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Foreign Minister Tells Financial Times Quota System ‘Dead-End Street’
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told the Financial Times in an interview published on Wednesday that the EU programme to share refugees among member states was a “failure” and a “dead-end street”. Budapest will not change its standpoint, he said, despite last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice. more »
Govt Spox: NYT Editors ‘Still Don’t Get It’ On Migrant Crisis
Government spokesman Zoltán Kovács has hit back at New York Times, which criticised Hungary for its migration policy in a weekend editorial, saying they “really still don’t get it”. In a blog entry on the spokesman’s official website posted on Monday, Kovács said the government of Viktor Orbán had “built a fence on the southern border of Hungary because it’s an external border of the European Union’s Schengen Area.” more »
UNHCR Chief In Hungary: Security, Protection Of Refugees Not Incompatible
The protection of refugees is not incompatible with guaranteeing security, the head of the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told a press conference in Budapest. It is not only a right but a duty of every country to protect its borders and guarantee the security of its citizens, Filippo Grandi said after visiting the Hungarian-Serbian border area and holding talks with Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Interior Minister Sándor Pintér. more »

Election CTTEE Rejects Referendum Bids On Cannabis Legalisation, Euro

Election CTTEE Rejects Referendum Bids On Cannabis Legalisation, Euro
The National Election Committee (NVB) rejected referendum initiatives on the legalisation of cannabis and the introduction of the euro at a meeting on Tuesday. The NVB rejected two referendum questions on the legalisation of cannabis submitted by the Liberal Party on the grounds that they were unclear. more »

Orbán’s Cabinet: Brussels Stepping Up Quota Scheme

Orbán’s Cabinet: Brussels Stepping Up Quota Scheme
Based on statements made in the past few days, it appears that the court decision related to Hungary’s lawsuit challenging the European Commission on the legality of the scheme to relocate asylum seekers according to a mandatory quota system is the first step in a longer-term programme to step up migrant resettlements, a cabinet official said on Tuesday. more »

Unions Vow No New Tesco Strike Before October

Unions Vow No New Tesco Strike Before October
Following two days of strikes by employees of retail chain Tesco last Friday and Saturday, talks on wages and workforce numbers between management and workersʼ unions are set to continue at the beginning of October, with unions promising no further stoppages will occur until then. more »