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Sweden home to world’s greenest city

The Swedish city of Eskilstuna was on its last legs when someone came up with the idea of transforming the settlement into the greenest place on the planet. Now cars and buses run on bio fuels and electricity, residents dispose of their waste selectively and a department store selling second hand products has opened.

Jane Goodall, Foo Fighters at Sziget Festival

The 27th Sziget Festival, now one of Europe's largest music events, will be held in Budapest from 7-13 August. The 2019 Sziget slogan will be "Love Revolution" and world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall is scheduled to speak on the main stage. Ed Sheeran and the Foo Fighters will be among the headliners at the week-long festival.

Five candidates left in the race to be next British Prime Minister

The second round of voting to elect the new leader of the governing British Conservative party did not bring too many surprises. As expected, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson received the most votes, with four of the other five candidates making it through to the next round. Together with Johnson, they will participate in tonight's live television debate on the BBC.

Hungarian expert: GDP growth might hit 5%, wage rises 10%

Hungarian MPs are discussing 2020 taxation laws and amendments needed for EU law harmonization from Tuesday to Thursday. Gabor Regos, an expert from the Hungarian Szazadveg economic research institute, talked to V4NA about the potential effect of the tax changes on the Hungarian economy as well as the growth potential of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries.

Hungarian opposition blames government even for the Danube boat accident

In a question addressed to PM Viktor Orban in the Hungarian Parliament on Monday, Dialogue MP Timea Szabo brought up the ownership structure of the Swiss cruise ship involved in the fatal Hableany (Mermaid) accident in an attempt to hold the government responsible for the tragedy. She pointed out, among other things, that the Viking’s Swiss owner has a joint venture with the Hungarian state, taking most of the profits from the Danube's boating activities.

Hableany examined for 26 hours

4,500 pages of documents have been written during the investigation into the Hableany (Mermaid) disaster. The second, 26-hour survey of the ship has ended,...

Brexiteer MP says Johnson was right not to attend debate

Tory MP Peter Bone criticised the 'Britain's Next PM debate' hosted on Channel 4 during a TalkRADIO interview. He believes Boris Johnson’s failure to take part was not surprising at all, as the channel is heavily biased against Conservatives.

V4 theatre festival in Hungary

The seventh edition of the VeNegy Festival and Theatre Meeting will take place on the bank of the Danube, in Vac, Hungary, between the 4th and 7th of July this year....

Duda: Poland to be seen as a regional hub for business

At a Polish-US technology forum in California, Andrzej Duda encouraged US companies to see Poland as a regional hub for business, communications, and energy.

Hungarian-Polish friendship is unique and noble

During an event on Tuesday at the Waclaw Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute in Budapest, the Hungarian government stated its commitment to preserving the Hungarian-Polish friendship, the cultivation of which is part of Hungarian national identity. The friendship is an unprecedented phenomenon in world history, and cooperation and commitment are needed to continue to nurture this relationship. It is also important for the youth of both nations to experience and learn about this friendship.

Citizens of V4 countries support neither Weber nor Timmermans

The overwhelming majority (80 percent) of the population of the Visegrad Four countries are not backing either Manfred Weber or Frans Timmermans for the role of European Commission president,...

Hableany passengers died unnecessarily

The captain of the Viking Sigyn was not only negligent, but also failed to provide satisfactory assistance, or any assistance at all, a lawyer representing victims for the company that operated the Hableany boat,...

Viktor Orban held talks with Christian leaders of Ethiopia

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has discussed the consequences of migration on Europe and Africa with Ethiopia's Christian leaders in Budapest. Both parties agreed that Europe should make efforts to remain loyal to its Christian heritage, and that the West should not be ashamed to be Christian, whether in good times or in bad.

Poland produces better-than-expected economic growth

Global Fitch Ratings Agency has raised its forecast for Poland’s GDP growth. The agency raised its 4 per cent growth projection for 2019 to 4.2 per cent, citing Poland’s massive economic growth in the first half of this year.

Hableany rescuers to be questioned

Lawyers acting for victims of the Hableany catastrophe have proposed the bringing of new witnesses. They plan to talk to sailors who rescued the survivors of the Danube tragedy,...

Salvini: Italian-US relations at their peak

Italy and the US are closer than ever, Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Lega leader Matteo Salvini said after talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice-President Mike Pence in Washington on Monday....

Tensions in Slovak coalition re the election of new constitutional judges

Slovak National Party (SNS) president Andrej Danko has stood up for the initiative that Parliament should appoint additional constitutional judge candidates....

Fencer Anna Marton wins bronze at the European Fencing Championships

Hungary has managed to claim a medal on the first day of the European Fencing Championships in Dusseldorf. Anna Marton won a bronze medal in the individual women’s fencing category, after suffering a 15-10 defeat from the three-time individual world champion Olha Harlan in the semis.

The Hungarian men’s handball team had a tough time but achieved its threefold objective

As the group winner, the Hungarian men’s handball team qualified for the European Championship held in January and organised by Norway, Austria and Sweden....

New party founded by former Slovak president

Former Slovak President Andrej Kiska's new party is to be called "Za l'udi" (For the People). The party was introduced in Banská Bystrica on Monday....

More than 30 thousand migrants had safe passage to the EU

As part of an EU programme 32,700 refugees have arrived from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, 4,100 of them in Germany. A resettlement programme of for a total of 50,000 people has been launched so that migrants should not have to choose the dangerous sea routes.

Fidesz to ban EU migrant cards

At his Monday press conference in Balatonfured, the communications chief and elected MEP of Hungary's bigger governing party Balazs Hidveghi emphasized that Hungarians voted to “stop migration,...

Sharp change is needed in EU's migration policy, Hungarian foreign minister says

The European Union will fail globally unless "a hairpin turn is taken" in migration policy. Without putting a halt to migrant influx, the security and competitivity of the continent cannot be guaranteed, Peter Szijjarto stated in the break of the Luxembourg meeting of foreign ministers on Monday.

Babis: "I want even better numbers!"

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis discussed the protests against him in his Sunday social media post as opposed to his government's successful measures and the country's development....

Tourists visiting Greece warned about deadly African virus

Holidaymakers planning to visit Greece this summer are advised to take some precautions against the West Nile virus, which spread in the country last year and may even prove to be fatal.

Boris Johnson 'empty-chaired' as other Tory hopefuls hold TV debate

The first televised debate of the remaining Conservative leadership candidates – and therefore also the prime ministerial post – was broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday evening,...

Belgrade-Pristina standoff endangers EU accession

EU leaders have warned Belgrade and Pristina that failure to sign a binding agreement will halt the integration process. The document to be presented to EU foreign ministers on June 18 will make this a key point,...

Strache will not take up MEP post

Former vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache announced his decision to give up his European Parliament (EP) mandate in a video on his Facebook page. The Freedom Party politician resigned from every other official position in the wake of "Ibizagate".

Burkini ban overturned in Germany

The ban on the sharia-compliant swimwear known as “burkini” has been overturned by the higher administrative court in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Rome decides to remove cobblestones

Several hundred thousand cobblestones on some of the Italian capital’s busiest roads will be replaced with tarmac.

Italian police back Salvini decree

Italy's police force has praised the new migration and security decree drafted by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who is also the country's interior minister....

Slovak MPs urge language law reform

Slovakia's largest opposition party has submitted an amendment to the state language law. The proposal would remove a provision that Slovak should take precedence over minority languages.

European Central Bank to intervene if inflation continues to slow

The European Central Bank (ECB) is ready to intervene in the event that the Eurozone inflation and economic growth would show a downward trend.

Hungarian women’s volleyball team met its target in the European League

Although they did not progress to the semi-finals in Varazdin, head coach Jan De Brandt was satisfied with the performance of the Hungarian women’s volleyball team in the golden division of the European League. The European Championship, starting at the end of August, will be the main competition of the year for the Hungarian team.

Joe Biden most likely to run against Trump

Having served as Vice President for eight years under Barack Obama, Joe Biden was urged to enter the competition for presidency already in 2016, but he refused back then,...

Hungarians, Czechs, Poles qualify for handball Euros

Having already topped their group, the Hungarian men’s handball team defeated Italy 32-29 in a dead rubber match in the European Championship qualifiers in Kecskemet. The Czechs and the Poles have also booked places at the 24-team tournament next January.

Pope Francis speaks on oil tanker attack

The situation is becoming increasingly tense in the aftermath of the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. US President Donald Trump almost immediately blamed Iran, and on Sunday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman made the same accusation. In the meantime, Pope Francis urges restraint on all sides, and suggests a diplomatic solution.

Wreath-laying ceremony at late Prime Minister Imre Nagy's Budapest statue

A commemorative ceremony was held on 16 June in Budapest on the thirtieth anniversary of the reinterment of former Prime Minister Imre Nagy and his fellow martyrs in Budapest....

Tax cuts may continue in Hungary

In addition to reducing taxes on labour and income, the alleviation of public burdens may continue in the form of further exemptions, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga told Hungarian state radio.

Child care allowance may increase by 150 euros in Slovakia

According to the president of Slovak governing party Direction – Social Democracy (Smer-SD) Robert Fico, child care allowance for working parents may increase by 150 euros....

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