The measures are the latest in a series of reforms aimed at whitening the Hungarian economy, but critics point out the government has failed to take a similar stance against high-level corruption that blights the economy.
Despite the external blows of Brexit and then ‘Trumpquake’, there was a general improvement in Central and Eastern Europe’s transaction climate in 2016.
Hungary stands out not only for the length and depth of its harsh anti-immigrant campaign, but also the close support of the Catholic Church in the state's fight against Muslim refugees.
As global technology giants like Google and Facebook transition from helping people navigate the web to become content providers in their own right, at least one smaller competitor is keeping pace – the Czech firm Seznam.
Unpredictability is never an asset in foreign or defence policy, so the election of the mercurial Donald Trump to the US presidency is already causing conniptions in European capitals, especially those of Central Europe.
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