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Hungary and Poland thwart joint EU declaration on migration

D&T
Oct 13, 2023

An informal European Union summit convened in Granada, Spain, took an unexpected turn when the Prime Ministers of Hungary and Poland blocked a joint EU declaration on migration. The two leaders compelled delegates to omit a passage regarding member countries' views on migration from the carefully crafted declaration that had been in the works for […]

56% of Hungarians Support EU Measures Regarding Ukraine

D&T
Dec 14, 2022

Democracy remains the most important value EU citizens want Parliament to stand up for. 72% of respondents (78% in Hungary) believe their country has benefited from being an EU member, according to a new Eurobarometer survey. Democracy, human rights and free speech are paramount to EU citizens as they call on the European Parliament to […]

EP Culture and Education Committee Visit in Budapest

D&T
Nov 4, 2022

Members of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament have concluded their visit in Budapest, having gathered insights into recent developments in the country’s cultural, education and media policies. In the concluding press conference in Budapest on Friday, the head of the delegation Sabine Verheyen (a German delegate of the European People’s Party) […]

8th Package of EU Sanctions on Russia Endorsed

D&T
Oct 7, 2022

European Union Member States, including Hungary, have voted in favor of the next package of sanctions against Russia this week. The package includes a ban on imports of more Russian products, an extension of the list of persons subject to travel bans and asset freezes, and a price cap on oil shipments from Russia to […]

European Commission Proposes to Cut Funds to Hungary

D&T
Sep 18, 2022

The European Commission, the quasi-government of the European Union, calls for an estimated EUR 7.5 billion in EU funding to be withheld from Hungary over corruption concerns that the Hungarian government failed to dispel. Referring to EC President Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union address earlier this week, EC Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in […]

EC Triggers Rule-Of-Law Mechanism Against Hungary

D&T
Apr 5, 2022

The European Commission has sent a formal notification to the Hungarian government to launch the so-called conditionality mechanism, which links the disbursement of EU funds to the rule of law, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in Strasbourg on Tuesday at the European Parliament (EP) plenary session. As the Hungarian state news agency […]

EU Court of Justice Rules Against Hungarian Government

D&T
Feb 16, 2022

With measures for the protection of the Union budget in mind, the Court of Justice, sitting as a full Court, dismissed the actions brought by the Hungarian and Polish governments against the conditionality mechanism which makes the receipt of financing from the Union budget subject to the respect by the Member States for the principles […]

Connecting Interested Parties for Dialogue

Sándor Laczkó
Mar 6, 2021

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the oldest political foundation in Germany, has been represented in Budapest since 1990. Its goal in Hungary is to promote political dialogue between Hungary and Germany as well as member states, the exchange of analysis, views and concepts. As the leadership of the Foundation tells Diplomacy&Trade, when the Friedrich Ebert […]

Working in a Trusting and Comprehensive Manner

Sándor Laczkó
Mar 5, 2021

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), a German foundation that has over 110 offices worldwide, has been in Hungary for more than three decades. The Foundation was established some 60 years ago to promote democratic development in Germany. It stands close to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and is governed by Christian values. Its guiding principles […]

Hungarian Government to Veto EU Budget

D&T
Nov 16, 2020

In a letter, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, President of the European Council that the Hungarian government was vetoing legislation on the EU's seven-year budget and the recovery fund. The Hungarian government's website quotes the head of the PM's […]

German self-propelled howitzer Panzerhaubitze 2000

Hungary, the Biggest Buyer of German Weapons

D&T
Dec 27, 2019

After three years of falling, weapons and military hardware exports by Germany have gone into reverse in 2019, reaching almost EUR 8 billion, and the quarter of these exports deliveries went to Hungary, Deutsche Welle and euronews report. Documents show that Hungary purchased roughly a quarter of all the authorized German arms exports in the […]

EU Comissioner Cecilia Malmström at the Budapest forum | source: youtube

EU Commissioner for Trade in Budapest

D&T
Sep 26, 2016

Addressing the forum 'It's about Europe, it's about you' i Budapest , European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malström said the free trade agreements enable Europe to shape economic globalisation rather than passively suffering from it.

The British Embassy in Budapest flying the British and EU flags | Zoltán Balogh / MTI

Hungarian reaction to Brexit vote outcome

D&T
Jun 24, 2016

The most important lesson to be learned from the referendum is that Brussels needs to listen to the voice of the people, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán said. Opposition parties warn that the Orbán government's anti-EU stance may lead the country out of the EU.

Hungarian police officers meeting before being sent to Slovenia | Zoltán Máthé / MTI

More Hungarian police to Slovenia

D&T
Dec 28, 2015

A second unit of 52 Hungarian police officers left for Slovenia on Monday morning to assist it in halting illegal migration. Slovenia asked for international contribution to illegal migration control efforts at the end of October this year.

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