Prime minister Viktor Orbán said in this regular radio interview today that Hungary is going to build a new, “massive, serious defense system” on its Southern borders to defend against a possible surge in the number of migrants. “The fortified barrier will be able to stop several hundreds of thousands of people if, for example, Turkey allows the millions of migrants to leave for Western Europe.”
He suggested that Austria should help defending the Serbian-Hungarian border, or preferably the Macedonian-Greek border, together with the other Central European countries, instead of focussing on the Austrian-Hungarian border.
The Hungarian government announced last week that they will employ 3000 more policemen to defend the border. The recruitment will start in September and, after their fast track training, they will be deployed already next spring.
After the morning interview, PM Orbán left for Warsaw where he and other V4 leaders will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The prime minister said that “people who claim there’s no connection between the migration and terrorism either haven’t the foggiest or they try to conceals clear-cut facts for some reason. Terrorism has increased in Europe because hundreds of thousands uncontrolled migrants appeared places where the Western world is regarded enemy. There’s a semi-war situation in Europe and you cannot risk people’s safety under such circumstances”.
Mr. Orbán also said that the European leaders should reject the forced migrant quota idea of the Brussels bureaucrats. The V4 leaders want change and the question is if Angela Merkel would be a partner to V4 this afternoon. He said that the result of the meeting hangs in the balance. There are several issues where the viewpoints are not known. “I myself haven’t unfolded all my cards either”.
“The October 2 referendum will mean that a European nation won’t accept the decision of the Brussels bureaucrats. So that will not result in a negotiating position. That will result in a final, solid Hungarian stance. This may rally many other countries to Hungary’s side as well”, he added.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 26/08/2016
The European Union has embraced an economic orthodoxy defined by tight budgets, anti-inflation central banking and limited government fiddling in the economy.
But that orthodoxy is facing an uncomfortable fact: Two nations that have been challenging it in recent years—Hungary and the U.K.—now boast two of the 28-nation bloc’s best-performing economies.
Hungary and the U.K., neither of which are in the euro zone, are among several governments fighting back against what they see as unwarranted intrusion into their political life by unelected officials at the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm
Economic recovery in Hungary, in the UK and the EU
writes the Wall Street Journal.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 13/06/2014
The freedom of press is a morally higher consideration than the questions of viewing rates and economic issues…
said Péter Kolosi, a top leader of the commercial TV channel RTL Klub , in an interview why RTL Klub attacked Lőrinc Mészáros, the mayor of Felcsút*, so hard in their Wednesday night news programme. RTL Klub is owned by the German Bertelsmann conglomerate. (You know that company which was the biggest single producer of Nazi propaganda during WWII)
So here goes a real miracle: a commercial TV channel which puts freedom of press first and its profits second! Or at least they are going to do so from now on because one wouldn’t have thought this has been their priority list so far, judging from their programming which consists of reality shows deeply humiliating and exploiting their “stars”, trash soap operas, tabloid news only, etc. Luckily they are going to mean it now. And all this miraculous change for the better required only that they pay a bit of tax…
“Have you made a war plan (against the government) at RTL Klub?” , the reporter asked the commercial TV manager later.
“Certainly” was the answer.
* Felcsút is the village where Prime Minister Orbán grew up and where he’s got a house and where he established the Ferenc Puskás Football Academy. The Hungarian Parliament passed a new law on Tuesday which is going to make RTL Klub pay a lot of advertisement tax.
Oh, the European Commission has announced already today that they are examining the content of the ad tax act passed on Tuesday. They are so damn quick… in such a case.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 13/06/2014
Here is an enjoyable quip from 2012, Brussels:
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics: We, in the Hungarian Parliament take our job very seriously and I don’t feel the need to repeat ourselves but if you like, Madam Commissioner, I can repeat it for you: The Hungarian government wants to engage in cooperation. The Hungarian government has every interest in its legislation constitution being along with the Community acquis. Let me repeat something which I said to you on the phone or by email on a number of occasions: we think that it’s obvious that, in line with the agreement, we will take into account all the advice of the Council of Europe here but we legislate.
EU Commissioner and vice-president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes: I’m asking you not “taking into account”. I’m asking you accepting and implementing any concrete recommendation of the Council of Europe.
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics: Provided these proposals do not run counter to the Hungarian constitutional and legislative acquis, yes.
(Laughter in the room)
EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes: That is different from what you were telling me in my office.
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics: I beg your pardon, madam. No, madam. It’s not different. It’s exactly the same. I’m a Member of Parliament (of Hungary) and I swore allegiance to the Constitution of Hungary. I’m not saying the Council of Europe wants something which runs counter to our constitution but quite simply the Council of Europe cannot impose anything that runs counter to our constitution. Full stop. Thank you.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 08/05/2014
Quite a few economic indicator figures have been released this morning.
The European Commission has published their economic forecast. They predict Hungary’s GDP would grow by 2.3% (up from their estimate 2.1% in February), the budget deficit would stay below the Maastricht-criteria three percent limit and Hungary’s yearly inflation rate would be only 1 percent.
Hungary’s KSH (Hungarian Central Statistical Office) has published data about foreign trade and the number new properties built.
- Exports increased by 7.1%, imports grew by 5.7% in the first two months of 2014 (year-on-year). The balance of trade surplus was 321 million EURs more and it grew to 1.242 billion EURs. Vow!
- 51% more properties were built in Hungary in the first three months of 2014 than a year earlier!
Besides the Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management (Halpim) has announced that Hungary’s seasonally-adjusted Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) climbed to 54.6 points in April from 53.7 points in March, indicating further growth. (50-plus points means growth.)
By the way, last week Hungary’s National Bank announced that they will convert their two-week bill facility into a deposit instrument with the same maturity from August. The facility, the basis of the country’s benchmark interest rate, will no longer be accepted as collateral by the bank and foreign investors will be barred from it. This is a very significant measure indeed to encourage a further shift towards financing Hungary from domestic, Forint-based sources instead of foreign currency based sources and to reduce the country’s external vulnerability. As a reminder, Japan’s GDP-to-public debt ration is 220+% and that’s possible only because Japan owes their debt to its own citizens and companies, not to foreign ones.
Update on the 6th of May: KSH has announced retail sales have increased by 8.3% year-on-year in March, after 6.7% y-on-y in February.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 05/05/2014
Yesterday the European Commission rejected Hungary’s request yet again to introduce reverse VAT in the sugar trade. This is the second time the EC has rejected such a request by Hungary. There exists a legal EU framework called “Quick Reaction Mechanism” which would allow member states to introduce emergency measures when they are faced with a serious case of sudden and massive VAT fraud.
Among others, the left-liberal newsportal Index.hu also drew attention to a massive VAT fraud in Hungary which has been going on with the participation of Slovak companies. Statistics show that at least ten billion Forints of VAT are cheated this way each year.
Slovakian sugar which is known to be affected in the massive fraud
Hungary’s government introduced the practice of obliging the buyer, that is not the seller, of goods to pay VAT for grain in 2012, a retail sector where one could also see massive tax evasion. Data from the National Tax and Customs Authority shows that the change has sharply reduced this kind of tax fraud.
Most of the profit from the sugar VAT tax fraud is pocketed by multinational supermarket chains like Tesco or Lidl. This sounds like a pretty good explanation to me for Brussels’ decision.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 25/04/2014
“more than 100 people [have] already died for these values in Europe, in Ukraine [wanting] to follow the values of Europe.”
“”I think we have debt, a duty of solidarity with that country, and we will work to have them as close as possible to us,” Barroso said. “We have decided also, immediately to sign — because it was requested by the prime minister of Ukraine [Arseniy Yatsenyuk] — sign the political chapters of the Association Agreement. Which means that Ukraine will seal its association with the European Union.”
said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
And who requested the shooting of more than 100 people in defence of those European values? A recently leaked phone call may give the answer to this crucial question:
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: “All the evidence shows that people who were killed by snipers from both sides, policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides. … Some photos that showed it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it is really disturbing that now the new coalition they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened. So there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”
EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Catherine Ashton: “I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh.”
Paet: “It already discreditates (sic) this new coalition.”
And Barroso’s announcement, that is the European Union offering such support to the new Ukrainian government without first clarifying who shot 100+ people, bring discredit up to the European Union.
He also said the only goal of EU is “peace and stability”. Okay because Ukraine is crumbling and tumbling. However Hungary should stay out of this financial support unless the Ukrainians commit themselves to giving autonomy for the ethnic Hungarians living in Kárpátalja. And let’s see an independent investigation into these “European values”: whose payroll the killers were on?
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 08/03/2014
The President of the Hungarian National Bank, György Matolcsy has called on EU Economics and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn to resign because, according to Mr. Matolcsy, Mr. Rehn has personal responsibility for the failed crisis management in the European Union.
Mr. Matolcsy used to be the Minister of Economy in the Orban government before he was appointed HNB president and the economic policies, which now seem to start bearing fruits for Hungary (see related articles), were mostly his brainchildren, together with the highly successful Lending for Growth program launched by HNB under his premiership.
Economics EU Commissioner Olli Rehn and his thumb-up (for himself?)
But does Mr. Rehn really have any reason at all to resign? Isn’t he an established, highly recognized expert on economy? To mention only one small thing, Mr. Rehn was capable of predicting the accurate figure of Hungary’s budget deficit in 2012 to an amazing degree of accuracy, merely with a 30 percent difference, last November! He said it would be 2.5% and then he almost got it exactly right: EuroStat confirmed this April that Hungary’s budget deficit was 1.9% in 2012.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 28/11/2013