February 6, 1990 |
Hungary today removed 40-year-old restrictions on the Roman Catholic church, and the Vatican announced it was re-establishing diplomatic relations with the Warsaw Pact country. A top church official will travel to Hungary this week to sign the agreement restoring ties that were severed by the Communists in 1945. Hungary will become the second Soviet Bloc country to restore diplomatic ties with the Holy See. Poland did so in July.
January 23, 1990 |
Hungarian Premier Miklos Nemeth said today that the Soviet Union has agreed to withdraw all its armed forces stationed in Hungary. Nemeth told Parliament that he and Soviet Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov agreed that there is no political or military reason for their continued presence, and that talks on a timetable for withdrawal will be held shortly in Budapest. The Soviet Union has had more than 50,000 troops stationed in Hungary since Soviet tanks quashed the 1956 Hungarian uprising.
July 6, 1992 |
Jan Zelezny's world-record javelin throw of 310 feet 10 inches should make him the overwhelming favorite for the Olympic gold medal. In Barcelona, though, Zelezny will have to throw with a different model javelin than he used Saturday in the record-breaking toss at Oslo.
September 17, 1989
Hundreds of East Germans, fearing that their historic opportunity to emigrate might soon be lost, crossed from Hungary into Austria. But Hungarian Prime Minister Miklos Nemeth said the border will remain open. Border officials in West Germany said 500 East Germans had made their way to registration points in Bavaria during the night Friday.
February 17, 1989 |
Hungary today opened Eastern Europe's first school of Western-style banking, the latest sign of its determination to push toward a freer economy. Prime Minister Miklos Nemeth told the opening ceremony of the school, a joint venture with a French organization, that what he called "distorted ideology" had taken Hungary away from the main lines of development in Europe. "We would now like to come back to the main road," he said.
December 2, 1989 |
Prime Minister Miklos Nemeth said Friday that Hungary will slash its armed forces by up to 25% in the next two years, scrapping many offensive weapons and regrouping them away from its western frontier. He also announced a shake-up in the defense command, replacing the army chief of staff and dismissing three deputy ministers.
October 29, 1988 |
Communist Party leader Karoly Grosz said in an interview published Friday that he will resign as premier next month. He will retain the more important job as secretary general of the party. Grosz, 57, who has held the premier's post for 16 months, has repeatedly said he wants to focus on party affairs and that the two functions--premier and party leader--are too much for one person. Grosz took over in May as secretary general of the Communist Party, which sets policy in Hungary.
July 18, 1989 |
President Bush returned home to a warm White House welcome today after a 10-day European trip, expressing fond memories of love for America in Eastern Europe and saying he clearly feels "there's too much hope" in Hungary and Poland for reform movements to be reversed.
October 9, 1989 |
Members of Hungary's revamped ruling party today adopted a manifesto pledging to bring democracy to the nation and then chose the head of the defunct Communist Party as their leader. Delegates told reporters they chose Rezsoe Nyers as president of the new Hungarian Socialist Party after key reformists reluctantly shelved their reservations to avoid a possible split within the party.
May 16, 1989 |
Government officials accused Hungary on Monday of violating international law by halting work on a joint dam project and said that Prague will seek compensation. The regional Presidium in Slovakia, the eastern portion of federated Czechoslovakia, said Hungary must finish its section of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros twin dam project on the Danube River. Budapest said Saturday that it will make a final decision on whether to continue work on the Nagymaros dam, about 20 miles northwest of Budapest, after a two-month review.