Budapest

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: Bill would ban ‘promoting’ homosexuality to minors

Federal News Radio 12 Jun 2021
Luca Dudits, an executive board member with the Háttér Society, a Budapest-based LGBT rights group, said there is no similar law anywhere in the European Union “that is so hostile” to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people ... We are trying to process what opportunity this law creates for power.”....
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Hungary plans to ban ‘promoting’ homosexuality to under-18s

Detroit news 11 Jun 2021
Budapest, Hungary – Hungary’s governing ... Luca Dudits, an executive board member with the Háttér Society, a Budapest-based LGBT rights group, said there is no similar law anywhere in the European Union “that is so hostile” to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people....
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Hungary: Bill would ban 'promoting' homosexuality to minors

San Francisco Chronicle 11 Jun 2021
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s governing ... Luca Dudits, an executive board member with the Háttér Society, a Budapest-based LGBT rights group, said there is no similar law anywhere in the European Union “that is so hostile” to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people....
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Hungary plans to ban 'promoting' homosexuality to under-18s

Beaumont Enterprise 11 Jun 2021
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s governing ... Luca Dudits, an executive board member with the Háttér Society, a Budapest-based LGBT rights group, said there is no similar law anywhere in the European Union “that is so hostile” to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people....
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Germany calls on EU to scrap members’ veto right on bloc’s foreign policy decisions

Russia Today 07 Jun 2021
At the time, Maas slammed Budapest’s decision to block a statement accusing China of cracking down on “democracy” in Hong Kong as “absolutely incomprehensible.” ... The European Parliament has also called for an investigation of Budapest’s alleged violations of the EU’s rule of law back in 2018....
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Hungarians rally against Orban's plan for Chinese university in Budapest

The Irish Times 06 Jun 2021
They also worry that the scheme will move Hungary closer to authoritarian China, at a time when prime minister Viktor Orban’s nationalist government is accused of eroding civil liberties, democracy and the rule of law in his country, having pressured the liberal Central European University to leave Budapest for Vienna in 2019....
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Budapest roads renamed in protest of Chinese university

BBC News 02 Jun 2021
The mayor of Budapest has announced he will rename streets in the Hungarian capital in protest at plans to build a Chinese university in the city ... Last year, Europe's top court ruled that Hungary broke EU law when education rules forced a university in Budapest to shift most activity abroad....
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Hungarian court convicts reporter Júlia Halász on criminal defamation charge

CPJ 28 May 2021
Berlin, May 28, 2021 — Hungarian authorities should not contest journalist Júlia Halász’s appeal of a recent criminal defamation verdict, and should reform the country’s laws to decriminalize speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today ... according to Hungarian law....
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Democracy Digest: New Laws on NGOs Raise Concerns in Hungary and Poland

Balkan Insight 21 May 2021
Commenting on the new law, CEU wrote that ... Experts see the new law as rolling out the red carpet for the first European campus of Shanghai-based Fudan University, which could open its gates in Budapest to students as early as in 2024 – that is, if Orban’s government is still in power after next year’s general election....
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Budapest’s First Skyscraper: A Concrete Sign of Orban’s Regional Ambitions

Balkan Insight 18 May 2021
An astonishing steel-and-glass tower that, day by day, is climbing ever higher into the Budapest sky is causing quite a stir ... In late April, a draft law was submitted to parliament that would deprive the city of Budapest and its districts of their rights to approve or deny construction permits in what the government deems “strategic areas”....
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Budapest Leadership Insists on Fudan Referendum

Hungary Today 07 May 2021
Both the 9th district and Budapest’s (opposition) leadership insists on holding a referendum on the large-scale project, while the Innovation and Technology Minister wants to declare the project a priority investment, something that would ease the investment procedure ... Ideology and Competition Key Issues Around Fudan University Budapest....
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Poland's Press Push Back at Government Control

Beijing News 04 May 2021
So it goes in Poland, where analysts see attempts by state-backed firms to nationalize private media as part of a strategy by the right-wing ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to keep journalists in check ... "This is what the state of the rule of law is in today's Poland....
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Lawyer shreds age argument being made against Kissi Agyebeng

Ghana Web 27 Apr 2021
But Godwin Adagewine told Dzifa that “The law doesn’t say that a person must have a certain minimum age to be eligible for appointment as the Special Prosecutor unless I am wrong ... Agyebeng has been practicing law for some time but it wasn’t until he represented former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan that he was thrown into the media space....
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