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Xpat Opinion: Strange Times (In Hungary)? We’ve Been Here Before
By Tom Popper, Managing Editor, Budapest Business Journal: The news may sound surprising, but it really isn’t. We have been here before. In what has become an annual tradition, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán went to his party’s summer retreat in Baile Tusnad, Romania, and gave a speech designed to shock. This time Orbán endorsed the American presidential campaign of Donald Trump, the former reality TV star who used to promote professional wrestling and beauty contests. more »
PM’s Advisor: Security More Important Than Solidarity In Migration Situation
On Tuesday, in response to a statement by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister told public television channel M1 that it is not solidarity but security that is of utmost importance. more »
HR Ministry Rejects Corruption Allegations
The human resources ministry rejected allegations by the opposition Socialist Party that it was involved in a scheme to take bribes from social cooperatives in exchange for favours in their bids for EU money. Political weekly 168 Óra said last week that in 2015 Fidesz MP Roland Mengyi had solicited bribes from social cooperatives in exchange for preferential treatment in the bidding process for EU funding. more »

Official: Referendum Could Protect Hungary From EU Migrant Quota


Official: Referendum Could Protect Hungary From EU Migrant Quota
If the Oct. 2 national referendum on the EU migrant quota is valid and the majority of people vote against it, then Hungary’s parliament will introduce a law to prevent the EU from forcing the country to take in unwanted migrants, the justice ministry’s state secretary told the daily Magyar Idők. more »

Socialists Launching Referendum Campaign On Sept 1


Socialists Launching Referendum Campaign On Sept 1
The Socialist Party plans to launch its campaign for Hungary’s migrant quota referendum on September 1, party leader Gyula Molnár said. In the campaign, the party will urge voters to abstain from voting on Oct. 2, Molnár said in Nyíregyháza, in north-eastern Hungary. more »

Opposition Parties Maintain Stance On Postal Voting Rules


Opposition Parties Maintain Stance On Postal Voting Rules
The two opposition parties that took part in a meeting of the parliamentary parties to discuss the possibility of changing Hungary’s election law maintained their stance that Hungarians working or studying abroad should be allowed to vote in elections by mail. more »



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