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Hungary’s Prime Minister Vows to Defy EU Court Decision on Migration

D&T
Dec 24, 2021

Hungary will not change its immigration laws, defying a ruling by the European Union’s top court. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán vowed to maintain the country’s existing laws on immigration despite a decision by the EU court that would require changes to these regulations. “We will maintain the existing regime, even if the European court ordered […]

Unlikely Winner Emerges in Hungary’s Opposition Run-Off
Small-town mayor Márki-Zay elected to challenge PM Orbán in 2022

D&T
Oct 22, 2021

Hungary’s opposition parties, which have joined forces to fight next year’s general election, have elected a small-town mayor to challenge incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the 2022 polls. Péter Márki-Zay is expected to win over swing voters and disillusioned Orbán supporters as the opposition seeks to stop Orbán from winning a fourth term in […]

Hungary’s Disparate Opposition Joins Forces to Oust Orbán Next Year

D&T
Oct 15, 2021

Hungary’s opposition parties are uniting against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to unseat the long-serving premier in next year’s general elections. The alliance is organizing to rounds of primaries to decide on a joint candidate to be Orbán’s challenger in the 2022 vote. Hungary’s six opposition parties have decided to unite behind joint candidates in an […]

Hungary Opposes ‘Unrestricted’ Admittance of Afghan Refugees

D&T
Aug 20, 2021

Hungary’s government stressed that it will not permit an unrestricted inflow of migrants from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country. Meanwhile, Hungary is planning an evacuation operation to bring the remaining Hungarians and Afghans, who aided Hungary out of the capital, Kabul. The Hungarian government will not allow Afghan migrants to enter the […]

Hungary Announces Referendum on Much Criticized Law

D&T
Jul 23, 2021

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced this week that his government will hold a referendum on the country's controversial new LGBTQ law. The move comes after the act received heavy criticism from Brussels, EU member states and rights organizations. Hungarians will have to answer five questions on the bill that would forbid showing gay and […]

EU Concerns Over Hungary’s LGBTQ Law and Corruption Allegations May

D&T
Jul 9, 2021

Hungary’s relations with the European Union took a turn for the worse after the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán passed a law that was heavily criticized for discriminating against LGBTQ people. EU lawmakers are urging the decision-making bodies in Brussels to punish Hungary by blocking funds from the EU stimulus package. Hungary came under […]

EU Condemns Hungarian Law on LGBTQ Content

D&T
Jun 18, 2021

The European Union condemned a recently passed Hungarian law that bans the portrayal and the promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, the change of sex and homosexuality to minors. Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Budapest to protest the law passed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party and […]

Return to Normalcy?

D&T
Apr 2, 2021

As the British variant of the coronavirus is spreading at an alarming pace in Hungary, causing record numbers of infections and fatalities, Hungary is stepping up its vaccination program to stem the epidemic. The country surpassed the milestone of two million vaccinations, prompting the government to publish the conditions for starting the first stage of […]

Out of the Woods?

D&T
Mar 26, 2021

After the pandemic decimated Hungary’s economy last year, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the nation’s GDP will be able to climb out of the hole. While the National Bank of Hungary is confident that 2021 will be a strong year for the economy, the country’s protracted struggle to stem the spread of the […]

Deadly Fight

D&T
Mar 18, 2021

Hungary is in “the most critical” period of its management of the coronavirus pandemic, with the country registering record infection numbers and deaths each day, the chief medical officer said earlier this week. As the nation’s healthcare nears capacity, fears are rising that the pandemic will get out of control. The country’s Chief Medical Officer […]

Hungarian Drug Agency Approves Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine

D&T
Jan 29, 2021

Hungary’s drug authority approved Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine, called Sputnik, making the nation the first EU member state to allow the use of the vaccine. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán seeks to speed up the country’s exit from the coronavirus crisis by securing vaccines from Russia and China. Hungary’s drug authority granted emergency approval […]

Hungary’s Health Care System under Unprecedented Pressure

D&T
Nov 13, 2020

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s warning earlier this week that there is a 50% chance the country’s health care system may not be able to handle the pressure of the second wave of the Covid 19 epidemic rang alarm bells across Hungary. After announcing a set of stringent restrictions on movement, the premier is now backtracking […]

Viktor Orbán and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Orbán Held Bilateral Talks with Turkey's Erdogan in Baku

D&T
Oct 15, 2019

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Azeri capital of Baku where they both attended the meeting of the Turkic Council, Hungarian state news service MTI reports. Erdogan thanked Hungary for supporting Turkey on the international stage and for opening the first European office of the Turkic Council […]

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor to Visit Hungary in August

D&T
Jul 31, 2019

Germany’s Angela Merkel will attend a commemorative event marking the 30th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic, infostart.hu said, citing Bertalan Havasi, deputy state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the German Chancellor will both deliver speeches at the event to be organized in Sopron, western Hungary. In an effort […]

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