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Education
| October 11, 2017
Concerning its dispute with the Hungarian government, the Central European University has issued a statement, stressing that its continues its operations uninterrupted despite the new Hungarian education law dubbed as 'Lex CEU'.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| September 8, 2017
In his regular Friday morning appearance on state radio, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán announced that "we must acknowledge the European Court of Justice’s ruling in the migrant quota lawsuit," in which the legality of the EU migrant quota system was upheld.
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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
 
Public service
| August 11, 2017
The size of Hungarian state administatration is contantly growing despite earlier promises to cut it. While the Orbán government spent 7% of all expenses for the wages of government employees in 2010, this figure in 2018 is expected to be 12%.
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Domestic issues
| June 13, 2017
This Tuesday, the Hungarian governing party Fidesz and its smalll satellite partner KDNP passed passed a law requiring civil groups receiving foreign donations above a certain threshold to register as organisations funded from abroad.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| April 12, 2017
The European Commission (EC) is to examine whether the recently enacted amendment to the Hungarian higher education law complies with the fundamental values of the European Union. The EC will also look into policies directed against the EU.
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Protest
| April 4, 2017
The Hungarian governing parties have passed an amendment to the law on higher education, a legislation that is widely considered to target one institution in particular, the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.
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President
| March 13, 2017
The Hungarian governing parties - that is, Fidesz and the small KDNP - re-elected János Áder, a former high-ranking official at Fidesz, as Hungarian President. None of the opposition members of parliament endorsed János Áder's candidacy.
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Government
| February 10, 2017
In his annual 'state of the nation' speech, delivered traditionally in front of his followers, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungary’s main task in 2017 would be fending off five major “attacks” against the country.
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Corruption
| December 8, 2016
The Hungarian government has withdrawn with immediate effect from the international anti-corruption organization 'Open Government Partnership' as stated in a letter sent by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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Anniversary
| October 24, 2016
Commemorations were held in Budapest on October 23 to mark the 60th anniversary of the popular uprising against the Stalinist regime in 1956. PM Viktor Orbán warned of the 'Sovietization' of the EU while the opposition called for him to be toppled.
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Scandal
| October 10, 2016
For the first time in many decades, the Hungarian daily Népszabadság was not published this Monday. The publishing company, citing economic reasons, notified journalists on Saturday morning that they should not come to work on Sunday.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| October 3, 2016
Only about 43,5% of the over eight million people eligible to vote cast a NO vote at a referendum to the government's question allowing EU quotas for migrants' settlement into Hungary, therefore, the result is invalid as the validity limit is 50%.
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Domestic issues
| September 9, 2016
Less than one third of those polled in Budapest would like to see the Hungarian capital organize the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, with 37% rejecting the idea. In the meantime, a question has been approvedabout a national referendum of hosting the Games.
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Migration
| August 26, 2016
Hungary’s fence on its border with Serbia will be reinforced with the instalment of a second barrier, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told state radio on Friday. The new fence will be built using the latest technology, the Hungarian news agency MTI reports.
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Corruption
| August 12, 2016
A recent research by Transparency International Hungary and the Publicus Institute reveals that 80% of young people think that corruption is a serious problem in Hungary, and 77% believe that political life is the most infected with corruption.
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Immigration
| July 27, 2016
The opposition Socialists have called on the government to terminate its scheme granting permanent residency to foreigners buying state bonds as it is disadvantageous for the country's budget and could pose a threat to safety and security.
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Domestic issues
| June 13, 2016
The governing parties passed the country's 2017 budget in Hungarian Parliament this Monday and it was also the governing parties only that voted for the nationalization of all schools that are now managed by local governments.
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Constitution
| June 7, 2016
In the event of a terrorist threat or attack, a “state of terrorist threat” can be declared in Hungary Also, certain laws can be bypassed and exceptional measures implemented. That is according to the latest amendment to Hungary's Basic Law.
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Migration
| May 20, 2016
In his usual Friday radio interview, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán said that the strength of the Hungarian opposition cannot match the political influence of the organisations financed by billionaire George Soros, which constitute “a background power”.
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EU affairs
| May 10, 2016
Since the Curia (Supreme Court) has recently endorsed the Hungarian government’s referendum initiative on the EU resettlement quotas, governing MPs (and those of a right-wing party) have decided to hold a referendum on the issue.
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Scandal
| April 30, 2016
Felcsút, the village of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán experienced good news and bad news this Saturday. The PM opened a 5.6-km railway line between Felcsút and Alcsútdoboz, while the local football team was relegated from the top division.
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Domestic issues
| April 25, 2016
The Hungarian governing parties have celebrated the 5th anniversary of the country’s new constitution, the Fundamental Law, At the same time, a few hundred people protested against the Law and the plan to move PM Viktor Orbán's office to the Buda Castle.
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Commerce
| April 11, 2016
Hungarian government cabinet chief Antal Rogán has announced that the government proposes to parliament to revoke the law, enacted on March 14, that banned stores of over 200 sq meters from opening on Sunday in the country.
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National holiday
| March 15, 2016
March 15, 1848 saw the outbreak of the Hungarian revolution against Habsburg oppression. Commemorations this Tuesday were characterised by speeches (including that of PM Orbán) and anti-government demonstrations.
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Scandal
| March 1, 2016
Governing parties in Hungary passed a bill that exempts the country's national bank (MNB) from disclosing where and how the foundations it created spends public money. The government's justification is that this money "loses its public asset quality".
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Government
| February 28, 2016
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán dedicated most his traditional annual speech, delivered in front of his followers, to the issue of migrants, blaming EU leaders for not willing to act properly and stop the flow of people to the European continent.
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Elections
| February 28, 2016
A candidate by the Hungarian Socialist Party (in opposition in parliament), supported by other leftist and liberal parties, won the race for the post of mayor in the town of Salgótarján, north of Budapest, beating that of the nationally ruling Fidesz party.
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Migration
| February 24, 2016
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced that his government decided to call a referendum to reject the European Union's mandatory quota system on the settlement of migrants in Hungary. Many say such a referendum is unconstitutional.
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Scandal
| February 23, 2016
Opposition parties in Hungary have accused the governing force Fidesz of hiring hooligan-looking people to prevent an opposition member of parliament from initiating a referendum on canceling a law that orders most supermarkets to be closed on Sundays.
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Demonstration
| February 13, 2016
Despite the pouring rain, thousands of people filled Kossuth Square in front of the building of Hungarian Parliament this Saturday to join the teachers's demonstration against the the education policy conducted by the government of Viktor Orbán.
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Demonstration
| February 3, 2016
Teachers have demonstrated in several Hungarian cities against the over-centralized school system introduced a couple of years ago by the Orbán government. The main protest was held in Miskolc with support rallies in Budapest and other cities.
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Budapest
| December 22, 2015
In the future, Budapest will not participate in financing public transport for the commuter belt outside the city proper, Mayor István Tarlós said following an apparently unsuccessful marathon talk he had with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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Democracy
| December 3, 2015
The European Commission sees no systemic threat to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary, although, it has brought several procedures against it for infringing EU laws, said Commissioner Vera Jourová in a debate with MEPs on Wednesday.
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Taxation
| December 1, 2015
Hungary’s parliament on Tuesday voted to abolish NAV, the tax and customs authority, as an independent body and fold it into a state secretariat operating as part of the economy ministry. The related motion was approved with 119 votes against 62.
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Terrorism
| November 16, 2015
Speaking before Hungarian Parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was of the view that the European Union had been attacked, and Hungary was also in danger and that terrorists are deliberately exploiting mass migration to blend in among migrants.
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Corruption
| November 9, 2015
Projects financed from European Union funds in Hungary are “routinely overpriced”, according to the report “Corruption risks of EU resources in Hungary” by Transparency International Hungary, that monitors and publishes corporate and political corruption.
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Corruption
| October 26, 2015
Spectacle sports in Hungary have been given HUF 200 billion state tax support with a lack of transparency. That has been revealed by Transparency International in its latest report "Corruption risks in the Hungarian sports financing," presented in Budapest.
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Sándor Laczkó | October 26, 2015
New road links are to open in the coming years between Hungary and Austria and railway developments are underway.
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Anniversary
| October 23, 2015
The national red-white-green flag of Hungary was hoisted in front of the Parliament building in downtown Budapest this Friday as part of a state commemoration marking the anniversary of the anti-Stalinist uprising that began on October 23, 1956.
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President
| October 6, 2015
Hungary's first post-Communist president, Árpád Göncz passed away in Budapest this Tuesday at the age of 93. He held the presidency, a largely ceremonial post, for two terms (1990-2000) as Hungary moved to a market economy and paved the way into NATO and the EU.
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Government
| September 7, 2015
The Government Information Center has said the national defense cabinet was in session on Monday and reviewed the status of the illegal immigrant situation. Following the meeting, Minister of Defence Csaba Hende handed in his resignation to the Prime Minister.
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Transparency
| July 8, 2015
Transparency International Hungary and the public information watchdog K-Monitor call on the Hungarian President not to sign into law an amendment on the freedom of information which lets the government charge unknown fee for providing public information.
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Democracy
| June 24, 2015
A new Freedom House report says Hungary, driving the decline in Central and Eastern Europe, fell out of the category of 'consolidated democracies'. The demotion to 'semi-consolidated democracy' came after seven straight years of score declines.
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Immigration
| June 17, 2015
The Hungarian government has instructed Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér to prepare for the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border by next Wednesday; this will be achieved by erecting a four-meter-high fence to keep illegal immigrants out.
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Immigration
| June 8, 2015
The Hungarian government displays anti-immigrant billboards that are regularly defaced or torn off by those who consider this campaign xenophobic. The government claims the Hungarian language posters are to deter immigrants from coming to Hungary.
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Commemoration
| June 4, 2015
The Day of National Unity, according to the intentions of the current Hungarian government that introduced in 2010, marks the signing of the Treaty of Trianon that - following Hungary being on the losing side in World War I - reduced the country in size and population.
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Domestic issues
| May 29, 2015
Evaluating the past five years of his governing Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a conference in Budapest that over the past five years the keyword for governance has been “strength”, but from now on it will be “attentiveness”.
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Demonstration
| May 12, 2015
Thousands of healthcare workers demonstrated in Budapest late Tuesday afternoon to call the government's attention to their "humiliatingly low wages". As the website [origo] calculated, the net hourly wage for nurses is below the price of a Big Mac.
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Refugees
| May 11, 2015
The UN Refugee Agency speaks out against a growing expression of xenophobia in Hungary. It raises concerns over efforts by the Hungarian government to paint refugees as a threat to the country in leading questions asked in a so-called national consultation.
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Elections in Hungary
| April 13, 2015
With 99.13% of the votes counted, Lajos Rig, candidate of the radical right-wing party Jobbik is set to win the Veszprém county No. 3 constituency by-election ahead of his governing Fidesz party candidate with the joint center-left candidate finishing third.
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Hungarian society
| April 8, 2015
According to figures published by the Central Statistical Office, 31,000 Hungarian citizens moved abroad in 2014 for a period of more than one year. Analysts attribute this development to low wages and the lack of opportunities for younger people in Hungary.
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National day
| March 16, 2015
On the March 15 national day, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán emphasized the importance of freedom fight in gaining national sovereignty while a crowd of 6-8,000 people marched on the streets of Budapest, vowing to bring the anti-democratic Orbán regime down.
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Domestic issues
| March 4, 2015
Five civil organizations have turned to the Hungarian President not to sign into law the governing majority's parliamentary decision to classify the enlargement of the country's nuclear power station for 30 years that the opposition suspects is a cover for corruption.
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Domestic issues
| February 27, 2015
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has held his 17th annual evaluation speech this Friday. He claimed that “our flag is flying high; everyone can see that. Everyone can see that we are a people’s party community, based on Christian-democratic foundations."
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Elections in Hungary
| February 23, 2015
Zoltán Kész, an independent candidate supported by the left-wing opposition, won a seat in Hungarian parliament in Sunday's by-election. It means that the ruling Fidesz party (along with its small satellite Christian Democrats) no longer have a two-thirds majority.
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Demonstration
| January 8, 2015
Civil groups and local Socialist Party activists organised a roadblock in protest of the new road toll regulations. The demonstrators blocked one lane on each side along a 1-km section on dual carriageway M86 near Szombathely, in western Hungary.
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Demonstration
| December 15, 2014
The LIGA trade union held partial road blockade at 62 points around Hungary from the morning till the afternoon this Monday in protest against a number of government measures which the unions say are disadvantageous to employees.
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Corruption
| November 5, 2014
The President of Hungary’s tax authority NAV, Ildikó Vida, has acknowledged that she and some of her colleagues are among those state officials that were banned by Washington from travelling to the United States. She said she did not contemplate resigning.
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Corruption
| October 28, 2014
According to Transparency International Hungary, the Hungarian government and the prosecution service should launch an immediate investigation into the corruption allegations expressed by the United States. TI has published a global survey on corruption.
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Demonstration
| October 27, 2014
About ten thousand people flocked to the streets in Budapest on Sunday evening to protest against the world’s first internet tax the government plans to implement. Police in riot gear lined up to protect the Budapest headquarters of the governing party.
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Demonstration
| October 23, 2014
There have been several demonstrations in Hungary on the October 23 national holiday. The largest took place in downtown Budapest where speakers called for more civil rights and criticized the government's plan to introduce the world's first Internet tax.
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Government
| October 15, 2014
Decision-making mechanisms for the preparation of further contracts related to the enlargement of the Paks atomic power station must be shortened, therefore, the government ordered the dedvelopment company to come under direct state control.

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Elections
| October 13, 2014
With only 43% of those eligible to vote, the governing party Fidesz won the most mayoral positions and local government seats at Sunday's municipal elections on Sunday. In Budapest, István Tarlós retained his mayoral position against a fragmented opposition.
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Int'l relations
| September 9, 2014
The Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Vidar Helgesen has issued a statement condemning the harsh action of the Hungarian authorities against the foundation in charge of distributing EEA and Norway Grants to Hungarian NGOs.
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law enforcement
| September 8, 2014
A special unit of the national police force searched the Budapest headquarters of Ökotárs, a foundation coordinating the distribution of funds from the EEA/Norway Grants in Hungary, under suspicion of embezzlement and unauthorised financial activities.
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Public money
| August 7, 2014
The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) has purchased a castle hotel in eastern Hungary and it will operate the facility as its own resort in the future, the financial website portfolio.hu reports on the basis of news from HVG released on Thursday.
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Scandal
| July 22, 2014
A monument that the Hungarian government says is that of the victims of the Nazi occupation in Hungary was completed under the cover of darkness in downtown Budapest in order to avoid protests. The government says there will be no inauguration.
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Government
| May 29, 2014
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced the names of his candidates for ministers of his next government in a letter sent to the Speaker of Parliament. Except for three people, the list includes same names as the previous government.
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Government
| May 10, 2014
Hungary's new national assembly re-elected Viktor Orbán as prime minister on Saturday, with 130 votes (of his 133-strong 2/3 majority) in favor and 57 (of the 66-member opposition) against, after which he took the oath of office, and addressed Parliament.
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Hungarian gov't vs. EU
| April 10, 2014
It is inconsistent with the regulations of the European Union that Hungary made it possible to distill 50 liters of pálinka (a fruit brandy) per year without the payment of excise duty. The Hungarian government tries to settle the issue with the EU.
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Elections
| April 7, 2014
The governing party Fidesz won the Hungarian parliamentary elections held this Sunday. It is yet to be seen whether Viktor Orbán's party can retain its two-thirds majority since a few constituencies are too close to call.
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OPINION
Constitutional lawyer György Kolláth | April 4, 2014
In a thoroughly substantiated opinion written for a recent issue of Diplomacy & Trade, constitutional lawyer György Kolláth is of the view that the new election rules introduced by the governing two-thirds majority clearly favor the governing party.
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Elections in Hungary
| April 3, 2014
Hungarians go to the polls this Sunday to elect a new parliament under new rulesset by the current government and passed by the governing two thirds majority - rules that are considered by experts to produce more disproportionate results.
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Elections in Hungary
| January 18, 2014
President János Áder announced the date for the 2014 parliamentary elections in Hungary: Sunday, April 6. The opposition parties are not surprised as the MPs of the ruling party Fidesz had inadvertently dropped a word about it already.
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Corruption
| December 3, 2013
According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2013, Hungary ranks 23rd out of 31 European countries, which puts it in the top third of the most corruption-infected economies in Europe. The worst CPI score in Europe was given to Greece.
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National holiday
| October 23, 2013
Both the governing party and the opposition parties held demonstrations with leading politicians speaking on the 57th anniversary of the 1956 uprising against the Stalinist regime. All speeches were geared towards next spring's elections.
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Domestic issues
| July 10, 2013
According to the majority of Hungarians (61%) corruption has increased in the past two years, and governmental corruption is a serious issue. That is according to the 2013 annual report presented by Transparency International this week.
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EU affairs
| July 3, 2013
The European Parliament says Hungarian authorities must remedy any breaches of key EU values swiftly. If they fail to do so, EP leaders should consider asking the Council of the EU to determine,whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach.
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Domestic issues
| June 19, 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, has died at the age of 80 after spending over six years in hospital.
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Constitution
| June 7, 2013
This Friday, Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi announced that the government was ready to remove two provisions of the country’s Fundamental Law (constitution) in response to the objections of the European Commission.
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Domestic issues
| June 3, 2013
Former Hungarian President László Sólyom called for an end to the battlefield behavior among the political right and left in Hungary, speaking at a conference organized by the foundation of the small opposition party LMP this past Sunday.
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Scandal
| March 19, 2013
"The Government of Hungary’s decision to award a national prize to Ferenc Szaniszló, an individual who has publicly engaged in hate speech, is deeply disappointing," according to the American ambassador to Hungary, Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis.
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Constitution
| March 11, 2013
Deputies of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party approved a set of changes to the country's constitution which critics, including the European Union's executive and several member-state foreign ministers, say pose a danger to democracy and the rule of law.
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Constitutional Court
| January 4, 2013
Hungary's governing party Fidesz abandoned plans to require voters to sign up beforehand to be able to vote at the 2014 national elections and other referendums, after the Constitutional Court threw out some of the proposed legislation.
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Constitutional Court
| December 28, 2012
Hungary’s Constitutional Court has thrown out legislation that was to introduce mandatory voter registration, a move sharply criticized by the political opposition as a requirement infringing on basic rights and favoring the current governing parties.
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Demonstration
| December 3, 2012
Tens of thousands of people gathered in front of Hungarian Parliament in Budapest on Sunday afternoon for a demonstration organized in protest against anti-Semitic remarks by a radical Jobbik party MP's in the national assembly.
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National day
| October 24, 2012
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was the main speaker of the rally organized on the national holida yof October 23 to show support for his government. At the same time, his predecessor, Gordon Bajnai spoke to a crowd that would like to see Orbán ousted.
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Constitutional Court
| July 16, 2012
On Monday, Hungary's Constitutional Court threw out provisions of a law, which fixed the retirement age of judges to the general retirement age. The relevant parts of the law were annulled with retroactive effect to Jan. 1 this year.
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President
| May 10, 2012
János Áder was inaugurated this Thursday in front of the Sándor Palace, the office of the President, in the Buda Castle with the participation of dignitaries. The new President, who turned 53 on Wednesday, vowed to serve his country and the nation.
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Government
| May 4, 2012
The Hungarian Minister of National Resources, Miklós Réthelyi resigned from his post this week and the State Seretary for Social Inclusion in another ministry, Zoltán Balog was nominated as the new minister by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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Constitution
| January 2, 2012
Hungary‘s new constitution, which took effect on January 1, omits "republic" from Hungary's official name, and includes several controversial paragraphs objected to by Amnesty International, as well as American and EU officials.
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Domestic issues
| December 23, 2011
Former Hungarian premier Ferenc Gyurcsány - and several Members of Parliament who chained themselves outside parliament in an anti-government protest - were detained Friday among 26 demonstrators, police announced.
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bilateral agreement
Rudolf Sárdi | December 9, 2011
Lao and Hungarian government officials discussed cooperation in development projects between the two countries. Laos and Hungary have agreed to boost cooperation in trade, agriculture, education, health, tourism, energy and transport.
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Economy
Sándor Laczkó / portfolio.hu | July 26, 2011
Hungary's Economy Ministry has released on its website that the government is planning to consider mergers in the public sector, is determined to achieve significant staff cuts, and keep wage costs at the current level.
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National development
Sándor Laczkó | May 31, 2011
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a speech at a conference entitled "Economic Turnaround" in Budapest this Tuesday, evaluating the first year of his present government. He said his cabinet needs to work harder in the future.
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Foreign relations
Sándor Laczkó | April 19, 2011
A statement by the Hungarian Foreign Ministry accuses Germany of meddling in Hungarian domestic affairs and rejects the statement of the German Foreign Ministry that raises concerns about laws adopted by the Hungarian government.
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Constitution
| April 18, 2011
Hungarian lawmakers have on Monday approved the country’s new constitution that will take effect on 1 January 2012. Passing the bill into law required a two-thirds majority which was provided by the governing force.
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State of the Nation
MTI | February 7, 2011
In his annual state-of-the-nation address, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Monday that Hungary has embarked on a process of renewal, and each year up to 2014 will be a staging post towards sustained growth.
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Media
MTI | January 3, 2011
The Hungarian government has informed the European Commission that the country's new media law is in line with EU norms but the commission expects further and more detailed information on the act.
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