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Hungarian Opposition Parties Claim Referendum Is On EU Membership
The opposition Socialist Party urged citizens to abstain from voting on the EU’s mandatory migrant quota scheme, arguing that the referendum was designed to pave the way for Hungary’s exit from the EU. Socialist Party deputy leader Zoltán Gőgös said Hungary would hold two referendums in the near future: the quota referendum, which he said was actually a vote on Hungary’s EU membership, and one on preventing the further sale of state-owned farmland, which Gőgös called a referendum on the Fidesz government. more »
Govt: New Hungarian Border Rules To Strengthen Public Order, Security
Hungary’s new border regulations introduced on Tuesday will strengthen public order and security in the country, and are in line with the government’s goal to stem the uncontrolled inflow of illegal migrants, the prime minister’s chief domestic security advisor said. more »
Massive Motor Oil Fraud Uncovered
An “invoice factory” in Debrecen has led detectives of the National Tax and Customs Office to an industrial-scale motor oil adulteration operation, suspected of defrauding the government of nearly Ft 1.5 billion worth of VAT. Six suspects have been questioned, of whom five are in custody. more »

Xpat Opinion: Lázár’s Words Fuel Huxit Debate In Hungary


Xpat Opinion: Lázár’s Words Fuel Huxit Debate In Hungary
Commenting on ambiguous statements by top government officials following the Brexit referendum, left-liberal commentators wonder if Viktor Orbán’s government wants Hungary to leave the European Union. Magyar Nemzet suggests that such declarations were only meant to promote a high turnout at the quota-referendum, due to be held in the autumn. more »

Pop Singer Joins City Park Protectors


Pop Singer Joins City Park Protectors
Pop singer András Lovasi of the groups Kispál és a borz and Kiscsillag has joined the demonstrators resisting the construction of new museums in the City Park. He will give a free concert for the protesters this week. more »

Socialist MEP Turns To Top Court Over Migrant Quota Referendum


Socialist MEP Turns To Top Court Over Migrant Quota Referendum
Socialist MEP Tibor Szanyi has filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court over the Hungarian supreme court’s decision to greenlight the government-initiated referendum on the European Union’s mandatory migrant quota plan. Szanyi said the referendum “severely violates” the EU’s sovereignty, as the bloc’s 2007 Lisbon Treaty declares asylum policy a common policy. more »



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