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Author: Alexandra Béni

Hungarian success at the world final of confectioners

According to origo.hu, Hungarian confectioner Dávid Domonkos finished in the sixth place at the world final of World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) competition in Thessaloniki. Dávid Domonkos took part in the final of the top ten with a small helper (commis), Dániel Kiss. The duo was the second best among the European participants. Dávid Domonkos said that they had to prepare a dessert plate and a cake, for which they had eight hours, but the dessert had to be served in the 5th hour and the cake in the 6th hour of the competition. “Our plate dessert was made from chocolate...

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Game of Thrones at Lake Balaton: must-see castles

Did you know that there was once a chatelaine who threw her husband off a tower? And that many of our border forts were never occupied by the enemy? Travelo.hu collected forts and castles around Lake Balaton, where Game of Thrones-like events happened and legendary loves were born. Can you think of any better programme at Lake Balaton in autumn than visiting historical castles (and tasting wine, enjoying the sauna)? Visiting the following fortresses and castles equals a history lesson. Castle of Csobánc – where the captain was a hell-raiser Walking to Csobánc is a great family programme, which...

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The all-time best concerts in Budapest

After the news about the Rihanna concert being disappointing at Sziget Festival and Red Hot Chili Peppers being incredible in the beginning of September, lobu.hu looked through the all-time best concerts of the past in Budapest. We added a few elements to the list, which is still subjective, but focuses on unforgettable moments rather than musical reviews. Queen and Freddie Mercury’s unforgettable “Tavaszi szél” One of the biggest ground-breakers was probably Queen, who visited Hungary in 1986 to give a fantastic concert in the then Népstadion (“People’s Stadium”). There was an audience of 80 thousand people at the concert,...

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When 3D animation meets opera – fantastic video

According to origo.hu, mezzo-soprano opera singer Mónika Kertész’s and video clip director Dezső Gyarmati’s fantastic video came to life from the marriage of classical music and digital solutions. The famous Dido’s Lament aria in the video is dramatized with 3D statues. Dido’s Lament aria is from Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas opera. This is performed by Mónika Kertész with the Accord Quartet. Her beautiful voice is complemented by a unique visual world designed by the senior of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Dezső Gyarmati. Mónika Kertész has sung as a soloist in Müpa, the Great Hall of...

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The peculiar Downtown Parish-Church which was built in 14 styles

Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes that Budapest’s oldest church, the Downtown Parish-Church, is now open to visitors again. The church reopened its gates for tourists and believers on the 27th of September, UN’s Touristic World Day after two years of reconstruction. Besides the history of 2000 years and the relics of the 1000-year-old Christianity, a unique architectural record can also held by the church, which is the curiosity that it was built in 14 different styles. The Assumption Parish-Church found at Március 15. Square was built on the walls of the Contra-Aquincum fortress. There’s nothing left of the Roman pre-church. Bishop Gellért was buried...

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Magical graphics about the most loveable side of Budapest – PHOTO GALLERY

Anikó Róth’s unique graphics present the loveliest side of our capital city: Budapest seems like a magical city from a fairy-tale on these drawings. And the best thing about Anikó’s creations is that she designs personal articles with them, like bags, phone cases, postcards and diaries. Make sure to check out these artworks if you’re looking for something personal, or just want to go on a magical ride 🙂 Besides Budapest, the artist is inspired by big cities and countries like England or France. She also designs graphics of mythical fairies and animals. Her detailed works somehow give off a...

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Referendum – Orbán expects ‘no’ votes to win referendum

Budapest, October 2 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán cast his vote in Hungary’s referendum on European Union migrant quotas on Sunday morning, and told reporters afterwards that it was crucial that ‘no’ votes should outnumber the ‘yes’ ones. Orbán said he expected that outcome, and added that a victory of ‘no’ votes would provide “sufficient legitimacy” to parliament and the government, even if the referendum turns out to be invalid. “A valid referendum is better than an invalid one, but there will be legislative consequences anyway, because we have pledged… to enact parliament’s exclusive authority to determine whom...

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Referendum – Results expected to arrive between 8pm and 10pm

Budapest (MTI) – The National Election Committee (NVI) expects the results of the referendum to come through from most polling stations between 8pm and 10pm on Sunday, revealing how many Hungarian voters participated in the vote, head of the NVI Ilona Pálffy said on Saturday. She said 8,272,625 citizens are registered, so 4,136,313 people must cast a valid vote for the referendum to be valid, adding that more than half of those casting valid votes must give the same answer to the question for the referendum to be successful. The number of voters with a Hungarian residence is 7,997,998,...

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Szijjártó sends letter to Council of Europe General Secretary over Muiznieks’ criticism

Budapest (MTI) – Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has sent a letter of protest to Thorbjorn Jagland, General Secretary of the Council of Europe, over criticism of Hungary’s migration policy by the Council’s human rights commissioner. In an article published in the online version of The New York Times on Wednesday, Muiznieks said that at the recent European Union summit in Bratislava, Hungary was among countries “most hostile to the European Union proposals on migration”. Muiznieks added that despite criticism of his policies, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had “shrugged off this criticism and pushed ahead with an agenda that can...

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Referendum – Demonstration held in front of Parliament

Budapest, October 1 (MTI) – A demonstration organisers named “See the human” was held by civil organisations “for a humane Hungary” in front of Parliament on Friday evening. Speakers at the event emphasised the importance of peace, solidarity and providing help to those in need, as well as condemning discrimination against refugees. Árpád Schilling, founder of independent theatre Krétakör, who organised the rally together with actor and director Róbert Alföldi, said many people in this country had been living amid fear and hate, even though they do not know those whom they fear and hate. Schilling said the question...

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A peek into the beauty of the Hungarian grammar vol.2 – PHOTO GALLERY

About half a year ago we published an article about the Daily magyar Facebook page, which posts witty and enjoyable learning cards, memes about the Hungarian language. These posts are the perfect forms of a quick Hungarian lesson, because you can learn about grammar, useful expressions, words and slang in a fun and easy way. As entertaining as we find these posts, they might be scary for a foreigner starting to learn our language. Nevertheless don’t be discouraged, check out these learning cards instead! “I started the page three years ago when I was studying for my state exam...

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The Airbnb of weddings created by two Hungarian women

Letting strangers come to your wedding, one of the most intimate days of your life, might seem weird at first. But in India, where weddings look like huge and expensive festivals, the opening up of your wedding to tourists, who are even willing to pay for it, seems much more logical. According to index.hu, this is what two Hungarian women realised when they started Join My Wedding, the Airbnb of the wedding industry. Most people love to go to weddings. Imagine a couple with a completely different cultural background from ours, whose wedding wouldn’t only be a party or a feast,...

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Bernd Storck announces his 23-man squad against Switzerland

Nemzetisport.hu writes that Bernd Storck, the coach of the Hungarian national football team, narrowed down his squad preparing for the World Championship qualification round against Switzerland to 23 players. Ádám Kovácsik, Gergely Nagy, Szilveszter Hangya, István Kovács and Dominik Nagy were left out of the previous squad so they won’t step onto the pitch against Switzerland, just like the injured Endre Botka and Dániel Böde. Hungarian national team squad against Switzerland: Goalkeepers: Dénes Dibusz (Ferencváros), Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig), Balázs Megyeri (Greuther Fürth) Defenders: Barnabás Bese (Le Havre), Attila Fiola (Videoton FC), Richárd Guzmics (Wisla Kraków), Tamás Kádár (Lech...

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Kósa: No way for Brussels to “dodge” referendum result

Budapest (MTI) – European Union decision makers will have no opportunity to “dodge” the outcome of Hungary’s upcoming migrant quota referendum, the parliamentary group leader of ruling Fidesz said on Friday. Addressing a board meeting of Fidesz’s youth arm Fidelitas, Lajos Kósa said he expected a high turnout at the polls on Sunday, but suggested that even if the referendum is invalid, “a vast majority of ‘no’ votes will ensure authorisation for the government to propose migration legislation”. Kósa insisted that the European Commission will not be in a position to ignore the referendum “even if its validity is...

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Trócsányi: Hungary referendum ‘alarm bell’ for EU

Rome (MTI) – Hungary’s upcoming quota referendum will sound as an “alarm bell” to the European Union, which suffers from a “lack of democracy”, Justice Minister Laszló Trócsányi said in an interview published online by Italian daily La Repubblica on Friday. In his interview, Trócsányi said that migration calls for a “broad, open and democratic” discussion involving the people of the EU, but “too many politicians are wary” of such debates, to the benefit of extremists. The minister called it unacceptable that on migration issues “external authorities” which “nobody elected” should pass decisions rather than the peoples of each...

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Budapest to host 2018 wrestling world championships

Budapest (MTI) – Budapest will host the 2018 Wrestling World Championships in line with a decision by the United World Wrestling (UWW), the head of the Hungarian association (MBSZ) said on Friday. Szilárd Németh said after a meeting of the MBSZ board that the Hungarian association received UWW leader Nenad Lalovic’s letter informing them of the success of Budapest’s application on Thursday evening. Budapest last time hosted the event in 2013. The 2018 WWC is expected to be held in the second half of October. Photo:...

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TEK briefs press on investigation concerning terrorists in Hungary in 2015

Budapest, September 30 (MTI) – Hungary’s counter-terrorism force TEK informed the press on their findings concerning terrorists who spent time in Hungary last year, including perpetrators of the Paris and Brussels attacks, on Friday. Senior TEK officials Csaba Majoros and Zsolt Bodnár said that altogether 14 terrorists had spent a few days each in Hungary last summer and autumn, but added that the Islamic State terrorist organisation had no network in the country. The terrorists arrived in groups of two or three, typically using the Balkans migrant route. The group included Abdelhamid Abaoud, organiser of the Paris attacks, Ayoub...

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Tarlós: Budapest rejects any responsibility over Metro 3 delay

Budapest, September 30 (MTI) – Budapest’s Municipal Council will no longer assume any responsibility for the delay in the third metro line’s upgrade, Mayor of Budapest István Tarlós said on Friday. Tarlós told a press conference that he will turn to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over the “problems in communication” and statements made by government office chief János Lázár on Thursday, of which he said “nothing was true”. Lázár said on Thursday that the Public Procurements Committee had halted a tender for procuring supplementary buses that would be in operation during the metro line upgrade, because the tender invitation...

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Lázár: Government prepares action plan to boost competitiveness

Budapest (MTI) – The government is preparing an action plan in the weeks ahead to boost the Hungarian economy’s competitiveness, the government office chief said on Thursday. A recent report by the World Economic Forum showed Hungary dropping six places on the global competitiveness rankings, standing at 69th in the world and 25th in the European Union. János Lázár told his weekly press conference that the causes of deteriorating competitiveness need to be identified. In comparison with other countries in the Visegrad group, Hungary is in a similar position to Slovakia, but the Czechs and especially the Poles are...

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Survey shows that Hungary’s competitiveness is awful

Napi.hu writes that Hungary achieved its all-time worst result on World Economic Forum’s competitiveness list. The weaknesses of Hungarian competitiveness lie in the system of institutions and innovative capability, but there are also problems with the infrastructural supply and the financial market. Hungary finished in the 69th place on World Economic Forum’s newest competitiveness list. This is the worst Hungarian result in the history of the survey, which also means that we fell back with 6 places compared to the 2015 list. Hungary’s competitiveness declined the most out of all East European countries. Hungary got 4,2 points which was enough for...

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