Juncker calls Orbán ‘dictatorʼ, slaps him

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.

EC finds Altus contract in order

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.

Bill would transpose EU directives into public procurement law

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.

Varga: No reason to dismiss tax chief

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.

Popularity of state television news program falls sharply

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 ‘Google tax’

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.

Szijjártó: Good relations between east and west in Europeʼs interest

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. 

Orbán meets with president of Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani met in the Hungarian Parliament yesterday. 

Varga opposes death penalty

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.

UNHCR calls on Hungary to protect refugees

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.

Government to submit 2016 budget bill next week

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. 

Fidesz senior official admits to positive discrimination of Hungarian retailers

“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. 

Putin: Abandoning Paks deal would hurt Hungary

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 countrys 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.

Magyar Nemzet’s sports columnists resign

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.

PM: Gov’t to extend regulatory reforms to brokerages

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. 

Ad tax set at 5.3% for revenue above HUF 100 mln

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.

Orbán expects ‘battle’ with Brussels over immigration law

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.

La Libre Bélgique: Orbán moves right

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. 

Guardian stands by its story on PM

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.

Kovács vows action on Guardian article

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.

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