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Some of the photos are just so he would have a good photograph
Some of the photos are just so he would have a good photograph

Marcell Rév is director of cinematography of the “Euphoria” series on HBO Max. He works by collecting photos and photo albums, searching online, and taking photos himself. He then builds the visual world of his films scene by scene using these collections. The visual concept of Euphoria was created the same way. Here’s a selection of his analogue photos.

Szijjártó on the oil embargo: it’s either 15-18 billion euros or a green light for piped oil, otherwise our veto remains
Szijjártó on the oil embargo: it’s either 15-18 billion euros or a green light for piped oil, otherwise our veto remains

The European Commission and Hungary have found themselves in a tough game theory situation. Who will be the first to swerve? There is much to gain and much to lose.

Accommodating Ukrainian refugees is as much work as running an Airbnb
Accommodating Ukrainian refugees is as much work as running an Airbnb

Many Hungarians have been housing Ukrainian refugees in their home, and while this is indeed a noble act, there are still utilities to pay, laundry to wash, shopping to do, and cleaning to keep up with. Some people have even started a collection to finance the housing of refugees. In other countries, state aid is available for those who take in refugees. Not in Hungary.

Orbán: “Hungary has become the last Christian-conservative bastion of the Western world”
Orbán: “Hungary has become the last Christian-conservative bastion of the Western world”

Viktor Orbán was today officially inaugurated as Hungary’s prime minister for the fifth time. Here’s a summary of his speech on the occasion.

The Hungarian government's objections could delay EU sanctions on Russian oil
The Hungarian government's objections could delay EU sanctions on Russian oil

According to the diplomats who spoke with Bloomberg, due to the Hungarian government’s determined refusal of their quick introduction, more and more member countries think that the 6th EU sanction package against Russia should be reconsidered.

The town that blew up its own bridge and chased away the Russians
The town that blew up its own bridge and chased away the Russians

The Russians were advancing towards a nuclear power plant in Southern Ukraine when they came upon an unexpected obstacle. One little town was not intimidated by their tanks: the mayor had the bridge blown up, and the locals built up the town’s defense together. We spoke with the angry local who became an internet celebrity after he and his wife chased the fully armed Russian soldiers out of their yard. Our video report from Voznesensk, Ukraine.

Awards, new content and new colleagues – Telex is growing
Awards, new content and new colleagues – Telex is growing

Without our supporters, Telex could not exist. Here is our latest report on what has happened with us and how we have grown, what we have accomplished in the last month.

The President's husband – Hungary gets its first ever first gentleman
The President's husband – Hungary gets its first ever first gentleman

According to protocol, as the husband of the head of state, István Veres is now entitled to be called "the first gentleman". He is unlikely to take advantage of this though and instead of the diligent charity work customary for the wives of presidents, he is likely to choose to remain in the background, as most of his European male colleagues do.

Ukrainian refugees aren't too eager to stay in Hungary, and the state isn't too keen on encouraging them to do so
Ukrainian refugees aren't too eager to stay in Hungary, and the state isn't too keen on encouraging them to do so

"No one will be left unprovided for" – Viktor Orbán promised the Ukrainian refugees at the beginning of the war. Since then, about 570 thousand refugees have entered the country, but only a bit more than 20 thousand have requested the "sheltered status". How is the Hungarian state assisting Ukrainians fleeing the war – if at all?

Croatia has summoned Hungary’s ambassador to Zagreb over Orbán’s statement
Croatia has summoned Hungary’s ambassador to Zagreb over Orbán’s statement

"Hungary would also have a sea if it had not been taken away" – Orbán said last Friday. His statement was not received with excitement in Zagreb.

Von der Leyen after her meeting with Orbán: Some progress was made
Von der Leyen after her meeting with Orbán: Some progress was made

On Monday evening, Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Budapest for what seemed to be a surprise visit. According to the President of the European Commission, some issues have been clarified at the meeting, but there is still work to be done.

The stone-faced president who barely crossed Orbán for ten years is leaving
The stone-faced president who barely crossed Orbán for ten years is leaving

Hungary's departing president signed almost every law they put in front of him. He never listened to the protesters, preferred to remain silent on sensitive issues, and liked fishing more than confrontation. A look at János Áder's ten years as president of Hungary.

Orbán: "The proposed sanctions against Russian oil are tantamount to a nuclear bomb thrown on the Hungarian economy"
Orbán: "The proposed sanctions against Russian oil are tantamount to a nuclear bomb thrown on the Hungarian economy"

Orbán will be sworn in as Prime Minister on 16 May and is expected to present the members of his new government 7-8 days later. The structure will be significantly reshuffled, but no names were given. Here is a brief, point-by-point summary of this morning's radio interview.

Hungary to host start of Giro d'Italia '22 this weekend
Hungary to host start of Giro d'Italia '22 this weekend

Why is Hungary hosting part of an Italian cycling race? Are there Hungarian competitors as well? Let us bring you up to speed on all you need to know about the next 3 days of one of the world’s most important cycling competitions set to take place amidst Hungarian scenery.

Plasma therapy: the Covid success story that wasn't
Plasma therapy: the Covid success story that wasn't

Plasma extracted from the blood of recovered Covid patients has been used with great promise in the treatment of the disease worldwide, but it now appears that its efficacy is not proven in most cases and that it may only be justified for certain groups of patients at most. The pioneer of Covid plasma therapy in Hungary told Telex that they are still looking at exactly how it should be used, but he believes the treatment is beginning to find its place.

Szijjártó: Despite the extended deadline, Hungary does not support the EU’s new sanction package
Szijjártó: Despite the extended deadline, Hungary does not support the EU’s new sanction package

He said that a ban on Russian oil imports would disrupt Hungary's energy supply.

Justice Minister Judit Varga initiates modification of Hungary’s Fundamental Law
Justice Minister Judit Varga initiates modification of Hungary’s Fundamental Law

According to Hungarian law, a state of danger authorizes the government to govern by decree. The state of danger previously declared during the Covid pandemic will end on May 31st. This new modification expands the definition of the “state of danger” to include war in a neighboring country or a humanitarian crisis.

“Putin told Hungary about the invasion in advance, the Hungarians want to get a part of Ukraine” – Secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council
“Putin told Hungary about the invasion in advance, the Hungarians want to get a part of Ukraine” – Secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council

The strong allegation was not supported by evidence and no source was quoted. The Hungarian government reacted by saying that they are not supplying weapons for the war in Ukraine.

We ask questions even if they don’t want us to – 3 May is World Press Freedom Day
We ask questions even if they don’t want us to – 3 May is World Press Freedom Day

In our video we collected instances when we wanted to report on important events of public interest, but we were not able to do so because state actors, public figures or their colleagues were restricting our work.

The end of the free press is the beginning of wars
The end of the free press is the beginning of wars

The election victory of Viktor Orbán and Fidesz in April could be followed by a further distortion of the already deformed Hungarian media environment, in which the remaining independent newsrooms are struggling to survive and preserve the original mission of journalism as it is understood in democratic societies. The International Press Institute's op/ed on World Press Freedom Day.

Momentum MPs announce they will take the oath at the Parliament’s inaugural meeting, but will then walk out
Momentum MPs announce they will take the oath at the Parliament’s inaugural meeting, but will then walk out

Just a few days ago they had set conditions for attending the inaugural meeting. They will not be accepting any parliamentary positions.

Telex photo journalist wins Grand Prize with a photo series about the family of a mother who died of Covid
Telex photo journalist wins Grand Prize with a photo series about the family of a mother who died of Covid

Telex’s photojournalist, János Bődey was awarded the André Kertész Grand Prize for the best people-centered documentary photography series, and our colleague Szabolcs Barakonyi (along with his co-authors) received the Mihály Gera Award for the most beautiful photo album of the last five years, entitled: Fortepan Masters. The Grand Prize of The Association of Hungarian Journalists was awarded to Simon Móricz-Sabján.

What is Fidesz's game plan now that Hungary's economy is passing from seven years of plenty to seven years of scarcity?
What is Fidesz's game plan now that Hungary's economy is passing from seven years of plenty to seven years of scarcity?

If possible, Orbán would prefer to keep the fixed utility costs, the single-rate tax and the price freezes, but he must also do something about the ballooning deficit and severe inflation. What is next for the economy and what can the Prime Minister do about it? Analysis.

The European Commission has sent a formal note to Hungary: the Rule of Law Mechanism has been launched
The European Commission has sent a formal note to Hungary: the Rule of Law Mechanism has been launched

The announcement was made at noon on Wednesday. This marks the beginning of a 6-9 month period. If it should be proven that the EU’s financial interests are directly affected in Hungary, then the European Council may penalise the country by suspending or blocking some EU funding.

Hungarian Justice Minister congratulates Elon Musk, and expresses hope that all opinions will remain visible on Twitter
Hungarian Justice Minister congratulates Elon Musk, and expresses hope that all opinions will remain visible on Twitter

Varga agrees with Musk that "free speech is essential to a functioning democracy". Right wing leader, László Torockai also welcomed the news about Elon Musk buying Twitter.

7 percent of Hungarians say there is no need for independent press, and more than half of Fidesz' voters consider the press in Hungary free
7 percent of Hungarians say there is no need for independent press, and more than half of Fidesz' voters consider the press in Hungary free

A survey done by the Czech media company Economia in the V4 countries shows that half of all Hungarians believe that the government should not be allowed to interfere in the work of the public media service (Fidesz voters do not share this opinion). However, this is a much lower percentage than in the other countries of the region: in the Czech Republic, for example, this number is 80 per cent.

How a journalist who was doing her job became the victim of a smear campaign
How a journalist who was doing her job became the victim of a smear campaign

One of the first journalists to report on the thrown out Hungarian election ballots found in Romania became the target of a smear campaign resulting in death threats.

Orbán's private audience with the Pope
Orbán's private audience with the Pope

Viktor Orbán's first trip after being reelected was to Rome.

The refugees among us – a Hungarian photographer's photo series
The refugees among us – a Hungarian photographer's photo series

We are witnessing the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since the 2nd World War. Hungary is the fourth most popular destination for Ukrainian refugees, with most of them having no idea where to go next. Most people set out to start a new life with just a few bags. In recent weeks, anyone in Budapest may have walked past the people whose portraits are presented here.

The Hungarian-American pastor who held services a block away from the White House while working as an FBI agent
The Hungarian-American pastor who held services a block away from the White House while working as an FBI agent

Stephen Sziarto (Sziártó István) was born in 1910 to Hungarian immigrants in the southern part of West Virginia. He was fluent in Hungarian, and despite never having visited Hungary, his dual Hungarian-American identity stuck with him throughout his adventurous life. He worked as a Hungarian Reformed pastor, a special agent for the FBI, and even an entrepreneur in forestry. How did a talented boy born into a coal-mining family become a prominent member of the Hungarian-American community?