Official language: Hungarian
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Calling Code: 36
Time Zone: UTC +1
Hungary (Hungarian. Magyarország literally -
“Hungarian country, Country of Hungarians (magyarok)”) - a state in
Central Europe. The population is 9,772,756 (2019), the area is
93,036 km². It occupies 89th place in the world in terms of
population and 108th in territory.
The capital is Budapest. The official language is Hungarian.
According to the state system - a unitary parliamentary republic.
Since May 2010, Viktor Orban has been Prime Minister.
It is subdivided into 20 administrative-territorial units, 19 of which are copper, and 1 is a city of republican subordination, equated to copper.
Continental state in the center of Europe, landlocked. It has land borders with Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.
Most believers (about 54.5% of the population) profess Catholicism.
An industrial country with a dynamically developing economy. The volume of nominal GDP in 2015 amounted to 137 billion US dollars (about 13,910 US dollars per capita). The currency is the Hungarian forint (the exchange rate as of May 8, 2016 is 275 forints for 1 US dollar).
Member of the UN since 1955, joined the GATT in 1973, joined the IMF and IBRD in 1982, the Council of Europe in 1991. Since 1999, a member of NATO, since 2004 - the European Union. Since January 1, 2011, Hungary has been chairing the European Union for six months.
Aggtelek National Park
Bükk National Park
|Northern Great Plain|
|Hortobágy National Park|
|Southern Great Plain|
In the first time of its existence, Hungary did
not have any signs of statehood. The lands of Hungary were part of
the Roman Empire. Later, the empire collapsed into two parts: the
Western Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire. Further the
territory of the present country was captured by Avars. After the
Avar Kaganate was defeated, helping Byzantium in the struggle
against the Sassanid state, a new state appeared - the Kingdom of
Around 900-1000 Hungarian tribes populate the Central Danube plain. In 1001, the ruler of Hungary, Istvan the Holy, took the title of king, and the Kingdom of Hungary was proclaimed. Until 1301, the Arpad dynasty ruled in Hungary, and at that time the Hungarian kingdom had relations with Byzantium, and was torn by conflicts between representatives of its dynasty, and fought with the Russian princes, and survived the Mongol invasion. Then the throne of Hungary was initially in the hands of the rulers of the Kingdom of Bohemia from the Przemyslovich dynasty, and then fell into the hands of the Bavarian Wittelsbachs and representatives of Anjou - Sicilian and Luxembourg houses. In 1438, the Duke of Austria, Albrecht II of the Habsburg Dynasty, became King of Hungary, but soon the Kingdom of Hungary fell into the hands of King of Poland Vladislav III Varnenchik of the Jagiellonian Dynasty. The latter dies during the war with the Ottoman Turks, and Ladislav Postum from the Albertine line of the Habsburg dynasty becomes the Hungarian king. However, in 1458, the Transylvanian tycoon Matthias Hunyadi stood at the head of the Hungarian kingdom, and the time of his reign is considered to be the time of the last exaltation of the independent Hungarian kingdom. In 1490, the Jagiellons were finally established on the Hungarian throne, but their power in Hungary ends during the European campaigns of the Turkish Sultan Suleiman Kanuni.
Confrontation to the Turks
On August 29, 1526, at the battle of Mohach, 50,000 the army of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I, led by the great Vizier Ibrahim Pasha, inflicted 25 thousand the Hungarian army was severely defeated: the main reason was the ensuing feudal anarchy; many Hungarian nobles did not appear at the call of the king, the feudal lords did not dare to arm the peasants. Lajosh II drowned in a swamp while fleeing; 12 days later, Suleiman entered the capital, which surrendered to the Turks without a fight. The Turks robbed all the land to Pest and Balaton, only in the first year they captured up to 200 thousand people. The Dowager Queen Mary fled to Pozhony (Bratislava); in September 1526, Ferdinand I of Habsburg was elected king of the Czech Republic, but Janos Zapolyai was proclaimed on November 11 at the Diet in Székesfehervár. However, Ferdinand, having bribed many nobles, was elected king of Hungary on December 17, 1526. On the territory of Hungary, which had not yet come under Turkish rule, a long-standing war broke out between supporters of Ferdinand and Janos Zapolyai, while Hungarian feudal lords constantly moved from one camp to another, pursuing only their own benefits. Meanwhile, in 1527-1528. the Turks took all the Hungarian fortresses on the Danube, captured the whole of Bosnia, Croatia and Slavonia. After the looting of Rome in 1527, the Habsburg troops were transferred to Hungary and inflicted a series of defeats on Janos Zapolyai. Then, in January 1528, Zapolyai, according to the treaty in Istanbul, surrendered under the protection of Suleiman. In March 1528, the Habsburg troops won a new victory over Zapolyai, who had to flee to Poland. In response, Suleiman I again went on a campaign in 1529, in August 1529 the Turks and Hungarian adherents of Zapolyai occupied Buda and restored King Janos on the throne. Against Ferdinand, Suleiman moved on to Austria; in September - October 1529 the Turks besieged Vienna and could not take the city, but continued to support Janos Zapolyai. Negotiations between Austria and Turkey were unsuccessful, in 1532-1533. a new war between Turks and Austrians on the territory of Hungary; Ferdinand’s brother, Emperor Charles V, deftly defended himself in Austria and did not let the Turks go deeper into Germany. On July 23, 1533, the first Austro-Turkish peace treaty was concluded in Istanbul, according to which most of Hungary was ruled by Janos Zapolyai and vassally dependent on the Turks, and the lands in the west and north-west of Hungary were transferred to Austria, which pledged annually for this pay the sultan 30 thousand ducats.
In the years 1530-1534. The actual regent of
Hungary was Alvise Luigi Gritti (the illegitimate son of Doge Andrea
Gritti), a friend of Ibrahim Pasha and a confidant of Suleiman.
Gritti played the role of mediator between Suleiman and Zapolyaye,
but got involved in adventures, tried to undermine Zapolyaye’s
power, and in July 1534 killed one of his main supporters in
Transylvania - Bishop Imre Tsibak of Nadvarad. However, the
Transylvanian magnates with the help of the Moldavian ruler Peter
Raresh attacked the Gritti camp in September 1534, he was captured
and brutally executed. The positions of Janos Zapolye gradually
weakened, the pope excommunicated him from the church; for a long
time Zapolyaya did not have direct heirs, and little by little he
began to incline towards the idea of recognizing Ferdinand of
Habsburg as his heir in Hungary.
On February 24, 1538, peace was concluded in Nagyvarad between supporters of Ferdinand and Zapolyaya, according to which Ferdinand was recognized as the only contender for the throne, and the possible heirs of Zapolyaya received a generous reward. In 1539, Janos Zapolyai married Isabella, daughter of the Polish king Sigismund I; On July 7, 1540, the new queen gave birth to a son, Janos Zigmond, and on July 22, 1540, Janos Zapolyai died, taking an oath from his barons that they would refuse to fulfill the conditions of the Nagyvarad peace. The almighty counselor and last treasurer of the deceased king György Martinutstsi ("brother György", Barad Varada) ensured that the baby Janos игygmond was elected king under the name of Janos II and recognized by Istanbul. Ferdinand I decided to seize the possessions of Janos Gigmond, sending troops to Buda; the Austro-Turkish war of 1540-1547 began. Suleiman set out on a campaign under the slogan of protecting the rights of Janos Gigmond and in August 1541 he again captured Buda; in 1543 he captured Esztergom, Szekesfehervar, Tatu, Pecs and Siklosh, then another series of fortresses between the Danube and Tisza. Thus, during this war, Hungary was divided into three parts: the central and southern regions came under the direct control of the Turkish Sultan, the western ones became part of the Habsburg possessions (the truncated Hungarian kingdom under the control of the Austrians and with the capital in Požoni), the eastern made up the possessions of Janos игigmond , gradually turned into a new state - the principality of Transylvania.
Not all Hungarians resisted the conquerors: the peasants of the southeast perceived the Turks as liberators from the dominance of local feudal lords, who overlaid them with excessive exactions. The Turks, however, sought to secure support from the Hungarian peasants and treated them very gently, especially trying to provide patronage to the cities. Buda became the center of the Vilayet Hungary, subdivided into Sanjak. Beylerbey Buda had the title of pasha and was the military, administrative and judicial ruler of the vilayet. He had the right to call for help from the neighboring neighboring Bosnia vilayet, as well as another air force, with a center in Temesvar, established a little later. Tribute to the Ottomans from Transylvania was small, on the lands of the Sultan, the Hungarian peasants were also not overly burdened with taxes. No persecution of the Christian faith was observed in the Hungarian possessions of the Ottomans, although conversion to Islam was strongly encouraged. Transylvania generally turned into a unique “island” of tolerance in the middle of Europe covered by religious wars: Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism and the Uniate Church peacefully coexisted here, which was confirmed by the Transylvanian Sejm of 1571 in Tirgu Mures. The period of the Ottoman protectorate was the period of cultural prosperity of Transylvania, which began shortly after the battle of Mojac; then the cult of King Matthias was born, whose authoritarianism now seemed a blessing.
In 1566, Hungary again became a rivalry between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburgs, as a result of which the elderly Sultan Suleiman Kanuni made a campaign against Hungary. Although the Sigetvar fortress fell, the victory of the Turks was overshadowed by the death of the Sultan Suleiman. In 1570, Janos игigmond and Maximilian II signed an agreement in Speyer, according to which Janos игigmond renounced the Hungarian crown, for which he was recognized by the Hapsburg prince of Transylvania (as a vassal princedom within Hungary) and received the long title “princeps Transsylvaniae et partium regni Hungariae domaria "(" Prince of Transylvania and ruler of part of Hungary "). This structure was preserved after the death of Janos Жigmond, although the Zapolyai dynasty was cut short on it. Janos II wanted to leave the princedom to his treasurer Caspar Bekes, but the Transylvanian nobility proclaimed Prince Istvan Batori (1571-1576), after which the practice of electing Transylvanian princes, who only occasionally transferred the throne from father to son, was established.
Part of the Austrian state
Finally, Royal Hungary, which remained under the rule of the Habsburgs, existed as an integral part of the Austrian state with its capital in Presburg (Požoni). Immediately after being elected Hungarian king, Ferdinand I created his own government (province), whose head was the Palatine; if this post was vacant, one of the Hungarian archbishops or bishops received control. The families of Battiani, Batori, Erdedy, Nadashdi, Zrinyi and other Hungarian clans held high posts in Po Пожoni or, heading the committee, had under their command numerous groups of the middle nobility. They contained significant private armies and magnificent courtyards. The estates of Royal Hungary zealously defended their rights to the Habsburgs, and the autonomy of the Hungarians as part of Austria was far from nominal.
In the sixteenth century, in Hungary, especially in Transylvania, Calvinism quickly spread, which made the Catholic Church very crowded, although the Reformation did not triumph there completely. The extraordinary popularity of Protestantism among the people was explained by the fact that it gave satisfactory answers to questions that worried Hungarian society. According to the Catholic interpretation, the Turks were a heavenly punishment sent down to the Hungarians for sins; according to the Protestant concept, the Hungarians were God's chosen people, subjected to severe trials: proving the firmness of their faith, the Hungarians will be freed from the power of strangers. Protestant dogma paid particular attention to the system of educational institutions at all levels; even in the poorest parish schools of the smallest Transylvanian villages, you could find excellent school teachers; under Matthias, an illustrated manuscript collection was considered an ordinary book, which cost a fortune, and just a century later, a print edition of Homer could be bought on the market at a price equal to the cost of a kilogram of meat or a gallon of wine.
Three more Austro-Turkish wars (1551-1562, 1566-1568, 1592-1606) led to a slight expansion of the Ottoman possessions in Hungary. Successful offensive of the Austrians in the 1590s. It was nullified by Catholic fanatics, who in a short time aroused indignation of the population on lands conquered from the Turks. In 1604, Emperor Rudolph II restored the former laws against heretics here; the answer was a powerful uprising in Transylvania, led by the Calvinist tycoon Istvan Bochkai; the guides who had previously fought against the Ottomans took his side. In 1605, Bochkai invaded the Kingdom of Hungary, his troops reached Styria. Rudolph II’s brother, Matthias, governor of the emperor in Hungary, actually opposed the emperor, seized power in Hungary and hastened to reconcile with Hungarian Protestants. On June 23, 1606, under a treaty in Vienna, Matthias recognized freedom of religion for Hungarian nobles and cities and ceded Bochkai seven Hungarian mountain committees.
According to the Sitvatorok (Zhivatorok) peace treaty between Austria and Turkey, the emperor was exempted from paying tribute for a one-time compensation of 200 thousand forints. Then Istvan Bochkai died, and in Transylvania, Zhigmond Rakoczy seized power. Matthias openly opposed Rudolph, in 1608 became king of Hungary under the name Matthias II (1608–1618), and in 1612 overthrew his brother from the Austrian throne, again uniting the Hapsburg possessions. Matthias paid for the Hungarian crown with the restoration of all the privileges of the Hungarians of the Jagiellonian era: the Palatine was authorized to replace the monarch in his absence, without the consent of the Sejm, the king did not have the right to declare war; he had to remove all officers from the fortress garrisons, except for the Hungarians. In Transylvania that same year, Gabor Bathory, an eccentric reveler and freethinker, who was inclined to adventures in 1610-1611, seized power. temporarily conquered Wallachia. In 1613, Gabor Betlen (1613-1629) became the prince, whose personality and achievements are often compared with the image of Matthias Hunyadi.
Gabor Betlen, the “Hungarian Machiavelli”, an
assiduous Calvinist, supporter of the Ottomans, created a regular
army, brutally suppressed the tyranny of tycoons, put an end to
anarchy; he was ruthless in collecting taxes, filling the princely
treasury. He was distinguished by religious tolerance, financed the
translation of the Bible into Hungarian, carried out by the Jesuit
György Kaldi, allowed the Orthodox Romanians to have their own
bishop and harbored the Anabaptists. Intervening in the Thirty Years
War, in 1619 he captured Slovakia, and then Pozhon; in November -
December 1619, he even besieged Vienna in alliance with the rebelled
Czechs. In January 1620, Gabor Betlen was elected Prince of Hungary
at a state meeting in Požoni (1620–1622); the same assembly decided
on an equation in the rights of Lutherans, Calvinists and Catholics,
on the expulsion of the Jesuits. However, Betlen failed to maintain
power over both parts of Christian Hungary: the victories of the
Habsburgs forced him to conclude on January 6, 1622 the honorary
Mikulov (Nicholsburg) world, according to which he received seven
controversial committees and the title of Duke of the German Empire
for giving up the Hungarian crown; in this document, the Habsburg
claims for Transylvania were not mentioned at all. Betlen several
times entered the war with the Austrians, but his success was no
longer repeated. However, its weight in the political arena was very
great, and the cultural heyday of Transylvania impressed European
guests. “There is nothing barbaric here!” Exclaimed the envoy of one
of the western countries in 1621 when he visited the prince’s court
in Dyulafekhervar, failing to hide his amazement. The princely
palace was rebuilt in a magnificent manner by Italian architects and
sculptors; they abundantly decorated it with frescoes, stucco
ceilings, Flemish and Italian tapestries. Various exotic objects of
his decoration, balls, theatrical performances, musical concerts
held within its walls, as well as the courtesy of court manners,
corresponded to all the highest ideas of sophistication that
prevailed in those days.
In 1629, Gabor Betlen died, and his widow, Catalina of Brandenburg, unpopular and inexperienced, did not retain power. Seven committees after Betlen's death were returned to the Habsburgs. In 1630, Transylvanian feudal lords elected Prince György Rakoczy I (1630–1648); his reign is considered the last stage of the “golden age” of Transylvania, where Hungarians still ruled (Rakotsi relied more and more on Calvinists, narrowing the scope of tolerance). György Rakoczy I also pursued an independent foreign policy, intervened in the feuds in Moldova and Wallachia, and in 1643 entered into an alliance with Sweden and renewed the war against Austria, with the support of the local population conquered all of Slovakia again, and in 1645 Transylvanians along with the Swedes together besieged Brno. However, under pressure from Istanbul, György Rakoczi I went to the separate Linz world (December 1645) with Ferdinand III that same year, securing seven committees and receiving the title of imperial prince.
The son and heir of György Rakoczy I - György Rakoczy II (1648–1660) - continued the anti-Habsburg policy, but hoped to free himself from the Turks' power, subjugated Wallachia and Moldova; in the struggle for influence in these principalities, he first encountered Bogdan Khmelnitsky, in May 1653 he helped his ally Matei Basarab defeat his son Timos Khmelnitsky in the battle of Finta. However, György Rakoczi II soon decided to take advantage of the Swedish invasion of the Commonwealth and achieve a Polish throne for himself, like Stefan Batory. Transylvanians invaded Poland in alliance with the Swedes and Cossacks, but the Poles brought Tatars to them, and the Sultan Mehmed IV deprived Gyorgy Rakotsi II of princely power; in 1658-1662 Turks and Tatars cruelly devastated Transylvania. The economic prosperity of the principality came to an end, in June 1660, György Rakoczi II was mortally wounded in a battle with the Turks. His associate Janos Kemeni did not hold on to power, and in 1661 the Turks erected in Transylvania their obedient protege Mihai Apafi (1661–1690).
In 1663, a new Austro-Turkish war began. In the
Bashvar world, on August 10, 1664 between Austria and Turkey, the
Ottoman forces were withdrawn from Transylvania, but it remained
under the supreme power of the Sultan, in several Transylvanian
fortresses - Nove Zamky (Ershekuyvar), Oradea (Nadjvarad), Zerinvar
(Uyzrinivar) - Turkish garrisons were stationed, and the size of the
tribute sent to Istanbul was sharply increased. The general crisis
in the Ottoman Empire led to a deterioration in the situation of the
population of its Hungarian provinces. However, the new Kuruc
uprisings that followed in the 1670s. in northern Hungary, were sent
against Austria. The rebels were supported by Louis XIV. The first
rebellion began in 1672, but the chickens were quickly defeated; in
1678 they were led by the nobleman Imre Tököli, who managed to
capture most of Royal Hungary. For some time he maneuvered between
Istanbul and Vienna, but in 1682 he entered into an alliance treaty
with Mehmed IV, which caused the Turks to march on Vienna and
ultimately ended in the fall of Ottoman domination in Hungary.
Since 1687, Hungary became part of the Habsburg possessions. In the Austrian state, the Hungarians played the role of the gentry, the small military nobility. In 1848-1849 a national revolution broke out in Hungary led by Lajos Kossuth, which was suppressed only with the help of the Russian expeditionary force under the command of General Paskevich. In 1860, the constitution proclaimed by Emperor Franz Joseph fixed the decision to convene the first Hungarian parliament. In 1861, the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph granted Hungary the right to discuss internal affairs in the Hungarian National Assembly and participate in resolving general imperial issues in the Reichsrat, the supreme legislative body of the Habsburg empire, which was not adopted by Hungary. However, in 1867, the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I, was forced to compromise with the Hungarian elite, as a result of which the Austrian Empire was turned into a two-state state - Austria-Hungary; in Hungary, its own legislature was created - the State Assembly (Országgyűlés), which consisted of two chambers - the Chamber of Peers (Főrendiház) and the Chamber of Deputies (Képviselőház); thus. in Hungary, instead of an absolute monarchy, a constitutional dualistic censored monarchy was established. December 30, 1916 in Budapest, under the name of Charles IV, the last Hungarian king Charles of Austria ascended the throne. In 1918, he stepped back from government and died in exile in 1922. In 2004, he was beatified by the Catholic Church.
After the First World War, as a result of democratic (communist, nationalist) revolts, the Austrian monarchy ceased to exist, and on its territory separate states Austria, Hungary, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Czechoslovakia were formed. On November 16, 1918, the Hungarian People's Republic was proclaimed - the first democratic state in Hungary; The Hungarian National Council (Magyar Nemzeti Tanács) was formed as a legislative body.
March 21, 1919 "SDPV" and "CPV" united in the "Socialist Party of Hungary" (SPV); the Hungarian Soviet Republic was proclaimed on the same day, the Hungarian National Council was abolished, its functions were transferred to the Executive Committee of the Workers 'and Soldiers' Councils; the persecution of some of the Social Democrats and supporters of the bourgeois parties began, the democratic state was liquidated. On August 6, 1919, the SPV government was ousted from power by the Romanian army invading Hungary (the SPV itself broke up - the SDPV and KPV were reinstated).
On November 16, after the Romanian troops were evacuated from Budapest, the Hungarian monarchists occupied the capital and the monarchy with its previous pre-revolutionary powers was restored, but the king was not determined, the regent Miklos Horthy was at the head of the kingdom; there was also a representative body - the National Assembly (Nemzetgyűlés), which in 1927 became again called the National Assembly and again became bicameral, consisting of the Upper House (Felsőházra) and the Lower House. In 1938, Hungary entered into an alliance with Nazi Germany, for which it received parts of Czechoslovakia, including Transcarpathia (Carpathian Ukraine). In the wake of historical revanchism in 1940, Hungary succeeded in tearing Transylvania away from Romania on the basis of Vienna arbitration.
In 1941, Hungary took part in the aggression
against Yugoslavia and participated in the war against the Soviet
Union. On March 19, 1944, Germany launched Operation Margaret.
German troops occupied Hungary, and the Germans began sending Jews
to death camps in Poland. In September 1944, Soviet troops crossed
the Hungarian border. October 15, Horthy announced a truce with the
Soviet Union, but the Hungarian troops did not stop the fighting.
Germany conducted Operation Panzerfaust, during which the son of
Miklos Horthy was kidnapped and taken hostage by the SS detachment.
This forced him to annul the truce and transfer power to Ferenc
Salashi and his Crossed Arrows organization. On December 2, 1944, on
the part of Hungary occupied by the Red Army, the Provisional
National Assembly was formed as the legislative body and the
Provisional National Government as the executive body. On February
13, 1945, the Red Army took Budapest, the Salashists lost power over
most of the country. March 6-15, 1945, the Salashists and the
Wehrmacht made an unsuccessful attempt to counter-attack the Red
Army in the area of Lake Balaton. March 28, 1945 under the control
of the Red Army was the whole of Hungary, Salashi fled to Austria.
In the parliamentary elections this year, the majority received the Independent Party of Small Masters. In the fall of 1945, the National Assembly met, which in 1946 adopted a law on state form, according to which Hungary was proclaimed a republic; the legislature became the State Assembly, elected by the people, the head of state - the president, elected by the State Assembly, the executive body - the government appointed by the president and responsible to the State assembly.
In the 1947 parliamentary elections, a relative majority (22.25%) received the “Communist Party of Hungary”. In 1949, a constitution was adopted, the Hungarian People's Republic was proclaimed, and the Legislative Assembly remained the formal legislative body, elected in multi-member (since 1966 - single-member) constituencies; the government was renamed the Council of Ministers, the post of president was abolished, and the functions of the president were transferred to the Presidential Council (Elnöki Tanács), elected by the National Assembly. Soon all parties were banned, except for the Hungarian Workers' Party ("VLT"); it arose as a result of the forced accession of the "Social Democratic Party of Hungary" to the "Communist Party of Hungary", in 1955 it was renamed the "Hungarian Socialist Workers Party" ("PSWP"), democracy in Hungary was replaced by the dictatorship of the "VPT". The Hungarian uprising of 1956 was crushed by the invasion of the USSR army.
In 1989, the leadership changed in the HSWP and the party’s ideology became social democracy; the one-party system was abolished and the constitution amended; Hungary was again proclaimed the Republic of Hungary. After the transition to democracy in 1989, Hungary headed for joining pan-European structures. In 2004, the country joined the European Union. Since December 2007, Hungary became part of the Schengen countries.
On August 25, 2004, the government crisis was resolved, as a result of which the former Prime Minister Peter Mediesi resigned, and in his place the Hungarian Socialist Party elected the Minister for Youth and Sports, multimillionaire Ferenc Gyurcsany. The crisis in the ruling coalition of socialists and free democrats is connected, first of all, with accumulated financial and economic problems, which include a huge budget deficit (almost 6% in 2003), an overvalued national currency, an unprecedented increase in the country's internal and external debt (over $ 50 million). Reflecting on the social sphere, these problems cause discontent among the population.
In April 2006, new parliamentary elections were held in Hungary. The Hungarian Socialist Party received 186 of the 386 seats, its ally in the government coalition, the Alliance of Free Democrats, received 18 seats. Their rivals - the Hungarian Civil Party (FIDES) - stood on the list with the Christian Democratic People's Party in the elections, they received 164 seats. September 19, 2006 in Budapest there was a riot in connection with the publication of the Prime Minister's statements about the deplorable state of the economy.
In the 2009 European Parliament elections, the
Fides-PPCD coalition won a decisive victory, gaining 56.4% of the
vote and receiving 14 of the 22 mandates reserved for Hungary.
Parliamentary elections in April 2010 dramatically changed the
political landscape of Hungary. The victory was won by the
right-wing coalition Fides — PPCD, gaining 262 seats in parliament
(more than two-thirds of the seats). The Hungarian Socialist Party
won 59 seats, the nationalist party "Movement for a Better Hungary"
- 47 seats. The party “Politics may be different” also passed into
parliament - 16 seats. On June 29, 2010, the country's parliament
elected Fides' representative Pal Schmitt, the gold fencing medalist
at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, as the new president of Hungary;
Schmitt took office on August 6, 2010.
In 2012, the new Hungarian Constitution came into force. The new basic law changed the name of the country from “Hungarian Republic” to “Hungary”. The new constitution states that the Hungarian people are united by “God and Christianity”. The state has an obligation to protect life, and it is agreed that life begins at conception. In fact, this constitutional article prohibits abortion. Marriage is defined in the constitution as the “union of man and woman.” On May 2, 2012, the representative of Fides Janos Ader was elected President of Hungary.
The country has diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation (established with the USSR since 1934, restored on September 25, 1945, the Treaty on Friendly Relations and Cooperation between Russia and Hungary was signed on December 6, 1991).