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's prime minister has been handed the power to rule by decree indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak

Yahoo Daily News 31 Mar 2020
Orbán defended the law, saying it "poses no threat to democracy."  ... Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban votes the law granting the government special powers to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis at the Hungarian parliament in Budapest, Hungary on March 30, 2020....

Hungary’s parliament gives Orban a free hand with the Emergency Law

The Eastern Herald 31 Mar 2020
BudapestHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be able to act against the corona pandemic with extensive and controversial powers. The parliament in Budapest approved an emergency law on Monday, which enables the right-wing national government to govern on the ordinance without a time limit....

Hungary's Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight

The Jordan Times 31 Mar 2020
BUDAPESTHungary's parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic. Critics at home and abroad have condemned the "anti-coronavirus defence law", saying it gives Orban ......

Coronavirus: Hungary far-right leader handed sweeping new powers to rule by decree

The Independent 30 Mar 2020
... democracy where the government has effectively asked for a free hand to do anything for however long,” said Renata Uitz, a professor of comparative constitutional law at Central European University in Budapest....

Viktor Orban Takes Sole Command of Hungary With Pandemic Emergency Law

Democratic Underground 30 Mar 2020
“I don’t know of another democracy where the government has effectively asked for a free hand to do anything for however long,” said Renata Uitz, director of the comparative constitutional-law program at Central European University in Budapest....

Hungary risks autocratic future in giving Orban sweeping powers

Business Day 30 Mar 2020
“I don’t know of another democracy where the government has effectively asked for a free hand to do anything for however long,” said Renata Uitz, director of the comparative constitutional law programme at Central European University in Budapest. The emergency-rule law “poses no threat to democracy,” Orban told legislators after the vote....

Specter of coronavirus quarantine haunts Hungarian democracy

Manila Standard Today 27 Mar 2020
Budapest―A “dictatorship” at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orban unlimited power ... But according to Zoltan Fleck, a law ......
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban talks to journalists during a news conference following an European People's Party meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Hungary’s Orban blurs EU rules, once more

Gulf News 26 Mar 2020
No sooner had Covid-19 reared its head in Hungary than Orban’s government in Budapest imposed a 15-day state of emergency ... Hungary’s Orban faces a chorus of criticism over new labour laws Hungary opposition candidates Gergely Karacsony wins Budapest in blow for prime minister Chaos as Hungarian MPs pass laws on overtime and judiciary....

Fighting the virus

Indian Express 08 Mar 2020
4’ was a 45-year-old resident of East Delhi with a travel history to Milan, Budapest and Vienna. He had left India on a personal trip on February 16 with two brothers-in-law, returning on February 25 ... By then, the man had held a birthday party for his school-going son at a five-star hotel in Delhi, while his brothers-in-law had travelled onto Agra....

Hungary seen breaking EU rules with education law amendments

Beaumont Enterprise 05 Mar 2020
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Changes by Hungary to its law on higher education which effectively forced a university founded by George Soros to leave the country were not in line with European Union law, according to an opinion issued Thursday by the bloc's highest court....

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

Springfield News-Sun 29 Sep 2019
Finland's prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing 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 ... ....

Chabad Inaugurates Two New Synagogues, Two Torah Scrolls in Single Day in Budapest

The Algemeiner 24 Sep 2019
Rabbi Shlomo Koves (left) rejoices with the Budapest Jewish community as it celebrates two new Torah scrolls and synagogue openings in Hungary, on Sept ... Koves said one synagogue was inaugurated in Szentendre, a suburb of Budapest, complete with music and dancing in the streets ... “According to the laws of nature, the river always symbolizes life....

Hungary to rejects migrant redistribution quotas despite Italy’s decision

Free West Media 18 Sep 2019
Hungary has been facing an Article 7 procedure which could see the country stripped of voting rights and sanctioned after allegations about lacking press freedom, too much corruption, and issues on the rule of law. “It is a fact that the current rule of law is characterised by double standards....