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Left-wing alliance: Mesterhazy the prime minister candidate

Budapest, January 8 (MTI) – The Socialist party will give the prime minister candidate for the alliance with E-PM under an agreement sealed on Wednesday, Gordon Bajnai, leader of the electoral alliance E-PM, told a press conference. The candidate is likely to be Socialist leader Attila Mesterhazy, who had been put forward as a candidate earlier, Bajnai said, adding that E-PM would accept Mesterhazy as a candidate. A [Socialist party] congress is needed to confirm the candidacy, Mesterhazy told the joint press conference. The main opposition Socialists and the E-PM electoral alliance agreed on Wednesday to put forward a...

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Number of women in employment exceeds 1.8 million

As Ministerial Commissioner Piroska Szalai said, who is responsible for improving the labour prospects of women, it is an outstanding achievement that the number of women in employment has been steadily above 1.8 million for the fourth consecutive month which constitutes an employment rate of 53 percent. In November, of women aged 15-64 years, 1 825 thousand had a job, the best monthly figure ever recorded by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH). In comparison to the corresponding period of the last year when the previous government was in office, 98 thousand more women are in employment and the...

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Election 2014: Socialists to name PM candidate for alliance

Budapest, January 8 (MTI) – The Socialist party will give the prime minister candidate for the alliance with E-PM under an agreement sealed on Wednesday, Gordon Bajnai, leader of the electoral alliance E-PM, told a press conference. The candidate is likely to be Socialist leader Attila Mesterhazy, who had been put forward as a candidate earlier, Bajnai said, adding that E-PM would accept Mesterhazy as a candidate. A [Socialist party] congress is needed to confirm the candidacy, Mesterhazy told the joint press conference. The main opposition Socialists and the E-PM electoral alliance agreed on Wednesday to put forward a...

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Eurovision 2014: A compilation of the Hungarian songs – Watch here!

By 07 January all of the songs have been revealed via video and music sharing sites YouTube and SoundCloud  and dates of A Dal 2014 are also known, escdaily.com reports. The Hungarian national song selection A Dal is in its third year on Hungarian national broadcaster M1 which is ready to determine who will represent the Central-European country in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dates: First heat: 25 January 2014 Second heat: 01 February 2014 Third heat: 08 February 2014 First semi-final: 15 February 2014 Second semi-final: 16 February 2014 Final: 22 February 2014 Read more HERE. Related article: https://dailynewshungary.com/eurovision-get-to-know-the-participants-of-a-dal/ Photo:...

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Interior Minister: Time to declassify parts of ex-PM Gyurcsany “lies speech” report

Budapest, January 8 (MTI) – It’s time to declassify a report by secret services in connection with the leaking of the speech of ex-premier Ferenc Gyurcsany, Interior Minister Sandor Pinter told commercial news channel HirTV on Tuesday evening. Gyurcsany’s infamous speech to a closed event of the Socialist party in Balatonoszod, in which he admitted to lying about the state of the economy to win the election, was first broadcast on Hungarian Radio in September 2006. It included the remarks: “we did nothing for four years … we lied morning, night and evening. I don’t want to do it...

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Upturn in Hungarian-Azeri ties

Budapest, January 8 (MTI) – Hungarian exports to Azerbaijan have grown at a clip, expanding by 29 percent in the past year, the government’s trade chief told MTI today. Peter Szijjarto noted that the next meeting of the Hungarian-Azeri mixed economic committee would be held at the end of January. Szijjarto has been the co-chairman of the committee since July 2012. “An important element of the government’s strategy of opening up to the East is further stimulating economic ties with the Caucasus region,” he said. “The next meeting of the mixed economic committee taking place on Jan. 27-28 in...

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Parliamentary Speaker Kover says Hungary will never be disloyal to Szeklers

(MTI) – Hungary will no longer be disloyal to Szeklers and will never again turn against the nation, Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover said on Tuesday at the 250th anniversary of the massacre of Madefalva (now Siculeni in Romania). Kover told a memorial event held at the site of a mass murder committed against Szeklers by the Habsburg army in 1764 that the memory of Szekler refugees who fled after the massacre “obliges us not to trust our affairs to disloyal leaders ever again.” It must not be allowed that “others decide about us, but without us, in Bucharest, Budapest...

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International Circus Festival in Budapest from January 9 to 13

(MTI) – Artists and productions from around the world will be in the arena at the 10th jubilee International Circus Festival in Budapest from January 9 to 13, the director of the company organising the event told a press conference on Tuesday. The festival, one of the circus world’s most prestigious events, will present 30 acts from 20 countries in four continents, said Zsigmond Kriza of the Hungarian circus company MACIVA. The public can see The Flying Havanas trapeze production from Cuba, the Casselly group’s acrobatic elephant and horse show from Germany, Quingdao foot juggling troupe from China, the...

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Handball – Women’s Player of the Year 2013: Gyori ETO star Heidi Loke

The World’s Best Player 2013 is Norwegian star Heidi Loke, Anita Gorbicz took the second position. Heidi has got the highest number of points by the 12 members of Jury (handball journalists). The fans as 13th member of Jury also gave the highest number of votes to Loke in competition with Dragana Cvijic and Begona Fernandez for the line-player position – 6.130! Loke won 27 points in total. The second best handball player in 2013 is Loke’s team-mate– Hungarian star Anita Gorbicz with 23 points. The World’s Best Female Player 2012 was Zsuzsanna Tomori, Hungarian left-back player. WORLD’S BEST FEMALE...

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Raiffeisen says it has received offer for Hungarian unit

Budapest, January 7 (MTI) – Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International has received an offer to buy its Hungarian unit and is studying it, Ingrid Krenn-Ditz, the bank’s spokeswoman, told MTI today. Ingrid Krenn-Ditz declined to comment on whether a report by business daily Napi Gazdasag that Raiffeisen’s board would decide on Tuesday on an offer for its Hungarian unit was accurate. She confirmed that Raiffeisen had received offers to buy its units in Ukraine and Hungary. But she declined to reveal the interested parties. “We are studying the offers. I cannot say any more on the matter,” she said. Magyar...

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Hungarians fearful of foreign workers – Survey

Budapest, January 7 (MTI) – Hungarians notice the consequences of foreign employees arriving in the country less than their peers in southern and western Europe but still have a negative attitude to inflows of foreign workers, HR consulting firm Randstad said today, citing the company’s recent Workmonitor 2013 survey. There were twice as many Hungarians who thought the working environment had changed negatively due to foreign employees than those who reported a positive change. Only a third of Hungarians said that working together with foreign employees added value to their jobs. “The international survey shows that foreign workers are...

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Hungarian embassy reopens in Santiago de Chile

Budapest, January 7 (MTI) – Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi paid an official visit to Chile between January 5 and 7 and reopened the Hungarian embassy in Santiago de Chile, the ministry said early on Tuesday. Martonyi also held talks with Chilean counterpart Alfredo Moreno Charme and expressed thanks for keeping the Chilean embassy in Budapest open despite the closing of the Hungarian embassy in Chile in 2009, a statement by the ministry said. Martonyi told Moreno that Hungary was paying increased attention to the Latin American region as part of its global opening and plans to strengthen cooperation with...

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Christian Democrats and Christian Youth Association demand release of Belarusian political prisoners at embassy

Budapest, January 6 (MTI) – The governing allied Christian Democrats (KDNP) and its youth arm IKSZ have urged the release of political prisoners in Belarus. Speaking ahead of Orthodox Christmas, Bence Retvari, the deputy leader of KDNP, called Belarus the “last European dictatorship”. “There is a regime in place there at the border of the European Union under which neither press freedom, nor free speech is guaranteed, just as a transparent election is not guaranteed either,” he said at a press conference in front of the Belarusian Embassy in Budapest on Monday. Retvari noted that just before the last...

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Hungarian youth passive?

Budapest, January 6 (MTI) – Two fifths of Hungarian youth aged 15-29 are disinclined to leave their family home in the near future, a survey by market research company Kutatopont showed. According to the survey, conducted with a representative sample of 8,000 from September to November 2012, 15-19 year-olds planned a family between the ages of 21 and 27. Those ten years older said they planned one between the ages of 26 and 31. A first child was planned at the age of around 28-29 on average. The survey mirrored the international trend of putting off having a family. Just 23...

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Murder, rape, robbery: Three “Ároktő gang” members receive life-sentence in non-final ruling

Budapest, January 6 (MTI) – The Metropolitan Court handed three life-sentences in a non-final ruling to members of the “Ároktő gang” today. The six-member gang based in Arokto, in east Hungary, committed a dozen wanton attacks against elderly people in Budapest suburbs and in rural areas in 2008 and 2009. Two of the victims died from their injuries and the charge of attempted murder was established in connection with several of the attacks. The prosecutor asked for five real life-sentences. The court ruled that two of the gang members can never be released but the third may be eligible...

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New left-wing alliance agreement?

Budapest, January 6 (MTI) – An agreement between the main opposition Socialists and the E-PM electoral alliance needs to be rewritten since E-PM plans to run at the spring general election as a political party and not as an alliance, Socialist leader Attila Mesterhazy said today. Mesterhazy told public Kossuth Radio that the aim is always have a single left-wing candidate against the contender of the ruling Fidesz party in every constituency. He added that it is time to assess the current situation also because the president is expected to soon announce the official date of the election and...

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Budapest mayor lifts smog alert

Budapest, January 6 (MTI) – Budapest Mayor István Tarlós on Monday lifted a smog alert in the capital after weather conditions had improved, the mayor’s office said. The concentration of small dust particles in Budapest’s air fell below the threshold value at all recording stations on Sunday, the statement added. Tarlos expressed thanks to all Budapest residents who reacted to the alert by reducing the use of solid fuel and oil heaters and opting for public transport instead of car use. The national environmental health institute said that air quality had improved throughout Hungary on Monday. Photo:...

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Ecumenical service held in memory of Thomas Becket in Esztergom

Budapest, January 5 (MTI) – An ecumenical service in memory of Saint Thomas of Canterbury was held at the hillside chapel that bears his name in the Hungarian city of Esztergom on Sunday. The service was followed by a conference on Christian values and European identity. UNESCO ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog, British ambassador to Hungary Jonathan Knott, Rudnay Sandor Foundation head Laszlo Kiss-Rigo and Szeged University rector Gabor Szabo spoke at the meeting. Balog said Europe was going through an identity crisis. Tolerance, devoid of any moral base, has been made the focus, he said....

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Govt expected to initiate another national consultation

(MTI) – The government is expected to find out where Hungarians stand on issues in another national consultation, perhaps even before general election in the spring, daily Nepszabadsag said on yesterday. The government has sought Hungarians’ opinions on matters of national importance in surveys mailed to homes earlier, too. The issues the latest national consultation will focus on have not yet been decided. But the paper learnt the government wants to target mothers with young children and families preparing to have children. The Prime Minister’s Office told the paper a detailed announcement on the matter would be made next...

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