About: Hungary

Digital & Media 13-01-2022

EU funds fact-checking website in Hungary ahead of crucial elections

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is launching a website to fight disinformation in Hungary, just three months before elections that will determine Orbán’s grip on power - however, experts remain sceptical.
Elections 04-01-2022

Trump praises Hungary’s Orbán in pre-election letter

Former US president Donald Trump on Monday (3 January) enthusiastically backed the reelection of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, a hardline hero who has been accused of creeping authoritarianism.
Digital & Media 22-12-2021

Personal and professional links between Orbán and new Euronews owner

The venture capital firm set to acquire pan-European media outlet Euronews has long-standing personal and professional ties to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has drawn widespread criticism for having presided over a recent worsening of media pluralism in Hungary. 
Politics 22-12-2021

Hungary’s Orbán attacks EU for ‘brutal sabotage’ in funds row

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday (21 December) said the EU's withholding of funds was "the most brutal sabotage" as he insisted his country would stick by harsh asylum rules.

Seven dead as vehicle carrying migrants crashes in Hungary

Seven people died and four others were injured when a vehicle carrying migrants crashed into a flower shop in Hungary as the driver sought to dodge the police, officials said Tuesday (14 December).

France and Hungary set conciliatory tone as Macron visits Budapest

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (13 December) France was willing to "work together for Europe" with Hungary despite the countries' political differences, striking a conciliatory note as Paris prepares to take over the European Union's presidency.
Global Europe 10-12-2021

Biden talks to central Europe leaders, pledges more ‘military capabilities’

US President Joe Biden promised central European NATO members "additional military capabilities" on Thursday (9 December) and pledged to involve them in decisions about the region, Lithuania's presidential advisor said.
Global Europe 10-12-2021

Renewing democracy is ‘defining challenge of our time,’ Biden tells summit

US President Joe Biden gathered over 100 world leaders at a summit and made a plea to bolster democracies around the world, calling safeguarding rights and freedoms in the face of rising authoritarianism the "defining challenge" of the current era.

Adviser says court should dismiss legal challenge to linking EU money with rule of law

The legal adviser of the top EU court said on Thursday (2 December) Budapest and Warsaw's legal challenges to the EU law that links disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards should be dismissed.
Global Europe 24-11-2021

Biden invites around 110 countries to virtual summit on democracy

President Joe Biden has invited around 110 countries to a virtual summit on democracy in December, including most of Western allies but not Hungary and Turkey, according to a list posted on the State Department website on Tuesday (23 November)....
Non-discrimination 23-11-2021

Hungarian media to publish LGBTI campaign despite risk of fines

Three television channels and several magazines will publish an awareness campaign to educate on LGBTI families, despite the Hungarian media regulator having earlier initiated proceedings against networks on the same grounds, EURACTIV's media partner Telex reported.

Budapest to Luxembourg court: Judgment ‘practically’ means supporting human trafficking

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga accused EU judges in Luxembourg of making Budapest "practically support human trafficking" in her response to a ruling that found Hungary's 2018 law threatening jail sentences on anyone helping asylum seekers had violated bloc rules.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2021

EU mulls approving Hungary, Poland recovery plans, with conditions

The EU is prepared to approve multi-billion-euro recovery plans for Hungary and Poland in the coming weeks, but with strict conditions attached, bloc officials said.
Non-discrimination 30-09-2021

Making equality bodies more independent cannot protect them from EU governments

A recent Hungarian example shows that the brewing EU legislation that will aim to bolster the bloc's discrimination fighting bodies will not be enough to keep straying governments in check, Máté Szabó, a civil rights lawyer at TASZ (Hungarian Civil Liberties Union), warned in a video interview with EURACTIV.
Elections 30-09-2021

Pro-EU Klara Dobrev leads in opposition primary to take on Hungary’s Orbán

Klara Dobrev, a 49-year-old lawyer, has emerged as the front-runner in a joint opposition bid to unseat Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in 2022 elections, partial results of an opposition primary showed on Thursday (30 September).

Hungary hits out at Brussels’ funding ‘blackmail’

The Hungarian government on Tuesday (28 September) condemned what it termed Brussels' "blackmail" over the allocation of EU funding as differences between the eastern member and the European Union institutions deepen.

Hungarian minister: Schinas wants to ‘hide’ migration from German, French voters

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga has lashed out against European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas after he told EURACTIV in an interview that the much-awaited European migration pact should be approved after the French elections due next year.
Non-discrimination 16-09-2021

Hungary equates ‘LGBT promotion’ in films with horror in viewing age ratings

Hungary's media regulator published guidelines for broadcasters to comply with new LGBT laws on Wednesday (15 September), relegating some films portraying homosexuality or gender identity issues to the same age group restrictions as gory horror movies.
Non-discrimination 13-09-2021

In Hungary, pope says anti-Semitism ‘fuse’ must not be allowed to burn

Pope Francis called on Sunday (12 September) for vigilance against a rise in anti-Semitism, saying during a brief trip to Hungary this was a "fuse that must not be allowed to burn."
Enlargement 09-09-2021

Vucic and Orban formalise their ‘special relationship’

Hungary, whose government has been at odds with Brussels for a long time, has emerged as a major pro-Serbian lobbyist within the EU and this special "illiberal" relationship was formalised on Wednesday (8 September), Serbian journalist Darko Čačić reports for EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Non-discrimination 02-09-2021

Why Orbán’s ‘child protection referendum’ makes no sense, and why it does

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's controversial referendum about the so-called "Child Protection Act", which triggered infringement procedures by the European Commission over its measures targeting the LGBTQ+ community, may not be legally sound but makes considerable political sense, writes Zoltán Kovács.
China 01-09-2021

Hungary, Poland, Serbia: China’s backdoors to Europe

China benefits from divisions that prevent the EU from forming a unified front against it. That is why relations with EU members Hungary and Poland, as well as with the Western Balkans and Serbia in particular, are getting stronger, writes Antonia Colibasanu.

EP presses ahead to sue Commission for dragging its feet on rule of law

The main organisational body of the European Parliament has given the go-ahead to continue the drawn-out procedure of suing the executive for failing to activate the budgetary conditionality linking EU funds to rule of law amid doubts over the action's speed and efficacy.
China 31-08-2021

Budapest mayor obtains vote on China university in blow for Orban

Hungary's election authority approved Monday (30 August) a bid by Budapest's mayor to hold a referendum over a planned campus of China's Fudan university, in a blow for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who backs the project.