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EU Challenges Hungary's Controversial Sovereignty Law

Feb 9, 2024

The European Commission has initiated legal proceedings against Hungary's newly passed "sovereignty law," underscoring the ongoing tensions between Brussels and Budaőest. The legislation, ratified by the Hungarian parliament in December, has sparked controversy for its potential to infringe upon fundamental democratic principles and rights. The contentious law introduces the "Office for the Defence of Sovereignty," […]

Hungary faces international pressure to approve Sweden’s NATO bid

Jan 26, 2024

Hungary stands at a crossroads, facing mounting international pressure to cast the decisive vote for Sweden's NATO membership. Despite the urging from both sides of the Atlantic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's inner circle, including László Kövér, Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, shows no signs of haste. International pressure is mounting on Hungary to cast the […]

European Parliament seeks to limit Hungary's voting rights

Jan 19, 2024

In a decisive move aimed at safeguarding the core values of the European Union, more than 100 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have embarked on a journey to curb Hungary's voting rights within the bloc. Spearheading this endeavor is a collective effort to exert pressure on Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán, who has increasingly come […]

Hungary  signals it may support EU aid package for Ukraine

Jan 12, 2024

After wielding its veto power at an EU summit in December to stop the proposed €50-billion fund for Ukraine, known as the Ukraine Facility, Hungary suspended a vital life-line for the war-torn country. As the EU searches for ways to revive negotiations on the package, Hungary signaled it may throw its support behind the initiative […]

Orbán and Zelensky bilateral talks on the horizon

Dec 29, 2023

In a potentially groundbreaking move, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has accepted an invitation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a future bilateral meeting. This would mark a significant development in their strained relationship since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Announcing the acceptance during an annual international news conference in Budapest, Orbán revealed […]

Hungary's premier throws veto at much-needed EU aid for Ukraine

Dec 22, 2023

Hungary has unexpectedly vetoed a €50 billion EU aid package earmarked for Ukraine, dealing a significant blow to Kyiv's ongoing struggle against Russian aggression. The move follows Hungary's earlier threat to veto accession negotiations with Ukraine. "Summary of the night shift: veto for the extra money to Ukraine," remarked Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán after […]

EU unblocks frozen funds for Hungary amidst diplomatic tensions

Dec 15, 2023

In a last-minute move, the European Commission has unfrozen €10.2 billion in EU cohesion funds allocated for Hungary just a day before European leaders convene to discuss new aid to Ukraine and the commencement of accession negotiations for Kyiv. Ukraine’s acceptance into the bloc is a matter vehemently opposed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. […]

Hungary's Orbán throws wrench in EU-Ukraine accession talks

Dec 8, 2023

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán vehemently opposed the inclusion of Ukraine's accession talks in the upcoming European Council summit on December 14-15, potentially derailing a decision that could shape Ukraine's European future. Orbán's objections introduce an element of uncertainty to Ukraine's aspirations and the broader dynamics of EU decision-making. Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán took to […]

Hungarian economy expected to post weak rebound in 2024

Dec 1, 2023

While third-quarter GDP data surprised on the upside, the underlying weaknesses of the Hungarian economy will mar the 2024 economic rebound, according to a report by BMI, a Fitch Solutions company. A challenging external environment and a tight fiscal position all point in the direction of suboptimal growth next year. In the third quarter of […]

Hungary proposes legislation to protect national sovereignty

Nov 24, 2023

Hungary's ruling Fidesz party, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, has presented a bill to Parliament aimed at safeguarding the nation from what it perceives as unwarranted political interference by foreign entities. This legislative initiative underscores Orbán's commitment to positioning himself as a staunch defender of Hungary's sovereignty and interests. The proposed bill on "protecting […]

Hungary Signals Potential Veto on Ukraine’s EU Membership Talks

Nov 17, 2023

Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has raised concerns over Ukraine's readiness to join the European Union, hinting at a possible roadblock for the country's EU membership talks. This comes just two days after Brussels recommended the initiation of membership discussions, setting the stage for a potential clash at the upcoming EU leaders' meeting in mid-December. […]

Russia to Increase Gas Exports to Hungary Ahead of Winter

Oct 27, 2023

In the wake of a meeting between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gazprom, the state-owned Russian energy giant, has announced its intentions to bolster natural gas shipments to EU-member Hungary. This decision has come at a time when the European Union (EU) is actively striving to reduce its dependency on […]

Putin and Orbán Reaffirm Bilateral Ties Amid Ukraine Tensions

Oct 20, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have underlined their commitment to bilateral relations amidst escalating international tensions stemming from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. This reaffirmation of ties occurred during their recent encounter at an international forum held in China. Viktor Orbán became the first European Union leader to publicly shake […]

Hungary and Poland thwart joint EU declaration on migration

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 […]

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