Battle between Dobrev and Márki-Zay intensifie, Hungarian government at odds with EU over Poland and LGBTQ, President of Momentum Fekete-Győr steps down
Karácsony and Márki-Zay fail to agree before 2nd turn of primaries, LIBE still much concerned with rule of law in Hungary, FreeSZFE students receive their diplomas and Paks2 is denied an important permit from nuclear watchdog
Dobrev, Karácsony and Márki-Zay proceed to 2dn round of opposition primaries, Orbán pays extra money to the retired, Mészáros wins really big, and far-right extremists arrested
Opposition primaries reloaded, a turbulent start of Parliament's autumn session, an increase in homophobic complaints and in daily covid-19 infections.
Hungarian voters saw their first prime ministerial debate since 2006, the government moved to extend the epidemic state of emergency until 2022, Budapest welcomed Pope Francis, and Orbán braces for 2022 general elections.
Opposition primaries have started, Orban outlines his strategies for Fidesz elite in Kötcse, racism during the Hungary-England football match and a 35 year extension of the capital's casino concession.
Budapest Mayor grows bolder as his referendum questions get a partial approval from election officials and threatens to veto the 2023 Athletics World Championships, to be hosted by Budapest. Orban's family trip from Croatia to Rome rises concern amid independent media, and the recently adopted homophobic law fuels a series of new complaints.
The issue of Hungary leaving the EU resurfaced, while the government managed the evacuation of its citizens from Afghanistan amid confused communication. Old students of the SZFE left the institution for good, and GDP figures indicate a rapid recovery of the local economy.
Hungarian Prime Minister Orban was the star of Tucker Carlson's reportage from Hungary for Fox News, while Hungary welcomed back it Olympic athletes as heroes, proud of their excellent performance. The administration of the 3rd jab against covid has started, and authorities do not count Facebook ads as political advertising, even in times of election campaign.
Hungary lost HUF 77 billion, as it failed to reach an agreement with Oslo on the Norway Grant. Earlier, healthcare workers demonstrated for better wages and conditions, while F1 champions raised their concern over the recent adoption of the homophobic law.
Around 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Budapest against the alleged use of powerful spyware to monitor the phones of journalists and politicians. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Officials insist all covert surveillance in Hungary is conducted in accordance with the law, but will not commit to an investigation of the Pegasus scandal. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Hungary has "restricted the freedom of expression of authors and book publishers, and discriminates on grounds of sexual orientation in an unjustified way," the commission said. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Orbán joined leaders like Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on the list of 37 heads of state or government that "crack down massively on press freedom." This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Germany's interior minister Horst Seehofer suggested that cutting Hungary's access to EU funds could be a suitable response to the law which prohibits the display to minors of content depicting homosexuality or gender reassignment. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Reports in German media emerged Wednesday morning that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would not travel to Munich as planned to view the Euro 2020 match between Hungary and Germany, where he likely would have received a cold welcome over his government's passage of a law seen as limiting the rights of LGBT people.
The decision hit organizations that see education as a great equalizer that can lift children from poverty - says Nóra Ritók, founder and director of the Igazgyöngy Alapítvány, which runs six art centers and offers extracurricular activities for about 600 disadvantaged children each year.
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said he was "pleased that the European Union has finally acted swiftly, decisively, and with sufficient vigor and unity." This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Hungary was the only of the EU's 27 member nations not to back the statement. Foreign Minister Szijjártó said such statements are "one-sided." This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Wealthy insiders could purchase valuable properties for 10 percent of their market value, while social housing for the poor would be dramatically reduced. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
"I cannot in good conscience recommend anyone to such a board of trustees who is an internationalist, globalist person," Orbán said. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Poland, Slovakia and Czechia have all expelled Russian diplomats in response to an explosion at a Czech munitions depot blamed on a Russian military intelligence unit. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
CEU says it's still not coming back to Budapest from Vienna, and NGOs are worried a new draft bill would be used to stigmatize and harass them. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Mayor Gergely Karácsony says that if the planned development of a "Student City" in southern Budapest is affected by the construction of Fudan University, he will revoke the city's status as host of the 2023 World Athletic Championships. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Austria's foreign minister contacted his Hungarian counterpart over the three and a half minute television report. But Péter Szijjártó said the journalist's questions were "fake news." This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
The government announced teachers will be vaccinated ahead of a planned April 19 school reopening. But Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his chief of staff didn't leave it at that. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
An independent MP sought to extend a moratorium on evictions during the pandemic, but the Christian Democrat saw secret motives at work. Also in this week's InsightHungary newsletter: József Szájer's arrest captured on film by Belgian TV crew, Fidesz leaves the EPP, and Hungary approves two more vaccines.
The plan for an EU-wide immunity document would allow for member states to decide whether to recognize vaccines not approved by the bloc's medicines regulator, raising questions over whether Hungarians inoculated with Russian and Chinese vaccines might miss out on travel privileges. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
More young people are being admitted to intensive care with severe Covid-19 cases, and some doctors say they must consider a patient's chances of survival in determining whether to give them a place in overcrowded critical wards. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
"We must build a European democratic right that offers a home to European citizens who do not want migrants, who do not want multiculturalism, who have not descended into LGBTQ lunacy," Orbán wrote after his party left the conservative group in the European Parliament. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
This week, a 35-year-old man who was sexually abused by his priest as a teenager became the first in Hungary to publicly tell his story, shining light on decades of secrecy and denial within the Catholic Church.
The politician, János Stummer, leaked plans for construction of a 50-meter tunnel beneath Puskás Ferenc Stadium. He said it was for the Prime Minister, but the stadium says it's for international guests. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
The government looks set to begin easing pandemic restrictions, and is asking Hungarians to weigh in. An immunity certificate could provide certain people with additional freedoms. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Hungary's Media Council argued it was legally bound to deny an extension of Klubrádió's broadcast license. But the station says it is the victim of political discrimination. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
The land and real estate deals came to light as Hungary's hospitality sector began demanding assistance from the government. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Twenty-six EU nations called for the release of detained protesters and an end to the violence. Hungary was not one of them. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Government-critical songs were cut from the final video of a performance by Hétköznapi Csalódások, and a guest member, who appeared in the video as an evil clown, was later beaten by unknown assailants.
In its latest attack on LGBT rights, the government required the publisher to alert consumers if a book contains characters that "display patterns of behavior that differ from traditional gender roles." This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
"Biden's presidency," antifa, Black Lives Matter and internal conspiracy are among the culprits identified by Hungary's right-wing media. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in November that a vaccination plan was complete, but a lack of transparency around the rollout and other signs indicate Hungary may not be ready for mass vaccinations. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Katalin Novák said women should be glad that they are able to give life and care for others. Also this week: Hungary's parliament passes constitutional amendment banning gay adoption, and the European People's Party declines to expel MEP Tamás Deutsch.
Over the past decade a growing narrative has gained traction in Hungary, calling on women to embrace their fate as homemakers and caretakers as Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the self-appointed defender of Europe’s Christian values has steered the country towards a conservative, in his words “illiberal democracy.”
Hungarian officials are celebrating a compromise plan meant to bring an end to the EU budget stalemate, even as rule of law conditionality which they opposed remains on the books. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
His resignation brings an end to a 30 year career in the party he co-founded, which has vigorously sought to curb the rights of LGBTQ people in Hungary. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
The Belgian press reports that Szájer attempted to escape the party through a window but was detained by police. He has admitted he attended the party, but did not acknowledge reports that it was a sex orgy.
The two leaders said they wouldn't accept a rule of law mechanism contained in the €1.8 billion EU budget and pandemic recovery package, further holding up the badly needed funds as European economies shrink. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
Orbán argues the rule of law mechanism is an attempt to blackmail Hungary into accepting migrants, but some EU leaders say European taxpayers are fed up with funding projects in countries that violate fundamental rights. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.
A host of late-night draft bills would change Hungary's election law, cement access of Fidesz-tied foundations to public funds, and further marginalize the LGBTQ community.
Orbán announced a curfew of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Tuesday at midnight as deaths and hospitalizations continue to rise to record levels.
A midnight curfew, the closing of discos, and reduction of capacities at events and theatres are among the only measures taken by the government during the second wave, but still lag far behind steps taken by other European countries. This week's InsightHungary newsletter.