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

Szijjarto reacts to developments in Slovakia

The Hungarian government is following closely the “unusual” events in Slovakia’s domestic politics, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told MTI on Saturday. Szijjarto said that, according to press reports, efforts are being made to put the opposition leader behind bars, which “warrants closer attention than usual”. Slovakia’s national criminal agency NAKA has launched a procedure against Robert Fico, the former prime minister and current leader of … Continue reading Szijjarto reacts to developments in Slovakia

New parliament to meet on May 2

President Janos Ader has convened the inaugural session of Hungary’s new parliament for May 2, the president’s office said. Under Hungary’s constitution, the inaugural session of the new parliament must be held no later than 30 days after the parliamentary elections. The session will be opened by the president who will put forward a nomination for the country’s next prime minister, to be elected with … Continue reading New parliament to meet on May 2

Orban: Best result of all time scored

On Wednesday, prime minister Viktor Orban described the Sunday election result as the best of all time, stressing that the government parties continue to believe in the nation state, and envisage the future of Hungary within the EU and NATO. At an international press conference held at the Carmelite Monastery, the prime minister also told members of the press in connection with the war between … Continue reading Orban: Best result of all time scored

Orban wins big in Hungary

With 98,96% of the votes counted, the Fidesz-KDNP alliance won 54,01% with their national list as against 34,35% for the united opposition, while Mi Hazank secured 6.06% at the Hungarian parliamentary elections on Sunday. This means that Viktor Orban’s party has won its fourth two-thirds majority and will have 135 mandates in the parliament, the united opposition 56, Mi Hazank 7 and the German minority … Continue reading Orban wins big in Hungary