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Magyar Telekom Case Raises Constitutional Questions
In a press conference held after the summit of EU heads of state and government in Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that a recent dispute between Hungarian pop singer Ákos Kovács and Magyar Telekom "may seem minor, but it raises important questions of principle and of a constitutional nature". more »
WJC Welcomes Hungary’s Decision On Hóman Statue
World Jewish Congress head Ronald S Lauder has welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s recent decision not to use public funds to erect a monument to Horthyera minister Bálint Hóman in Székesfehérvár, in western Hungary. “Orbán’s clear statement on this matter comes very late, but it is nonetheless welcome. more »
Hungary Can Prevent Migrants From Being Returned To The Country
Minister of State for Government Communication Bence Tuzson told Hungarian television channel M1 that if Hungary takes the stance that migrants cannot be returned to the country, it will also be able to prevent it happening. He said that the EU can launch infringement procedures, but Hungary is acting lawfully, and European law cannot be overwritten by one-off decisions. more »

Biszku Receives Suspended Prison Term For Complicity In War Crimes In Hungary


Biszku Receives Suspended Prison Term For Complicity In War Crimes In Hungary
Communist-era party functionary Béla Biszku received a suspended prison sentence for complicity in war crimes. The Municipal Court of Budapest, however, exonerated him of the charges of ordering the shooting of a total of 49 anti-communist protesters in December 1956 and the beating of academics in March 1957. more »

Xpat Opinion: Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Stranger In Hungary


Xpat Opinion: Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Stranger In Hungary
The Budapest Beacon would like to inform its readers that absolutely no drugs were consumed in the writing of the article.

Government spokesman Zoltán Kovács today announced the Hungarian government was terminating ALL of its contracts with Magyar Telekom after the latter terminated its corporate sponsorship of Hungarian pop star Ákos after the latter made comments on Echo TV generally considered to be insulting to women. more »

Over 500 Granted Refugee Status In Hungary


Over 500 Granted Refugee Status In Hungary
Out of 177,000 asylum seekers 533 were granted refugee status this year, Immigration and Citizenship Office director Zsuzsanna Végh told Klubrádió on Thursday. The vast majority of asylum seekers did not wait for the end of the procedures, but left the country, therefore no decision was made in their cases. An average of ten asylum applications per day have been submitted since September. more »



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