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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Karácsony Calls on Govt to Transfer Transport Subsidy

Hungary Today 26 Nov 2021
The municipal council of Budapest demands that the government should transfer 12 billion forints (EUR 32.7m), which, under the budget law, is due to the city as a public transport subsidy, Mayor Gergely Karácsony told a press conference on Thursday ... city as part of the budget law....

Budapest Assembly Votes for Committee Probe into Alleged Plans to Sell City Hall

Hungary Today 25 Nov 2021
The motion to set up the committee put forward by Fidesz group leader Zsolt L�ng was approved with an amendment proposal submitted by Budapest Mayor Gergely Kar�csony ... The state subsidy is owed to Budapest as part of the budget law, Kar�csony said, adding that the capital has become a net payer into the central budget.Continue reading....

Actions Complied with EU Law in Case Brought before CJEU, Says Prosecutor’s Office

Hungary Today 25 Nov 2021
The Public Prosecutor’s did not violate EU law when he declared unlawful a Budapest judge’s decision to suspend a criminal case pending a decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union, the public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday....

EU fires off warnings to Poland and Hungary on rule of law

Straits Times 25 Nov 2021
BRUSSELS (BLOOMBERG) - The European Union (EU) fired off warning letters to Hungary and Poland, kick-starting a process that could eventually deny the duo billions of euros under a controversial new weapon to punish nations violating the bloc's sacred rule-of-law standards....

Mayor Kar�csony:�Orb�n Gov’t Punishing People of Budapest by Withholding Public Transport Funds

Hungary Today 24 Nov 2021
Budapest has ... Kar�csony insisted the government would disable Budapest’s public transport by withholding the 12 billion forints which was owed to the city as part of the budget law. The government, the mayor added, was “punishing the people of Budapest.”....

Former PM Bajnai Heard on Newest City Hall Case Recording, Mayor Karácsony Suggests Russian Involvement

Hungary Today 22 Nov 2021
Budapest Capital City Property Management Center (BVFK) leader, Balázs J ... A Fidesz MP thinks racketeering was involved in the deal, but the Budapest Municipality insists it was transparent and lawful on their end.Continue reading ... Telex highlights that Budapest City Hall is definitely not as iconic of a building as, for example, the Parliament....

EU executive probes whether Poland, Hungary should get EU money

Metro USA 20 Nov 2021
... the EU budget because of problems with corruption and the rule of law. Commission documents on Saturday showed letters were sent to Warsaw and Budapest on Friday asking governments for clarifications under a recent EU law allowing the suspension of EU cash if it may be misspent....

Police Investigation Underway in Sale of City Hall Case

Hungary Today 18 Nov 2021
Soon after a Fidesz lawmaker pressed charges, the National Bureau of Investigation (NNI) ordered an investigation to be launched into one of the side cases linked to that of the sale of Budapest’s City Hall. Gyula Budai thinks racketeering was involved in the deal, but the Budapest Municipality insists was transparent and lawful on their end....

PM Orb�n Holds Talks with Spanish Vox Leader

Hungary Today 18 Nov 2021
Prime Minister Viktor Orb�n held talks with Santiago Abascal, the leader of Spanish radical right-wing party Vox, in his office in Budapest on Wednesday, Orb�n’s press chief said ... Certain Aspects of Rule of Law Deteriorated in Hungary, LIBE Delegation Head Says....

The EU doesn't understand Hungary and Poland

The Spectator 18 Nov 2021
the complete supremacy of EU law over their national law, including their constitutions, and the unchallengeable power of the EU Court of Justice — not only to expound EU law but also to extend and develop it, and to determine conclusively how far the competences of the EU run....

President Bio signs Cybersecurity and Crime Bill into law

Sierra Leone Telegraph 17 Nov 2021
Ambassador Muller further stated that the new law would go a long way to harmonise the domestic legal framework of Sierra Leone with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and other international agreements ... Minister Swaray further disclosed that the new law would strengthen the ......

Top EU court hits Hungary over ‘Stop Soros’ migrant law

Al Jazeera 16 Nov 2021
The European Union’s top court has ruled that Hungary broke EU law by making it a criminal offence for people or organisations to help asylum seekers and refugees apply for asylum, in a new legal blow to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government ... The EU Commission recommended a lump-sum fine plus daily penalties until Budapest complies....

EU court slams Hungary's 'Stop Soros' law

Deutsche Welle 16 Nov 2021
The top EU court has shot down a 2018 Hungarian law that punished those helping asylum seekers. It remains to be seen if the right-wing government in Budapest will implement the decision ... ....