In video posted on the internet, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, calls Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán a “dictator” and playfully slaps him the face during a meeting for press photo shooting held yesterday at the Riga Summit. Click here to see the video.
The European Commission officially informed the Hungarian government that everything is in order with the contract awarded to Altus, a company owned by current leader of the Democratic Coalition opposition party and former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány, to assess European Union-financed development projects from 2014 to 2020, Cabinet Chief János Lázár said at his regular weekly press conference yesterday.
Hungarian lawmakers yesterday submitted a bill to Parliament that would transpose new European Union directives into national law on public procurements, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.
Ildikó Vida, the chief of Hungary’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), has been performing her job without concerns that she could eventually be dismissed from her position, Hungary’s National Economy Minister Mihály Varga said late yesterday on commercial channel ATV.
The viewership of the recently reprogrammed state-owned television channel M1’s main evening news program has dropped over 50% in nearly two months, online news portal nol.hu reported yesterday.
Hungary could introduce an extraordinary levy on “multinational internet-based companies”, commonly referred to as the “Google tax”, Tamás Deutsch (pictured), the governmentʼs commissioner for online national consultation on digital developments (InternetKon), said at Media Hungary’s conference yesterday in Siófok, near Lake Balaton.
It is in Europeʼs best interest that cooperation between the eastern and western sides of the continent remain "cultured and pragmatic", Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto said yesterday at a press conference in response to a query about talks held during his visit to Moscow last week. Szijjarto said that it would be contrary to Europeʼs economic interests if "a wall were built instead of bridges" at Russiaʼs western borders.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani met in the Hungarian Parliament yesterday.
Hungary’s Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga is against the death penalty, the minister told Hungarian online daily origo.hu in an interview today.
The UN Refugee Agency raised concerns over what it says are efforts by the Hungarian government to regard refugees as a threat to the country in leading questions being asked during a so-called national consultation, the organization said in a press release.
The government will submit the 2016 budget bill to Parliament next week, cabinet chief János Lázár said at a regularly scheduled press conference yesterday, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.
“Allowing small Hungarian retail shops to be open [on Sundays] has, no doubt, clear economic advantages,” Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Gergely Gulyás said in an interview published by origo.hu yesterday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that it would hurt Hungary’s national interests if the country backed out of the deal to upgrade the country’s sole nuclear power plant at Paks, though he noted that the country could be forced to drop the deal by the European Commission, Russian news agency Tass reported.
The five-member sports staff at Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet resigned from their posts to join Hungarian economic daily Napi Gazdaság, Hungarian daily Népszabadság Online reported today.
Hungaryʼs government plans to extend regulatory reforms within the financial sector to brokerages, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with commercial television station Echo TV on Friday, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.
According to a new bill published on kormany.hu yesterday, the upper bracket of the advertisement tax would be 5.3%, while media companies with revenue of less than HUF 100 mln would not have to pay the advertisement tax.
Hungary needs to set up its own immigration regulatory system, which “will be different in many ways from the current European Union regulations,” Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with right-wing commercial channel Echo TV over the weekend.
Following recent losses in the by-election, particularly the latest win by the far-right Jobbik party, Fidesz leader Viktor Orbán has begun moving into Jobbik’s territory in order to regain the party’s popularity through zero tolerance on immigrants and a possible reintroduction of the death penalty, according to Belgian news portal LaLibre.be.
The Guardian today rejected a government spokespersonʼs claim of “untrue statements” in an article reporting that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán might reconsider the death penalty and that he equated migrants with terrorists. “We have not received any legal complaints about the article in question and we stand by our reporting,” a Guardian spokesperson said.
The Hungarian government will take “the necessary steps” against UK daily newspaper The Guardian for an article that made “untrue statements” about Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s comments on the death penalty and illegal immigrants, government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told MTI late yesterday.