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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FX Empire 27 Jun 2022
As long as there is no EU deal, this will not change,” said Peter Virovacz at ING in Budapest ... Last Thursday, Balazs Orban, political director for the prime minister, told Reuters that Budapest would welcome detailed recommendations from the EU Commission on exactly what it must change in its laws to get the EU funds flowing....

Analysis: Hungary's sliding forint pressures PM Orban to reach deal on EU funds

Reuters 27 Jun 2022
Last Thursday, Balazs Orban, political director for the prime minister, told Reuters that Budapest would welcome detailed recommendations from the EU Commission on exactly what it must change in its laws to get the EU funds flowing ... "These may occur in response to negative developments in the rule of law spat."....

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Hungary Today 27 Jun 2022
It was stressed that Wizz Air will compensate passengers for the inconveniences caused by the cancellation and that passengers can also claim a compensation amount set by law ... Wizz Air Flight Turns Back From Runway in Budapest. Passengers were asked to leave the flight, and facility operator Budapest Airport.Continue reading....

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It is yet to be seen whether Poland could become permanently “detached” from Hungary in the EU’s rule-of-law debates, but it is still unlikely that Warsaw would vote against Budapest should the Article 7 procedure, a punishment that seeks to suspend certain rights from a member state, reach its final stage....

Hungary’s Media on Alert Over State of Emergency

Voa News 24 Jun 2022
Under the state of emergency, Orban and his Fidesz party can bypass Hungary’s usual law-making process, prompting fears it will use that power to further restrict media ... Authorities detained at least two people under the law over social media posts ... Based in Budapest, the Mertek group analyzes the impact of media laws and policy....

Cardinal Péter Erdő, 70, Greeted with a Mass in Esztergom

Hungary Today 23 Jun 2022
In addition to the work of Péter Erdő as a church leader, László Süllei praised the cardinal, primate, and Archbishop of Esztergom and Budapest for his creative work in the field of law and theology, which has served as a guide for generations of canon law students....

Hungary open to compromise with EU to get recovery funds -PM aide

FX Empire 23 Jun 2022
Balazs Orban, political director for the Hungarian prime minister, told Reuters in an interview his country would welcome detailed recommendations from the EU executive on exactly what Budapest must change in its laws to get the EU funds flowing....

Filipino lawyer shot in Philly dies

Manila Standard 20 Jun 2022
Laylo’s mother, Leah, said in a social media post that her son passed away at 10.33 a.m ... Laylo’s Facebook account indicated he was a graduate of Makati Science High School, University of the Philippines Diliman (Political Science), De La Salle University (Law), and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (International Business Law) ... .......

Ukrainian family mourns beloved granddad, buried in a shallow grave in his Mariupol backyard

Daily Breeze 18 Jun 2022
Kochetkova has settled temporarily in Brentwood in a donated home with Alisa, her husband Oleksii Kochetkov and her mother-in-law Olena Kochetkova ... Once in Budapest, Olena reunited with her son, Kochetkov, her daughter-in-law Kochetkova, and Alisa ... “We miss him every day,” Kochetkova, his daughter-in-law, said....

Ukrainian politicians tell our senators of war horrors

Irish Independent 15 Jun 2022
“I couldn’t imagine that in our age of Geneva Conventions, humanitarian law, Budapest Memorandum, drones and cyber-warfare and satellites, we would actually have a dictator to target and kill civilians,” she told the senators present.Dmytro Natalukha ......

How the EU could incorporate Ukraine

Taipei Times 15 Jun 2022
By Andreas Kluth / Bloomberg Opinion ... For years, “Brussels” has been irate at Budapest and Warsaw, where populist quasi-autocrats are undermining the domestic rule of law and other democratic institutions ... Accession takes years or decades, during which applicant countries have to adopt all EU laws, clean up corruption and comply with other standards....

What's Next For China's Fudan University Campus In Hungary?

Beijing News 08 Jun 2022
Hungary remains China's closest ally in the EU and Orban has capitalized on the bloc's requirement for unanimity in crafting foreign policy to block numerous resolutions targeting Beijing and Hong Kong and gain political room to maneuver with Brussels amid rule-of-law violations by Budapest that could block billions of euros in funding to Hungary....

Minister Navracsics Calls No-Confidence Vote against von der Leyen a ’Dangerous Sign’

Hungary Today 08 Jun 2022
The bloc had initially withheld the EUR 36 million plan from Warsaw as the EC argued that the country failed to uphold the rule of law. Members of the Renew Europe group believe that Warsaw should not receive a penny of the recovery fund until it has implemented all the judgments of the EU Court of Justice relating to respect for the rule of law....

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