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This is what Atlatszo reported last week

Raiders and scouts: a Hungarian family played a key role in delivering medical supplies from China

Longtime state interests shaped the Chinese web of connections surrounding a company that won several COVID-related contracts from the Hungarian government, a new investigation by Átlátszó has found. The company in question, CECZ Közép-európai Kft. was declared winner in four public procurement processes worth some 16,5 million EUR in the spring, when Hungary was scrambling for various goods to assist in the national effort against the coronavirus pandemic.

Almásfüzitő: a divided settlement in the shadow of the former red mud reservoir

The long-term environmental impact of the red mud reservoirs in Almásfüzitő – now covered with plants or used for landfill – are unknown. Within an international project we investigated the waste treatment facility operated on one of the reservoirs of the former alumina factory there. Together with Atlatszo reporters, researchers from Central European University were also involved in the project focusing on the case of the former red mud reservoirs. We interviewed Alexandra Czeglédi, research assistant and Ian M. Cook, researcher, about how, in their experience, the proximity of such a dangerous plant affects the lives of locals.

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FT: EU’s top court rules against Hungary on NGO funding
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NYT: Hungary Moves to End Rule by Decree, but Orban’s Powers May Stay
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BBC: Coronavirus: Hungary votes to end Viktor Orban emergency powers
Hungarian lawmakers have voted in favour of repealing extraordinary powers granted to Prime Minister Viktor Orban to fight the coronavirus.

NewStatesman: Why fears of Hungarian separatism are stirring in western Ukraine
Critics of the Ukrainian government accuse it of capitulating to blackmail from neighbouring Hungary.
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