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Lorenzo de’ Mészáros just keeps getting richer, now Hungary’s 5th wealthiest – The Budapest Beacon [5]

Birth rate down in first two months of 2017, aggravated by 18 year record death rate [14]

CEU refutes Orbán’s remarks made at European Parliament [3]

Áder appoints minister for Paks atomic plant expansion on 31th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster [2]

Socialists to submit complaint over House Speaker rejecting bill to repeal Lex CEU [1]

Politico: Brussels punches back at Viktor Orbán [5]

Survey finds a quarter of Hungarians think Budapest’s foreign policy serves Russia’s interests [8]

Series of resignations follow shift to pro-government line at news site Origo.hu [3]

Reuters: EU opens legal case against Hungary over Soros university [1]

LMP submits more referendum questions on Paks expansion [1]

Fidesz lawmaker charged with attempt to misappropriate public funds [1]

European Court of Human Rights rules gov’t has to compensate Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship

CEU president: university will not close down

EUobserver: Orban set to face down EU threats [1]

Eurostat: Eximbank assets should not be included in Hungary’s national accounts statistics [35]

Ombudsman criticizes low wage of prison inmates

Education state secretary: Holocaust education increasingly important as survivors are fewer

LMP and independent lawmaker call for higher defence spending because of Russian aggression

Gyurcsány: I’ve seen documents that prove Orbán is being blackmailed by Russia – The Budapest Beacon [4]

The Guardian: Democracy and academic freedom in Viktor Orbán’s Hungary | Letters from Michael Ignatieff and others

Budapest International Book Festival attracts over 60,000 visitors

US senators write letter to Orbán for keeping CEU in Budapest [1]

Hungary offers hosting children from Eastern Ukraine

Satirical Two-tailed Dog Party holds mock pro-gov’t “peace march” in Budapest [3]

Euractiv: Petition launched to eject Orban’s Fidesz from EPP [2]

NGOs say gov’t “transparency” bill aims to stigmatize them [16]

CEU calls on gov’t to end false accusations and start talks with university

LMP files constitutional complaint over Lex CEU

Orbán: political ties between Hungary and Georgia “perfect” [1]

The Guardian: I just don’t recognise Viktor Orbán as a ‘tyrant’ [46]

New cold record set in Hungary for April 20 [4]

DK proposes changing electoral system

US studies research centre opens at Public Service University [1]

Gov’t office chief: 2018 budget “to benefit employees”

Only 140,000 responses received so far to gov’t’s “national consultation” [20]

LMP co-leader: Orbán and Fidesz lawmakers serve interests of Russia [11]

Data Protection Authority: NGO bill should include parties, groups funded by gov’t too [2]

Paks expansion receives permit from environmental authority [1]

Hungary will cease providing Kiskunhalas asylum-seekers with food by end of April – The Budapest Beacon [19]

Orbán only European leader to congratulate Erdogan on Turkish referendum – The Budapest Beacon [2]

Gov’t office chief claims there is no “election budget” for 2018

Portfolio.hu: Tender software could cost Hungary HUF 18 billion in EU funding

DK calls on gov’t to cancel nuclear cooperation deal with Iran

IMF raises Hungary’s GDP growth and inflation forecast for 2017-2018

Quotable: Decathlon Hungary’s CEO on what Orbán should do with his itchy palm at Easter [3]

Politico: 5 ways the EU could send a message to Viktor Orbán [10]

Work schemes said obscuring unemployment rate far higher than gov’t claims [38]

March of the Living commemorates Holocaust victims in Budapest

Movement for fair elections launched at Saturday’s anti-government protest [7]

Head of Hungary’s Catholic Church sends Easter message [5]

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