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Someone once told me that their birthday was on 16 June. Ah, I said, you were born on Bloomsday. They looked at me, cluelessly. In explaining what I meant, I realised that I was innately proud of a man I’d never met and a book I’d yet to read: James Joyce and Ulysses.
Government official: Approval of migrant distribution plan ‘shows worst side of Brussels politics’
The adoption of a position on the distribution of migrants by European Union interior ministers has shown "the worst side of Brussels politics", a cabinet parliamentary state secretary said on Friday.
Motorists stage demonstration for extension of M0 motorway’s northern section
Motorists staged a warning demonstration near Budakalasz, on the outskirts of Budapest, demanding that the government speed up the planning of the extension of the M0 motorway's northern section.
Semjen: Transfer of Transcarpathia POWs to Hungary ‘human and patriotic duty’
Zsolt Semjen, the deputy prime minister for church policy and church diplomacy, has said his help in coordinating the transfer of 11 Transcarpathian prisoners of war to Hungary had been his "human and patriotic duty".
Orbán: Energy from Central Asia needed in Europe
Visiting Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday highlighted the need for Europe to receive energy from Central Asia, "and we need new sources, routes and infrastructure for this". Orbán said in a statement that relations between Turkmenistan and Hungary were "predictable, reliable ...
Menczer: Paks 2 vital to Hungary’s energy security
The project to expand the Paks nuclear power station is a vital component of Hungary's energy security and its ability to maintain lower energy bills for consumers, a government official has said, responding to a report that Ukraine wanted to obstruct the construction of ...
Retvari: EU ministers adopt position on mandatory distribution of migrants
The European Union has proposed distributing migrants among member states on a mandatory basis, and this would result in illegal migrants and the human traffickers who smuggle them into Europe deciding who gets to live in Europe, an interior ministry official has said.
Jobbik slams planned tax on interests as harming citizens with savings
The government should refrain from levying taxes on incomes from interests, since it would constitute an "almost unprecedented extraordinary tax on those saving money and self-sufficiency, the leader of Jobbik-Conservatives said on Friday.
Mi Hazank: Speaker’s fine of MP who said ‘Gypsy crime’ in parliament ‘arbitrary’
The 5 million forint (EUR 13,500) fine of a Mi Hazank MP who used the term "Gypsy crime" in parliament, according to the radical party, was "arbitrary".
Almost 1,500 localities support parliament’s pro-peace resolution
The heads of 1,492 Hungarian settlements have pledged their support for parliament's pro-peace resolution adopted in March in connection with the war in Ukraine, Karoly Szita, the head of the Association of Cities with County Rights, said in Kaposvar, in south-western Hungary, on Friday.
Szijjarto: Turkmen agreement “pragmatic option” to ensure energy security in Europe
It would be in Europe's interest if Turkmenistan entered the European energy market, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade said in Ashgabat on Friday, adding however that major infrastructure developments were needed first.
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Construction sector output falls by 9.8 percent in March
Output of Hungary's construction sector slipped by 9.8 percent year-on-year in March, falling for the fourth month in a row, albeit at a slower pace, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Monday show.
Finance Minister: 2024 budget ‘defence budget’
Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said the 2024 draft budget would be a "defence budget", protecting the country's security, families, pensions, jobs and the utility price caps. Varga told a regular government press briefing on Thursday that an unstable world economic environment, "failed European Union ...
President Novak in NY: ‘Fair, long-term sustainable peace agreement road to peace’
President Katalin Novak in New York on Thursday told Hungarian public media that a "fair, long-term sustainable peace agreement is the road to peace".
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Fidesz MEP slams leftist opposition for thwarting proposal on Islamist terrorism
Leftist MEPs of the European Parliament, including those of Hungary's Democratic Coalition and Momentum parties, on Monday voted down a right-wing proposal to put issues around Islamist terrorism in Europe on the agenda, ruling Fidesz MEP Balazs Hidveghi told public media.
Egis favipiravir drug licenced for Covid-19 treatment
A new drug with the active ingredient favipiravir manufactured by Hungarian pharmaceutical company Egis has been licenced for treatment of Covid-19 by the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYEI), the institute said on Saturday.
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Orbán: New EU migration pact could force Hungary to welcome migrants
Hungary does not support the new migration and refugee package presented by the European Commission on Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told Reuters newswire on Friday. Under the package, Hungary's commitment to send people back from the southern EU states like Italy or Greece, ...