Last week in Hungary

Hungary by Atlatszo – Jet used by Orban flew to Belgrade a day after Gruevski announced that he is seeking asylum in Hungary

This is what Atlatszo wrote this week:

The private jet used by Orban flew to Belgrade a day after former Macedonian PM Gruevski announced that he is seeking asylum in Hungary

The plane registered as OE-LEM, after weeks of staying in one place, took off from Vienna early in the morning on Tuesday and landed in Budapest. Soon after that it took off again, flew to Belgrade and then returned to Budapest again.

Company owned by Mészáros’ children won 12 billion HUF contract from his own football foundation without tendering

The main point is who spent the money and where: the foundation that owns the soccer academy is led by Orban’s friend, Lőrinc Mészáros. And the contractor benefitting from many of the development projects, Fejér-B.Á.L. Zrt., is owned by Mészáros’s children.

Number of students enrolled in tertiary education has been declining in Hungary since 2005

4.2% of the Hungarian population was enrolled in some form of postsecondary studies in 2005, whereas only 2.9% was enrolled in 2016. Atlatszo visualized the related data published by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office.

Investigative Journalists Team Up with Experts To Uncover Details About Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Waste Sites

Our investigative team was formed to counterbalance the propaganda of the atomic lobby and the lack of official information and offer comprehensive information about the ongoing nuclear projects, especially with respect to corruption and environmental risks.

Your reading list about what is going on in Hungary:

The Guardian: Disgraced former Macedonia PM ‘helped by Hungary to avoid jail’

“Gruevski exited Albanian territory on 11 November as a passenger in a car owned by the embassy of Hungary,” a police statement released in Tirana said. Revealing the vehicle’s license plate, it said the car was owned by Budapest’s diplomatic mission in Albania.

The independent: Steve Bannon plans to advise Hungary’s far-right PM Viktor Orban

Steve Bannon said he plans to work closely with the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in the run-up to next year’s EP elections. Mr Bannon revealed that he had visited Budapest to speak to the far-right leader and his aides in meetings not previously made public.

Unian: New Hungarian ambassador summoned to Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry over Orban’s statement

Newly appointed Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine, István Íjgyártó, was summoned to the MFA of Ukraine after Orban had said he saw no chance of coming to any kind of agreement with Ukraine’s “current political leadership.”

The Independent: UN removes experts from Hungary after they are ‘illegally denied access to migrant camp’

It marks a new low in relations between Hungary and the UN, which Budapest has accused of spreading lies about the country and harbouring a pro-immigration bias.

Euromaidan Press: How Hungary became a weapon of Russian disinformation

Expecting or fearing no backlash from the Hungarian side Russia could and did make Hungarian diplomacy a centerpiece of its disinformation against Ukraine, and this remains a possibility in the future as well.