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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The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe, July 15, 2020.

How the Dutch PM hijacked the EU summit

Gulf News 25 Jul 2020
Rightwing moves in Budapest and Warsaw ... Right-wing leadership in Budapest and Warsaw have played fast and loose with the EU rule of law provisions, undermining personal freedoms and the independence of their judicial systems. After five days of prolonged talks there was little stomach to protract matters even longer by tackling Budapest and Warsaw....

Editor-in-chief of Hungary’s top independent news website fired

Business Day 22 Jul 2020
Budapest —  The owner of Hungary's leading independent news website said on ... Orban has led his nationalist government in numerous clashes with the EU, which has initiated a punitive procedure over the erosion of the rule of law, including media freedom, in Budapest....

Pro-Orban owner of Hungarian news portal sacks chief editor

Yahoo Daily News 22 Jul 2020
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The owner of Hungary's ... Orban, a self-described illiberal, has led his nationalist government in numerous clashes with the European Union, which has initiated a punitive procedure over the erosion of the rule of law, including media freedom, in Budapest....

Website editor's sacking deepens fears for media freedom in Hungary

Canada Dot Com 22 Jul 2020
BUDAPEST — The owner of Hungary’s leading independent news website,, said on Wednesday it had fired its ... The Commission has accused Budapest of eroding the rule of law and has initiated a legal procedure that could lead to financial sanctions against Hungary....

EU agrees on 750 bln recovery plan after four days of intense negotiation

The News International 21 Jul 2020
'Rule of Law' ... The plan was nearly upended by Hungary and Poland due to a demand that EU payouts be tied to the "Rule of Law", Brussels jargon for upholding laws on freedom of speech and an independent judiciary. Budapest and Warsaw are under fire for offending EU norms, but a ......

EU summit: €390bn proposed to help states recover from Covid-19

The Irish Times 20 Jul 2020
Governments will also need to resolve a disagreement on whether to tie distribution of aid to respect for the rule of law after resistance from Poland and Hungary ... Hungarian premier Viktor Orban over the weekend also presented another roadblock by threatening to veto a compromise that tied distribution of aid to respect for the rule of law....

EU leaders deadlocked on recovery fund in marathon summit

Business Day Online 20 Jul 2020
The splits cover everything from the volume of recovery aid to how to police countries’ respect for the rule of law, to how to make sure capitals honour commitments to economic reform ... threatening to veto a compromise that tied distribution of aid to respect for the rule of law....

Hungary could veto EU rescue plan if conditioned on rule of law, Orban says

Metro USA 10 Jul 2020
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday the EU’s coronavirus recovery plan would be unacceptable if funding were linked to rule-of-law conditions, and Budapest could veto any deal as a last resort ... “Defending the rule of law is ......

The $6 trillion heist avoiding global attention

Asiatimes 08 Jul 2020
Criminal hackers demanding ransom from a leading Indian financial company once more highlighted vulnerability of an Internet-dependent economy against cybercriminals – and insufficient law-enforcement infrastructure and seriousness to tackle them ... The Budapest Convention (2001), ......

The End of (Whig) History

National Review 01 Jul 2020
The new “security” law ... Jean-Claude Juncker may call for “plain language” regarding Budapest’s suffocation of democracy and its contempt for the rule of law, but Orbán has good reason to believe that plain language is as far as things will go, if, indeed, things go even that far....

Editorial: Virginia needs a new museum and here's where it should be

The Roanoke Times 29 Jun 2020
Nothing quite tells the story of communist repression in Hungary like the “Hungarian-Soviet Friendship Memorial,” which just so happened to get erected in 1956 — the year that Soviet tanks crushed an attempted uprising in Budapest ... Conservative Democrats won control of state government and proceeded to impose what we know today as “Jim Crowlaws....

Hungarian Foreign Minister Visits Kyiv Ahead Of Planned Orban-Zelenskiy Summit In July

Radio Free Europe 25 Jun 2020
On May 29, Kuleba travelled to Budapest where he and Szijjarto discussed, among other things, the Ukrainian language law, which Hungary says restricts the right of Ukraine's ethnic Hungarian minority of approximately 125,000 people to be educated in their native language....

While Covid-19 rampages through EU, Western Europe obsesses over Hungary’s emergency laws – Foreign Minister ...

Russia Today 25 Jun 2020
With Covid-19 still blighting the EU, the bloc should have bigger fish to fry, but they find time to bash Hungary’s “undemocratic” conduct during the crisis, Budapest’s chief diplomat told RT ... laws that enabled Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government to rule by decree....

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