22:11, October 23, 2014 Six Hungarian officials have been forbidden to travel to the United States following accusations of corruption. The government officials, whose names were not disclosed, were blocked by the US State Department underPresidential Proclamation 7750due to “credible information” that they are involved in corruption,according to the US Embassy in Budapest. This proclamation, which went into effect in 2004, allows the State Department to declare suspected kleptocrats and their family members ineligible for entry to the US. The [...]
Naftogaz, Ukraine’s biggest natural gas company, has signed a deal with Norway’s Statoil and started receiving shipments, arriving just in time to possibly save Kiev from an energy crisis before winter. Experts in Moscow doubt the legality.
Lawmakers in Hungary have backed the introduction of taxes on revenues from media advertisement which could jump to 40% for the biggest broadcasters. A detailed view on the bill however suggests it will probably have a severe impact on just one TV channel, the RTL Klub, which is owned by the Luxembourg-based German media concern RTL, Germany's daily Die Welt reports. Under the new legislation, RTL Klub and possibly another channel, TV2, will be forced to transfer 40% of its incomes to the state. Taxation on advertisement will be imposed according [...]
The Bulgarian foreign minister, Kristian Vigenin, has been instructed by his ruling Socialist party “not to haste with harsh measures” against Russia following the Crimea referendum, as EU ministers gather in Brussels in an attempt to impose sanctions on Moscow. Vigenin, who was an MEP before he took the job of foreign minister last May, was harshly criticised by his fellow socialists for having declared that Bulgaria would not recognise the Crimean referendum and for having visited Ukraine and meeting with the country’s new leaders. The [...]
Civil code that outlaws taking pictures without permission of everyone in the photograph is 'vague and obstructive' say critics Those planning a weekend break in Budapest take note. From 15 March anyone taking photographs in Hungary is technically breaking the law if someone wanders into shot, under a new civil code that outlaws taking pictures without the permission of everyone in the photograph. According to the justice ministry, people taking pictures should look out for those "who are not waving, or who are trying to hide or running out of [...]