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Hungarian Insider Alleges Political Corruption with Damning Audio Leak

Mar 29, 2024

Péter Magyar, a former political insider of the Hungarian government, has triggered a political scandal with the release of an explosive audio recording. The recording, which Magyar claims features the voice of his ex-wife and former Justice Minister, Judit Varga, details an alleged conspiracy among top officials to erase evidence of corruption from court records. […]

Hungary’s Central Bank Kicks off Monetary Easing Cycle

May 26, 2023

The Hungarian central bank kicked off a cautious monetary easing cycle while stressing its commitment to combatting inflation, which is the highest in Europe. Analyst expect policy makers to proceed gradually and halt rate cuts if the economic and financial backdrop deteriorates. The National Bank of Hungary cut interest rates this week, becoming the first […]

EU Lawmakers Question Hungary’s Readiness for Frozen EU Funds

May 19, 2023

A delegation of the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control committee concluded a fact-finding visit in Budapest this week. The members of the European Parliament (MEPs looked into ongoing issues with the protection of the EU budget and met with Hungarian public officials, NGOs and journalists. The group of European Union (EU) lawmakers visiting Budapest expressed concerns […]

New EU Directive Facilitates to Report Irregularities

Apr 13, 2023

It will be easier and safer to report corruption in companies under new legislation based on an EU directive, the international consultancy firm Ernst&Young (EY) said in a statement sent to MTI this Thursday. It said that companies with at least 250 employees have 60 days from the publication of the legislation on April 12 […]

Hungary May Face Further Delay in EU Fund Payments as Tug-of-War Continues

Mar 31, 2023

The Hungarian government initially pledged to complete the most important tasks needed to release the funds withheld by the European Union by March 31, this ultimately failed. Brussels is seeking clarification on several issues related to the judicial reform and Hungary has yet to tackle the conflict of interest rules in the Erasmus case. If […]

European Commission Proposes to Cut Funds to Hungary

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 […]

Hungary to establish anti-graft authority in bid to unlock EU funds

Sep 9, 2022

The Hungarian government decided to set up an anti-corruption authority that will work together with non-government organizations to oversee the spending of European Union funds. The move comes as Budapest seeks to unlock billions of euros in EU development funds that Brussels suspended on claims of state-level corruption and a decline in the rule of […]

Eurobarometer: Corruption is Extensive in Hungary

Jul 25, 2022

Corruption remains a serious problem for EU citizens – and this is especially true for Hungarians: 91% of those polled believe that corruption is widespread in this country, while the EU average is 68%. The European Commission has published the latest Special Eurobarometer on Corruption, which captures citizens' perceptions and experiences, as well as the […]

Unlikely Winner Emerges in Hungary’s Opposition Run-Off
Small-town mayor Márki-Zay elected to challenge PM Orbán in 2022

Oct 22, 2021

Hungary’s opposition parties, which have joined forces to fight next year’s general election, have elected a small-town mayor to challenge incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the 2022 polls. Péter Márki-Zay is expected to win over swing voters and disillusioned Orbán supporters as the opposition seeks to stop Orbán from winning a fourth term in […]

What Worries Hungarians?

Jul 31, 2020

The state of healthcare, financial/political corruption and poverty – these are the three biggest worries of Hungarians according to a new international poll by Ipsos. 56% Hungarians worry about health problems (this being the highest value globally), but corruption (54%, also the highest value in the world) and poverty (49%, third highest value after Russia […]

International Weightlifting Federation Leaves Budapest

Apr 24, 2020

The Acting President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Ursula Papandrea is expected to move the headquarters of the organization as soon as possible to Lausanne, Switzerland as the relocation is underway from the IWF offices in Budapest, home city of outgoing President Tamás Aján who resigned on allegations of corruption. “The Executive Board has […]

| source: Transparency International Hungary

TI Hungary recognizes investigative journalist

Jan 12, 2018

Transparency International Hungary has rewarded the exploration of corruption in the municipality of Ferencváros with the Göbölyös Soma Prize. The author of the winning entry, a series of articles was Dániel Ács, a journalist at the news portal


Hungarians feel powerless against corruption

Nov 18, 2016

According to the Hungarian people, corruption is an increasingly serious problem, while the number of those who believe that one can act against it is on the decline, the Global Corruption Barometer of Transparency International (TI) says about Hungary.

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