Hungarian FM accuses West of ‘enormous hypocrisy’ over Russia

Hungarian Foreign minister tells US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that his criticism of Hungary’s diplomacy when it comes to Russia is misguided, accusing the West of ‘enormous hypocrisy’. SOUNDBITE

Pompeo meets Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto in Budapest

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on a diplomatic visit to Budapest. IMAGES of the men shaking hands and the top of the meeting

Hungary protesters march against labour reform

Around 6,000 people demonstrate against nationalist-conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the latest wave of Hungarian protests targeting a labour reform branded a “slave law” by the opposition.

Diving through the abyss of Budapests’ hidden caves

For Laora Tuominen, the ultimate diving experience is not found off the Mediterranean coast or in a Caribbean lagoon, but hidden underneath the depths of the noisy city of Budapest. While the baths of the Hungarian capital are known throughout the world, only few venture into the labyrinth of caves that form Budapest’s thermal underworld. The never ending twists and turns of the city’s intestines have attracted thrill-seekers since the opening of an underground diving centre in 2015.

Istvan Petnehazy changed his nationality four times since WW1

Istvan Petnehazy, 86, was born and has lived his life in the same house in the same village (Mezokaszony in Hungarian, Kosino in Ukrainian), less than a kilometre into Ukraine from the Hungarian border. Although born in 1932, over a decade after the end of World War 1, he keeps mementos of the Austro-Hungarian Empire era including military photographs of his grandmother’s brothers who as teenage schoolboys were conscripted into the imperial army. Since the end of World War 1 and the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Kosino changed countries – and Petnehazy his nationality – four times: Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Soviet Union, and finally Ukraine.

Erdogan arrives in Hungary for state visit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a two-day state visit to Hungary where is greeted by Hungarian President Janos Ader at the presidential palace. During his visit Erdogan will meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest. The Hungarian leader was one of the first to congratulate Erdogan on his re-election in July and one of the few European officials to attend the inauguration ceremony in Ankara. IMAGES

Rather than rehearsing lines, ‘Puzzle’ director had cast and crew take a cooking class

(31 Jul 2018) Rather than rehearsing lines before shooting indie film ‘Puzzle,’ director Marc Turtletaub had his cast and crew take a Hungarian cooking class. (July 31)

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EU values in question as an anti-migrant wind blows

Angela Merkel and Viktor Orban hold talks, days after the German chancellor made key border policy concessions to hardliners who have embraced the Hungarian leader’s anti-migrant stance.

Macron and Orban hold bilateral talks in Sofia

French President Emmanuel Macron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hold bilateral talks in Sofia as European Union leaders meet their Balkan counterparts to hold out the promise of closer links to counter Russian influence, while steering clear of openly offering them membership. IMAGES