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New political party tries to woo Hungary’s Roma community

With elections looming on April 6, a new party is trying to win over Hungary's largest ethnic minority, the Roma, a community scarred by deep poverty and racism and disillusioned by traditional politics. "Until now, the Roma have never had credible……

Hungary orders aluminum company to pay victims for 2010 disaster

A Budapest court ordered the operator of an industrial plant Tuesday to pay compensation over Hungary’s worst environmental disaster when a huge flood of toxic sludge killed 10 people in 2010. The Hungarian Aluminium Production and Trade Company (MAL) has to pay 32 million forints (108,000 euros, $145,000) to a…

Activists rip new Hungarian anti-homelessness law

Hungary’s parliament passed a law late Monday allowing local municipalities to prohibit rough sleeping, a move rights campaigners say criminalises homelessness. The new law claims to protect “public order, security, health, and cultural value” and empowers local authorities to designate areas as out-of-bounds for homeless people, as well as evict…

Hungarians protest en masse against new constitution

BUDAPEST — Tens of thousands protested Monday against Hungary’s new constitution, which critics say curbs democracy, while the governing centre-right government celebrated the new law at a gala event. The demonstration entitled: “There will be a Republic again”, was organised by civil groups which claimed nearly 100,000 people gathered on…

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