Marton Dunai

Festival-goers in Budapest cool off in the Danube

09 Aug 2018

BUDAPEST At Hungary's Sziget Festival, the Danube river is providing revellers with some welcome respite from the searing temperatures that have hit much of Europe.

Hungary's OTP buys out SocGen in Bulgaria, Albania, more deals expected

02 Aug 2018

BUDAPEST Hungary's OTP Bank is buying Societe Generale's Bulgarian and Albanian businesses and analysts expect it to purchase the remaining Balkan units the French bank has put up for sale.

Soros university says it plans stay in Hungary

26 Jun 2018

BUDAPEST Hungary's Central European University, founded by U.S. financier George Soros, said on Tuesday it would recruit students as normal for the 2019-2020 academic year, and demanded the Hungarian government recognize it complied with Hungarian law.

Anti-immigrant eastern EU states defiant as they boycott summit

21 Jun 2018

BUDAPEST The anti-immigrant leaders of four central European states said on Thursday they would boycott an EU mini-summit on migration, taking a veiled swipe at Germany's Angela Merkel by accusing countries of pushing the issue for domestic political reasons.

Hungary approves 'STOP Soros' law, defying EU, rights groups

21 Jun 2018

BUDAPEST Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups.

European rights bodies rap Hungary's 'Stop Soros' bill, Budapest defiant

19 Jun 2018

BUDAPEST Two leading European rights bodies have told Hungary that its "Stop Soros" bill criminalising help to illegal immigrants is "arbitrary" and vague, unduly threatens non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and violates European law.

Booming economy, anti-migrant stance help Orban tighten grip in Hungary

23 May 2018

BUDAPEST Doctor Rozalia Gorbe is not a fan of Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban but she understands why voters have turned in large numbers to his right-wing, anti-immigrant Fidesz party even in the multicultural district of Budapest where she works.

Hardliners in Hungary's Jobbik demand return to far-right roots

22 May 2018

BUDAPEST Hardliners in Hungary's main right-wing main opposition party demanded on Tuesday that it return to its far-right roots, once notorious for racism and hostility to the European Union, or face an internal split.

George Soros foundation's office to pull out of Hungary

15 May 2018

BUDAPEST George Soros' foundation said on Tuesday it would close its office in Budapest and move to Berlin, leaving what it called "an increasingly repressive political and legal environment" in Hungary. | Video

Emboldened by election victory, Hungary govt to tighten NGO bill

14 May 2018

BUDAPEST Hungary will tighten a bill that aims to closely regulate non-governmental organisations (NGOs) following the ruling party's big election victory last month, a minister said on Monday, in a move likely to dismay the European Union and rights groups.

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