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June 16, 2013, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

Several thousand from China alone are expected to apply for legal residency under a fast-track scheme where the necessary papers are issued in exchange for buying 250 000 euro worth […]

Hungary: Massive VAT fraud over Slovak border

May 14, 2013, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

The number of lorries entering Hungary from Slovakia has fallen by 25 per cent during the three months since customs officers began spot checks on fre ...

Steep jump in taxi fares in Budapest

April 21, 2013, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

“Wanna split a cab?” could become a more popular end-of-evening question when new regulations stipulating minimum fares come into force in Septemb ...

Hungary: Never failing to surprise

April 8, 2013, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

The European Commission should release Hungary from its Excessive Deficit Procedure this year, provided it looks “only at the figures”, an Economy ...

  • Hungary: The devil in the details
    March 19, 2013, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

    There has been a barrage of English-language communications from the government since this case put Hungary back on the news radar. The official line on the Fourth Amendment to Hungary’s […]

  • Balkan offensive
    February 10, 2013, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

    Romanian, Bulgarian officials unimpressed as UK newspapers make fun of government brainwave to put off would-be immigrants Recent weeks have seen Canada launch a billboard campaign in the eastern town […]

  • Goodbye Lenin: Part II
    November 27, 2012, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

    Budapest has already seen dozens of public places – notably Moszkva tér (Moscow Square) – renamed to eradicate any trace of the former communist dictatorship. It appears the process will […]

  • States of denial
    September 10, 2012, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

    Backgrounder: Repatriation and release of jailed Azeri murderer threatens to reignite frozen conflict, raises questions of Hungarian realpolitik Hungary’s government was again in diplomatic hot water this week following the […]

  • IMF talks with Hungary to start on July 17
    July 13, 2012, by Robert Hodgson of The Budapest Times

    Negotiators from the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank are to arrive on Tuesday to begin talks over Hungary’s second multi-billion-euro bailout, a local IMF official has […]