The Hungarian government has invested more than €100 mln – triple the amount the state spends yearly on receiving asylum seekers – on measures to keep refugees and migrants out of the country, including razor-wire fencing and extra border controls, Amnesty International (AI) says in a report published yesterday entitled “Fenced Out”.
In spite of a drop in year-on-year headline inflation to -0.4% in September from zero in August, two of three of the National Bank of Hungaryʼs “underlying measures of inflation” edged up, data published by the central bank today reveals.
The Hungarian government says it is pushing out foreign firms to keep utility bills affordable and ensure a secure energy supply, but critics say their interference does more harm than good.
Hungaryʼs consumer price index dropped 0.4% in September, compared with the same month a year ago, Hungary’s Central Statistical Office (KSH) said today. Prices of motor fuels dropped significantly, while price increases were recorded for alcoholic beverages, tobacco and services, according to the report.
The Hungarian government rejected claims by the deputy CEO of commercial HírTV that the station received orders from officials about the topics that the channel could cover and the people it could interview for its news shows, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reports today.