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Caravaggio to Canaletto Exhibition until 16 February

The Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition titled Caravaggio to Canaletto will present the leading styles,outstanding artist figures as well as the extraordinary wealth of genres, techniques and themesof 17th- and 18th-century Italian painting through more than 140 works by 100 masters, includingnine paintings – the highest number by a single artist included in the displayed material – by the period’s prominent painter genius, Caravaggio. The backbone of the selection is formed by the 34 principal works from the internationally highlyacclaimed Italian Baroque and Rococo collection of the museum’s Old Masters’ Gallery, which willbe complemented by 106 masterpieces arriving in...

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Travel between Budapest and Vienna – Video and tips

The video presents opportunities for traveling between the capitals of Austria and Hungary. In addition to the car journey can select the cruise and train. The cruise is slower, but we are going down on the Danuba river where you can see amazing landscape. The train is convenient and fast, the state railway company offers a large range. Watch this video and try one of these option:...

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Handball – Győri AUD ETO lost their first point

After not having lost a single point in the group phase, Györi AUD ETO lost their first point in their current Champions League campaign, as the reigning champions started the main round by drawing 23:23 at home against 2012 champions Buducnost, EHF reports. Györi AUDI ETO (HUN) vs. Buducnost (MNE) 23:23 (9:13) Györ were the only team who did not lose a single point in the group phase back in the autumn. When Group 2 of the main round started, though, the reigning Champions League winners lost their first point of the season through the 23:23 draw at home...

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Recent demonstrations against nuclear agreement

(MTI) – About 500 people protested an agreement between Hungary and Russia on the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant in Budapest yesterday. The demonstration, in front of the National Economy Ministry, was organised by Energiaklub, Greenpeace, the Air Workgroup, the Hungarian Nature Preservation Association, Paks Vobiscum? and Preservation Society. Several politicians from small opposition party LMP also participated. Laszlo Majtenyi, who heads the Eotvos Karoly Institute, said Hungary was in no way committed by the agreement on the upgrade because it had been sealed in secret and went against Hungary’s constitutional law. Ada Amon of Energiaklub said...

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Jobbik expects “chaos” with Hungarians voting abroad

(MTI) – The radical nationalist Jobbik party thinks that Hungary’s upcoming general election will lead to “scandalous” developments abroad, due to what the party considers an insufficient number of polling stations and an increasing number of Hungarians living in other countries. Jobbik lawmaker Gergely Farkas told a press conference on Saturday that there had not been enough polling stations abroad for the 2010 election, and while the number of Hungarians working abroad has “drastically increased”, the government has not provided additional polling facilities. As an example, Farkas said that in the whole United Kingdom, London was the only place...

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Hungarian drivers warned of icy roads

Budapest, February 1 (MTI) – Hungarian officials on Saturday warned of dangerous driving conditions in the south and west of the country, as well as in Serbia and Austria. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that snow had blocked many roads in Austria, mostly in the south, where several people died because of the extreme weather conditions. The ministry noted that snow was forecast to continue in the coming days. Serbia’s border police decided to close down crossing stations along the border with Hungary’s Bacs-Kiskun county from 2.15pm on Saturday. The ban applies to both passenger cars and...

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Potential Ukrainian Migration Wave To Hungary

(MTI) – An Hungarian operative staff was set up on Thursday under the aegis of the ministry of the interior to prepare government decisions concerning developments in Ukraine, the Interior Ministry told MTI. “Hungary is prepared to effectively handle a wave of migration following possible unfavourable developments in Ukraine,” the statement said. The new body, created under instructions from Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is to coordinate the operations of government agencies and other organisations, the statement said. Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi told commercial InfoRadio that Hungary should be prepared for any development in Ukraine, including the worst-case scenario. Martonyi said that...

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Which was the most supported Hungarian party in January?

Budapest, January 31 (MTI) – Support for political parties in Hungary in January, gauged by pollsters Ipsos, Tarki, Nezopont and Szazadveg on representative samples:                      Ipsos Tarki Nezopont Szazadveg   ----------------------------------------------------- Fidesz-KDNP 28 29 37 32 MSZP (Socialists) 16 14 10 13 Jobbik 6 8 10 10 E14-PM alliance* 3 4 7 4 LMP 2 1 3 3 Dem. Coalition** 3 3 4 3 AMONG DECIDED VOTERS Ipsos Tarki Nezopont Szazadveg ----------------------------------------------------- Fidesz-KDNP 48 49 46 52 MSZP (Socialists) 27 23 10 21 Jobbik 11 14 10 14 E14-PM alliance*...

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Duolingo app available for Hungarian learners

(MTI) – One of the world’s most popular apps for language learning, Duolingo, is now available in a Hungarian version. The free application available on the internet, iPhone or Android platforms uses a game format for language learning, the company said in a statement. The Hungarian version of Duolingo also includes a so-called incubator that allows users create new language courses and employs crowdsourcing to do...

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Activists occupied the reception area of the National Development Ministry

(MTI) – Police removed the ten activists of the opposition E-PM electoral alliance who occupied the reception area of the National Development Ministry on Friday morning in protest against the planned upgrade of Hungary’s Paks nuclear plant. The government signed on Jan. 14 a cooperation agreement with Moscow on building new blocks at the plant at Paks in central Hungary . The activist held up a banner reading “Enough secrets! We want a referendum on Paks!” and staged a sit-in in the reception hall. Rebeka Szabo, a lawmaker of the Dialogue for Hungary party (PM) who sits as an...

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US Senator John McCain on a one-day visit to Hungary

Budapest, January 31 (MTI) – US Senator John McCain had talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orban and opposition leaders in Budapest today, and discussed Hungary’s upcoming election and the issue of the monument planned to commemorate the victims of the German occupation, as well as the situation in Ukraine. McCain, on a one-day visit to Hungary heading a bipartisan delegation composed of two senators and six congressmen, told a news conference he had assured Orban and opposition politicians that the United States would remain a committed ally and friend of Hungary. He added that there were concerns over the...

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New Football Coach Rallies The Nation Behind The Hungarian Eleven

New national team coach Attila Pintér insists he has wiped the slate clean after Hungary’s disappointing FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as he looks to guide his charges to UEFA EURO 2016, UEFA reports. UEFA said, the 47-year-old manager hopes the country will get behind him, with the Magyars targeting their first UEFA European Championship finals since 1972. “I think we have Hungarian footballers who can help us achieve our dreams,” he said. “Everyone starts with a clean slate with me because Hungarian football needs every player behind us.” “I will not be successful alone,” he said. “Everyone has...

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Prime Minister’s Office: NSA spying scandal could influence Hungary-US relations

(MTI) – Until the issue of NSA spying is cleared up in Washington, Hungary-US relations could be impacted, the state secretary heading the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday. Janos Lazar told the press after a meeting of a parliamentary committee set up to investigate the Hungarian aspects of the scandal, that it was “obvious” the NSA had gathered information on Hungary. Regardless of who wins the parliamentary election in April, internal security will need to be significantly increased, especially the security of electronic information. Lazar said the incoming US ambassador will also be expected to appear before the committee. At...

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Britain’s Got Talent winner Attraction premieres in China

(MTI) – Hungarian shadow theatre company Attraction has been selected to perform in Chinese state television CCTV’s new year’s gala show, the company’s director told MTI’s Beijing correspondent on Thursday. Zoltan Szucs said their winning performance in London on Britain’s Got Talent last year became a world hit. The TV show during Chinese New Year is traditionally watched on by over a billion people. Szucs did not reveal the theme of their performance, but leaked reports suggest they will evoke the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the panda in their shadow forms. He added that feedback so far...

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Evobank: Iranian individuals, companies can open bank account in Hungary

(MTI) – Hungary’s Evobank is offering banking specifically tailored for Iranian citizens and companies from Feb. 12. The bank said in a statement that since September last year the bank, which is majority Hungarian-owned, will cater to 11,000 Iranians living in Hungary, 8,000 of them studying in higher education. The everyday financial affairs of Iranians have been hampered by the international sanctions on Iran. Last summer, the United States started talks on partially lifting sanctions, and implementation started on Jan. 20 this year. Amid the increasingly favourable climate surrounding Iran, the bank decided to offer its new service, Laszlo Kortvelyessy,...

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List of “Hungarikums” expanded

Budapest, January 30 (MTI) – What do lace from Halas, data-saving, ground paprika from Kalocsa and Kalocsa folk traditions, including writing, lace and brushwork have in common? Well, the answer is they are all new entries on the Hungarikum list, an inventory of “cultural, architectural, gastronomic, health, economic, technical or agricultural values which represent the achievement of the Hungarian nation in any part of the world,” rural development minister Sandor Fazekas said on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference held at the equestrian Kincsem Park in Tapioszentmarton, Fazekas said that the Hungarikum list was now complete with Halas lace,...

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Healthcare companies support professionals’ conference participation with more than HUF 2bn

Budapest, January 30 (MTI) – Drugmakers and other healthcare companies paid more than 2 billion forins (EUR 6.6m) to cover the cost of Hungarian professionals’ participation at conferences and other events last year, business daily Vilaggazdasag said today. The paper noted that healthcare industry companies have been required to declare the amount they spend on the costs incurred by professionals at such events since the second half of 2012. The companies are only allowed to pay costs connected to the events, such as transport, accommodation and participation fees. At present, Hungary is the only country in Europe with such...

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Visegrad Four prime ministers adopt statement on Ukraine

(MTI) – Prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries adopted a joint statement concerning the situation in Ukraine at a meeting held in Budapest on Wednesday evening. Signatories to the statement called on parties in Ukraine to stop “the cycle of violence” and said that further escalation of the crisis would jeopardise Ukraine’s future and lead to complete destabilisation in the country. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Poland’s Donald Tusk, Czech premier Bohuslav Sobotka and Robert Fico of Slovakia expressed deep concern over Ukraine’s “dramatic developments” and wrote in the statement that as Ukraine’s neighbours they were convinced that...

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Gyurcsany says Unity plans around 30pc tax on high incomes

Budapest, January 30 (MTI) – The left-wing opposition parties in the Unity alliance agree that monthly incomes above 400-500,000 forints (EUR 1,300-1,600) will be subject to a personal income tax of around 30 percent if they win the April election, DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsany said on Thursday. Gyurcsany told commercial station TV2 that introducing a second personal income tax bracket could generate around 100-150 billion forints in revenues which could be used to discontinue taxes that hinder investment and lending, plus there would be money left for social-welfare purposes. He noted that even Szazadveg, a think tank close to...

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England, Premiership: Watford target Hungarian footballer Dániel Tőzsér

Tőzsér is a 28-year-old defensive midfielder who currently plays for Italian side Genoa. Watford are trying to sign the Hungarian midfielder on loan, Watford Observer reports. Tőzsér is a 28-year-old defensive midfielder who played for Debrecen, Galatasaray, Ferencvaros, AEK athens and Genk. He currently plays for Italian side Genoa, and Tőzsér hasn’t made a single appearance for Genoa this campaign, after making 22 outings during his first season with the club. One of Genoa’s local newspapers, Il Secolo XIX, reported that the player has already agreed to join Watford on loan. In the 2013–14 season, Watford is in Premiership...

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