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Szombathely, the Happiest City in Hungary

Mar 20, 2021

Szombathely, in the Western part of the country, is the happiest city in Hungary, followed by Nyíregyháza, according to research conducted on the occasion of World Happiness Day by the Jobb Veled a Világ (The World is Better with You) foundation. According to an announcement carried by the state news agency MTI, the Positive Psychology […]

Connecting Interested Parties for Dialogue

Sándor Laczkó
Mar 6, 2021

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the oldest political foundation in Germany, has been represented in Budapest since 1990. Its goal in Hungary is to promote political dialogue between Hungary and Germany as well as member states, the exchange of analysis, views and concepts. As the leadership of the Foundation tells Diplomacy&Trade, when the Friedrich Ebert […]

Working in a Trusting and Comprehensive Manner

Sándor Laczkó
Mar 5, 2021

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), a German foundation that has over 110 offices worldwide, has been in Hungary for more than three decades. The Foundation was established some 60 years ago to promote democratic development in Germany. It stands close to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and is governed by Christian values. Its guiding principles […]

COVID-19: New Restrictions Announced in Hungary

Mar 4, 2021

Speaking at the weekly government info event, Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, announced that all shops must close between March 8 and 22, with primary schools and nurseries remaining shut until April 7. The government information website's English version quotes Minister Gulyás as saying that “while Hungary is currently the third […]

Legal Clashes

Feb 26, 2021

Hungary and the EU are locked in a number of legal disputes over several laws passed by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Brussels is resorting to various measures as it seeks to pressure Hungary to abide by the rulings of the European Court of Justice and the stipulations of EU law. Hungary and […]

Governing Majority Extends Emergency Regulations

Feb 22, 2021

The two-thirds governing majority in Hungarian parliament voted for a further extension of the state of emergency and emergency regulations – with no opposition MPs backing the proposal. After the expiration of the state of emergency in early February, the government first extended it for fifteen days under its own authority, and then it was […]

Hungarian Gov't Redefines Public Money in Fundamental Law

Dec 15, 2020

This Tuesday, the governing majority in Hungarian Parliament passed the 9th modification to the Fundamental Law (that is, the country's consitution) since that was adopted in 2011, redefining public money and the concept of family, among others. The amendment defines the concept of public money "in order to develop a uniform practice for constitutional bodies." […]

Device to Send Tourist Personal Data to Authorities

Dec 11, 2020

As of January 1, 2021, tourist accommodation places in Hungary will be required to send digitally read data from their guests' personal identification documents to the Hungarian state. A Hungarian firm has now come up with a device of affordable price to meet this requirements. The essence of the GoodID Scanner is that one can […]

Night Curfew Extended in Hungary

Dec 7, 2020

The current curfew and strict measures will remain in place until January 11, which means that there will still be a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán announced this Monday. The prime minister added that it will only be decided on December 21 whether Christmas Eve can be an exception […]

Hungarian Government to Veto EU Budget

Nov 16, 2020

In a letter, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, President of the European Council that the Hungarian government was vetoing legislation on the EU's seven-year budget and the recovery fund. The Hungarian government's website quotes the head of the PM's […]

Budapest Mayor Foresees "Hell of a Difficult Year"

Nov 15, 2020

Next year will be hard as hell for Budapest. The crisis and government cuts will dramatically reduce the capital's revenues by HUF 88 billion, according to Mayor Gergely Karácsony. In a social media message, the Mayor is of the view that the one for 2021 is the most frugal capital budget in decades. He writes […]

Further Restrictions Announced in Hungary

Nov 10, 2020

In addition to maintaining the measures taken so far, additional protection measures are needed to reduce the incidence of coronavirus diseases and the burden on hospitals - according to a Hungarian government statement. A curfew takes effect on Wednesday from zero o'clock – everyone needs to be home between 8 pm and 5 am. One […]

COVID-19: Strict Hungarian Government Measures

Nov 9, 2020

In a social media video, PM Viktor Orbán announced that the government proposes a set of new restrictions, including a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the closing of restaurants and bars, a comprehensive ban on events, and a requirement for high schools and universities to switch to e-learning. According to the government website, […]

Hungarian PM Reinstates Special Legal Order

Nov 3, 2020

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced in a video message Tuesday evening that a "state of danger" will be introduced in Hungary over COVID-19 once again and a nationwide curfew is imposed between midnight and 5 a.m. “The spread of the pandemic has accelerated,” PM Viktor Orbán is quoted from the video message by the […]

Settling a Long Overdue Debt

Oct 9, 2020

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s announcement that the government will throw its weight behind the massive salary increase proposed by the Hungarian Chamber of Doctors came as a huge surprise. Following the swift approval by Parliament of the bill regulating doctors’ salary increase, there is increasing doubt that doctors will accept the conditions set by […]

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