"We are strengthening our defense cooperation with Sweden. The Hungarian Air Force will be expanded with four new JAS-39 Gripen fighters, significantly increasing our air defense capabilities," announced Hungarian government spokesman Zoltán Kovács. Swedish Prime Minister arrived in Budapest on Friday. Ulf Kristersson and Viktor Orbán agreed that closer cooperation between the two countries is necessary.
"We are impressed by Poland’s efforts to restore the Rule of Law as the backbone of its society. These efforts are decisive. Next week the European Commission will table decisions on EU funds freeing up to €137 billion for Poland" - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday in Warsaw. "We waited a while, but we got it!
Hungary, the last holdout on Sweden's bid to join NATO, will vote on the issue on Monday, 26th of February. On Tuesday, Mate Kocsis, leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group, declared that during the parliamentary session slated for February 26, 2024, there will be a decisive vote regarding the Protocol of Accession of the Kingdom of Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty.
"We need to put pressure on our friends in Budapest to do what they need to do," Prime Minister Donald Tusk said during Monday's press conference. "I hope that your saga with NATO will soon come to an end. It would be an unforgivable mistake if one NATO country blocked the accession of another, which is ready to actively work for common security.
In January 2024, inflation in Poland amounted to 3.9% year-on-year, as reported by the Central Statistical Office on Thursday. The best result in almost three years turned out to be better than economists expected, as they predicted a reading of 4.1%.
The President of Hungary announced her resignation on the Hungarian M1 news channel on Saturday over a pardon granted to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case. “Politics is a tough, sometimes cruel world”, – said Katalin Novák.
At its February meeting, the Monetary Policy Council decided to maintain the benchmark interest rate at the current level of 5.75% for the fourth consecutive months. The decision was in line with market consensus. The Polish central bank. Photo by Rafał Guz/PAP
– Hungarians should immediately agree to Sweden's accession to NATO; it is worth assembling a coalition to exert positive pressure on Hungary on this issue, said the Deputy Prime Minister, head of the Ministry of National Defense, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, at Tuesday's press conference.
Poland ranks second among the countries with the lowest unemployment rate among all European Union countries (in December 2023 it was 2.7 percent. The Czech Republic is in third place with a result of 2.8 percent. According to Eurostat, both countries are also among the countries with the lowest youth unemployment.
In 2023, specialized mobile teams of Czech engineers, chemists, medics, and snipers trained nearly a thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Poland. The EU-led mission will continue this year as well. According to the commander of the first rotation, Captain Pavel Kinc, the joint preparation is also beneficial for the Czech soldiers.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed confidence on Friday that Hungary's parliament would swiftly ratify Sweden's accession to the military alliance when it reconvenes at the end of February. - Sweden's membership will make NATO stronger and us safer - emphasized the head of the Alliance. - I hope that Hungary's ratification of Sweden's application to NATO is only a matter of time.
The unemployment rate in Hungary rose to 4.4% in October-December 2023, up from 3.9% in the corresponding period of the previous year. According to KSH the highest unemployment rate was in Northern Hungary (7.3%), and the lowest in Central Transdanubia (2.2%).
On Monday, the Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy committed to addressing longstanding political disputes that have impeded their crucial wartime alliance. They also pledged to enhance defense cooperation as Russia's invasion of Ukraine approaches its third year.
"We will strengthen military cooperation. We will hold joint military exercises.