PM Orban calls for rapid ceasefire and peace talks
Hungary's prime minister arrived in Madrid for a two-day summit of heads of state and government of NATO member states, starting on 29 June, his press chief, Bertalan Havasi, told Hungary's state news agency (MTI). Ahead of the official start of the summit on Wednesday, PM Orban also met Andres Pastrana, the president of CDI, comprised of the world's Christian democratic and conservative parties.
After lengthy scapegoating, Left lays the blame for huge fiasco
At the plenary session of Hungary's parliament, the leftist MP presented an audacious explanation as to why the left-wing coalition had suffered a historic defeat in the April 2022 general elections.
Ukraine's EU candidate status raises Western Balkans's suspicion of double standards
The Croatian president says it is deeply cynical and a Croatian political tragedy that Bosnia and Herzegovina has not been granted EU candidate status. The Serbian member of the presidency of the country stated that it was pointless to talk about the European path of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
PM Orban in talks with chair of Vietnam's national assembly
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban received Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue in Budapest on Tuesday. At the meeting, the parties spoke about the intensification of cooperation between the two countries, Hungary's state news agency (MTI) reported.
PM Orban: We will protect Hungary and the Hungarian people – video
The Hungarian prime minister replied to the questions of MPs at Monday's parliamentary session, and shared a video summary of this on social media Tuesday.
Several hundred protesters call on mayor to resign – video
Protesters have called for the resignation of Paris's Socialist mayor, saying that she is unfit for the job. In the recent period, the French capital has seen growing chaos and mounting heaps of rubbish, with crime also on the rise.
President Vucic: Union of marriage is between man and woman
The Serbian opposition fiercely objects to the pan-European LGBTQ festival. They say they do not want Belgrade to become a capital promoting homosexuality and pornography. The Dveri Movement party submitted a bill to parliament for the banning of advertising homosexual content to children. Event organisers expect the festival to help strengthen the LGBTQ+ community in the Western Balkans, and believe that it would help Serbia take a step towards European values.
PM Orban receives international geopolitical analyst George Friedman
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday received George Friedman, an internationally renowned US geopolitical strategist of Hungarian descent, the PM's press chief Bertalan Havasi told Hungary's state news agency (MTI).
Macron and his premier's popularity in free fall
The French president has asked the prime minister to form a new government, but they are unwilling to co-operate with either the left- or the right-wing parties, the press reports. Emmanuel Macron and Elisabeth Borne's popularity is in steady decline, and the majority of the population is dissatisfied with the two politicians.
PM Orban discusses with bishop national strategy and spiritual support in perilous times
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban received Bishop Zoltan Balog, pastoral president of the Synod of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Bertalan Havasi, the PM's press chief, told Hungary's state news agency (MTI).
Frustration and disappointment in Western Balkans: "EU's behaviour is shameful and disgraceful"
The war-torn Ukraine has been granted EU candidacy status. Dispensing with previous practice, Brussels accelerated the pace of awarding the status to Kiev. Ukrainians deserve the status as they are ready to die for the protection of European values, Ursula von der Leyen said. Moldova has also been granted EU candidate status, but Georgia and Bosnia still have to qualify for candidacy and meet further requirements. Meanwhile, the EU again reaffirmed the long-standing EU enlargement perspective for Western Balkan countries.
Municipality led by failed leftist PM candidate fined tens of millions of forints
According to the decision, the municipality did not carry out a proper public procurement procedure for the launch of local bus services.
Hungary's FM: decision that Georgia has not been granted EU candidate status is harmful and wrong
Georgia should have been granted candidate status for EU membership along with Ukraine and Moldova. The failure to do so is inexplicable, incomprehensible and damaging for Europe, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Tbilisi on 24 June.
"Germans are unaware of what's ahead of them," ex-finance minister says – video
Former finance minister Peer Steinbruck has warned of "three or five very difficult years" and "a time of hardships." His successor, the current finance minister, also admits that the situation is grave. The economy minister advises to prepare for a tough winter due gas supply shortages, which could even lead to the shutdown of some industries.
PM Orban: we say yes to peace and no to further sanctions
We say yes to Ukraine's EU membership and we say yes to peace, but we say no to further sanctions, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a video message published on social media from the EU-Western Balkans leaders' meeting.
Hungary and Bavaria sign new three-year cooperation programme
Melanie Huml, the Bavarian State Minister for European and International Affairs, has met with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto in Budapest.
Hungary to introduce EP's asset declaration scheme
The decision was announced by the parliamentary group leader of the larger governing party, Fidesz.
Hungary to rename counties as castle districts, municipal and EP elections can be held at the same time
Mate Kocsis, the parliamentary group leader of Hungary's ruling Fidesz party, has proposed an amendment to the country's Fundamental Law. The amendment contains several changes aimed at preserving traditions.
French political life unsettled as Macron's PM resigns
The left-wing coalition is on the brink of disintegration, as members of the Nupes are unwilling to remain in the largest left-wing alliance. Meanwhile, the prime minister submitted her resignation, which was rejected by the president.
PM Orban and President Zelensky consult by phone
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Hungarian PM Viktor Orban on the phone on Tuesday. The consultation focused on Ukraine's European integration, the reception of refugees fleeing the war and other areas of cooperation between Hungary and Ukraine.
Students donning religious attire on the rise, teacher receives death threat – video
In the second quarter, there were nearly 150 cases of students violating the law on the wearing of religious symbols at school. The minister of education wants to address the problem at the national level. Another teacher was targeted with several death threats recently after prohibiting a Muslim girl from taking the matriculation exam in a headscarf.
Hundreds of thousands protest: "Either we fight and win or our Macedonia is over"
We assimilate and become Bulgarian. This is what the Paris proposal to continue with EU enlargement would mean, according to Macedonia's opposition forces. In the small Balkan country hundreds of thousands took part in a protest against the left-wing government.
Macron falls short of securing absolute majority – video
Although the party coalition supporting the French head of state managed to send the most members to parliament, it failed to win an absolute majority. The National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, finished with spectacular results, far exceeding preliminary estimates.
President of Croatia: If Ukraine gets EU candidate status, Bosnia should get it too
If Ukraine is to become an EU candidate, the Croatian government must set it as a condition that Bosnia and Herzegovina's candidacy is announced on the same day as Ukraine's, Zoran Milanovic said.
Exclusive – Hundreds of thousands take to the streets against social democratic government
More than 100,000 people protested in the streets of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, V4NA reports.
Germany admitted more than 22 thousand Afghans after withdrawal from country
Data are available from 18 NATO member states, none of which has resettled as many Afghans as the great power that has declared itself an immigrant country.
Will government force people to save by capping home temperatures at 18°C?
The cabinet could be drafting a law to force people into using less energy. The economy minister did not rule out the possibility that temperatures permissible in households could also be regulated by law. Earlier, Brussels has also floated a proposal that would prescribe a maximum temperature inside people's homes.
Hungary the only EU state to reject global minimum tax
By introducing a global minimum tax, the European Union would put itself at a serious competitive disadvantage, PM Orban's office chief has said. Gergely Gulyas noted that Poland, after rejecting the idea of a global minimum tax, had changed its views.
Interior minister's "students" show Islamist hand signals and greetings used by radical groups
The interior minister was forced into explanations once again, after posting a photo of herself in the company of the "Constitutional Learners" she had awarded. The students are seen showing gestures of Islamist and other radical groups with their hands.
Will Serbia extradite Ukrainian ex-intelligence chief?
A former key member of the Ukrainian secret service and his German partner, who were taken into custody days ago for smuggling hundreds of thousands of euros and dollars in cash, and two emeralds, have been awaiting a decision in a prison in Nis. The prosecutor's office in Serbia is currently collecting evidence.
Congestion charge returns to agenda of city's left-wing leadership
Motorists are once again in the crosshairs of Budapest's left-wing city administration. The deputies of Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony have repeatedly spoken about the introduction of a congestion charge in recent days. The municipality of Budapest has been planning to slap a penalty fee on motorists for a long time, as our news agency reported on last June. At the time, the municipality denied such intentions, but now the topic is back on the table. The plan was presumably set aside for a few months ahead of the parliamentary elections.
PM Orban: Hungary will stand against proposals conveying threat of impoverishment for families
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote a reply to the 44 members of the European Parliament who recently sent him a joint letter in connection with the war in Ukraine. In his reply, the Hungarian premier stated that Hungary stands for peace and helping Ukraine; at the same time, he rejected insults directed at Hungary, sanctions against church leaders and proposals for sanctions that are contrary to common sense, Bertalan Havasi, the PM’s press chief told the Hungarian state news agency (MTI) on Thursday.
Hungary supports Moldova's candidacy for EU membership
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban discussed the war in Ukraine and Moldova's European integration with his Moldovan counterpart Natalia Gavrilita on the phone, Bertalan Havasi, the Hungarian PM’s press chief, told Hungary's state news agency (MTI) on Thursday, 16 June.
Performance of national team is key element of national pride, Hungary's foreign minister says – video
After a resounding victory, the Hungarian national football team leads its group in the UEFA Nations League. The performance of the national team is an important element of national pride, Hungary's foreign affairs and trade minister told Subotica-based Pannon TV in an interview before the England-Hungary match. In the interview, Peter Szijjarto also spoke about the possibility of Budapest holding the Olympic Games and the economic consequences of the Ukraine-Russia war.
Another woman accuses French minister of attempted rape – video
More and more testimonies are emerging against the newly appointed solidarity minister. The method was similar in several of the cases he is being implicated in. The politician denies everything, but this has since turned out not to be his only court case.
Ukrainian ex-intelligence chief's corruption cases linked to Chernobyl
Hundreds of thousands of euros and dollars, and emeralds, all hidden in an expensive BMW. Andriy Naumov a former key member of the Ukrainian secret service was arrested by Serbian police a few days ago while trying to smuggle these items across the border. Dirty details about his past have since been been revealed one after the other; despite his corruption cases, he was close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and left his country a few hours before the war began.
Biden says inflation has eased – if you exclude energy and food prices
Another farcical remark from the US president, who said that if a few factors are taken out of the equation, it is clear that inflation has decreased. Meanwhile, people are facing additional costs of $460 a month, the highest increase in decades.
Macron's parliamentary majority a question, as left and right mobilise voters – video
The party alliance that supports the French president defeated the left-wing coalition with the narrowest of margins, garnering just a few thousand more votes in the first round of the elections. The second round on 19 June will decide whether Mr Macron's party will be able to secure a parliamentary majority.
Left surges in first round of French parliamentary elections – video
At a record-low turnout, the left-wing coalition came in ahead of the party alliance that supports the head of state, with Marine Le Pen's party finishing in third place.
EP VP caught lying comes under heavy fire
Katarina Barley could find herself in hot water in the next few days, having to provide explanations after making a statement in a debate that tuned out to be a lie. The German politician has come under heavy criticism after the debate
Hypocrisy at its best: Wealthy Hungarian leftist politician urging to save energy
According to Kata Tutto, lower energy consumption will bring peace to Europe, so the deputy mayor of Budapest's leftist administration is asking people to save on energy by heating, cooling, cooking, and driving less.
Proposal would lead to more taxes, higher utility costs and new burdens for Europeans
The MEP of the Hungarian Momentum party supports all points of the EU proposal package which would impose additional taxes on people and new burdens on motorists and increase utility costs. Anna Donath took a stand on Tuesday by EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans' proposal, which, however, was rejected by the majority of the European Parliament. This compilation by Mediaworks News Centre presents the disputed parts of the package, as well as the positions of Momentum's politician and Hungary's ruling Fidesz party on the issue of carbon tax.
PM Orban: Peace is the best way to fight war inflation, so we should finance peace, not war
There is war inflation and a war-induced economic crisis is also looming, so we need peace, because if the war is over there will be no inflation, Hungary's prime minister told public media.
Right-wing politician crosses border with ease using migrant route – video
The politician, curious to find out if he would meet police or gendarmes on a route used by illegal migrants, encountered no checks or controls on his way. He managed to cross into France from Italy without a hitch, illegally.
Leftist politician embroiled in drug scandal – video
When the footage came to light, the politician offered an embarrassingly awkward explanation. He said that the case had taken place years ago, and that he was not snorting cocaine, but powdered medication.
PM Orban to Luxembourg's PM: Hungary does not support sanctioning of Church leaders
Hungarian PM Viktor Orban sent a letter to Luxembourg's PM Xavier Bettel to respond to his counterpart's criticism regarding Mr Orban's comments on the EU's planned, and eventually cancelled, sanctions against Russian Patriarch Kirill.