Szijjarto supports Western Balkan’s and Georgia’s EU integration

“Brussels and every capital in western Europe should understand that soon it will be difficult to talk about security in Europe without integrating the Western Balkans into the European Union,” Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Friday. “We in the neighbourhood of the Western Balkans are fully aware how important stability in that region is, and it would be good … Continue reading Szijjarto supports Western Balkan’s and Georgia’s EU integration

Orban celebrates victory in Brussels

We have defended the reduction of household energy bills, we managed to fight back the European Commission’s proposal that sought to ban the use of oil coming from Russia in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated on Monday night in Brussels, after the first day of the summit of the European Union. “We have enough problems as it is, even without this. Energy prices are … Continue reading Orban celebrates victory in Brussels

Here are the first measures of the new government

Hungary needs a feisty, responsible government that unites the country while showing the necessary strength, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Parliament on Tuesday. Speaking ahead of the oath-taking ceremony of his fifth government, Orban said the new cabinet’s tasks are outlined by “dangers and especially the war”. The government will have to preserve and strengthen the physical, material and cultural security of Hungary and … Continue reading Here are the first measures of the new government

Orban: Hungary stands for peace

“We stand for peace,” Viktor Orban said in his inaugural speech after being re-elected by lawmakers as prime minister, adding that “war destroys” while “peace builds”. “So we want an immediate ceasefire and peace talks,” he said. This is a position that he would adhere to, he added.The prime minister pledged to work to ensure that “even in difficult circumstances” Hungary would move forward and … Continue reading Orban: Hungary stands for peace

President Novak takes office

Katalin Novak on Tuesday took over the presidency of the republic from Janos Ader. Ader greeted Novak at the entrance of Sandor Palace in the Castle District and showed her round the presidential offices and residency before making an appearance with her on the presidential building’s balcony. Parliament elected Novak president on March 10, and she will be the sixth president since the 1989/90 change … Continue reading President Novak takes office

Azbej: Hungary against sanctioning Patriarch Kirill

Hungary rejects sanctions against religious leaders, the state secretary for aiding persecuted Christians told public television on Sunday, commenting on the European Union’s plan to sanction Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Tristan Azbej, who also heads the Hungary Helps aid programme, said that whereas Hungary condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine and supported various sanctions, Hungary supported brokering peace and “sees counterproductive, nonsensical … Continue reading Azbej: Hungary against sanctioning Patriarch Kirill

Orban compares oil embargo proposal to atomic bomb

Prime minister on Kossuth Radio’s Friday morning programme, Viktor Orban described the EU oil embargo intended to be introduced against Russia as unacceptable, stating that it amounts to an atomic bomb dropped on the Hungarian economy. The prime minister stressed that earlier the leaders of EU Member States had agreed that only such measures could be adopted that duly took account of the different energy … Continue reading Orban compares oil embargo proposal to atomic bomb

Hungary rejects the oil embargo

Hungary cannot responsibly support the European Commission’s latest package of sanctions against Russia in its current form, the foreign minister has said, arguing that the sanctions would destroy Hungary’s energy security. Speaking from Uzbekistan, Peter Szijjarto said the latest sanctions package would “involve a ban on crude oil shipments from Russia to Europe with a rather short notice, which in Hungary’s case would apply from … Continue reading Hungary rejects the oil embargo

Lawmakers take oaths at start of new parliamentary cycle

Hungary’s lawmakers took their oaths on Monday at the start of the new parliamentary cycle. The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance has 135 seats in the 199-seat parliament, the Democratic Coalition has 15 seats, while Jobbik, Momentum and the Socialists have 10 each. The radical Mi Hazank (Our Homeland) party, which passed the parliamentary threshold for the first time in 2022, garnered six mandates, as did … Continue reading Lawmakers take oaths at start of new parliamentary cycle

Orban to form new government

President Janos Ader has asked Viktor Orban, the incumbent prime minister and leader of the election-winning Fidesz party, to set up Hungary’s next government. Orban was nominated for the post by the Fidesz-Christian Democrat party alliance. Ader confirmed that Orban had accepted his request and added he would make a formal proposal to parliament on Monday. Ader said the recent election was “the first of … Continue reading Orban to form new government