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Hungary Opens New Front in Battle with EU over Minimum Tax Rate

Jun 24, 2022

Hungary’s finance minister vetoed an EU directive on a global minimum corporate tax, leaving the outgoing French EU Presidency without its crown achievement. The move is seen as yet another front in Hungary’s standoff with the bloc. Hungarian Finance Minister Mihály Varga blocked a European Union initiative to implement a global minimum corporate tax rate […]

Hungarian Households, the 2nd Poorest in the EU

Jun 21, 2022

According to the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), Hungary is the second poorest country in the European Union. Hungarian household consumption is only 70% of the EU average – same as in Slovakia. Only Bulgaria is worse off. Eurostat notes that actual individual consumption (AIC) is a measure of material welfare of households. […]

Hungary Upholds Refusal of Russian Oil Ban amid Growing EU

May 13, 2022

Hungary is opposing the European Union’s proposal for a gradual ban on Russian oil imports, with Budapest claiming the plan would be equivalent to dropping an A-bomb on the country’s economy. Meanwhile, tensions are on the rise within the bloc as a handful of dissenting member states are holding up action on a new package […]

Europe’s Future beyond the Energy Crisis

May 6, 2022

The war in Ukraine has brought to the forefront one of Europe’s most pressing vulnerabilities: its reliance on Russian energy. Although European leaders have shown great resolve in their initial response to the war in Ukraine, the solution of weaning the continent off Russian energy dependence is not immediately clear or painless. A similarly pressing […]

Hungarians Continue to Trust the European Union

Apr 9, 2022

The perception of the European Union is basically positive both in the EU and in Hungary. Almost half of people in Hungary have a positive opinion of the EU, and just over one in seven have a negative opinion, according to the latest findings by Eurobarometer that regularly conducts public opinion surveys on behalf of […]

EU Disciplinary Action against Hungary Carries Huge Risk for Economy

Apr 8, 2022

The European Union’s decision to launch a new rule of law mechanism against the Hungarian government threatens to strip Hungary of billions of forints in much-needed funding. The move comes at a time when the government needs to rein in a swelling budget deficit and faces a slowdown in the economy. Hot on the heels […]

Hungarian NATO Plane Helps Arms Shipment to Ukraine

Feb 28, 2022

A Hungarian C-17 aircraft of the NATO Heavy Airlift Regiment stationed in Pápa, W Hungary carried weapons, destined for Ukraine, from the Netherlands to a not specified Eastern European country. In the meantime, the Hungarian government said Hungary does not offer arms to Ukraine and does not allow arms transfers through its territory, but is […]

Hungary’s Prime Minister Vows to Defy EU Court Decision on Migration

Dec 24, 2021

Hungary will not change its immigration laws, defying a ruling by the European Union’s top court. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán vowed to maintain the country’s existing laws on immigration despite a decision by the EU court that would require changes to these regulations. “We will maintain the existing regime, even if the European court ordered […]

Ambassador School by the European Parliament

Sep 9, 2021

The program, launched in 2017, currently involves 49 secondary schools in Hungary and more than 2,000 schools across Europe. The Ambassador School program aims to raise awareness of Europe and European parliamentary democracy among young secondary school students. Through a variety of in-school and extra-curricular activities throughout the school year, students from participating schools can […]

Hungarians Prefer Not to Leave the European Union

Aug 21, 2021

According to a recent survey by the Medián public opinion research institute, the majority of Hungarians do not want to leave the European Union and they do not only want to stay for the money received from the EU. The opinion of the Hungarian people has remained unchanged for many years: the vast majority – […]

EU Concerns Over Hungary’s LGBTQ Law and Corruption Allegations May

Jul 9, 2021

Hungary’s relations with the European Union took a turn for the worse after the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán passed a law that was heavily criticized for discriminating against LGBTQ people. EU lawmakers are urging the decision-making bodies in Brussels to punish Hungary by blocking funds from the EU stimulus package. Hungary came under […]

EU Condemns Hungarian Law on LGBTQ Content

Jun 18, 2021

The European Union condemned a recently passed Hungarian law that bans the portrayal and the promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, the change of sex and homosexuality to minors. Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Budapest to protest the law passed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party and […]

Legal Clashes

Feb 26, 2021

Hungary and the EU are locked in a number of legal disputes over several laws passed by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Brussels is resorting to various measures as it seeks to pressure Hungary to abide by the rulings of the European Court of Justice and the stipulations of EU law. Hungary and […]

Lifting the Hurdles

Csaba Wolf
Jan 27, 2021

An important agreement between the European Union and the People's Republic of China was announced on December 30, 2020. After seven years of negotiations and presentation of arguments, the detailed fundamentals of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) were laid between the parties. The agreement aims to balance the investment environments and conditions in […]

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