Hungary by Atlatszo – Orban’s new, ‘austere’ office decorated with 38 pieces of historic artwork from public museums
This is what Atlatszo.hu wrote last week:
Wealthy patients are seeking better treatment conditions in Turkey or even in Western European countries. However, poor patients are left almost without care. A significant part of the public funds (including the European Funds) is diverted from public institutions towards private firms.
The carpets of the building complex were borrowed from the Museum of Applied Arts, and the paintings and sculptures are loaned by the National Gallery. The total cost of moving the Prime Minister’s Office amounts to approximately 21 billion forints (€65.4 million).
High school military programs are spreading in Hungary where the government’s educational policy aims at making students more ‘patriotic.’ The Ministry of Defense is financially supporting historical re-enactors and sports associations as well.
In one Budapest police station 267 out of 384 cases were referred to the same public defender. How was one public defender able to represent the defendants with such a heavy workload? How was he or she able to be present of every hearing when his or her defendants were questioned?
Here is your reading list about what is going on in Hungary:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has told U.S. diplomats that he wants his country to be “neutral, like Austria” as Washington pushes for a tougher line on Russia and China, deepening fears that a longtime American ally is drifting from its orbit.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó announced that no representative of his government will attend next week’s European Parliament debate on the rule of law situation in Hungary.
The governments of Hungary and Russia are working on changes to the financing of Hungary’s planned expansion of its Paks nuclear power plant partly because of EU concerns, the Hungarian minister in charge of the project said on Friday.
Workers at Volkswagen AG’s Audi factory in Hungary vowed to continue their strike and asked for help from the automaker’s headquarters in Germany after rejecting several wage offers made by local management during the weekend.
Visitors to Budapest in recent weeks may have noticed the proliferation of a strange three-character code all across the city: “O1G”. The abbreviation is short for Orbán egy geci, a pithy phrase deriding the prime minister, Viktor Orbán.