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“The entire European Union is in a state of reconfiguration”: Exclusive Interview with János Lázár, Head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office

János Lázár is the Minister of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). In an exclusive interview last month with Hungary Today and Ungarn Heute, Lázár spoke at length about Hungarian-American relations, Hungary’s place in the EU, the ongoing “Lex CEU” controversy, and other current political issues. This interview has been translated from Hungarian, and edited for clarity. The Friends of […]

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The Honorary Consuls: A Proud Service On Behalf Of Hungary In The United States And Elsewhere

The honorary consular service is an important service and contribution to Hungary’s foreign service missions abroad assisting Hungarian citizens living, staying or just visiting in a foreign country. However, the honorary consular system is not a Hungarian invention. The Office of Foreign Missions was created in the United States by an act of Congress on October 1, 1982 to assist […]

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Exclusive Ungarn Heute Interview with the Leaders of NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine

Earlier this month, Hungary Today’s sister-site, the German-language Ungarn Heute, conducted an exclusive interview with Colonel Dr. László Fazekas, Director of the Budapest-based NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine, as well as with his deputy, Colonel Dr. Salvatore Schmidt, an officer in the German military. We have provided a summary of this interview for our readers, and you can […]

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Popularizing Hungarian Culture “Throughout Europe, and Around the World as Well”: Interview with István Loránd Szakáli, the Man Responsible for Hungaricums

Earlier this year, Hungary Today had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with István Loránd Szakáli, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Deputy State Secretary for Agricultural Development and Hungaricums, to talk about the Hungaricum system, as well as about the work he members of his office do to promote Hungarian culture at home and abroad. As we have previously […]

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“In some sense, for us, this was the real Hungary”: Homeland Aloft, A Conference on Hungarian Émigré Cultural Life in the West after 1956

What does a writer do when his homeland, the one little spot on earth where his obscure language is spoken, forces him out? How does art based on language survive in countries where that tongue is spoken by an absurdly small minority? How does one dealing with being “banned” in one’s own birthplace? Last Wednesday, an event was held in […]

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“Today, next to Puskás, Sziget is the one Hungarian name that makes people pay attention throughout the World”—Interview with Norbert Lobenwein

VOLT, Strand, and Sziget Festivals, Balaton Sound, and B.my.lake. Each and every one of these events simultaneously attracts and defines the free time of hundreds of thousands of young Hungarians and foreigners; in Hungary, summer isn’t summer without these events. Recently, Hungary Today interviewed Norbert Lobenwein, who in his twenties made a festival out of house parties, and today is […]

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“Hungary has Made NATO Stronger” – An Interview with Tacan Ildem, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

Yesterday, Hungary Today’s sister-site, the German-language Ungarn Heute, conducted an exclusive interview with Ambassador Tacan Ildem, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hungarian Atlantic Council; we have translated this interview for our readers, and you can find the original at Ungarn Heute’s website. Tacan Ildem […]

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Budapest Think Tank the Danube Institute Hosts Conference on “Debating Democracy”

Last Thursday, the Danube Institute, a conservative think tank based in Budapest, hosted a conference entitled Debating Democracy, in which speakers and panelists discussed the recent developments that together have raised the question, “What is democracy?” The event began with a brief introduction by the Danube Institute’s President, John O’Sullivan, who provided a bit of background on the Danube Institute, […]

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Prominent Hungarians’ Opinions On Hungary’s Withdrawal From Olympic 2024 Bid

In this article you can read a few opinions from the members of Friends of Hungary Foundation about last week’s decision to withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics. As the Hungary Today reported before the Hungarian government passed a resolution in which it proposes that the City of Budapest and the Hungarian Olympic Committee should withdraw Budapest’s bid […]