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Hungary ditches Budapest Olympic bid

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2017

The Hungarian government announced late on February 22 that it will withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games citing “a lack of national unity”.

Czechs join Visegrad food fight against international retailers

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2017

New member states demand end to inferior quality branded food products being sold in same packaging.

Poland remains defiant over EU rule of law probe

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2017

Commission now has to 'put up or shut up' over Warsaw's muzzling of constitutional watchdog.

Momentum collects twice the required signatures for Olympic vote

bne IntelliNews February 17, 2017

Hungary's Viktor Orban now has to choose between the potential humiliation of a referendum, or admit defeat and give up on his dream.

Hungary hopes to ratchet up Europe's barriers to refugees

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels February 16, 2017

After trying to keep asylum seekers out with razor-wire border fences, Budapest now plans to lock those that make it into shipping containers.

Youth movement mobilises Budapest against Olympic bid

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels February 9, 2017

Ruling Fidesz party rattled by grassroots Momentum campaign's success in setting the agenda.

Orban hopes to benefit from Hungary's good ties with Putin

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels February 1, 2017

Hungary is the EU country visited most frequently by the Russian president since the annexation of Crimea.

Hungarian corruption becomes one of the worst in EU

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels January 26, 2017

While corruption and lack of transparency is a drag on Hungary’s competitiveness, the country’s chief prosecutor appears reluctant to investigate alleged corruption that is potentially uncomfortable for the government.

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