Budapest (Hungarian: [ˈbudɒpɛʃt]; names in other languages) is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre, sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. According to the census, in 2011 Budapest had 1.74 million inhabitants, down from its 1989 peak of 2.1 million due to suburbanisation. The Budapest Metropolitan Area is home to 3.3 million people. The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi). Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank on 17 November 1873.

The history of Budapest began with Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement that became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia.Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241–42. The re-established town became one of the centres of Renaissance humanist culture by the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became a global city after its unification in 1873. It also became the second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Republic of Councils in 1919, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.

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Hungary tries to unlock funds frozen amid EU disciplinary process

The Observer 08 Aug 2022
The Hungarian government has been given a 22 August deadline to respond to a lengthy letter from the commission warning of “remedial measures”, if Budapest fails to address longstanding concerns about the rule of law ... The total plan could be worth €15bn, if Budapest opts to take up cheap loans on offer....

What Viktor Orb�n's CPAC appearance tells us about Trump, GOP

Yahoo Daily News 04 Aug 2022
Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth ... Along with Poland, Hungary has long clashed with the E.U., which has given Budapest a matter of weeks to address concerns over the country’s rule of law breaches and restrictive anti-LGBT rules before it moves to suspend 21 billion euros ($21.4 billion) in funding....

Facing Economic Crisis and a Steep Decline in Polls, Orban Imports US ‘Racial Politics’

Balkan Insight 01 Aug 2022
Protesters instantly blocked bridges in Budapest for consecutive days, while one of the first polls conducted after the day of reckoning ... In 2017, rhetorical attacks on George Soros quickly turned into law, forcing the Soros-founded Central European University to leave Budapest....

Foreign Minister Praises ‘Stable’ Relations between Hungary-China, Underpinned by Good Cultural Cooperation

Hungary Today 26 Jul 2022
The minister expressed gratitude to Queenie Rosita Law and her ... P�ter Szijj�rt�, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (left) and Queenie Rosita Law, businesswoman and founder of the Q Contemporary Art Museum (rigth) at the official opening ceremony in Budapest, July 25, 2022....

Flying the flag: Thousands march in defiant Hungary pride

The Manila Times 24 Jul 2022
Budapest, Hungary. Thousands of Hungarians marched in Budapest on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to defend LGBTQ rights, a year after the passage of a law widely described as discriminatory ... The controversial law, originally aimed at fighting sexual crimes against children, caused an uproar in Europe last year....

Hungary eyes 'better cooperation' with EU in funds row: minister

Urdu Point 22 Jul 2022
Brussels has so far refused to approve post-Covid recovery funds for Budapest, citing concerns over rule of law and alleged corruption, making Hungary the only EU member not yet to have received the green light ... Thousands took to the streets last week to protest against a change in the tax law which the government says is needed for its budget....

Russia’s FM reveals who wins from lack of ‘bright leaders’ in Europe

Russia Today 20 Jul 2022
To illustrate the point about the conflicts within the EU, Lavrov mentioned the ongoing spat between Budapest and Brussels over Hungary’s law that bans content which “promotes” or portrays “sex change or homosexuality” to minors....

Hungarian lawmakers propose curbing power of EU Parliament

Wtop 19 Jul 2022
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers in Hungary passed a resolution Tuesday that calls for curbing the power of the European Union’s parliament, arguing that it has steered democracy in Europe into a “dead end.” ... The government in Budapest in recent weeks has taken a more ......

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