarian swimmers won ten gold, four silver and five bronze medals at the European Swimming Championship held in London this week. This achievement earned them the top position on the medal table ahead of host Great Britain and Italy.
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Hungarians abroad
| May 21, 2016
Hungarian engineer Sándor Tarics, who won gold at the 1936 Olympics as member of the Hungarian water polo team, passed away in his home in Belvedere, California in the United States. He celebrated his 102th birthday last September.
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Military
| May 17, 2016
A new shift of Hungarian soldiers have travelled to the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif from a Hungarian military base to replace the Hungarian contingent there. Their main task is to provide protection for Hungarian military advisors in the region.
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Sports
| May 15, 2016
Hungarian badminton player Laura Sárosi has qualified for the Summer Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August. She gained fair play fame at the European championship this April when she loaned a pair of shoes to her German opponent.
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Sports
| May 14, 2016
Hungary's national ice hockey team defeated Belarus 5-2 at the men's world championship to score the first Hungarian victory in the top division since 1939. Hungary avoids relegation if it scores as many points against Germany as Belarus against France.
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Budapest
| May 12, 2016
Busy Széll Kálmán Square has been renovated in the framework of a HUF 5.3 billion project. Online and print media reports suggest many of the project elements were extremely overpriced - something denied by the Center for Budapest Transport.
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Gastronomy
| May 11, 2016
Hungarian chef Tamás Széll and his team have won the European final of Bocuse d’Or - the world’s most prestigious contest for chefs - that ended in Budapest this Wednesday. Norway came in second and Sweden third in the contest that began the day before.
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Mountaineering
| May 9, 2016
Hungarian mountain climber Dávid Klein has returned to his native country this Monday. He is the first Hungarian to have reached the 8.091-meter high Annapurna peak in the Himalaya mountains without auxiliary oxygen and the help of sherpas.
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Sports
| May 6, 2016
Hungarian side Dunaújváros defeated Germany's TuS Metzingen 29-21 in the second leg of the final of the women's EHF Cup (the second most prestigious competition of the European Handball Federation), to win the trophy with an aggregate result of 55-49.
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Olympic Games
| April 27, 2016
With 100 days left till the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Chain Bridge in Budapest was illuminated in the colors of the Brazilian flag. The opening ceremony will take place in the Maracanã Stadium on 5 August 2016.
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Scandal
| April 26, 2016
A UNESCO committee will investigate whether or not a planned 100 sqm balcony being built to the Karmelita Monastery in the Buda Castle is according to the permission given by UNESCO to the Hungarian Prime Minister's Office.
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Civil Movement
| April 23, 2016
Thousands of cyclists gathered to ride through downtown Budapest this Saturday afternoon at the intitiative of the Hungarian Cyclists' Club, calling for the popularization of cycling traffic in cities and further improvements for bicycle riders.
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EU affairs
| April 22, 2016
The Visegrád Group countries will draft a joint proposal for the European Commission against fraud in the digital economy, Hungarian Economy Minister Mihály Varga said after a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Amsterdam on Friday.
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Award
| April 21, 2016
The oldest tree in Bátaszék (S Hungary), a downy oak, won the 2016 European Tree of the Year contest. It received 72,653 votes ahead of 14 entries from another 14 countries, according to the EC-supported Environmental Partnership Association (EPA).
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Education
| April 20, 2016
Piroska Galló, the head of teachers’ union PSZ, declared Wednesday’s nationwide day-long teacher strike a success. The latest reports from the union’s county offices indicate that 24,960 public school teachers and workers participated in the strike.
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Commemoration
| April 17, 2016
Thousands marched in the streets of the Hungarian capital Sunday to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. The march is the largest civic demonstration against racism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazi and anti-democratic movements in Hungary.
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Award
| April 14, 2016
The Lookout Tower (by NARTARCHITECTS) at Galyatető, Hungary's second highest point (964 meters) has been voted as the 2016 Public Winner in the Architecture+Renovation category of the Architizer A+Awards.
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Olympic Games
| April 13, 2016
A number of Hungarian athletes who have already qualified for the Rio Olympics, as well as a few officials who will also be members of the Hungarian delegation at this year's Summer Olympic Games tried on the uniforms of the Hungarian team.
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Sports
| April 9, 2016
Team Russia 1 (Paradise) skated to the gold medal in Budapest, winning the first World title for Russia in synchronized skating. Finland 2 (The Rockettes) moved up one spot to take the silver and Team USA 1 (Haydenettes) captured the bronze medal.
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Science
| April 8, 2016
The EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, paid a visit the EU-funded super laser center in Szeged, southern Hungary, on Friday. The EU’s large-scale project will create world-class research environment in central Europe.
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Scandal
| April 7, 2016
Hungary’s national swimming coach László Kiss has been forced resigned under the circumstances that developed following the revelation that he was convicted for rape in 1961. He says he had to leave his position in the interests of Hungarian sports.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| April 6, 2016
The Hungarian government is in a professional dispute with Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, over lending by Eximbank, Hungarian Economy Minister Mihály Varga is quoted by the financial website portfolio.hu.
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Commemoration
| April 5, 2016
A painting made jointly by Hungarian artist László Albert and French artist Marie-Claude Eisenbeth-Combeau to commemorate the victims of the terror attacks in Paris last November has been presented in Kaposvár, western Hungary this Tuesday.
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Demonstration
| April 4, 2016
Dozens of dairy farmers - and half a dozen cows - marched on the streets of the Hungarian capital this Monday in a protest for more subsidies - by the European Union and the Hungarian state - as well as for better market opportunities.
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Society
| April 2, 2016
Some four thousand Budapesters have joined tens of thousands of citizens of 100+ cities around the world to participate in the local event of the 7th annual International Pillow Fight Day on Heroes’ Square this Saturday afternoon.
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Sports
| April 1, 2016
Legendary Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskás beat his Real Madrid 'teammate' Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo in an internet voting (organized by goal.com) as to who has been the world's best soccer player ever. Over a million votes have been cast.
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Education
| March 30, 2016
According to the organizers, at least 300 schools and over 7,000 people all around Hungary took part in a one-hour demonstration this Wednesday morning to demand for changes to the way public schools are run in this country by the government.
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Charity
| March 28, 2016
Members of the Hare Krishna movement distributed cooked food and food packages in downtown Budapest this Easter Monday to thousands of poor families: the needy had access to 1,600 portions of meals and tons of non-perishable food.
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Sports
| March 26, 2016
Hungary drew one-all with Croatia in a friendly soccer game in Budapest this Saturday. Mario Mandzukic took the lead for Croatia in the first half while the equalizer came in the second half through a free kick by Balázs Dzsudzsák.
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Education
| March 25, 2016
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has written to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, calling on him to open a dialogue with the country’s trade unions as public outrage grows over changes to the education system.
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Hungarians abroad
| March 22, 2016
Andy Grove, one of the key figures in Intel rising to become a large, worldwide-known international technology company, has died in Los Altos, California at the age of 79. He was born in Budapest on September 2, 1936 as András István Gróf.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| March 21, 2016
Until the conclusion of the probe the European Commission (EC) is currently conducting in the issue of possible distortions of competition, the Hungarian government will not draw from a EUR 10 billion loan facility provided by Russia.
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Award
| March 20, 2016
Yemen-born Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulrab Mohamed has been voted as the doctor of the year in Hungary. He is a pediatrician and a specialsit neonatologist at the Department of Pediatrics of the Pándy Kálmán Hospital in Gyula, SE Hungary.
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Crime
| March 16, 2016
A man armed with a Kalashnikov began shooting in the courthouse in the southern Hungarian town of Kiskunhalas this Wednesday morning. He reportedly wanted to go to the chief prosecutor's office to kill him but he was wrestled down by security guards.
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Sports
| March 12, 2016
Hungary's Sándor Liu Shaolin won the 500-meter event at the World Short Track Skating Championships in Seoul, South Korea this Saturday with his brother, Shaoang coming in third. Shaoang secured another medal for Hungary: a silver at 1,500 meters.
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Tourism
| March 9, 2016
Two young Komodo dragons have arrived to the Sóstó Zoo in Nyíregyháza, NE Hungary from the Prague Zoo. Florian and Durian, both of them aged five years, replace the well-developed pair of Indri and Bagol that perished at the end of last year.
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Traffic
| March 8, 2016
Rail traffic between Hungary and Croatia suspended months ago due to the flow of illegal migrants has been resumed in the spirit of the fact that the two countries have always regarded each other as good neighbours and important partners.
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Education
| March 3, 2016
The Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) and leading Swedish companies have inaugurated the Swedish Student Corner, an inspiring, creative space at the BME this week.
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Statistical data
| February 25, 2016
Hungary’s population decline accelerated in 2015 as the number of births rose less than in 2014 and the number of deaths increased after a decline in the previous year, according to a report this week by the Central Statistical Office.
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Crime
| February 20, 2016
Hungary's infamous burglar, Gizella Bodnár, widely nóknown to the Hungarian public as 'Airplane Gizi' has been caught again. the 89-year-old woman, who has had a criminal record since 1953, was spotted this time stealing from a family home SW of Budapest.
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Demonstration
| February 19, 2016
Teachers and pupils were wearing checkered shirts in schools all around Hungary, protesting against a recent slur at teachers by a former Hungarian government offical. In solidarity, well-known Hungarian personalities joined the protest.
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Democracy
| February 16, 2016
United Nations independent expert Michel Forst has called on the Government of Hungary to refrain from stigmatising and intimidating human rights defenders, and ensure that they can conduct their work in an enabling legal and administrative environment.
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Migration
| February 9, 2016
On February 9 alone, a group of 24 people, identifying themselves as the citizens of Pakistan, India and Nepal, was caught in the Röszke area, near the city of Szeged, after they cut through the fence on the Serbo-Hungarian border and entered Hungary illegally.
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Sports
| February 2, 2016
17-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
According 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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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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Commemoration
| January 29, 2016
Hungary 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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Disaster
| January 28, 2016
All 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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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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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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Sports
| January 14, 2016
Swimmers Katinka Hosszú and László Cseh have been elected as the 2015 Athletes of the Year in Hungary. Sports journalists award the Coach of the Year title to Pál Dárdai of Hertha BSC Berlin football club, while the Team of the Year is the national football team.
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Sports
| January 13, 2016
20-year-old Dániel Sallói leaves his Hungarian first divison club Újpest FC as he has signed a professional contract with Sporting Kansas City, a club whose under-18 side he played for in the 2014-15 season. As a result, he was now signed as a homegrown player.
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Ceremony
| January 8, 2016
Five times Olympic champion gymnast Ágnes Keleti was greeted by fellow great figures of Hungarian sports in the Club of Olympic Champions as she celebrates her 95th birthday this Saturday. In 1956 alone, she won four gold and two silver medals.
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Sports
| January 6, 2016
World champion Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú rejects a contract worth HUF 12 million (cca EU 38,000) as the Hungarian Swimming Federation sets as a condition her participation in an image campaign for the 2017 World Aquarics Championship.
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Sports
| January 5, 2016
39-year-old Hungarian Pál Dárdai has been elected as top coach of the autumn season in the first division of the German football (soccer) championship Bundesliga. He finished ahead of André Schubert (Mönchengladbach) and Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund).
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President
| January 4, 2016
Cherishing a German tradition adopted in Hungary in the 1990s, two representatives of the Budapest municipal chimney sweep service visited Hungarian President János Áder in the Sándor Palace to wish him and the Hungarian nation Happy New Year.
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Weather
| December 30, 2015
Mild winter has ended in Hungary and temperatures have dropped by 8-10 degrees Celcius due to an anticyclone arriving to the Carpathian Basin from Scandinavia. As a result, the minimum temperature will be under freezing point for the new few weeks.
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Sports
| December 29, 2015
Hungarian-Serbian striker, Nemanja Nikolic has been named by Canal Plus of Poland as the best player of Ekstraklasa, the Polish football (soccer) first division in the autumn season. Playing for the club Legia Warsaw, Nikolic scored 21 goals in 21 matches.
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Tourism
| December 25, 2015
A lot of foreigners spend Christmas in the Hungarian capital. Hotels in Budapest are full in this Christmas season. According to tourism experts, the city is visited this time of the year by people mainly from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Austria.
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Healthcare
| December 19, 2015
The first Hungarian lung transplant operation - that took place on December 12, 2015 - was successful. The news was announced this Saturday in the National Istitute of Oncology in Budapest by the Director-General of the Institute, Dr Miklós Kásler.
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Scandal
| December 17, 2015
The Hungarian government instructed its ministries to cancel their contracts with Magyar Telekom after the company broke its sponsorship contract with pop singer Ákos Kovács for his words on women in a television interview.
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Anniversary
| December 14, 2015
The Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) celebrates the 120th anniversary of its establishment on December 19th this year. On this occasion, a gala evening took place in the Hungarian Opera House with the participation of IOC President Thomas Bach.
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Sports
| December 12, 2015
Hungary, drawn from pot 3, will play in Group F against Portugal, Austria and Iceland at the European Football (soccer) Championships in France in the summer of 2016, according the results of the draw that took place in Paris this Saturday.
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Sports
| December 7, 2015
Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztián Németh won the 2015 AT&T Goal of the Year award in the Major League Soccer (MLS), the United States football (soccer) championship. Just two moths ago, he was was named his club's best newcomer this season.
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EU affairs
| November 30, 2015
An investigation of Hungary’s central tobacco distributing company by the European Commission takes more time than it was originally expected, but it is not by chance the EU executive is taking its time to look into the matter, portfolio.hu quotes a local paper.
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Climate change
| November 29, 2015
Thousands of people have gathered in the Hungarian capital this Sunday for the demonstration 'Climate March Budapest' ahead of the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change held in Paris between November 30 and December 11.
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Leisure
| November 25, 2015
The City Park Ice Rink, the largest public ice rink in Europe opened its gates for the new winter season in Budapest this Wednesday. Originally opened in 1870, and reopened after renovation in December 2011, the rink offers 12 thousand square metres of ice surface.
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Weather
| November 23, 2015
This past week-end saw the first snow of the season on higher-lying areas of Hungary as temperatures dropping following an unseasonable mild weather lasting for the past few weeks. However, the 5-10-centimeter snow is not suitable for skiing.
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Holiday season
| November 20, 2015
It can never be too early. The eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen had its Christmas tree set up on Kossuth square this Friday. As the Hungarian news agency MTI reports, the 16-meter tall pine tree was offered to the city by a private individual.
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Terrorism
| November 18, 2015
Two British nationals convicted earlier for supporting terrorism, Abu Izzadeen (born as Trevor Brooks), and Simon Jonathan Keeler were detained by Hungarian police at Lőkösháza border crossing point on Sunday when discovered on a train heading for Romania.
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Scandal
| November 17, 2015
The Hungarian Constitutional Court on Tuesday annulled parts of a law that required commercial banks to pay billions of forints to bail out clients of failed brokerage Quaestor, the financial website portfolio.hu quotes the country's state news agency.
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Sports
| November 15, 2015
The Hungarian national football side has qualified for the 2016 European championship of 32 teams in France by defeating Norway 2-1 at the Hungarian leg of the playoff against Norway this Sunday. The first leg in Norway was also won by Hungary (1-0).
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Tourism
| November 11, 2015
Interested in MICE business? Looking for new event venues or training ideas? Or you want to hear the latest business travel trends and meet professionals? Join us for MICE Business Day Budapest on December 1 at Groupama Aréna!
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Tourism
| October 28, 2015
The B2B MICE Workshop will be organized for the first time in Budapest in an exclusive venue, the brand new Groupama Arena, on the 1st of December.
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Sports
| October 24, 2015
A plaque commemorating the 1960 Champions Cup final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt and the top scorer of the match, Hungary's Ferenc Puskás, was unveiled at the Scottish National Football Museum at Hampden in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Renewable energy
| October 22, 2015
'MegaLux', a solar-powered car developed at the College of Kecskemét in east-central Hungary, finished 7th in the World Solar Challenge competition of over 3,000 kilometers across the Australian desert from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south.
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Tourism
| October 21, 2015
Trivago, Travelport, GoGlobal, Szallas.hu, BDO Hungary - our experts will speak about the hottest tourist trends at the Tourism Academy. Organized by the journal Tourism Trend, this year’s Tourism Academy will be held on October 27, 2015.
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| October 20, 2015
The University of Pécs signed an agreement with the Donau Universität Krems of Austria on the joint training of professionals dealing with the issue of migration health.
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Award
| October 19, 2015
Eiffel Palace, a 120-year-old, recently reconstructed unique office building in the heart of Budapest won the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) award for Leadership in Building Design and Performance at Greenbuild Euromed in Verona, Italy.
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Migration
| October 16, 2015
As of midnight Friday, Hungary closes its border with Croatia to migrants but the border crossing stations will continue to operate on the Hungarian-Croatian border, subject to more stringent controls. Asylum claims may be submitted in two transit zones.
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Sports
| October 13, 2015
Hungarian footballer Krisztián Németh was named as Sporting Kansas City's best newcomer this season as the American soccer club presented its annual awards. The 26-year-old Hungarian international was honored based on votes from fans, journalists and coaches.
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Sports
| October 11, 2015
A record number of participants - 27,860 runners - took part at the two-day Spar Budapest Marathon Festival this week-end, making it the most populous sports event ever in Hungary. People running at the competition represented 80 countries altogether.
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Military
| October 9, 2015
NATO would set up new force integration units (NFIU) in Slovakia and Hungary to complement the six existing units in Eastern Europe. Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó says the unit will boost Hungary’s security without endangering anyone.
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Agrarian industry
| October 5, 2015
Hungary's green LMP party organised a demonstration in protest against the privatisation of state land, blocking one lane of several major roads throughout the country. The move is against “one of the biggest privatisation deals of the past 25 years.”
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Sports
| October 1, 2015
Hungary's László Barta won the Goldsteig Ultrarace in Germany by completing the 661 kilometer long cross-country distance in 143 hours and 57 minutes while compatriot Anna Örsi clocked 169 hours and 45 minutes to win the women's competition.
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Sports
| September 23, 2015
The oldest living Olympic Champion, Sándor Tarics, who won gold in the 1936 Olympics with the Hungarian water polo team, turned 102 this Wednesday. He moved to the United States in 1948 where he taught at university and worked as construction engineer.
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Migration
| September 18, 2015
40 Croatian police officers accompanying a train carrying migrants from Croatia to Hungary were disarmed by Hungarian police on Friday. According to the spokesman of the Hungarian government, 4,400 migrants arrived to Hungary from Croatia on this day.
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Migration
| September 16, 2015
Hungarian police stopped a crowd of migrants that broke the gate at a crossing point of the Röszke-Horgos station on the border between Hungary and Serbia on Wednesday. The law inforcement units used tear gas and water cannons against the crowd.
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Migration
| September 15, 2015
Hungarian police closed an unofficial crossing point along a train track between the Serbian village of Horgos and the Hungarian village of Röszke to stop the influx of illegal immigrants. while the government declared a state of crisis in two southern counties.
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Sports
| September 14, 2015
No. 2 seeded Dalma Gálfi of Hungary defeated No. 9 seed Sofia Kenin of the United States in the final of the junior girls' competition at the US Open tennis tournament. 17-year-old Gálfi is the first Hungarian to capture a title in the history of the US Open.
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Migration
| September 11, 2015
Some 3,800 soldiers were deployed at Hungary's southern border with Serbia by Friday, the new defense minister István Simicskó said. The main task of the troops is to help build a fence that PM Viktor Orbán claims will protect Hungary from the influx of migrants.
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| September 10, 2015
“My goal has been to expand Fulbright's reach to traditionally underrepresented scholars from rural areas, the Roma community as well as to people with different disabilities.”, Dr. Károly Jókay said on his mission as the director of the ‘Fulbright Commission’ in November 2012.
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Migration
| September 9, 2015
22 non-governmenatl organizations have signed a petition to call on the Hungarian government to tackle the refugee crisis humanely. They believe they need to speak out in a critical situation like this and alleviate the plight of refugees in Hungary.
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Int'l relations
| September 8, 2015
Sóstó Zoo, the country’s largest animal park, located in Nyíregyháza, NE Hungary, has recently received the director and chief vet of the Jakarta Ragunan Zoo. Both parties are interested in signing a new cooperation agreement.
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| September 5, 2015
Trading in shares is not a new phenomenon to Budapest. But after the big change in 1990 the stock exchange needed to be re-established too. It happaned 25 years ago.
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Defense
| August 31, 2015
Hungary is in charge of the protection of the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for a period of four months as of 1 September as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. Hungary took over the mission at the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania from Norway and Italy.
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Festival
| August 29, 2015
The 15th Smart Times international car meeting was held this Friday and Saturday in and around Budapest. The aim of these gatherings s to forge together the Smart community and establish relationship with Smart fans from all around the world.
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Sports
| August 28, 2015
Gellért Mester made good use of his lunch-break and helped his football team win a match in the Somogy county championship recently. He scored goals in the first half before going back to work in a restaurant in Siófok at Lake Balaton in Western Hungary.
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Migration
| August 27, 2015
Dozens of migrants (they could number as many 50) were found dead in a truck with temporary Hungarian license plate parked along the A4 motorway in Austria, some 30 kilometers from the Hungarian border on Thursday. Hungary will help in the investigation.
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Migration
| August 26, 2015
A brief disturbance broke out among migrants entering Hungary at a refugee camp near the village of Röszke on the Hungarian side of the border with Serbia on Wednesday, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported. Police used tear gas to restore order.
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EU affairs
| August 25, 2015
Until 2020, the EU made available HUF 70bn for cooperation and support projects within the Danube region. On August 20, 2015 the European Commission adopted the Danube Transnational Program elaborated jointly by the 14 countries of the Danube basin.
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Migration
| August 24, 2015
There is no threat of an epidemic in Hungary in connection with the influx of migrants and there is no evidence that they are spreading pathogens, Hungary’s health authority (ÁNTSZ) is quoted as saying by the Hungarian news agency MTI.
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National holiday
| August 21, 2015
The traditional St. Stephen’s Day fireworks were launched this Friday evening from ships on the Danube, two bridges – Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) and Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) - and from Gellért Hill to be watched by tens of thousands of people on either banks of the river.
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Commemoration
| August 18, 2015
Players wore black armbands paying respect - along with spectators - in the the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid Tuesday night to the memory of Erzsébet Hunyadvári, the widow of legendary Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskás. She passed away last week.
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Sports
| August 14, 2015
95-year-old Hungarian swimmer Béla Bánki Horváth won the men's 50-meter freestyle event in his age category at the FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan, Russia this Thursday. Two days earlier, he won the 200-meter backstroke with a new world record.
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Real estate
| August 13, 2015
The National Bank of Hungary has acquired new luxury real estates by buying a villa in one of Budapest’s most expensive 12th district for over HUF one billion forints back in February, and another property in the Castle District of for about HUF 800 million.
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Sports
| August 10, 2015
With three gold, two silver and four bronze collected, Hungary became the 6th most successful nation in the swimming pool at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazany, Russia. Considering other aquatics events, too, Hungary was the 8th most successful country.
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Sports
| August 4, 2015
With the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil a year and a day away, the Hungarian Olympic Committee has announced that the country already has 33 quotas in four different sports: athletics, sailing, shooting and swimming.
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Innovation
| July 29, 2015
A new fire engine – or as it is called by professionals: vehicle sprinkler –, developed by Hungarian engineers, was presented at the 9th district fire deprtment in Budapest. The Heros Aquadux X 1500 fire engine is based on Renault chassis.
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| July 29, 2015
A Hungarian-Austrian business partnership is creating a new range of skincare products for men under the brand name SA.AL, with a clever marketing twist: customers can personalise each item.
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Sports
| July 28, 2015
The northeastern Hungarian town of Tiszaújváros hosts its 19th consecutive triathlon World Cup event in the framework of a triathlon festival between August 1 and 9. The World Cup is expected to be attended by some 200 competitors from 41 countries.
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Sports
| July 27, 2015
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the 30th Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix car race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyoród, just east of Budapest this Sunday. Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat finished second with team mate Daniel Ricciardo coming in third.
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Sports
| July 24, 2015
Once the first Formula One Grand Prix beyond the Iron Curtain, the Hungarian GP is still special as it is one of the races (behind Monte-Carlo and Monza) to have continuously featured in the F1 calendar. Ths week-end Hungaroring hosts the 30th Hungarian Grand Prix.
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Chamber of commerce
| July 23, 2015
The Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (SwissCham Hungary) has announced the composition of its new Board of Members and that of its new Board of Supervision. Dr. István Béres has been re-elected for another term as SwissSham Hungary President.
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Int'l relations
| July 22, 2015
A crossing point over the river Tisza near the Hungarian city of Szeged was opened this Wednesday. The project - linking Hungary with Serbia - was in large part financed by the European Union. Two more crossing points on this border will open this month.
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Sports
| July 20, 2015
German coach Bernd Storck has been appointed as the manager of the Hungarian national football team. The move comes after German club Hertha BSC no longer allows its Hungarian head coach Pál Dárdai to command the national team also.
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Food industry
| July 17, 2015
The Hungarian chili sauce 'Spirit of Attila' won the Hot Sauce Hot category at the 2015 World Hot Sauce Awards held in New Iberia, Louisiana in the United States. The competition attracted 284 entries from 109 producers from 14 countries in 49 categories.
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Immigration
| July 15, 2015
Hungarian soldiers have begun building a 175-meter long test section of the security fence the Hungarian government says will help stop the influx of illegal immigrants. The plan drew heavy criticism from both Hungary and abroad.
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Military
| July 14, 2015
A three-dimensional NATO radar deployed in Medina, south-central Hungary, begins operation this Wednesday, and as a result, Hungarian airspace control is complete, Defence Minister Csaba Hende announced on Tuesday at the Medina radar station.
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Sports
| July 13, 2015
The third-seed Hungarian duo of Dalma Gálfi and Fanny Stollár won the Girls' Doubles event at the 2015 Wimbledon tennis tournament. Thus, they are the first ever to win a doubles title for Hungary at the All England Club in Wimbledon.
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Weather
| July 9, 2015
One person died and 29 others were injured in the storms that hit Hungary on Wednesday, a spokesman for the disaster management authority was quoted by dailynewshungary as saying. The most harm was caused in Budapest hit by the storm in the afternoon.
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Olympic Games
| July 6, 2015
Hungarian Parliament voted to approve plans for Budapest to apply for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Some governing MPs already have plans to launch a reform of the Hungarian healthcare system from the profits of the Olympics.
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Sports
| July 1, 2015
An 87-year-old Hungarian woman set a new world record in simultaneous chess by having played 13,600 such matches. Brigitta Sinka, known as Aunt Bici would like to have her performance recognized a Guinness world record.
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Refugees
| June 29, 2015
Fighting broke out between asylum seekers over a religious dispute at a refugee camp in Debrecen, eastern Hungary. Riot police had to be called in and they fired tear gas to calm people down and push them back into the camp.
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Energy supply
| June 25, 2015
The Hungarian Virtual Power Station Program has been selected as one of the best three among 153 energy efficiency programmes submitted to the jury of the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week, the Hungaian Ministry for National Economy has announced.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| June 23, 2015
The Hungarian government decided to suspend the the application of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (Dublin III), which requires an EU country to take back refugees who have travelled from it to another EU country.
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Sports
| June 12, 2015
The most successful female chess player of all times, Judit Polgár, a two times Chess Olympiad winner, has unanimously been appointed by the presidium of the Hungarian Chess Federation as the manager of the country's men's national team.
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Weather
| June 9, 2015
A summer storm with torrential rain hit the Hungarian capital this Tuesday, flooding cellars, underpasses and low-lying streets. Firefighters were called to help in 230 different places nationwide (including 160 occasions in Budapest).
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Award
| May 21, 2015
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (SCCH) has awarded its 2015 Gran Prize to Prof. Zoltán Noszticzius for his patented method of producing hyperpure chlorine-dioxide, a strong but environmental friendly disinfectant.
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Banking
| May 11, 2015
Alexandre Lámfalussy, the Hungarian-born economist and banker known as one of the fathers of the common European currency, the Euro, and the head of the predecessor of the the European Central Bank, passed away less than a month after his 86th birthday.
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Sports
| May 4, 2015
Some 2,000 fans celebrated in Székesfehérvár, SW of Budapest, the second football league title of local side Videoton this Sunday. Videoton won its week-end match while nearest rivals Ferencváros could only draw their match in Pécs.
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Demonstration
| May 1, 2015
In Budapest, the traditional venue for the May 1 celebrations is the City Park. This time, opposition parties held their celebration of the International Labor Day there and several trade unions held demonstrations against the current government"s labor policy.
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Disaster
| April 27, 2015
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affaars and Trade has knowledge of 58 Hungarin citizens who were in the area when the earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday and still has not managed to make contact with 10 of them this Monday, the Minister said.
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Demonstration
| April 22, 2015
Hundreds of students and teachers gathered at Budapest’s ELTE university to attend a forum entitled 'Let us decide what we want to study' organised in protest against the government's plans to eliminate several basic courses, MTI reported.
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Military
| April 21, 2015
Soldiers of the Hungarian Defense Forces have ended their Middle East peacekeeping operations on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt where they formed part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the past twenty years.
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Sports
| April 20, 2015
Hungarian competitors crossed the finish line first at the half marathon race that took place this past Sunday in Budapest in the framework of the Vivicittá Budapest 2015 running festival that, the organizers say, was the largest ever leisure sports event in Hungary.
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EU affairs
| April 16, 2015
The European Commission has suspended the payment of funding in three priorities of Hungarian development programmes totalling about EUR 2.3 billion. Hungarian officials say a correction of up to 10% can be expected, adding that this amount will not necessarily be lost.
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Hungarian society
| April 7, 2015
Civilian groups distributed food to the poor in Miskolc this Tuesday, partly to defy the city’s mayor who refused the Child Nutrition Foundation’s similar initiative at Easter. The event turned into turmoil as the needy basically ransacked the food stands.

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Ceremony
| April 2, 2015
A bust of former Hungarian Prime Minister József Antall was unveiled in the European Parliament wing named after the Hungarian politician who was PM after the first multiparty elections following the fall of the Communist/Socialist regime in Hungary in 1988-90.
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Int'l relations
| February 19, 2015
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was criticized at his visit to Warsaw by his Polish counterpart, Ewa Kopacz for not supporting enough the unity of the European Union. Orbán was refused a meeting with one of his Polish allies for receiving Vladimir Putin.
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Crime
| February 11, 2015
Following a month-long investigation, Hungary’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) has busted a huge illegal cigarette factory in co-operation with Europol (the European Police Office). In the February 2 raid, 22 tons of tobacco were seized.
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Commemoration
| January 26, 2015
As part of the commemorations related to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day of January 27, a ceremony was held - with the participation of dignitaries - to mark the renovation of WWI graves in the Kozma Street Jewish Cemetery in Budapest.
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Sports
| January 12, 2015
Jenő Buzánszky, the last surviving member of Hungary's formidable 1950s national football side, the Golden Team, died at the age of 89 after a long illness this Sunday. He was elected as one of the 12 'Athletes of the Nation' in 2011.
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Terrorism
| January 7, 2015
The Hungarian political elite, including governing and opposition parties as well as President János Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, has condemned the Islamist terrorist attack on the editorial offices of a French magazine in Paris this Wednesday.
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Survey
| December 12, 2014
Based on the actual consumption of households Hungary was the fourth poorest country in the European Union in 2013, according to Eurostat data published on Thursday. Actual Individual Consumption (AIC) in Hungary was 62% of the EU28 average last year.
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Weather
| December 2, 2014
Extreme weather causes difficulties in traffic and power supply in and around the Hungarian capital. Black ice and trees fallen on roads prevent traffic in the Buda Hills and the surrounding areas. The village of Nagykovácsi has been cut off.
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Sports
| December 1, 2014
World champion Katinka Hosszú has been elected the Swimmer of the Year 2014 among women. She received the award at the gala evening of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in Dubai. She has 5 world and 13 European championship titles.
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Defense
| November 28, 2014
The decisions made at NATO's Wales Summit this September are critical to Europe’s security - that was the conclusion drawn by participants at the at the conference entitled NATO 2014: The Alliance after the Wales Summit in Budapest.
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Weather
| November 25, 2014
This Tuesday saw the first snow fall of the winter season in Hungary. Not surprisingly, it fell on the country's highest point, Kékestető, which is just over a thousand meters high, and the surrounding Mátra mountain in northwestern Hungary.
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Sports
| November 14, 2014
Legendary striker for the Hungarian national team and Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid, Ferenc Puskás (1927-2006) has become the fourth inductee in the Goal Hall of Fame that opens this week at the initiative of the renowned football website goal.com.
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law enforcement
| November 12, 2014
The European Police College (CEPOL), established in 2005, has been moved from Bramshill, UK to Budapest, therefore, it is the first EU institution to have its headquarters in the Hungarian capital that was selected following a lengthy consultation and application process.
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EU affairs
| November 7, 2014
A symbolic imaginary city, 'BurEUcratia', was erected in downtown Budapest to raise awareness of the need to cut EU red tape that hinders business growth and competitiveness in all EU member states, particularly hitting hard on small and medium size enterprises.
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Chamber of commerce
| October 31, 2014
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary honours those working on outstanding solutions to the most urgent and crucial challenges facing the planet today, in the field of environmental protection, sustainable development. The 2014 winner has been announced.
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Climate change
| October 20, 2014
Hungarian President János Áder spoke before the agenda this Monday at the plenary session of Hungarian Parliament. He gave account to the national assembly about his participation at the UN climate conference organized in New York City last month.
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Charity
| October 7, 2014
Another edition of Csodalámpa Wish Granting Foundation’s cooking course took place recently with a special, pizza-making program, this time at Symbol House, to, as usual, grant a wish for a seriously ill child. This time a cooking project also took place.
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EU affairs
| October 6, 2014
European Parliament’s Culture Committee rejected the nomination of Hungarian candidate Tibor Navracsics as the new EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship due to his record in a government accused of curbing civic rights.
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law enforcement
| September 29, 2014
The Hungarian Ministry of Interior says it has banned a conference US-based extremist and nationalist international ‘white supremacy’ organization, the National Policy Institute (NPI), is to organize in the Hungarian capital together with Russian radical figures.
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NGOs
| September 24, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama pledged expanded support for society groups and "embattled NGOs" at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, mentioning Hungary as one of the countries where the civil society is increasingly the subject of intimidation.
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| September 23, 2014
Something has to be written here.
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Judiciary
| September 16, 2014
The European Court of Justice has ruled in favor of several opposition members of Hungarian Parliament and stated that their rights to freedom of expression were violated when Speaker László Kövér fined them for displaying anti government banners.
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Disaster
| September 15, 2014
Some 370 hectares are flooded near the Hungarian-Slovenian border in SW Hungary due to heavy rains in the past week. Streams have exited their bed and flooded roads, lands and houses as a result of which dozens of people have had to be evacuated.
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Int'l relations
| August 29, 2014
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade follows with deep concern recent developments in Eastern Ukraine. One of the opposition parties calls on PM Viktor Orbán to take a stance by Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence.
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Award
| August 22, 2014
The President of the Republic János Áder presented internationally acknowledged Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertész and internationally renowned inventor Ernő Rubik with the Order of Saint Stephen at the proposal of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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Anniversary
| August 19, 2014
The Pan-European picnic that eventually led to the fall of the Iron Curtain was celebrated with a family day on the Hungarian side of the border on the 25th anniversary of the August 19, 1989 event and with a conference in the nearby town of Sopron.
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Sports
| August 13, 2014
The most successful in chess history, Hungary's Judit Polgár, has announced that she retires from competitive chess at the age of 38. She will now concentrate more on her chess foundation and the further popularization of chess education in schools.
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Tourism
| August 5, 2014
Last year, the number of visitors at the 200 most significant Hungarian baths, also frequented by tourists, was some 31 million and development projects related to these are to be continued in the coming European Union fiscal period.
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EU affairs
| July 31, 2014
The Hungarian Prime Minister has nominated Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Tibor Navracsics to serve as Commissioner in the next European Commission (EC). Before the official announcement, Navracsics revealed his nomination on Twitter.
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Sports
| July 28, 2014
Daniel Ricciardo of the Red Bull team won the 29th Hungarian Grand Prix car race at the Hungaroring circuit just east of Budapest on Sunday ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and 2013 winner Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
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Sports
| July 21, 2014
15-year-old Bence Balzam from the northern Serbian settlement of Opątina 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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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| July 16, 2014
The 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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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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Military
| July 10, 2014
Lieutenant-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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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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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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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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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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Media
| June 6, 2014
The 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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Judiciary
| May 28, 2014
The 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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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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| May 9, 2014
Norway 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
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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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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Conference
| April 29, 2014
Supporting 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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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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Conference
| April 24, 2014
The 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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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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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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Int'l relations
| April 1, 2014
The 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
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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Defense
| March 18, 2014
A 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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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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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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Human rights
| January 21, 2014
The 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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EU affairs
| January 16, 2014
The 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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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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| January 1, 2014
All of us here at Budapest Week Publishing, the publisher of Diplomacy & Trade, wish all the readers of - and contributors to - Diplomacy & Trade a happy and prosperous new year for 2014 and hope to have you with us in the new year, as well.
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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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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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Int'l relations
| December 19, 2013
Hungarian-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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EU affairs
| December 12, 2013
There 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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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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Corruption
| December 10, 2013
Young 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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Chamber
| December 6, 2013
At 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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Africa
| December 6, 2013
Current 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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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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Bilateral relations
| November 22, 2013
Hungarian 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
The 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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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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Conference
| October 8, 2013
Hungarian President János Áder opened the Budapest Water Summit conference this Tuesday in the Millenáris Park of the Hungarian capital. The four-day event was also greeted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
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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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Judiciary
| September 12, 2013
Croatia’s anti-graft authority USKOK has summoned Zsolt Hernádi, Chairman-CEO of Hungarian fuels group MOL, for a hearing on September 25 as a suspect in a bribery case that resulted in a ten-year prison sentence for Croatia’s former Prime Minister.
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Sports
| September 6, 2013
Hungary's national football side lost 3-0 away to Romania in Europe's qualifying Group D of the 2014 football World Cup. This defeat significantly reduces Hungarian chances to finish at least second in the group, a place in the play-off stage.
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Charity
| September 3, 2013
The Apostolic Nunciature and the Embassy of the Republic of Albania are inviting fellow diplomats to to participate in a mass and photo exhibition about the life of Mother Teresa, to be held this Thursday, September 5 at Szent István Bazilika.
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Sports
| September 2, 2013
Hungarian paddlers won 17 medals (including 7 gold) at the World Kayak and Canoeing Championships in Duisburg, Germany this past week-end, finishing second on the medal table behind the host nation but in front of Russia and Canada.
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| August 29, 2013
As part of the 16th Jewish Summer Festival, the Embassy of the State of Israel brought a unique experience to one of the most beautiful and colorful places in Budapest, the Central Market Hall. The Israeli Shuk in Budapest lasts 3 days: August 29-31.
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Energy supply
| August 26, 2013
Creating the conditions for energy security is among the biggest challenges facing countries today, Hungary's foreign minister János Martonyi told the international conference "Energy Security and Diplomacy in 2013" in Budapest on Monday.
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Sports
| August 19, 2013
Three-time Olympic champion waterpolo player, the holder of the ‘Athlete of the Nation’ title in Hungary, Dezső Gyarmati passed away at the age of 85 in Budapest. He was the most successful figure in the history of waterpolo.
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Animals
| August 14, 2013
Another giraffe baby – the second this year – was born in the Budapest Zoo by Wednesday morning. It was in the morning that the zoo staff got to see the baby that whose sex is not yet known and thus, no has been given to it, yet.
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Crime
| August 8, 2013
Police detained 24 people who possessed drugs in the vicinity of the OZORA Festival in southwest Hungary in the past 24 hours, the Fejer County police headquarters was quoted from its website on Thursday by the Hungarian news agency MTI.
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Weather
| August 7, 2013
This Wednesday, the national daily maximum temperature record was broken, as was the Budapest record - the National Meteorological Service told the news agency MTI. Thursday may see the absolute national record superseeded.
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Crime
| August 6, 2013
Four men have been found guilty of murdering six Roma (gypsy) people, including a child in Hungary, in a spree of killings that the court considered an act of racist motivation, Three of the accused were given life terms without parole.
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Sports
| August 5, 2013
Hungary's Katinka Hosszú won her second world title at the World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain this Sunday by beating the field in the women's 400-meter individual medley. A day earlier, Hungary won a gold in men's waterpolo.
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Media
| July 30, 2013
Analog terrestrial television broadacsting ends this Wednesday, July 31st in most parts of Hungary, including Budapest and its vicinity, with the northeast and small areas in the south following suit at the end of October this year.
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Sports
| July 29, 2013
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2013 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, east of Budapest. In the meantime, a new contract has been signed to secure the organization of the Hngarian GP till 2021.
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Hungarians abroad
| July 25, 2013
The winner of this year’s Miss Jamaica World title is of Hungarian descent. 18-year-old Gina Hargitay’s father grew up in Hungary while her mother is Jamaican. She also won sectional prizes for being 'Most Aware' and having 'Best Smile'.
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Survey
| July 23, 2013
Whereas 18% of Hungarian secondary school graduates have applied to college or university abroad, 36% of 9-11th graders are now planning to study outside the borders, a survey by the Institute for Economic and Enterprise Research (IEER) revealed.
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Sports
| July 15, 2013
No. 3 seed Simona Halep conquered her third WTA title of the year, and of her career, by defeating Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-1 to win the USD 235,000 Hungarian Grand Prix WTA International women's tennis tournament at the Romai Tennis Academy Sunday.
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Festival
| July 11, 2013
The Balaton Sound Festival is held for the seventh time in 2013 at Hungary's fanciest beach, Zamárdi, along the shore of Lake Balaton. Five major and several minor venues await festival-goers twenty-hours a day with a wide choice of musical programs.
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Ceremony
| July 8, 2013
Former Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Horn, who played a key role – as Foreign Minister – in bringing down the Iron Curtain by letting East Germans cross the border to Austria, was laid to rest in the Fiume Road National Graveyard this Monday.
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Sports
| July 5, 2013
Despite various difficulties, the Hungarian Grand Prix international women’s tennis tournament takes place between July 8 and 14 at its traditional venue, the Római Tennis Academy in the northern part of the Hungarian capital.
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Healthcare
| July 4, 2013
A Swiss-Hungarian model project has been launched to improve and expand basic services in Hungary’s underdeveloped regions. The program, announced this week in Budapest, also aims to involve Roma residents in public health programs.
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Defense
| July 2, 2013
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende have laid the cornerstone for a new Heavy Airlift Wing hangar complex at the NATO air base near the town of Pápa in north-west Hungary.
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Charity
| June 14, 2013
A Family Golf event takes place in Budapest at the end of June this year with the procceeds foing to charity. Participants can access the driving range and putting green, accompanied by professional coaches on site to be of help.
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law enforcement
| June 11, 2013
A press conference at the British Embassy in Budapest this Tuesday announced the launch of the latest project 'Roma law enforcement community tour' supported by the Fraternal Association of European Roma Law Enforcement Officers.
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Emergency
| June 5, 2013
A state of emergency is declared in Hungary due to the record high water levels expected on the river Danube. Dozens of people have been evacuated, so far – and many more are expected – and utilities have been switched off in some affected areas.
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Sports
| May 27, 2013
23-year-old Hungarian international Zsanett Jakabfi is member of the German side VFL Wolfsburg that has won the UEFA Champions League in women’s football against Olympique Lyonnais - a rare piece of success for a Hungarian footballer nowadays.
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Accident
| May 24, 2013
Zsolt Erőss, 45, the first Hungarian to scale Mount Everest, is feared dead on Nepal’s treacherous Kangchenjunga mountain, according to local tourism officials. Four others, including Hungarian Péter Kiss, 27, are also feared to have died.
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Exhibition
| May 21, 2013
A Hungarian bobtail named Jimmy has won the ‘Best in Show’ title at the World Dog Show 2013 in Budapest, which featured 18,000 dogs from 70 countries. One of his owners is also a champion: 2004 modern pentathlon Olympic gold medalist Zsuzsa Vörös.
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Sports
| May 16, 2013
Portuguese soccer club SL Benfica lost the Europa League final this Wednesday night to English side FC Chelsea and the superstitious believe this loss – and the six defeats in European cup finals before – is due to a curse by legendary Hungarian coach Béla Guttmann.
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National day
| May 7, 2013
On the occassion of the May 3rd Constitution National Day, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Hungary, Roman Kowalski invited hundreds of gueststo the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest to celebrate the 1791 Polish Constitution.
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Conference
| May 6, 2013
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) holds its general assembly meeting in Budapest. In his speech the Hungarian PM called for "zero tolerance" against anti-Semitism but the WJC says he “did not confront the true nature of the problem.”
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Charity
| May 3, 2013
The Cortinthia Hotel Budapest has recently hosted a very special event, a charity cooking evening, organized by the Csodalámpa (Magic Lamp) Foundation. Participans of the event prepared specialties of Indian cuisine.
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Sports
| April 25, 2013
Hungary’s Olympic bronze medalist Éva Csernoviczki won the first gold medal at the European Judo Championship in Budapest. In the final, she defeated Charline van Snick of Belgium, the top ranked European judoka in the women’s U48-kg category.
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Holocaust
| April 22, 2013
A record number of people – estimated to be over 10,000 of them, more than double the usual turnout –, took part this Sunday in the annual ‘March for Life’ in the Hungarian capital to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.
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Holocaust
| April 17, 2013
On the occasion of Hungary’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorations including exhibition openings, conferences and history lessons were held on Tuesday throughout the country with the participation of politicians and civilians.
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Sports
| April 15, 2013
Hungary lost on penalties to South Korea Monday night in the Budapest qualification tournament for to the Top Division of the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championship. The defeat makes clinching the first or second qualifying spot even more difficult.
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Charity
| March 28, 2013
The Csodalámpa Foundation has fulfilled the wish of another child. This time, it was a 13-year-old boy who received a valuable gift from the Foundation that is the beneficiary of the raffle income of this year’s Best of Budapest and Hungary Gala.
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Gastronomy
BOB | March 25, 2013
Budapest Week Publishing presented the most outstanding restaurants, hotels and winemakers of the past year with the coveted Best of Budapest & Hungary Award during 20th of such galas in the Hungarian capital this past Saturday evening.
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Businesspeople
| March 18, 2013
“I am partially Irish, partially Hungarian. I grew up in Ireland with a Hungarian father and an Irish mother and with a Hungarian name that nobody could pronounce.” Nick Kós, Country Managing Partner of PWC Hungary told Diplomacy & Trade.
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| March 15, 2013
Stormy winter weather that caused havoc and a white-out in large parts of Hungary on Thursday, continued on Friday causing further accidents and power outages and the cancellation of open-air celebrations of the March 15 national holiday.
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Charity
| March 6, 2013
Budapest Week Publishing has collected a nice sum in charity at its recent Valentine’s Day Gala evening. The proceeds from that event are used to fulfill the wishes of two children through the Csodalámpa (Magic Lamp) Foundation.
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Accident
| February 26, 2013
The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that one of the victims of the deadly hot-air balloon accident over Luxor, Egypt was a woman of Hungarian nationality. She was one of the 18 tourists who died as a balloon exploded in the air.
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Conference
| February 15, 2013
Within the framework of the SymbioCity 2013 program, the Smart City conference took place in the ‘Green House’ in Budapest this week focusing on sustainable urban environment with the participation of Swedish and Hungarian experts.
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Religion
| February 12, 2013
Among the European cardinals, Hungary’s Péter Erdő is the favorite in the conclave to be elected as the next Pope, according to the ‘Italian Insider’ that says 60-year-old Erdő could be pontiff for a long time. Hungarian circles dismiss the idea.
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World affairs
| February 8, 2013
The Advisory Board of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) admitted Hungary as a new member at its annual meeting on February 5-6 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Sports
| February 6, 2013
24-year-old Hungarian tennis player Ágnes Szávay, has announced her retirement from competitive tennis due to a vertebral injury she has long been suffering from. She hopes to capitalize on her experience in teaching tennis to children.
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Bilateral relations
| January 21, 2013
France is a major investor in Hungary, its presence has tripled in this country between 2001 and 2011. The scope of this presence is described in the study published by the French Embassy and the Hungarian-French Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
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War in Afghanistan
| January 18, 2013
If there is such a request, Hungary stands ready to continue its presence in Afghanistan after 2014, the end of the mandate, Hungarian President János Áder said after his discussions at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
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Weather
| January 14, 2013
Snow that began to fall Sunday night and continued Monday morning hinders traffic in the Hungarian capital. Roads both in Budapest and Western Hungary are snowy and skiddy, motorists are advised to stay home or use the means of community transport.
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Scandal
| January 10, 2013
Hungarian journalist Zsolt Bayer's recent remarks concerning the Roma minority are unacceptable, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission. Hungary’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tibor Navracsics also condemned the remarks.
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Sports
| January 9, 2013
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, sanctioned Hungary to play the next World Cup qualifying match on home ground behind closed doors. The disciplinary action came after racist abuses by Hungarian fans at a recent match against Israel.
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| January 2, 2013
On behalf of our staff here at Diplomacy & Trade and its publishing company, Budapest Week Publishing, we wish all our readers and partners a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2013! We hope you enjoy our print and web editions in 2013, as well.
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Festivities
| December 24, 2012
Hungarian families decorate pine trees into Christmas trees to be ready by the evening with presents under it. In Hungary, Christmas is a two-day festive event (December 25 and 26) and is now less of a religious holiday but that of the family.
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Sports
| December 21, 2012
Given the outstanding performance of Hungarian athletes at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in London, it has come as no surprise that the Hungarian athletes of the year in 2012 are all Olympic gold medal winners.
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Demonstration
| December 19, 2012
Secondary school students gathered in front of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Wednesday to protest against government plans to change Hungary's higher educationby cutting funding for higher education.
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War in Afghanistan
| December 15, 2012
In the morning of December15, soldiers of the Hungarian-American Military Advisory Team (MAT) came into fighting contact in Afghanistan’s Kilagaj region. The night before, the MAT-base was attacked by insurgents' rocket fire.
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Demonstration
| December 11, 2012
Over a thousand Hungarian students took to the streets on Monday evening in Budapest in protest of the government's plan to cut subsidies to finance college tuition briefly blocking a bridge over the Danube in freezing weather.
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Award
| December 10, 2012
Three leaders of the of the European Union received in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the EU "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe".
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Scandal
| November 28, 2012
“I’m a Jew. I ask to be put on the Jobbik list,” says the sign at a demonstration, which was one of the protests against the words this Monday about “tallying Jews” by Márton Gyöngyösi, representing the far-right Jobbik party in Hungarian Parliament.
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Hungarian society
| November 15, 2012
The number of foreigners living in Hungary for a longer period of time has increased by nearly 50%, from 142,000 to 205,000, since Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, the Hungarian business weekly HVG published this Thursday.
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Crime
| November 14, 2012
A Hungarian court sentenced Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Radimir Cacic to one year and ten months in prison on Wednesday. Cacic, 62, received the sentence in absentia for causing a fatal road accident in which two people died in Hungary in 2010.
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Defense
| November 13, 2012
Fighter aircraft of the Hungarian air force will be in charge of policing the airspace of Slovenia and the Baltic states under a NATO agreement, Defense Minister Csaba Hende said on Tuesday. These NATO countries do not have an air force of their own.
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Economic relations
| November 12, 2012
Hungary offers a total of 87 investment opportunities in various sectors including 35 in tourism, 17 in renewable energy, 15 in IT and telecommunications to Arab investors at the 1st Arab Hungarian Economic Forum held in Budapest November 12-13.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| November 6, 2012
The European Court of Justice has ruled that the radical lowering of the retirement age for Hungarian judges constitutes unjustified discrimination on grounds of age. The Hungarian Constitutional Court already deemed this law unconstitutional in July this year.
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Legislation
| October 30, 2012
Hungarian Parliament has approved new legislation to terminate the monopoly of national service provider Magyar Posta. The move removes the last obstacle in the way of opening the market in its entirety to privately owned companies.
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Aviation industry
| October 25, 2012
The Hungarian government has decided - following coordination with NATO - that the Pápa air base in northwestern Hungary will be upgraded into an intermodal logistics hub that will be suitable for receiving both military and civilian aircraft.
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Tourism
| October 22, 2012
The renowned American magazine, National Geographic, has collected the top ten trolley rides in the world, a list on which Budapest tram line No. 2 has been awarded the 7th place. At the same time, it has been found the best in Europe.
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Conference
| October 19, 2012
Ministers from Central Europe held a two-day summit in Veszprém, Western Hungary. It was suggested that - if partners agree - Budapest would be well-placed to compete for the role of a regional center for the European Patent Court.
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EU affairs
| October 12, 2012
Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi called for the preservation of the unity of the European Union at a roundtable meeting in Brussels. Hungary supports "more Europe" but clearly rejects "more than one Europe," he said.



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Disaster
| October 10, 2012
The Special Rapporteur of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Calin Georgescu, has been informed in Budapest about the details of the red sludge catastrophe of 2010, the rescue operations, the damage control and the legal modifications adopted.
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Terrorism
| October 3, 2012
Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics has written to senior Bolivian officials, asking them to ensure that Hungarian national Előd Tóásó, who is accused of terrorism and has been detained for more than three years without trial, can stand trial and mount a free defence.
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Defense
| October 2, 2012
As of October 1st, Hungary took over the international mission to protect Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan from Belgium that performed this task for nearly ten years. Apart from Hungarians, the new protection force also includes Portuguese soldiers.
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Sports
| September 21, 2012
Hungarian soprano Erika Miklósa has been accepted for the New York City Marathon set for November 4. Running is not alien to her as she was first an athlete, a heptatlonist, before becoming a star on the different opera stages of the world.

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Sports
| September 11, 2012
Hungarian athletes won two gold, six silver and six bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in London. With this medal count, the 33-member delegation produced Hungary’s fourth most successful participation in Paralympic history.
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Elections in Hungary
| September 10, 2012
Former Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and three of his associates began a week-long hunger strike in frpnt of Parlaiment in a protest against the Orbán government’s plans to reform the election system by requiring advance voter registration.
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Int'l relations
| September 3, 2012
Armenia severed all diplomatic ties with Hungary after Azeri soldier Ramil Sahib Safarov, who was serving a life sentence in Hungary for killing an Armenian soldier in Budapest in 2004, was extradited to his home country where he was pardoned by the President.
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Judiciary
| August 24, 2012
The Labour Court of Zalaegerszeg in southwestern Hungary has restored to her earlier position a judge who had been forced into retirement under a law, proposed by the Orbán government, which has now been annulled by the Constitutional Court.
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Sports
| August 13, 2012
Surpassing expectations by most officials and fans alike, Hungarian competitors won eight gold, four silver and five bronze medals at the 30th Summer Olympic Games that ended this past Sunday, earning the 9th place on the medal table of nations.
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Sports
| August 9, 2012
Thursday produced two more gold medals for Hungary at the London Olympics: one, by Danuta Kozák in the women's 500-meter single kayak event, more or less expected; and a quite unexpected one by Éva Risztov in the women's 10-km marathon swim race.
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Sports
| August 8, 2012
Hungarian kayakers paddled to two gold medals at the London Olympics on Wednesday. Victories in the men's kayak double in 1,000 meters and the women's kayak four in 500 produced the 5th and 6th gold for Hungary at this Olympics.
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Sports
| August 6, 2012
Gymnast Krisztián Berki won the men’s pommel horse event Sunday afternoon to take Hungary’s third Olympic gold at this Olympics, while compatriot Krisztián Pars followed suit in the evening by conquering the title in the men’s hammer throw.
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Sports
| August 3, 2012
Hungarian Olympic champion swimmer at the current Olympics, Dániel Gyurta will send a replica of his Olympic gold the family of his friend, Norway’s world class swimmer Alexander Dale Oen who died of heart attack three months ago.
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Sports
| August 1, 2012
Hungary's Dániel Gyurta has won the men's 200-meter breaststroke event at the 30th Summer Olympic Games in London this Wednesday. This is Hungary's fourth medal at the 2012 Games after a gold in fencing and a silver and a bronze in judo.
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Religion
| July 31, 2012
The US State Department has criticised parts of Hungary's church that substantially cut the number of recognized churches and the strengthening of the radical nationalist Jobbik party in its international report of religious freedom for 2011.
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Sports
| July 30, 2012
Hungary’s Áron Szilágyi won the men’s individual saber fencing competition to take the Hungarian delegation’s first gold medal at the 30th Summer Olympic Games in the British capital Sunday. The week-end also produced a silver and bronze for Hungary.
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Sports
| July 27, 2012
At the previous Olympic Games, Hungarian athletes have won 160 gold, 144 silver and 164 bronze medals and the 157 competitors representing Hungary at the 30th Summer Olympic Games in London hope to increase this medal collection.
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National day
| July 6, 2012
The Embassy of the United states of America in Budapest held its traditional Independence Day celebrations at the Táncsics compund in the Buda Castle in Budapest this week with hundreds of guests invited by Ambassador Kounalakis.
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Weather
| July 4, 2012
Day by day new heat records are broken in Hungary with the maximum daily temperatures reaching 38 degrees Celsius (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and even the dawn temperatures are higher than ever before. No improvement expected before next week.
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Ambassadors in Budapest
| June 28, 2012
The Budapest embassies of 16 countries have issued a joint statement expressing support for the Budapest EuroGames 2012, this year’s European Gay & Lesbian Championships, an annual European event, and the Budapest Pride Festival.
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Environment
| June 26, 2012
Eighty posters of environmental subject could be seen for five days in the hall of the Representatives Office (Képviselői Irodaház) in Budapest to coincide with the Rio+20 international environmental conference in Brazil.
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Statistical data
| June 25, 2012
In 2011, price levels for consumer goods and services differed widely across the European Union. The lowest price levels were found in Bulgaria and Denmark had the highest price level. Compared to the EU27 average, Hungary’s prices are at 62%.
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Int'l relations
| June 22, 2012
Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi has received the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano. The former Japanese diplomat also met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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Tourism
| June 18, 2012
The flora and fauna of the Indonesian archipelago on a total of 4,000 square meters covering three levels are presented in the Sóstó Zoo in Nyíregyháza, NE Hungary. The previous issue of Diplomacy & Trade carried this article.
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Defense
| June 14, 2012
Hungarian soldiers would be involved in efforts to guarantee security during the Euro 2012 European soccer championship, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, a Hungarian military official announced on the first day of the tournament.
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Sports
| June 11, 2012
Although Hungary did not qualify for the 2012 European football (soccer) championship held in Poland and the Ukraine, there was - and is - still Hungarian presence there. A Hungarian pianist and a referee team represent the country.
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Defense
| June 7, 2012
This week, the Hungarian capital hosted the 20th International Border Police Conference that also touched upon issues concerning the defense of the EU’s common border. The event was attended by Border security guards from 42 countries.
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Award
| May 31, 2012
A committee of experts has selected Hungary’s most livable cities and towns for the first time. Holding the title in 2012 is Szolnok, a town of county rank in the middle of the Great Hungarian Plain, followed by Zalaegerszeg and Debrecen.
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Sports
| May 28, 2012
Host nation Hungary finished on top of the medal table at the 31st European Swimming Championships in Debrecen, eastern Hungary with nine gold, ten silver and seven bronze medals, ahead of Germany and Italy.
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Sports
| May 25, 2012
Soccer’s world governing body FIFA began its 62nd world congress in Budapest late Thursday afternoon. Issues on the Friday agenda of the Congress, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, includes the possible reform of the organization.
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Sports
| May 21, 2012
Two times Olympic champion Zoltán Magyar has been inducted - as the first Hungarian male gymnast - into the International Gymnastics Hall pf Fame. The ceremony took place this past week-end in Oklahoma City in the United States.
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Hungarian society
| May 18, 2012
The proportion of those saying that no asylum-seeker should be allowed to enter Hungary has increased by about 10% in the past five years, says a poll by the public opinion research institute Tárki that conducted the poll this March.
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Science
| May 8, 2012
Budapest will host the new data-processing center of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), from 2013. The facility, providing a bandwidth never seen in Hungary before, will be established in the outskirts of the Hungarian capital.
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National day
| May 7, 2012
The Polish ambassador to Hungary, Roman Kowalski welcomed guests, including members of the diplomatic community and businesspeople, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest to celebrate his country's Constitution Day.
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World affairs
| April 30, 2012
Former Hungarian international water polo player Ervin Zádor, made famous by a photo depicting him with bleeding head during the Hungarian-Soviet semifinal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died at the age of 76 in the United States.
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National day
| April 27, 2012
Dutch Ambassador Robert Milders welcomed hundreds of guests in the garden of his residence in the Buda Hills Thursday evening for a reception to honor Koninginnedag, the Queen's Birthday, the birthday of the late Queen-mother.

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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| April 26, 2012
The European Commission is ready to close the infringement procedure against Hungary concerning issues related to the central bank, paving the way for talks to begin on IMF/EU financial aid, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| April 24, 2012
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held a short meeting with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Brussels on Tuesday. Orbán says a breakthrough is close in disputed with the EU but analysts are skeptical.
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Health
| April 20, 2012
In Geneva, Switzerland, Hungarian activists joined as the Hungarian Disability Caucus to highlight their urgent concerns regarding the respect by the Republic of Hungary of its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabilities.
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President
| April 2, 2012
Hungarian President Pál Schmitt has resigned from his post. His decision comes after the doctoral committee of the SOTE University in Budapest stripped him of his doctoral title as a result of findings that he copied most of his doctoral thesis.
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Agreement
| March 30, 2012
The Hungarian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence issued a joint statement at the anniversary of the signing and entering into force of the Treaty on Open Skies, which allows for unarmed observation flights over its participants.
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Scandal
| March 28, 2012
The 1992 doctoral thesis by current Hungarian President Pál Schmitt was found to have contained "duplications" on the works of other authors but it was not his fault but that of the university that accepted his dissertation.
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Gastronomy
| March 26, 2012
Budapest Week Publishing presented the most outstanding restaurants, hotels and vintners of the past year with the coveted Best of Budapest award during its Best of Budapest Gala 2012, one of the most exclusive events in the Hungarian capital.
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Sports
| March 1, 2012
Sports clothing, which will be worn by the members of the Hungarian team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, have been presented by models in Budapest. It took place during the traditional Travel exhibition at the Hungexpo Fair site.
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Sports
| February 27, 2012
18-year-old Hungarian Tímea Babos won the USD 220,000 Monterrey WTA hard court tournament in Mexico by beating Romanian Alexandra Cadantu in two straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. This victory was Babos’s first title on the WTA Tour.
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EU affairs
| February 21, 2012
The European Council will be recommended within days to have some of the cohesion fund commitments for Hungary suspended as of 1 January 2013, bruxinfo reported, citing well-informed sources in Brussels.
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Int'l relations
Stefán Skjaldarson | February 20, 2012
The January issue of Diplomacy and Trade featured a Nordic Focus on the relations between the Scandinavian countries and Hungary. Here, you can read the piece that the Icelandic Ambassador, Stefán Skjaldarson contributed to the section.
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Int'l relations
Siri Ellen Sletner | February 17, 2012
Although, not neighbors, Norway and Hungary are close cooperation partners in the political, cultural and economic areas, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy’s main objective is to further strengthen the bilateral ties between our countries.
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EU affairs
portfolio.hu | February 16, 2012
The European Parliament will draw up a report on whether EU laws and values are respected in Hungary. It will then decide whether to activate EU Treaty Article 7, which is used to investigate a clear risk of a serious breach of EU common values.
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Int'l relations
Karin Olofsdotter | February 15, 2012
The January issue of Diplomacy and Trade featured a Nordic Focus on the relations between the Scandinavian countries and Hungary. Here, you can read the piece that the Swedish Ambassador, Karin Olofsdotter contributed to the section.
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Int'l relations
Jari Vilén | February 14, 2012
The January issue of Diplomacy and Trade featured a Nordic Focus on the relations between the Scandinavian countries and Hungary. Here, you can read the piece that the Finnish Ambassador, Jari Vilén contributed to the section.
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President
| February 10, 2012
The former President of the Republic of Hungary, Árpád Göncz celebrates his 90th birthday this Friday. He was the translator of over a hundred literary works, and a writer before becoming the first President of the Third Republic.
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Domestic issues
| February 7, 2012
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán held his annual speech on Tuesday, saying that Hungary now stands on new foundations, which he called an “irreversible fact”. Opposition parties dismissed his views as lies that are distant from reality.
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Hungarians abroad
Sándor Laczkó | February 1, 2012
Lynch atmosphere emerged in Guinea Bissau between government officials and a group of Hungarians who participated in a marathon rally between Budapest and West Africa. The dispute concerned the sale of rally cars to the locals.
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EU affairs
| January 30, 2012
Ensuring the independence of the central bank (NBH) and guaranteeing the normal functioning of the judiciary are preconditions for the start of formal talks with the IMF and the EU on financial assistance for Hungary, EU Commissioner László Andor says.
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Employment
| January 24, 2012
The world faces the “urgent challenge” of creating 600 million productive jobs over the next decade in order to generate sustainable growth and maintain social cohesion, says the 2012 annual report of the International Labor Organization.
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Investment
| January 19, 2012
Danish toymaker Lego will start construction of an 80,000-sqm plant in Nyíregyháza, NE Hungary this summer, according to, the general manager and vice-president of Lego Manufacturing Ltd., Lego’s Hungarian subsidiary.
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Terrorism
| January 18, 2012
Two Hungarians have been killed in an attack in northern Ethiopia and another Hungarian was slightly injured, Interpol's office in Ethiopia said. Two Germans and an Austrian were killed with two Germans and two Ethiopians kidnapped.
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| January 16, 2012
Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi is of the view that the key among the Hungarian laws objected by the European Commission is the new Central Bank Act, and also the most important for start the talks with the IMF and the EU.
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Sports
| January 13, 2012
Hungarian football (soccer) referee Viktor Kassai has been voted the world’s top football (soccer) referee in 2011 in a survey by the organization IFFHS, pushing previous year’s winner English Howard Webb to second place.
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Domestic issues
| January 6, 2012
Hungarians are most concerned about losing their jobs or becoming poor, an international survey by the Ipsos group conducted in 27 countries late last year and now released to the Hungarian news agency MTI shows.
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Sports
Sándor Laczkó | January 5, 2012
Hungarian Grand Master Judit Polgár is the best female player in history. An article in the 2011 December issue of Diplomacy & Trade featured an article of the youngest Polgár sister who has ruled the world of women's chess for over two decades.
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Tourism
Rudolf Sárdi | January 3, 2012
Lao Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr. Nam Viyaketh delivered a presentation at the Lao Embassy in Vienna about the manifold possibilities and endless business opportunities the country can offer to future investors.
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Economy
| December 30, 2011
The governing Fidesz majority of Hungarian Parliament has ruled that from now on, the National Bank of Hungary may get a government-appointed Vice Governor, the headcount of the rate-setting Monetary Council can be increased.
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Economy
| December 29, 2011
The Hungarian government’s "insistence on its unorthodox policy mix, together with an ill-founded hope that international lenders will eventually drop their provisions," Roubini Global Economics sums up Hungary's current situation in its latest research.
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Government
| December 8, 2011
The Hungarian Minister for National Development Tamás Fellegi announced that he had tendered his resignation, asking the prime minister to relieve him of his post so that he has time to perform other important duties.
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Science
| November 16, 2011
Earlier than originally planned, the first satellite made entirely in Hungary, Masat-1 may be launched into orbit on the first mission of the new Vega rocket of the European Space Agency from Kourou, French Guyana at the end of January 2012.
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Sports
Sándor Laczkó | November 9, 2011
The President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Zsolt Borkai says the target to be achieved by Hungarian participants, whose number is estimated to be 140 athletes, at the Summer Olympic Gamesin in London in 2012 is ten medals.
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Accident
Sándor Laczkó | November 7, 2011
11 Hungarian tourists were killed and 29 others injured when their bus overturned in the Egyptian resort city of Hurghada, 510 kms from the capital Cairo. Four of the injured - a man and three children - are in serious condition.
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