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Hungary Aims for EU Deal on Funds by End of August

Aug 5, 2022

The Hungarian government is hoping to reach a deal with the European Commission to unblock billions of euros in EU funds by the end of August. The Cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is seeking to diffuse a long-standing conflict between Budapest and Brussels over democratic standards, rule of law and corruption. Following years of […]

Orbán: "the West has Moved to Central Europe"

Jul 23, 2022

The West is fighting a war against Central Europe, and Brussels, together with [billionaire George] Soros troops, wants to "force immigrants on us," Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Saturday at the Bálványos Free Summer University and Student Camp held annually in Băile Tușnad, Romania (Tusnádfürdő in Hungarian). The Prime Minister stressed that the […]

Hungarian Govn't Declares State of War Emergency

May 24, 2022

The governing majority of the ruling Fidesz party passed the 10th amendment of Basic Law to extend the government's powers to declare a state of emergency. This will now be possible not only in the event of an epidemic, but also in the event of war in a neighboring country. The government took the opportunity […]

Viktor Orbán Re-elected as Prime Minister

May 16, 2022

Viktor Orbán was elected head of government for the fifth time after 1998, 2010, 2014 and 2018. The President of the ruling Fidesz party, who has held the post of prime minister without interruption since 2010, was elected with the 133 votes of his party with 27 MPs voting against him and the rest of […]

New Hungarian President Inaugurated

May 14, 2022

In her inauguration address this Saturday, Hungary’s freshly appointed president, Katalin Novák, said that it is her responsibility to demonstrate what her homeland of Hungary and her compatriots, the Hungarian people, really mean to her, and what she stands for regarding the place of Hungarians in the world. President Novák said that “we are here […]

Katalin Novák Takes Office as President of the Republic

May 10, 2022

On Tuesday morning, outgoing Head of State János Áder received the new President of the Republic at the entrance to the Sándor Palace, the state news agency MTI reports. János Áder and Katalin Novák entered the presidential residence Sándor Palace together, then went to the presidential office and stepped out onto the terrace of the […]

Inaugural Session of the New Hungarian Parliament

May 2, 2022

Hungary’s new parliament held its opening session this Monday following the April 3 general elections. Shortly after 11 a.m., President János Áder opened the inaugural session of Hungary’s ninth freely elected National Assembly. Based on the results of the April 3 general elections, the Fidesz-KDNP alliance won 135 out of 199 seats in the Hungarian […]

New Parliament Convened for May 2

Apr 19, 2022

Hungarian President János Áder has convened the inaugural session of the National Assembly for May 2, according to a resolution of the Head of State published on the website of the Office of the President of the Republic. According to the Basic Law (that replaced Hungary’s constitution in 2011), the President of the Republic convenes […]

EC Triggers Rule-Of-Law Mechanism Against Hungary

Apr 5, 2022

The European Commission has sent a formal notification to the Hungarian government to launch the so-called conditionality mechanism, which links the disbursement of EU funds to the rule of law, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in Strasbourg on Tuesday at the European Parliament (EP) plenary session. As the Hungarian state news agency […]

OSCE Finds Unlevel Playing Field in Hungarian Elections

Apr 4, 2022

Hungary’s parliamentary elections offered voters distinct alternatives and were well run, but while competitive, the process was marred by the pervasive overlapping of government and ruling coalition’s messaging that blurred the line between state and party, as well as by media bias and opaque campaign funding, international observers said in a statement this Monday. The […]

Fidesz Retains Power at Parliamentary Elections

Apr 4, 2022

The ruling Fidesz party won the Hungarian parliamentary elections this Sunday and is likely to retain a two-thirds majority in parliament with 53% of the votes. Among those congratulating PM Viktor Orbán were Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian right-wing Liga party leader, Matteo Salvini. With over 98% of the votes counted in the single […]

Parliamentary Elections in Hungary This Sunday

Apr 2, 2022

Hungarians go to the polls this Sunday to elect a new parliament and decide whether to keep the government of Viktor Orbán in power or favor the united opposition headed by prime ministerial candidate Péter Márky-Zay. Most opinion polls forecast a close result. According to the Basic Law of Hungary, which went into force on […]

The Power of Love Must Overcome the Love of Power

Mar 15, 2022

The prime ministerial candidate of the opposition parties running with joint candidates in the April 3 parliamentary elections, Péter Márki-Zay expressed his belief in Hungary's return to the "good side of history" at a rally held on the occasion of the March 15 national holiday in Budapest on Tuesday. Speaking at the Technological University of […]

Hungarian PM: Hungary Should Not Be Dragged Into War

Mar 15, 2022

On Hungary’s national holiday marking the outbreak of the 1848 revolution, Viktor Orbán referred to the “youth of March,” who said at that time that “let here be peace, liberty and concord.” Addressing a crowd on Kossuth Square in front of the building of Hungarian Parliament, the prime minister added that “we need the same […]

Hungarian Parliament Elects the Country's New President

Mar 10, 2022

Katalin Novák was elected as president of the republic by Hungarian Parliament mainly with the votes of the the two-thirds majority of the governing parties. Out of 188 valid votes, the former minister without portfolio received 137 votes and economist Péter Róna, the opposition candidate, 51. Nominated by the ruling party Fidesz and its small […]

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