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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2020 cybersecurity policy has to enable global collaboration

Deccan Chronicle 11 Dec 2019
... and global cooperation among security agencies, CERTs, defence agencies and forces, law enforcement agencies and the judicial systems ... For instance, India was not a signatory to the Budapest convention which would have allowed for easier access to data for law enforcement....

There’s Been a George Soros for Every Era of Anti-Semitic Panic

The Daily Beast 11 Dec 2019
Soros’s Open Society Foundations, which operate in over 140 countries, provide assistance and financing to civil-society institutions that promote transparency, the rule of law, higher education, refugee aid, the rights of marginalized peoples, and democratic accountability....

'Pigs, Hands Off the Theater' - Hungarians Protest for Artistic Freedom

Voa News 10 Dec 2019
On a cold wet day, about 1,000 to 2,000 people demonstrated against the legislation in downtown Budapest, with banners saying "Pigs, hands off the theater!". Leading actors, theater directors and Budapest's liberal mayor spoke at the protest against the bill which they say could undermine the independence of theaters....

Council Of Europe’s Experts Criticize Ukraine Language Laws

Radio Free Europe 07 Dec 2019
Poroshenko signed the bill into law days before he left office following his electoral defeat to rival Volodymyr Zelenskiy ... Separately, Hungary's foreign minister on December 4 said Budapest would block Ukraine's membership in NATO until Kyiv restored the rights that ethnic Hungarians had before the September 2017 language law went into effect....

Hungary says it will block Ukraine from joining NATO over controversial language law

Russia Today 05 Dec 2019
Budapest has signaled that it will not support Ukraine’s bid to join NATO until Kiev reverses a law that places language restrictions on ethnic Hungarians and other minorities living in the country ... Also on Ukraine passes controversial language law, isolating Russian-speakers ... Like this story? Share it with a friend!. ....

Sophie Walker on why every woman needs to use their vote this election

Stylist 26 Nov 2019
Just last month Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban – who offered tax breaks to women who stayed home and had babies – saw his first political defeat for 10 years when his party lost control of Budapest ... We have to obey the law so we should have a say in who sets the rules and how well they work....

Swimming Goes Pro With League Backed by Ukrainian Billionaire

Canada Dot Com 23 Nov 2019
Swimmers “had to wait for hours and hours before they got to start ... U.S ... “We have been fighting for this kind of change for some years and now we are in the middle of a revolution in our sport,” Hosszu said in an interview with law firm Withers Worldwide in June. She’s the captain and co-owner of Budapest-based Team Iron....

Migrants lose in futile game on Hungary-Serbia frontier

Arab News 10 Nov 2019
SUBOTICA, Serbia ... Since then, Budapest has continued to pass laws hostile to migrants, alarming EU officials who have struggled to rein in right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his anti-immigration crusade ... On October 10, Brussels gave Budapest one month to respond, threatening to refer the case to the European Court of Justice ... .......

Poll reveals majority of eastern Europeans 'fearful for democracy'

The Observer 04 Nov 2019
... protests in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania, huge demonstrations in Poland against the ultra-conservative government of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, and the ruling, illiberal Fidesz party’s unexpected loss of Budapest council in local elections last month....

Hungary Vetoes NATO Statement On Ukraine Over Kyiv’s Education, Language Laws

Radio Free Europe 31 Oct 2019
Hungarian officials on October 30 have vetoed a joint NATO statement about Ukraine because it didn’t contain language criticizing Kyiv for its education and language laws that Budapest says deprive the rights of the Hungarian minority in the neighboring country....

What state elections in India have in common with Istanbul and Budapest

The National 29 Oct 2019
Rewind to Budapest earlier this month ... The two Indian state elections continue the received narrative of the mayoral elections in Budapest and Istanbul ... In Budapest, Mr Karacsony was buoyed by popular opposition to the so-called “slave law”, legislation backed by Mr Orban that raises the number of weekly hours employers can seek from workers....

Orban angry as Brussels rejects his commissioner and eyes budget reform

The Irish Times 01 Oct 2019
He also oversaw controversial reforms to the Hungarian justice, asylum and education systems and the introduction of laws that centralised power around Mr Orban, prompting the European Parliament to start article 7 disciplinary procedures against Budapest....

Finnish PM: EU members agree on budget link to rule of law

Winston-Salem Journal 29 Sep 2019
... linking the bloc's financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw....