It is with utter shock and bewilderment that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary was informed about a statement published in the daily paper Metro in Brussels on 16 May by Mr. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, stating that Hungary wants “to count Jews”.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán mentioned pay rises for general practitioners and teachers, and the launching of a population programme as important tasks for the upcoming period, on Kossuth Radio's 180 minutes.
School police officers will be on duty in schools that are especially endangered by criminal elements – said Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér at a press conference in Budapest after the first meeting of the National Committee for Crime Prevention. Minister Pintér said that police officers would also participate in schoolwork as members of the teaching faculty.
At a Europe forum in Berlin organised by public-service broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Angela Merkel said she fully agreed with the European Commission that Hungary must change legislation which runs counter to EU treaties.
The report on Hungary that the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe (CoE) has recently adopted is biased and politically motivated, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry Zsolt Németh declared yesterday on the sidelines of a CoE session. The procedure involves risks for the CoE, because it may force the organisation into ideological battles, he said.
President of the Republic János Áder presented the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary (civilian division) to Alice Esterházy, daughter of the ethnic Hungarian politician János Esterházy, who was a prominent public figure in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s and 40’s.
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