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29th March, 2018

Banderas was Picasso in Szentendre



National Geographic shot its series entitled Genius: Picasso with Spanish movie star Antonio Banderas in the title role in Szentendre.

A photo exhibition of the shooting has opened at the P’Art cinema, the National Geographic said on Facebook on Wednesday. It will be open until April 30. A number of the scenes were filmed in the scenic town near Budapest. (mno.hu; 24.hu; hvg.hu; femina.hu; pestibulvar.hu)
29th March, 2018

New bridge to be built between Hungary and Slovakia



A new bridge will be built on the Ipoly River connecting Ipolydamasd in Hungary and Helemba in Slovakia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and Slovak Economy Minister Peter Ziga announced in Ipolydamasd on Wednesday.

The countries had bid together for Ft 2.1 billion in EU funds to build the new bridge. The 54-metre long bridge is expected to be completed by 2020. (magyarhirlap.hu)
29th March, 2018

Blaha Lujza ter to be renovated in 2019



The capital has earmarked Ft 1.8 billion for the renovation of Blaha Lujza ter, a busy transport hub in the Eighth District in Budapest, mayor Istvan Tarlos announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Architectural planning will commence this year, he added, and the project will be completed by the end of next year.

The government has provided financial aid to the Eighth District’s local government for the restoration of the original façade of the Corvin department store, which is located on the square, local Fidesz mayor Mate Kocsis said. (napi.hu)
29th March, 2018

German far-right activist suspected with arms trade caught



A 34-year-old German man, a far-right activist suspected of illegal online firearms trade on his anti-immigrant website, was captured in Budapest on Wednesday, the Hungarian police said. He has been taken into custody for extradition.

The Berlin province’s state prosecutor general turned to the Hungarian police with a legal aid request on March 13 regarding the suspect, National Police said in a statement.

The Berlin prosecutor said in a statement that the authorities had held searched homes in Budapest and Barcs and impounded various pieces of evidence, mainly data storage devices.

The man, Mario Ronsch, is suspected of having engaged in illegal arms trafficking from May to November, 2016, on his website called Migrantenschreck (migrant alarm), operated from Hungary.

The online store sold arms to German shoppers in 193 cases. The transactions were handled through the suspect’s company and several Hungarian bank accounts. (atv.hu; gondola.hu; magyaridok.hu; ma.hu; mno.hu; nepszava.hu)


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