Hungary by Atlatszo – Ex Orban friend Simicska is surrendering, selling all his businesses
This is what Atlatszo.hu wrote this week:
Hollywood actors, directors and producers arrived in Hungary one after the other in the past few years. It is not only the beauty of Budapest that attracts producers: they can get back up to 25 percent of the money they spend in Hungary.
A Hungarian oligarch who used to be close friends with Orban is selling all his businesses. Oligarchs have been rising into and falling out of favor in Hungary for years, but this story is different. This signals the end of an era.
Your weekend reading list about what is going on in Hungary
The European Commission says a law in Hungary that criminalises support for asylum seekers is illegal amid a battle with the country over EU migration.
The New York Times: Hungary Pulls Out of U.N. Global Migration Agreement
Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade announced the withdrawal, saying the agreement was “in conflict with common sense and also with the intent to restore European security.”
Politicians and party leaders had urged Mr Netanyahu to cancel the trip after the Hungarian leader last year drew criticism for praising Miklós Horthy, Hungary’s Second World War era ruler.
Gas deposits off Romania’s coast worth billions of dollars have drawn the country into an economic row with Hungary.
With independent media largely silenced or taken over, the courts increasingly curbed, and a parliament firmly under the control of Fidesz, Hungary’s nongovernmental groups are the most effective remaining voices to hold the government to account.
Science talked to MTA President László Lovász, who has negotiated at length with Palkovics in search of a last-minute compromise. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Gallup recently devised a Migrant Acceptance Index to measure how accepting populations were. Hungary recorded the third-worst score in the entire world.
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