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State of Emergency Extended in Hungary

May 3, 2023

Hungarian Parliament has authorized the government to extend the state of emergency due to the war between Russia and Ukraine until November 25 this year. Thus, the government can continue to rule by decree for another six months. The amendment to the law “on the prevention and management of the consequences of the armed conflict […]

Parliament Votes in Favor of Finland Joining NATO

Mar 27, 2023

Hungarian Parliament was the last but one of NATO member states to give its assent to Finland's accession to NATO late on Monday afternoon, adopting the proposal to ratify Finland's application for NATO membership, which was submitted to Parliament more than eight months ago. Members of the Hungarian Parliament approved the law on the proclamation […]

Hungarian Government and Doctors in Stand-off over Healthcare Reform

Mar 2, 2023

Hungary’s healthcare system has been in dire need of reform for decades but an all-encompassing solution is yet to be presented. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has launched several measures over recent years to address issues in healthcare but the latest steps have provoked significant resistance from doctors. Late last year, the government […]

PM Orbán: 2023 Will Be the Most Dangerous Year

Feb 18, 2023

In his annual ‘State of the Nation’ address this afternoon, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed a wide range of issues, including his government’s stance on the war in Ukraine, the fight against inflation, and the biggest dangers facing Hungary in the next few years. On questions impacting Hungary’s future the most, PM Orbán said that […]

EU Council Suspends EUR 6.3 Billion to Hungary

Dec 13, 2022

The Committee of Permanent Representatives to the EU has found the required qualified majority to impose measures for the protection of the Union budget against the consequences of breaches of the principles of the rule of law in Hungary, concerning public procurement, the effectiveness of prosecutorial action and the fight against corruption in Hungary. The […]

Government Authorizes Itself To Modify Budget

Dec 9, 2022

A new government decree has been published in the Hungarian Gazette, according to which the Hungarian government, citing the state of war, has authorised itself to rewrite the budget without the approval of Parliament. According to the decree, the provisions of the law on public finances "on the preparation, structure and content of the central […]

Hungarian Government Scraps Capped Fuel Prices

Dec 6, 2022

Following long lines at Hungarian gas stations due to the shortage of supply of capped priced fuel in the past few days, the Hungarian government announced late Tuesday evening that the capped prices introduced in November 2021 are scrapped as 23.00 hours local time. The Hungarian oil and gas company Mol, the only company supplying […]

New Ministry in the Hungarian Government

Nov 14, 2022

The Minister of Technology and Industry, László Palkovics is to leave his post, and a new energy ministry is to be established, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Gergely Gulyás announced at an extraordinary press conference on Monday. According to Minister Gulyás, the restructuring is justified by the war in the neighboring country and […]

EP Culture and Education Committee Visit in Budapest

Nov 4, 2022

Members of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament have concluded their visit in Budapest, having gathered insights into recent developments in the country’s cultural, education and media policies. In the concluding press conference in Budapest on Friday, the head of the delegation Sabine Verheyen (a German delegate of the European People’s Party) […]

PM Orbán: the West Abandoned Hungary Once Again

Oct 23, 2022

Unlike in the previous years, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán did not deliver a speech in Budapest on the national day of October 23 this time but instead, spoke in the southwestern Hungarian town of Zalaegerszeg to a group of invitees on the occasion of opening a memorial center dedicated to Cardinal József Mindszenty. October 23, […]

Teachers' Strike and Demonstrations in Hungary

Oct 5, 2022

Thousands of people gathered on Kossuth Square in front of the building of Hungarian Parliament to demonstrate and show solidarity with the striking teachers. Participants demanded that the government improve education conditions, higher wages for teachers and the reinstatement of teachers who had been sacked for civil disobedience after the government changed the strike rules. […]

European Commission Proposes to Cut Funds to Hungary

Sep 18, 2022

The European Commission, the quasi-government of the European Union, calls for an estimated EUR 7.5 billion in EU funding to be withheld from Hungary over corruption concerns that the Hungarian government failed to dispel. Referring to EC President Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union address earlier this week, EC Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in […]

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 […]

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