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Poland's TVN is fined PLN1.48mn for covering 2016 protests

bne IntelliNews December 13, 2017

PiS-dominated watchdog fines US-owned station for “promoting illegal activities and encouraging behaviour that threatens security".

Poland passes contested judiciary laws in first test for new PM Morawiecki

bne IntelliNews December 11, 2017

Ruling Law and Justice moves to take decisive influence on appointing judges in the country’s judiciary.

Macedonian prosecutors probe suspected money laundering by members of former government

bne IntelliNews December 10, 2017

Investigation launched after Serbian opposition leader Vuk Jeremic claimed former PM's cousin and other top officials from the VMRO-DPMNE government laundered money via firms in Serbia.

European Commission refers Hungary to European Court of Justice in three cases in unprecedented move

bne IntelliNews December 8, 2017

Orban government sued over EU migrant quotas, and laws on the transparency of foreign-funded NGOs and higher education.

Kaczynski replaces Szydlo with technocrat Morawiecki as Polish premier

bne IntelliNews December 8, 2017

The choice of Morawiecki may be PiS’ attempt to gain better traction abroad after a series of blows.

EU to put Poland, Hungary and Czechia in dock for rejecting asylum seekers

bne IntelliNews December 7, 2017

Populists in all three countries have whipped up resistance to the bloc’s relocation plan. The Czechs have accepted just 12 designated migrants in two years, while the Poles and Hungarians have allowed in none.

IIB to advise Mongolia on how to tackle money laundering

Robert Anderson in Bratislava December 7, 2017

Under the MoU, the Mongolian legal and regulatory framework will be reviewed in respect of the recommendations the country has received for combatting money laundering and financing of terrorism, and then suggestions for improvements will be made.

Hungary's Jobbik party threatens to withdraw from election after entire campaign funding wiped out by fine

bne IntelliNews December 7, 2017

The State Audit Office has accused Jobbik of accepting over HUF330mn in illegal financing, which makes it liable for a HUF660mn fine.

Andrej Babis appointed premier to lead Czech minority government

bne IntelliNews December 7, 2017

The agro-chemicals tycoon now appears resolved to try to govern alone, with at least the toleration of extremist parties.

South Korea's SK Innovation to build a €640mn electric car battery cell factory in Hungary

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2017

Hungary hopes to become electric car battery leader in Central Europe.

Former EU commissioners urge Juncker to freeze aid to Hungary

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2017

EU aid has facilitated institutionalised corruption in Orban's Hungary, the former commissioners argue.

Hungary announces first tender for Budapest-Belgrade railway upgrade

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2017

Railway tender and second phase of Chinese Investment Cooperation Fund announced at opening of China-CEE 16+1 summit in Budapest.

Poland's controversial judicial reform passes first parliamentary hurdle

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2017

President Andrzej Duda’s revised proposals have heightened concerns about the populist PIS’s plans to put the judiciary under political control.

Czech president says Russian sanctions must end

Robert Anderson in Prague November 22, 2017

Milos Zeman once again broke ranks with other European leaders and the Czech government by visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and calling for sanctions to be dropped.

Soros rebuts Hungarian government smear campaign in rare retaliation

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2017

Hungarian-born financier rips apart Orban government's "nationwide consultation" on Soros plan to flood Europe with refugees.