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Hungary central bank cuts base rate, first time since 2016

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The base rate in Hungary is slashed to a historic low of 0.75% as the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy

Pleasure boats are seen on the Danube river close to the oldest Hungarian bridge, the "Lanchild" (Chain Bridge), on April 3, 2020, amid the new coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. - Hungary's parliament on Monday, March 30, 2020 approved a bill giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban sweeping powers he says are necessary to fight the new coronavirus pandemic but which critics have condemned as a power grab. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Top Hungary news site says independence in 'grave danger'

Jun 22, 2020 - 1:09 PM editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull says a 'proposed organizational overhaul' put Index 'under such external pressure that could spell out the end of our editorial staff as we know it'

INDEX.HU. Background is screenshot of website.

Hungarian airline Wizz Air scraps 1,000 jobs

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic forces Wizz Air to lay off 19% of its workforce and slash salaries for remaining staff

Audi Hungary plant begins tooling up after 3-week production halt

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'Now the most important task for the company is to prepare for continuing complete vehicle production despite the critical situation,' says Audi Hungary head Alfons Dintner

An employee works on an Audi A3 car in the new factory at Gyor on June12, 2013 as the factory is inaugurated. The CEO of the Volkswagen Group, Martin Winterkorn, and the CEO of the Audi Group, Rupert Stadler, gave the official starting signal for the production of the Audi A3 Sedan together with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The company invested a total of more than 900 million euro in infrastructure, buildings and innovative production equipment. AFP PHOTO / STR HUNGARY OUT (Photo by STR / AFP)

Hungary PM 'no time' for EU allies' criticism

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:07 AM

Many, including allies in Prime Minister Viktor Orban's European Peoples Party, accuse him of a power grab

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a joint press conference with Czech Republic's Prime Minister, Poland's Prime Minister and Slovakia's Prime Minister after a meeting of representatives of the Visegrad Group (V4), focusing on measures in response to the new coronavirus COVID-19, on March 4, 2020 in Prague. (Photo by Michal Cizek / AFP)

Hungary's Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) Critics have condemned the 'anti-coronavirus defense law,' saying it gives Viktor Orban unnecessary and unlimited power in a ruse to cement his leadership rather than battle the virus

NEW POWERS. In this file photo, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a joint press conference with Czech Republic's Prime Minister, Poland's Prime Minister and Slovakia's Prime Minister after a meeting of representatives of the Visegrad Group (V4), focusing on measures in response to the new coronavirus COVID-19, on March 4, 2020 in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Hungary, Slovenia report 1st coronavirus cases

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:16 AM

'Two foreigners, students studying in Hungary, Iranians, they are currently symptom-free it seems, but confirmed as infected,' says Hungary's prime minister

WELCOME. Cordons are seen at the hall of Budapest's Liszt Ferenc Airport of on February 5, 2020. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Coronavirus 'fake news' network busted in Hungary

Feb 09, 2020 - 6:29 AM

A man and woman are suspected of 'operating dozens of fake news portals and linked Facebook pages' claiming several people in Hungary had been infected and died from coronavirus

Hungary prosecutors indict cruise captain in deadly collision

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The captain, prosecutors say, 'failed to pay adequate attention,' keep a safe distance and transmit radio and sound signals required for an overtake

ON THE DANUBE. US CV-22B airplanes fly over the Hungarian capital Budapest with its Danube river and the parliament building (R) during a training of Hungarian and US Special Operations Forces on October 29, 2019. File Photo by Attila Kisbendek/AFP

Hungary opposition wins Budapest in blow for PM Orban

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Gergely Karacsony leads by 51% of the vote ahead of incumbent Istvan Tarlos on around 44%, with 82% of votes counted

WINNER. Budapest's mayor candidate of the centre left opposition party Gergely Karacsony adresses the audience after his victory in the local election over Istvan Tarlos, in Budapest on October 13, 2019. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Budapest 'selfie museum' a hit with Instagram generation

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The selfie opportunities among the 11 interactive installations at the 400-square-meter facility include a ride on banana swings, a climb on a unicorn, or a lounge on giant macaroons

Young visitors make photos at the 'Selfie Museum' in Budapest downtown on July 17, 2019. The newest attraction in the Hungarian capital opened this year in a two-level 400m2 area.  ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

Hungarian swimmer 'sorry' for touching nightclub dancer

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Tamas Kenderesi has admitted making contact with his accuser but denies charges of sexual harassment

MISCONDUCT. Tamas Kenderesi would not be allowed to leave South Korea for 10 days. Photo from Instagram/@tamaskenderesi

Hungarian swimmer held in Korea over alleged sexual harassment

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Tamas Kenderesi, an Olympic bronze medallist, has been banned from leaving South Korea over an incident at a nightclub

HARASSMENT. Police have arrested Tamas Kenderesi. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

More bodies found as Hungary lifts sunken tourist boat from river

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Police remove 4 bodies from the Mermaid tourist boat. Another 4 people are still missing some two weeks after the tragedy, the worst such incident in Hungary in 75 years.

MERMAID RETRIEVAL. A picture taken on June 11, 2019 shows the giant floating crane on the Clark Adam ship lifting the sunken Mermaid sightseeing boat during the operations to pull it out of the Danube river in Budapest. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Hungary tourist boat death toll reaches 15

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Divers are unable to enter the sunken Mermaid due to the strong current in a river swollen after weeks of rain

HUNGARY BOAT SINKING. A rainbow can be seen over the Margit bridge as the search for the missing boat passengers continued on June 5, 2019 following a boat accident on the Danube river in Budapest. Photo by Ferenc Isza/AFP

At least 7 South Koreans dead, 21 missing as Budapest tourist boat sinks

May 30, 2019 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) A tourist sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Koreans and two Hungarian crew members sinks after colliding with a larger river cruise boat during torrential rain

A victim's body is covered by a black plastic at Danube River close to the National Theatre of Budapest on May 29, 2019. - A river boat used for tourism capsized in the Hungarian capital on May 29, 2019 with dozens of people on board, and a rescue effort was underway as 3 people died and 16 others missing. (Photo by GERGELY BESENYEI / AFP)

Google pulls news grant to Hungary propaganda outlet

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Google pulls its news grant to New Wave Media Group, described by an independent journalist group as 'one of the staunchest supporters of the corrupt regime led by the far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban'

GOOGLE. A picture taken on February 5, 2019 shows the Google logo displayed on a tablet in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

4 students to represent PH in International Biology Olympiad in Hungary

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The top winners of the Philippine Biology Olympiad 2019 held at the Ateneo de Manila University will complete against delegates from 70 countries at the 30th International Biology Olympiad in Szeged, Hungary, in July

IBO DELEGATES. (L-R) Country Coordinator of the Philippines to the IBO Ronald Cruz, Elizabeth Rae Peralta (Philippine Science High School-Ilocos Region Campus), Samuel Drury Wood (Regional Science High School III), Matthew Keizo Yuda (Manila Science High School), Jeremy Ace Ng (Saint Jude Catholic School), PBO 2019 Project Heads Julienne Pandan and Winnie Monge. Photo from Ateneo de Manila University

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The fresh controversy in Polish-Israeli ties comes after a row in 2018 over a Polish law that made it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi German crimes

AFTER WARSAW. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. AFP PHOTO / AP AND POOL / Dan Balilty

Pompeo pledges Slovakia support on latest stop to curb Russia, China

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Mike Pompeo, the first US secretary of state to visit Slovakia in 14 years, tells President Andrej Kiska as they meet: 'It's been too long since America has been deeply engaged here'

POMPEO VISIT. Slovak President Andrej Kiska and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo give statements on February 12,2019, at the al palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, during Pompeo's week-long tour across Central Europe. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Several crucial events will take place during Romania's first 6-month tenure in the presidency, including Brexit, EU parliamentary elections in which euroskeptics will vie for increased influence, and wrangling over the next budget

ROMANIA. Planes spread the colors of the national flag in the sky as they fly over the military parade on Romania's National Day in Bucharest, December 1, 2018. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

Soros-founded university says 'forced out of Budapest'

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Hungary's Central European University says it was 'forced' to move its most prestigious programs to Vienna after a long and bitter legal battle

SAFE. File photo of George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/AFP

EU parliament votes to stop Hungary's 'threat' to democracy

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:57 PM

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto wastes little time in slamming the vote as 'nothing less than the petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians'

THE HUNGARY VOTE. Member of European Parliament Judith Sargentini (C) votes on the situation in Hungary during a voting session at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

PH drops last 3x3 World Cup match vs Hungary

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine national women's basketball team ends up winless in its 3x3 debut

STRONG FINISH. Perlas Pilipinas ends their campaign in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Hungarians vote in keenly-watched poll

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has clashed with European Union institutions, is seeking a 3rd straight term

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) and his wife Aniko Levai(R) vote at a polling station located ina school in Budapest on April 8, 2018. Hungary votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday that will decide whether nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins an expected third consecutive term. / AFP PHOTO / Attila KISBENEDEK

U.S. swimmer Ledecky wins historic 12th worlds gold as records tumble

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Katie Ledecky proves she is peerless in the women s 1500m freestyle as she wins the final by a massive 19 07 seconds ahead of her nearest rival Mireia Belmonte

GOLD MEDALIST. US Katie Ledecky reacts after competing in the women's 1500m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 25, 2017. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Rise in populism risks worsening corruption – watchdog

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Transparency International: In countries with populist or autocratic leaders we often see democracies in decline and a disturbing pattern of attempts to crack down on civil society limit press freedom and weaken the independence of the judiciary

A woman holds a placard reading 'Justice not Corruption' during a protest against the corruption and the government in Bucharest January 22, 2017. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Hungary in mourning after horror bus crash

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Stunned mourners offer flowers candles and messages for the 16 people killed in the accident

Candles and flowers are placed at the Szinyei Merse Pal High-school in Budapest on January 21, 2017, to commemorate the victims of a bus accident in Italy. At least 16 people died when a coach bringing Hungarian teenagers home from a skiing trip crashed and burst into flames on a northern Italian motorway overnight, authorities said on January 21. Emergency workers said that the bus carrying 56 people returning from France, most of them teenagers aged 14-16, as well as several teachers and two drivers, ploughed into a bridge pillar. / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

Hungarian school coach crashes in Italy, 16 dead

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:24 PM

Emergency workers say the bus carried 56 people most of them teenagers returning from a skiing trip in France

CRASH. A handout photo provided by Italy's institutional agency for fire and rescue service Vigili del Fuoco on January 21, 2017 shows a firefighter extinguishing flames in the wreckage of a bus following a crash on the A4 motorway near the Verona East exit, northern Italy. Handout / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP

Putin to visit Hungary February 2 – Budapest

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:21 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban s chief of staff Janos Lazar tells reporters Orban and Putin will discuss current socio political and economic questions in an important but not exceptional meeting

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with his Moldovan counterpart following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky / AFP

Asahi says paying $7.7B for AB InBev's eastern European business

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The takeover – also the largest by a Japanese beer company – includes popular Czech beer Pilsner Urquell and other businesses in Hungary Poland Romania and Slovakia

In this photo illustration, bottles of Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republica are seen on December 13, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hungary offers Ukrainians free long-stay visas

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:50 PM

After the 3 hard years that Ukraine has gone through in the name of European values the EU has a moral obligation to grant visa free access to Ukraine Viktor Orban says after meeting Ukraine s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

HUNGARY'S ORBAN. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a press confrence with Ukrainian Prime Minister after therr meeting in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest on November 24, 2016. Photo by Ferenc Isza/ AFP

Samsung to build electric car battery plant in Hungary

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The company said it will invest 100 billion forints 325 million euros in the construction of the plant in the small town of God 25 kilometers 15 miles north of the capital Budapest

SAMSUNG EV BATTERIES. The Samsung logo is displayed on a screen at the Hammerstein Ballroom, August 2, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Migrants injured in mass brawl at Hungary refugee camp

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:26 PM

A group of around 20 asylum seekers triggers the violence when they exchanged blows before attacking each other using furniture

HUNGARY MIGRANTS. Migrants among their tents on the Serbian side of the Hungarian-Serbian border near Horgos, Serbia, July 16, 2016. Photo by Edvard Mohar/EPA

In EU first, Uber suspends Hungary service

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The suspension comes as Hungary prepares to enforce a law that allows authorities to block a provider of taxi services operating without a proper dispatch center

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows global ride-sharing app Uber's local boss, Zoltan Fekete, talking in front of boxes with 17,000 signed petitions for the Hungarian government, during a press conference in Budapest.  Troubled US ride-hailing service Uber announced on July 13, 2016 its first suspension in an EU country, saying it will halt operations in Hungary on July 24 because of new legislation making it "impossible" to operate. Fekete, the company's head in Hungary, told AFP on July 13, that the new legislation "punishes innovation, is disadvantageous to both competition and consumers, and provides no advantage to the state".  / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

Euro 2016: Ronaldo denied as Iceland, Hungary make history

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:29 PM

Iceland s defense frustrates Portugal s Cristiano Ronaldo while Hungary shocks well fancied Austria for its first win at a major international tournament in 30 years

DENIED. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts after the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016. Photo by MIGUEL A.LOPES/EPA

Hungary gives doctors pay raise to stop exodus

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:55 PM

The move aims to prevent health professionals from leaving for Western Europe where they can earn much higher salaries

Members, sympathizers, nurses and doctors march with a banner reading 'We want a fair salary here at home' on May 12, 2015 across Budapest during an anti-government demonstration to protest against the medical-care policy of the Hungarian government. Thousands of the health care workers left Hungary in last years, trustingly for a better life and working condition in Europe and in the States. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

PH team confident ahead of FIBA 3X3 U18 World Championship

May 31, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Excluding Spain each opponent in the Philippines’ pool is ranked higher by FIBA and with the team consisting of mostly wing players height disadvantage will be an issue

Migrant pressure returns to Hungary-Serbia border

Feb 22, 2016 - 6:42 PM

This month around 1 500 migrants have tried to cross into Hungary so far say police

epa05151245 Detained migrants who arrived via Serbia sit near the border village of Roszke, Hungary, 09 February 2016. A group of 24 migrants from Pakistan, India and Nepal were detained by police after they entered Hungarian territory damaging the border protecting fence. EPA/ZOLTAN GERGELY KELEMEN HUNGARY OUT

Olympics: Four cities open campaign to host 2024 Olympics

Feb 18, 2016 - 11:28 AM

Paris Rome Los Angeles and Budapest are vying to host the 2024 Olympics

CANDIDATE CITIES. (L-R) Paris' Eiffel Tower; Rome's Colosseum; the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles; and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest. Images courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Austria wants Hungary to take over refugee truck deaths probe

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:39 AM

The badly decomposing bodies of the 59 men eight women and four children were found on August 27 inside an abandoned refrigerator truck

Croatia, Serbia calm migrant border tensions after EU wades in

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Over the past week the two neighbors have been locked in their worst spat since the 1990s Yugoslavian conflict imposing tit for tat border restrictions over the human exodus seeking passage through the Balkans to northern Europe

SHARED BORDER. Refugees wait to enter Croatia at the Serbia-Croatia border town of Berkasovo, Serbia, September 25, 2015. Photo by Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia, Serbia trade insults as Hungary builds new migrant barrier

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Hungarian police says 10 046 migrants – a new daily record – arrived on September 23 from Croatia

'KEEP REFUGEES OUT.' Hungarian soldiers install razor wire fence at the border between Hungary and Slovenia near Tornyiszentmiklos, 245 km southwest of Budapest, Hungary, September 24, 2015. Photo by Gyorgy Varga/EPA

#PugadBaboy: Pityful punchline 2

Sep 24, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Hungary places ads in Lebanese press warning off migrants

Sep 21, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Lebanon hosts more than 1 1 million of the 4 million Syrians who have fled their homeland since 2011 some of whom are now heading to Europe as the continent faces its biggest migration crisis since World War II

A Syrian man looks at an advertisement published in Arabic in "L'Orient le jour" French language daily newspaper by Hungary's government to warn would-be migrants on September 21, 2015. Hungary's government has placed advertisements in at least three Lebanese newspapers warning that it would take "the strongest possible action" against those attempting to cross its borders illegally. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO

Despite heated rhetoric, Croatia and Hungary cooperate on migrants

Sep 20, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Authorities on both sides appear to have cast aside the rhetoric and exhibited high levels of cooperation and coordination

Slovenia border stand-off as Croatia buses migrants into Hungary

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Riot police use tear gas to stop several hundred migrants – some with children – pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border after a tense stand off of more than an hour