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  1. March 8, 2013

    Brussels warns Hungary on constitution

    Brussels has warned Hungary that proposed changes to the country’s constitution could violate the rule of law, in a sign of...

  2. March 5, 2013

    Hungary shows determination on constitution

    Just last week, Gabor Ivanyi, head pastor of the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship, an independent Methodist congregation in...

  1. March 5, 2013

    Orbán’s threat to democratic values

    Europe last year successfully pressed Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s firebrand prime minister, to back down on aspects of a new...

  2. March 4, 2013

    Hungary revisits controversial constitution plan

    Hungary’s government is being accused of renewed attempts to monopolise power as it tries to reinstate a raft of measures...

  3. November 30, 2012

    Concern at rise of Hungarian far right

    When one foreign businessman took his family to the annual fair in Pomaz, a prosperous dormitory town north of Budapest, in...

  4. November 27, 2012

    Hungarian MP calls for Jewish ‘threat’ list

    A call by a far-right Hungarian MP for a list to be drawn up of Jewish politicians and government members who pose a “threat...

  5. October 10, 2012

    Brussels to toughen rules for joining EU

    Brussels is to toughen the process for countries wishing to join the EU, after recent violations of the rule of law in some...

  6. July 16, 2012

    Hungary probes claims about former Nazi

    The Hungarian state prosecution office is investigating claims that a former Hungarian Nazi implicated in the murder of...

  7. July 15, 2012

    Romania illustrates limits of EU power

    Romania’s prime minister is expected to sign up to a series of constitutional reforms on Monday that European leaders hope...

  8. July 8, 2012

    Fears grow for democracy in Romania

    First it was Hungary. Now there are worrying signs that democracy and the rule of law may be going off the rails in another...

  9. June 1, 2012

    Doubts on the Danube

    Hungary: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism, by Paul Lendvai, C Hurst & Co, RRP£25, 288 pages Until recently it seemed...

  10. March 21, 2012

    Europe criticises Hungary’s media watchdog

    Hungary’s media watchdog lacks transparency, has excessive powers and is staffed on a political rather than a professional...

  11. March 18, 2012

    Right to fair trial at risk in Hungary, study finds

    New Hungarian laws threaten the independence of the judiciary and the right to a fair trial, according to an arm of Europe’s...

  12. March 8, 2012

    Hungary hit by ‘hotbed of corruption’

    Measures introduced by Viktor Orbán’s centre-right government since it took power nearly two years ago have “substantially...

  13. February 8, 2012

    Hungarian churches left in no-man’s land

    Gabor Ivanyi lives every day with the consequences of government persecution. In 1977, when the Hungarian communist...

  14. January 24, 2012

    Orbán reprimanded by EU over budget

    Hungary’s prime minister met European Union leaders on Tuesday in an attempt to defuse tensions and restart talks on an aid...

  15. January 19, 2012

    Brussels poised to step up action on Hungary

    The European parliament is considering a move to strip Hungary of some of its European Union rights, in what would be a...

  16. January 6, 2012

    Orban acts to head off more protests

    In June 1989, at a Budapest ceremony to mark the reburial of Hungarians executed after the country’s 1956 uprising against...

  17. January 5, 2012

    Hungary risks isolation over new constitution

    Inside Budapest’s neo-Renaissance opera house on Monday night, glasses clinked as guests of prime minister Viktor Orban...

  18. January 3, 2012

    Hungary dismisses concerns over new constitution

    Hungary’s government on Tuesday made a robust defence of a new constitution that critics both inside and outside the country...

  19. January 2, 2012

    Ex-dissidents attack Hungary’s constitution

    Tens of thousands of Hungarians rallied in Budapest on Monday night to protest against the country’s controversial new...

  20. December 1, 2011

    IMF to offer Budapest help but with conditions

    The International Monetary Fund is set to propose to Hungary a standby arrangement to ease its financial difficulties but...

  21. October 9, 2011

    Hungary’s new path is the hidden danger to Europe

    Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, triumphantly declared recently that the country was firmly on a different path to...

  22. September 12, 2011

    Vienna furious at Hungary plan for mortgage reprieve

    The Austrian government attacked a plan by Hungary to allow its citizens to wind up Swiss franc-denominated mortgages at a...

  23. August 4, 2011

    Orban warfare

    Barely had Hungary stepped out of the spotlight surrounding its European Union presidency in the first half of this year...

  24. August 3, 2011

    Hungary moves to charge former PMs

    Hungary’s government is trying to introduce legislation that would allow the state to charge three former prime ministers...

  25. June 6, 2011

    Romania sticks to 2015 euro target

    Traian Basescu, the Romanian president, said Romania was sticking to its target date of 2015 for joining the euro, despite...

  26. May 25, 2011

    Mol buy-back to cost €1.9bn

    Hungary is set to pay €1.9bn to buy back more than one-fifth of Mol, the oil and gas company, from Surgutneftegaz, the...

  27. April 17, 2011

    Hungary approves new constitution

    Hungary’s parliament has approved a new constitution that opponents claim has been rushed into law with little consultation...

  28. March 1, 2011

    Hungary promises action on public debt

    Hungary’s government promised to “attack” the country’s high public debt by cutting welfare benefits and other sensitive...

  29. February 16, 2011

    Hungary amends media law after EU criticism

    A weeks-long spat between Brussels and Budapest seemed to have been defused on Wednesday as the European Commission said it...

  30. February 7, 2011

    Orban drags Hungary through rapid change

    Trying to speak out: local Amnesty International activists protest in Budapest last month against a controversial media law...

  31. January 25, 2011

    Hungary sent an ultimatum over media law

    A new Hungarian media law that has sparked a furore in Brussels appears to violate free expression principles in the...

  32. January 19, 2011

    European MPs rap Orban for media law

    A group of MEPs greet Viktor Orban with tape across their mouths and signs that read “censored” Hungary’s prime minister,...

  33. January 17, 2011

    Hungary media law falls foul of Brussels

    Hungary is set to face demands from the European Commission to revise its controversial media law after Brussels said a...

  34. January 7, 2011

    East and west have ‘divergent’ EU interests

    This was supposed to be the year that the once-communist countries of central Europe showed they were equal to their...

  35. January 6, 2011

    Hungary dances with danger

    Hungary’s presidency of the European Union has got off to a wobbly start. Instead of smoothly introducing the EU’s agenda...

  36. January 6, 2011

    Hungary dances with danger

    Hungary’s presidency of the European Union has got off to a wobbly start. Instead of smoothly introducing the EU’s agenda...

  37. January 6, 2011

    Hungary’s critics are too quick to judge

    Hungary assumed on Thursday the presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2011, at a difficult time for the...

  38. January 4, 2011

    Hungary stands firm on media law

    Hungary is unwilling to revise a media law that has triggered a storm of criticism as it assumes the rotating presidency of...

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