The Hungarian Parliament elected Tamás Sulyok as the President of the Republic on Monday. The president of the Constitutional Court, who was the only candidate for the position, received 134 supporting votes in the secret ballot. After the speaker's announcement of his election, Tamás Sulyok was sworn in as the head of state.
Hungary's parliament has approved Sweden's bid to join NATO. The vote, which passed with 188 votes for and six against, has cleared the way for the Nordic nation's accession to the military alliance. Budapest stood as the final hurdle to Sweden's NATO accession following Turkey's ratification in January.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk will go to Prague, where he will meet with the leaders of the remaining Visegrad Group (V4) countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The summit in the Czech capital is to be devoted to migration and energy issues. "I will come back from Prague and tell you whether the Visegrad Group still makes sense or not.
Transcarpathian Dragon Suppliers is a transparent and apolitical group based on mutual help and support.
Poles, who have been helping Ukrainians since the very beginning of the war, organized solidarity rallies with Ukraine in many Polish cities on Saturday, February 24. Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland's foreign minister, told the meting he was "amazed" at the "tone and the content" of comments by Russia's United Nation ambassador.
"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!
Poland has inaugurated a Regional Maintenance Hub for Abrams Main Battle Tanks in Poznań, 300 Kilometers West of Warsaw. The U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski Graces Grand Opening of Abrams Tank Regional Competence Center in Poznań. Photo by Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP
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.