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 Today 19 Sep 2023
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Reuters 13 Sep 2023
But candidate countries have to meet a string of political and economic criteria to begin membership talks - and must fulfil more stringent conditions on democracy, the rule of law and economic standards - before they can actually join the EU ... Budapest has also clashed with Kyiv ......

World Focus: Down memory lane

Daily Press 12 Sep 2023
In one of his emails, Walker asked me, after my escape from the slave labor camp and reaching Budapest, what kind of trousers and shirt did I wear? ... B-17 bombers targeting the last railroad bridge leading out of Budapest, I was able to get rid of the shirt and jacket with the yellow insignia and use clothing I had obtained from Romanian peasants....

EU globalists waging war on Hungary parliament speaker

Beijing News 08 Sep 2023
Hungary's parliament speaker has accused the European Union of launching a "hybrid war" against his country, saying the organization is withholding funds owed to Budapest as a means of political control ... The bloc has long accused Hungary of not abiding by the EU standards of the rule of law....

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Russia Today 08 Sep 2023
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