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This is what they say – Hungary in the international press

New Daimler factory may help Hungary avoid recession

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said he supports big manufacturing investments, but his combative rhetoric toward foreign capital and a raft of extra taxes that hurt western companies already present in Hungary have raised red flags even with business groups who were spared the blow.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/16/us-hungary-daimler-idUSBRE82F19220120316

Hungary prime minister hits out at EU interference in national day speech

Hungary's strongman prime minister, Viktor Orbán, delivered a stinging broadside against Brussels on Thursday, likening EU bureaucracy to Soviet tyranny and casting himself in the mould of Hungarian heroes fighting to free the country from foreign domination since the 19th century. Locked in dispute with Brussels for more than a year over media freedoms, economic policy, the central bank, and the judiciary, Orbán put himself on a collision course with the EU just as his government is attempting to secure credits of 20 billion euro to keep Hungary afloat. "We do not need the unsolicited assistance of foreigners wanting to guide our hands," Orbán declared in a reference to Brussels' demands for legal and constitutional changes regulating Hungary's central bank, data protection laws, and the retirement age for judges on the supreme court. Drawing a clear parallel between Soviet domination of Hungary until 1989 and the behaviour of the European authorities, Orbán said: "We are more than familiar with the character of unsolicited comradely assistance, even if it comes wearing a finely tailored suit and not a uniform with shoulder patches."

http://www.guardian.co.uk

Hungary Pressed to Ease Judiciary and News Media Laws

The changes in Budapest have led to concern in Brussels because Hungary, which joined the European Union in 2004, was previously considered a successful developing democracy. The European Commission has already put negotiations for Hungarian financial aid on hold, and it threatened to press legal action if the government did not amend the laws to comply with European norms.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/world/europe/hungary-is-pressed-to-change-its-laws-further.html?_r=1

AP Interview: Part of Hungary's new church law problematic, Council of Europe chief says

The head of the Council of Europe on Wednesday criticized a new law in Hungary that sharply reduced the number of officially recognized churches and changed the procedure they need to follow to gain that status.

Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland was in Budapest to meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other leading government officials to discuss the church law and other recent ones regarding media and judicial reforms that have drawn international criticism.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ap-interview-part-of-hungarys-new-church-law-problematic-council-of-europe-chief-says/2012/03/21/gIQAq7RkRS_story.html

 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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