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Hungarian Ambassador Asks New York Times For Correction
The Hungarian ambassador in Washington, DC has asked The New York Times in an official letter to issue a correction in connection with an article which appeared in the US daily, claiming that a Syrian refugee woman was “beaten unconscious in a Hungarian prison,” daily Magyar Idők reported. According to the paper, Réka Szemerkényi’s letter proposes that the paper should issue a correction in order to prevent possible legal steps. more »
Mahir v. Budapest Trial Begins
Lawyers acting for the city of Budapest were unable to say on Monday what law Mahir Cityposter had violated as the Capital Court began its trial of the dispute between the two parties over advertising columns on city streets. The basis for the city’s argument was that Mahir had not placed its advertising pillars in a proper manner and that it had violated a city decree from 2006 and 1995. more »
First Hungarian Electronic ID Cards Issued
The first new biometric personal identification card was presented by interior ministry state secretary László Tasnádi in Budapest on Monday. The new e-card combines personal identification functions with social insurance and tax information. Interior Ministry state secretary for law enforcement László Tasnádi said the e-card “opens the door to digital processing”. more »

Fidesz Demands Probe Over Hungary’s Migration Aid’s Former Leader


Fidesz Demands Probe Over Hungary’s Migration Aid’s Former Leader
The ruling Fidesz party demands an answer from Migration Aid, a charity helping migrants in Hungary, on whether a man associated with the charity had a criminal record, the party’s spokesman János Halász said. Citing a report by the online tabloid Ripost published on Monday, Halász said Csaba Tóth, alias Baba, who allegedly had been in a top position at Migration Aid, one of the largest migrant charities, was a repeat offender. more »

International Military Exercise Starts In W Hungary


International Military Exercise Starts In W Hungary
An international military exercise dubbed Várpalota Challenge 2016 started in western Hungary on Monday and will run for over a month, the defence ministry said. The exercise, commanded by Dutch officers and ending on February 21, will give Hungarian troops an opportunity to practise tasks that are part of international support for NATO forces. more »

Hungary’s Foreign Minister: Press In Central Europe ‘Freer ’ Than In West


Hungary’s Foreign Minister: Press In Central Europe ‘Freer ’ Than In West
Recent events have made it clear that the press has greater freedom in central Europe than in western Europe, Hungary’s foreign minister said. Péter Szijjártó reacted to comments from Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström made at a defence conference in Sweden on Sunday in which she referred to Hungary and Poland as countries that have introduced reforms which restrict the freedom of expression. more »



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