Hungary supports Slovenia’s EU presidency

The European Union will have to address a number of serious issues over the next six months, but it is fortunate that the European Council will be headed by Slovenia during this period, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after a summit of the Visegrad Group countries and Slovenia in Ljubljana on Friday. Addressing a news conference, Orban identified the relaunch of the economy as the … Continue reading Hungary supports Slovenia’s EU presidency

Pope to attend closing of eucharistic congress

Pope Francis announced plans to concelebrate the closing mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest on September 12. The pope said that he would pay a pastoral visit to Slovakia between September 12 and 15. The Hungarian Catholic community is looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit “with great joy and love”, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, said in … Continue reading Pope to attend closing of eucharistic congress

Fidesz joins right-wing declaration on the future of Europe

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister and the president of the ruling Fidesz party signed the joint declaration on the future of the EU. “A few months ago, the president of France launched a pan-European debate on the future of the European Union. Today, following long weeks, even months of preparatory work, the President of Poland’s largest governing party, President Kaczyński signed a declaration and called … Continue reading Fidesz joins right-wing declaration on the future of Europe

Hungarian V4 presidency start

The Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Group will promote the member countries’ efforts to become winners of global economic changes, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Katowice on Wednesday. Orban told a press conference marking the end of the Polish presidency of the V4 that the Hungarian presidency, to start on July 1, will help the Visegrad Group members (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) restart … Continue reading Hungarian V4 presidency start

Conference on anti-Semitism in Budapest

Hungarian governance is rooted in Judeo-Christian values, a government official told a conference on anti-Semitism in Budapest, organised by the Danube Institute. Tristan Azbej, the state secretary responsible for aiding persecuted Christians, addressed the conference Anti-Semitism: Appearance and Reality, held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Yacov-David Hadas Handelsman, Israel’s ambassador to Budapest, noted Hungary has the largest Jewish community in central Europe, “and its … Continue reading Conference on anti-Semitism in Budapest

Orban: Unity in diversity

“If we want to keep the European Union together, liberals must respect the rights of non-liberals,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban writes in his 11th “Samisdat”. Here is the full text of the article, which was published on his website. At the last European Council meeting, the rainbow-flagged prime ministers paraded in a phalanx. They wanted to clarify matters: Does the unity of values still … Continue reading Orban: Unity in diversity

„EU hostage to ideological debates”

The European Union has become hostage to ideological debates, Hungary’s justice minister said. Judit Varga said on Facebook in an English-language post that on the agenda of a General Affairs Council meeting, “the last point is once again Europe’s sick, tired political stick, aka the Article 7 procedure”. “The series of blackmailing with the rule of law could not be more relevant now, at the … Continue reading „EU hostage to ideological debates”

Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

The procedure launched against Hungary under Article 7 of the EU Treaty has nothing to do with facts; it is rather meant to be applied as a means of political blackmail, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto said in a meeting of his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg. Szijjarto spoke before the hearings the EU General Affairs Council is set to hold on Tuesday, as part of … Continue reading Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

Govt rejects criticism of anti-paedophilia bill

This week, Hungary’s parliament passed a new law which will create a register of paedophile offenders while preventing them from working in contexts involving children, About Hungary reported. Politicians of the ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance and of opposition party Jobbik voted for the bill, while most of the opposition parties boycotted the vote. An electronic searchable database will contain names in the register for parents and … Continue reading Govt rejects criticism of anti-paedophilia bill

Pope Francis to meet Orban and Ader

It is foreseen that the Holy Father will be in Hungary this coming 12th September for the celebration of the closing Eucharist of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference wrote in a statement on Wednesday. “Before the Holy Mass, he is planned to meet in a reserved place with the heads of the Hungarian Government, Janos Ader President of the Republic, … Continue reading Pope Francis to meet Orban and Ader