Last week in Hungary

Atlatszo by Hungary – Foundation close to the prime minister’s wife gets EUR 1,6 million

This is what wrote this week:

Atlatszo is suing the foreign intelligence agency for documents it compiled about ‘Soros-funded NGOs’

Atlatszo is suing the Hungarian foreign intelligence agency (IH) because it refused to share a research paper that it supposedly compiled about the ‘influence attempts of Soros-funded NGOs.’ At our first court date it became obvious that no such study exists.

Foundation close to the prime minister’s wife gets EUR 1,6 million from state funds

The Bethlen Gábor National Fund – a state-funded program to support ethnic Hungarian communities in neighboring countries – gave close to half a billion Hungarian forints to a foundation close to PM Viktor Orban’s wife.

We also read this:

Reuters: Hungary’s Fidesz prepares campaign against ‘Soros plan’ for migrants

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, preparing for elections next April, promised on Thursday to highlight what it called a plan by billionaire financier George Soros to bring millions of migrants into Europe.

The Budapest Beacon: Hungary suffers from record high labor shortage

In the second quarter of 2017 there were some 48,460 vacant positions in the private sector, an increase of 10,000 over the same period last year and two and a half times larger than four years ago.

The Associated Press: Ally of Hungary’s Viktor Orban expands media portfolio

Hungarian-American film producer Andy Vajna has added a newspaper publisher to his media portfolio, further increasing the influence over Hungarian media by allies and supporters of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Politico: Orbán wins the migration argument

Look closely at how EU leaders now talk about the issue and the policies they’ve adopted since the 2015 crisis, and it’s clear Orbán’s preference for interdiction over integration has somehow prevailed.

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