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Elections 05-03-2021

Hungary PM wants to create new European right-wing ‘force’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday (5 March) called for the creation of a new European right-wing force for "our type of people" who want to protect their families and homeland.
Non-discrimination 05-03-2021

Hungarian media watchdog targets LGBTQI TV campaign

Hungary's media authority has initiated proceedings against RTL Hungary media group for broadcasting an advert aimed at boosting acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and intersexual (LGBTQI) families.
Climate change 04-03-2021

Hungary brings coal exit forward by five years, to 2025

The country’s last coal power plant will be shut down in 2025 instead of 2030, Hungary’s secretary of state for EU affairs announced earlier this week.
Agrifood 01-03-2021

Hungary: Greens are ‘gunning’ for EU agricultural subsidies system

Hungary's agriculture ministry has launched a scathing attack on the Greens/EFA political group after the publication of a damning report detailing the misuse of EU farming subsidy money in the country. 
China 01-03-2021

Hungarian PM receives Chinese vaccine as government ramps up rollout

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm, Orbán announced on his official Facebook page on Sunday (28 February) as the country tries to accelerate its vaccination programme.
China 26-02-2021

Chinese coronavirus jab brings relief, and concern in Hungary

We should be happy to get any vaccine," said Laszlo Cservak, a pensioner queueing in Budapest for China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine shot after Hungary became the first EU member to start using it.
26-02-2021

Telex wins award in honour of murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak

EURACTIV’s media partner, Hungarian news site Telex, was awarded the #ALLForJan prize, established in honour of the murdered Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak, based on their advocacy of the freedom of the press and their work over the past several...
Digital 25-02-2021

Deutsche Welle resumes Hungarian service amid free press fears

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has begun producing material in Hungarian for the first time in decades, driven by concerns at declining media plurality and press freedom in the fellow European Union member.

Six EU countries warned over border restrictions

The European Commission said Tuesday (23 February) it has formally warned six EU countries that their virus-related border curbs could undermine free movement within the bloc.
Energy 23-02-2021

Leapfrogging gas: how geothermal could help eastern EU countries ditch fossil fuels

Geothermal energy could help central and eastern Europe break away from coal and gas, but it needs a quicker uptake and government backing to help meet renewable energy targets, advocates say.

Czech coal mining regions confronted with ‘hidden’ energy poverty

While Czech coal mining regions supply heat and electricity to the whole country, local people are often unable to afford heating their own homes, researchers say. More broadly, Czechia is struggling to meet its EU reporting obligations on energy poverty, an issue common to other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

EU executive expected to increase pressure on Hungary over NGO law

The European Commission is expected to announce more legal proceedings against Hungary on Thursday (18 February) for failing to change a law requiring civil organisations to disclose foreign donors, three officials said.

Hungary’s last independent public affairs radio forced off the waves

Klubrádió, the last independent radio broadcasting about public affairs issues in Hungary, will be forced to move online completely from next week after losing its court appeal against the national media council’s refusal to extend its licence on Tuesday (9 February).
Politics 08-02-2021

Is the European Union truly like the Soviet Union?

Will the EU collapse like the USSR? Piotr Maciej Kaczyński puts forward "the power of argument" against "the argument of power" used by politicians such as the Polish or Hungarian prime ministers, who say the EU is similar to the defunct Soviet Union.
Global Europe 08-02-2021

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine gets all-clear in Hungary

Hungarian health authorities have approved Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, the government said Sunday (7 February), with 40,000 doses of the jab already to be given.
Health 05-02-2021

Hungary could start using Russian jab next week, Orbán says

Hungary may become the first EU country to start vaccinating its citizens with the Russian vaccine, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his weekly radio interview on Friday (5 February) it could do so as early as next week, adding that a Chinese vaccine was also due soon.
Enlargement 05-02-2021

With China’s help, Serbia overtakes EU in vaccine rollout

Inside the dome of Belgrade's concrete fair hall, dozens of nurses in hazmat suits inject COVID-19 shots into young and old alike, working with an efficiency that has turned Serbia into continental Europe's fastest vaccinator.
The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said.
Digital 19-01-2021

Hungary raises concerns about ‘shadow banning’ of online speech

The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said, accusing Facebook of inhibiting "Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions".
China 14-01-2021

Hungary reaches deal to buy China’s Sinopharm vaccine

Hungary's government said it has reached a deal with China's Sinopharm to buy its coronavirus vaccine, the country's latest move to break away from Brussels as it tries to speed up inoculations to lift curbs on the economy.

‘Solidarity cannot be voluntary’: Portugal begins talks on EU migration pact

Portugal started a round of talks with ministers from various European Union (EU) nations on the new pact to tackle the bloc's long-standing migration issues, its government said on Tuesday (5 January).
Health 04-01-2021

Hungary cools on Russian COVID jab, scolds EU on vaccines

Hungary is unlikely to use Russia's coronavirus vaccine due to its limited production capacity, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Sunday (3 January) while criticising the EU's vaccine acquisition approach.
Global Europe 29-12-2020

Hungary receives 6,000 doses of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine

Hungary said it received 6,000 doses of Russia's controversial coronavirus vaccine on Monday (28 December), in a new display of Budapest's maverick vaccine policy.

EU court deals another blow to Hungarian asylum policy

In the latest legal setback for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the top EU court in Luxembourg ruled that Budapest had broken Union law by restricting access to the international protection procedure for asylum applicants in transit zones and unlawfully detaining them.
Climate change 09-12-2020

Poland, Hungary threaten to derail EU plans to raise 2030 climate ambition

Poland and Hungary could block efforts to strengthen the EU’s 2030 climate goal over a separate dispute on democratic standards. EURACTIV’s media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
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