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Hungarian diplomat covers up DUI accident in Vienna

An influential Hungarian diplomat caused an accident while driving drunk in Vienna. His children were in the back, and he refused the evidentiary breathalyser. However, the incident had no consequences in Austria or Hungary.

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'One week, she is still cooking for you, the next, you are picking her belongings up at the hospital'

Petra Tóth's mother died of complications arising from COVID-19 in little under a week. Tamás Busák spent 44 days in the hospital, and he was on a ventilator for 17. Barbara Balás is one of the few women who were pregnant at the time of contracting the coronavirus, and she had to undergo a C-section prematurely. Hungarians whose lives were affected by the coronavirus told us about their experiences.

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Son of Viktor Orbán graduates from RMA Sandhurst, Hungary foots the bill

We discovered that the Hungarian Prime Minister's son has just graduated from one of the top military academies in the world and the roughly €100,000 training fee was paid by the Ministry of Defence. When we inquired about this at the government's weekly press conference, the spokesperson changed our question, removing any mention of Gáspár Orbán.

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2021 is shaping up to be Viktor Orbán's toughest year to date

A recession of historic proportions, a significant loss of popularity, rule of law mechanism, a hostile US administration, a new German chancellor, and an opposition challenger – the Hungarian Prime Minister will have to face a number of difficulties this year, and he has work to do within his own party as well.

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Minister for the Families to women: Don't worry about the gender pay gap, be happy you get to take care of others

"Do not believe that every waking moment of our lives must be spent with comparing ourselves to men and that we should work in at least the same position, for at least the same pay they do,” Katalin Novák explained.

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Orbán is not alone yet, but for a moment, Poland wavered

The Hungarian-Polish veto of the EU's next seven-year budget over the rule of law conditionality has upended European politics. Last week, there seemed to be a blemish on the strong alliance of Orbán and Morawiecki, however, Poland nearly walking back on the veto may instead be a sign of tensions within the country's governing coalition.

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Hungary maintains strict COVID-19 restrictions for another month

The measures announced in November will remain in effect until 11 November, New Year's Eve is definitely cancelled, but Christmas is still up in the air.

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The storybook that opened a rift in Hungary

Petitions, book shredding, and clashes among commentators and celebrities: news of the book A Fairy Tale for Everyone spread quickly along with claims of it being homosexual propaganda. We sat down with some of the people who worked on the book and learned that the situation is not at all what it seems.

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EPP Group to decide on excluding Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch

30 members of the EPP Group want the MEP of Hungarian governing party excluded over his comments comparing group leader Manfred Weber to the Gestapo.

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In response to Szájer's scandal, the Hungarian Government cordons itself off from the press

At Wednesday's cabinet meeting, we tried to ask members of the Hungarian Government about the sex scandal of MEP József Szájer and its effects on EU policy, but we were stopped by police.

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The world beyond hospital gates remains hidden in Hungary

Even though it is standard practice in the international press to report from hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hungarian healthcare system does not allow journalists or photographers beyond the gates, and Telex gets no answers at all from the government's coronavirus task force.

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Poland and Hungary insist on vetoing the rule of law mechanism

The heads of the Hungarian and Polish governments held a meeting in Budapest on Thursday afternoon where they made it clear: they find linking EU funds to rule of law criteria unacceptable and they stand by the veto announced earlier.

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Index.hu sold, editor-in-chief resigns

The once independent Index.hu is now an indirect property of Miklós Vaszily, an active participant in turning Index.hu's former competitor, Origo, into a government mouthpiece.

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Hungarian constitutional amendment to crack down on gender issues, narrow definition of public funds

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Making Fidesz hip, no matter the cost

Hungarian governing party Fidesz has been trying to capture the elusive youth vote for quite some time, and following the grim results of the 2019 local elections, they are throwing even more money at the problem. Here is how.

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Hungary introduces toughest restrictions yet in an effort to curb COVID-19

A curfew between 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM, shops to close by 7:00 PM, a ban on events and gatherings; Hungary tightens restrictions starting from midnight on Tuesday.

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SZFE leadership shuts down ongoing semester, protesting students called to vacate campus

Students occupying the campus have been protesting the overhaul of the university's structure since before the start of the academic year, new university leadership now makes another attempt to stop education and empty the building.

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Hungary introduces curfew and special legal order over COVID-19

There will be a curfew in Hungary between midnight and 5:00 AM, and the government has also introduced the so-called "state of danger" once again, despite having said after the end of the first wave that this would not be necessary due to the newly adopted healthcare crisis regulations.

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Hungary introduces stricter rules on masks and higher fines for rulebreakers

Business owners face fines of up to a million Forints and possibly a year of closure if they fail to enforce facemasks rules on their premises.