A philosopher addresses the question why transition countries fail to deliver.
Reduce bureaucracy and make policy-making more predictable. Give more scope to small enterprises - these are some of the recommendations to the government by a renowned Hungarian economist.
“Horse whisperer” - that's the moniker used of trainers who can develop a special rapport with horses by their presence, words and body language. Gyula Mészáros doesn't use that term and yet he is Hungary's best known horse whisperer.
Following the Hungarian parliament's decision on introducing the advertising tax, relations between the Hungarian government and RTL Klub - the whipping boy of the story - soured. RTL Klub's prime time evening news show, which used to be more entertainment than “info,” has since been beefed up with segments critical of cabinet members and policies. Heti Válasz (No. 26) has separately interviewed Péter Kolosi, programming director of RTL Klub, and Gergely Gulyás, a deputy speaker of parliament.
The law on advertising tax was amended just a few weeks after its adoption and then the amended version was amended again. RTL Klub commercial television channel sees those developments an attack targeted at it but the Hungarian government considers that a move to prevent tax avoidance.
A week ago the Hungarian parliament approved a Hungarian-Russian credit agreement, and the funds are earmarked for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at an existing nuclear power plant in Paks, a town on the Danube south of Budapest. The vote was 110 in favor (the government), 29 opposed (the leftwing opposition), and 19 abstentions (the far right). The agreement triggered a heated dispute, the main points of which we have pulled together as follows.
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