Hungary by Atlatszo – Orban’s friend is the biggest winner of state land auctions
This is what Atlatszo.hu wrote this week:
The Hungarian government put up 290,000 hectares of state-owned land for sale in 2015-16 and managed to sell two-thirds of that. Atlatszo.hu spent months mapping this sale and found that the biggest beneficiaries of the land auctions are Lőrinc Mészáros and his family. PM Orbán’s long-time friend and his family bought 1550 hectares of state land.
Life in the southern suburbs of Budapest, near Budapest Airport, is noisy and unhealthy. The problem affects hundreds of thousands of people who have been fighting the airport in courts for years – unsuccessfully. The change came in 2004 when the state decided to privatize the airport and new regulations allowed the use the runway close to the city.
Improving the quality of work conditions across the European Union raises the cost of labour. If the Social Pillar is implemented, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians and Slovaks will cease to be an attractive, cheap workforce. At the moment they are not willing to take these costs.
We also read this:
It is not always easy or convenient, but you can still find democracy practiced in the increasingly authoritarian Hungary led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Hungary’s main Jewish organization has demanded the removal of government billboards targeting U.S. investor George Soros after they were defaced with anti-Semitic slander in several places.
Orban’s language, embracing notions of “ethnic homogeneity”, appears fashioned to occupy territory on the far right abandoned by the radical nationalist opposition party Jobbik.
Hungary signed a deal with Russia’s Gazprom to link the country with the Turkish Stream pipeline by end-2019 on Wednesday, a day ahead of President Donald Trump’s trip to Poland.