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Hungarian PM Vows to Protect Jews and Other Minorities

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is vowing to protect all Hungarians against racial prejudice after an apparent anti-Semitic remark by a far-right lawmaker. Parliamentarian Marton Gyongyosi of the opposition Jobbik party infuriated Hungarians last week when he suggested the government draw up a list of people of Jewish ancestry who he says pose a security […]

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Armenians Protest Hungary’s Decision to Repatriate Soldier

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 100 Armenians gathered Saturday to protest Hungary’s decision to repatriate an Azerbaijani soldier who killed an Armenian military officer in 2004. Demonstrators burned the Hungarian flag Saturday in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. On Friday, Hungary sent Ramil Safarov back to his native Azerbaijan, where he was immediately pardoned and freed by Azerbaijan’s president, […]

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Freedom House: Hungary, Ukraine in Democratic Decline

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based non-governmental organization advocating for democracy and human rights says Hungary and Ukraine are at the forefront of an antidemocratic trend in Central and Eastern Europe. In a report issued Wednesday, Freedom House warns that negative developments in Hungary and Ukraine raise serious questions about the durability of the European Union’s young democracies, as […]

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Hungary Confirms Orban Ally Ader as President

Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Hungarian parliament has confirmed Janos Ader, a member of the ruling Fidesz party, as the country’s new president, angering opposition parties that say the move gives the party too much power. Several opposition parties boycotted Wednesday’s vote, while the far-right Jobbik party voted against him. But Fidesz has a two-thirds majority in parliament, so […]

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Hungary Confirms Orban Ally Ader as President

Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Hungarian parliament has confirmed Janos Ader, a member of the ruling Fidesz party, as the country’s new president, angering opposition parties that say the move gives the party too much power. Several opposition parties boycotted Wednesday’s vote, while the far-right Jobbik party voted against him. But Fidesz has a two-thirds majority in parliament, so […]

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Nominates New President

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, has nominated European deputy Janos Ader to become the country’s new president, after former president Pal Schmitt resigned due to a plagiarism scandal. The parliament must approve the 52-year-old nominee. The approval is almost certain, as the prime minister’s conservative Fidesz party controls two-thirds of parliamentary seats. Ader is a […]

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Hungarian President Quits in Plagiarism Scandal

Posted April 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Hungary’s President Pal Schmitt has resigned after being stripped of his doctorate over plagiarism. Mr. Schmitt, who was elected to his largely ceremonial office in 2010, said he was stepping down because, in his words, “my personal issue divides my beloved nation rather than unites it.” Last week, Budapest’s Semmelweis University revoked his 1992 doctorate […]

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Hungarian Gets 30-Month Sentence in Marriott Extortion Case

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Department of Justice says a Hungarian citizen has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for hacking into computers of Marriott International Corporation to extort employment from the company. A statement released Friday says 26-year-old Attila Nemeth was sentenced in the state of Maryland for transmitting a malicious code to Marriott’s computers and […]

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Hungary’s National Airline Grounded

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Hungary’s Malev airline has grounded its planes and stopped all operations after running out of cash. Friday’s shutdown comes about a month after the European Commission ordered the airline to repay millions of dollars in government subsidies it received between 2007 and 2010. Malev’s problems caused some of its service providers to lose faith in […]

Hungary’s National Airline Grounded

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hungary’s Malev airline has grounded it planes and stopped all operations after running out of cash. Friday’s shutdown comes about a month after the European Commission ordered the airline to repay millions of dollars in government subsides it received between 2007 and 2010. Malev’s problems caused some of its service providers to lose faith in […]

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