Last week in Hungary

Hungary by Atlatszo – State-owned beauty spot sold for bargain price to buyer in Orban’s circle

This is what wrote this week:

Self-burglary suspected in case of EUR 1,9 million stolen from residency bond company

The investigation of the break-in into Arton Capital’s offices came to a halt and police are afraid to dig deep into the case because they know it is politically sensitive. Arton Capital was one of the companies selling controversial residency bonds to foreigners.

State-owned beauty spot sold for bargain price to buyer in Orban’s circle

Two plots of land in the Buda hills have recently been sold to a company called Páfrány 15 Invest Kft. The company is owned by Gellért Jászai, who is a business partner of Lőrinc Mészáros, a friend of PM Viktor Orban.

We also read this:

Politico Europe: Hungary withdraws ambassador to The Hague after Orbán critique

Hungary will withdraw its ambassador to the Netherlands for an indefinite period of time after the Dutch ambassador in Budapest made critical remarks about the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Politico Europe: Viktor Orbán courts voters beyond ‘fortress Hungary’

Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Hungarians living outside the country are eligible to vote in 2018 election. PM Orbán’s party is not shy about courting voters abroad.

Budapest Business Journal: EuCham sees slightly worse business climate in Hungary

According to EuCham, an independent, non-governmental organization representing the interests of national and international companies doing business in Europe, Hungary ranked 28th in 2017.

The Budapest Beacon: Nigerian expats protest against ‘unacceptable’ Hungarian loan to Nigeria

An umbrella organization for expat Nigerians in Hungary has come out against plans for Hungary to offer a EUR 54 million loan to Nigeria for writing “a detailed study” about river flooding.

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